Scooter (GoBots)

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Scooter
GoBots character
Scooter-card.jpg
Scooter toy
First appearance

Challenge of the GoBots episode 1, "Battle for GoBotron"
Created by

Tonka
Voiced by

Frank Welker[1]
Release number

27
Information
Aliases Mister Happy (clown name)
Species GoBot
Gender Male
Occupation Friendly Robot Scooter
Abilities

Affiliation

Guardian GoBots
Alternate mode

Motor scooter

Scooter is a fictional character in the GoBots series. The character is a heroic Guardian GoBot who transformed into a motor scooter.

GoBots

He enjoys a friendly rivalry with fellow Guardian Turbo, joking about the stronger Guardian’s lack of intelligence.[2]

Fictional biography

The youngest of the Friendly GoBots, Scooter would love to scoot in and out of all the action. But he's usually left behind to spin his wheels and man the Command Center.

Reception

Scooter was one of the names in a word find that had to be solved to win a copy of the Challenge of the GoBots video game from Your Sinclair magazine.[3]

Scooter was number 5 among the "The Ten Best GoBots Ever Produced!" by Gnoll at dorkdroppings.com in 2015.[4]

Abilities

Scooter is the Guardians’ resident inventor. He is highly intelligent, and equipped with an array of equipment that allowed him to hack into computers. Scooter is also equipped with a hologram projector, allowing him to create illusions either to confuse enemies or provide himself with cover. He briefly tried having blasters fitted in place of his hologram projector – however, he eventually realized the latter was more in tune with his personality, and switched back.

Like most GoBots, Scooter has numerous abilities because of robotic body. He can survive in space and is super-humanly strong and tough. He can fly in robot mode and project low-power energy blasts, although they are meant to be used as a tool, not weapons. His body heals quickly when supplied with energy. He can turn into a motor scooter.

Scooter stands 2.8 meters tall as a robot.

Animated series

Challenge of the GoBots

Since his arrival on Earth in the Challenge of the GoBots episode 1 story "Battle For GoBotron", Scooter has become good friends with the young human astronaut Nick Burns, finding him to be something of a kindred spirit.[5]

Scooter appeared in "Return of GoBotron" episode 11. He was given one of the Power Suits by the Last Engineer, which featured telekinesis. He combined with the other suits and the Last Engineer's ship to form the Power Warrior Courageous and defeat a fleet of Renegade Thrustors.

The Guardians set up a lab to test their power suits on Earth. With Defendor and Blaster patrolling the lab Professor von Joy and Path Finder tested a new suit on Dozer. Cy-Kill captured and tried to brainwash Scooter, making him sabotage the lab and self-destructing. Rest-Q check out Scooter, but Scooter refused to be examined. Eventually Scooter was freed from Renegade control. Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur, Crasher, Geeper-Creeper, Pincher, and Snoop attacked the lab, but it was defended by Leader-1, Professor von Joy, Blaster, Dozer, Dumper, Road Ranger, Scooter, Scratch and Turbo. Although the Guardians were winning the battle, an accidental backfire from Professor von Joy's weapon allowed the Renegades to escape. [6]

In episode 16 "Doppelganger" Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur, Crasher and Snoop attack Leader-1, Turbo, Scooter and Small Foot on Earth. Crasher wounds Small Foot. After attaining recordings of the Guardians the Renegades retreated. Using the recordings Cy-Kill has Dr. Go program robot duplicates of the Guardians. Demonstrating Space Bender weapon to Unecom, Leader-1 learns that the Renegades are attacking Washington. The Renegades ambush Leader-1 and replace him with his duplicate. Leading the Command Center back to GoBotron and getting rid of Scooter and Small Foot the Renegades release duplicates of Path Finder, Rest-Q, Van Guard and Turbo. Small Foot and Scooter are able to capture the Turbo duplicate and learn where their friends are being held. Cy-Kill replaces Good Knight. Using the duplicate Turbo the Guardians infiltrate the Renegade base, free the captured Guardians and escape from the Renegade guards Spoons and Fitor. Although blocked by the Renegades, Scooter uses a hologram of Zod to make the Renegades flee. Making it back to GoBotron the Guardians are attacked by the Guardian duplicates. The real Guardians are able to defeat their duplicates with the aid of the real Zeemon, Hans-Cuff and Rest-Q. Cy-Kill arrives in Thrustor with more duplicates, but Small Foot is able to stop with robots using the Space Bender, which fuses their robot brains. [7]

Scooter appeared in episode 26, "The Quest for Roguestar".[8]

Courageous in Challenge of the GoBots episode 29, "Ultra Zod"

Scooter appeared in "Ultra Zod" season 1 episode 29, where he donned a Power Suit and helped form the Power Warrior Courageous, which defeated Ultra Zod.

Scooter uses his new blasters in "Scooter Enhanced"

In the episode 34 "Scooter Enhanced" Scooter and Small Foot join Nick and A.J. to watch a car stunt show which is attacked by Crasher, BuggyMan and Fly Trap. Small Foot fights BuggyMan and defeats him, but the Renegades gain the upper hand. The Guardians are rescued by Leader-1 and Turbo who arrive in Power Suits. Cy-Kill vows to gain Power Suits for the Renegades. Scooter decides he needs more firepower, so he has Professor von Joy remove his damaged holo projector in favor of a blaster unit. Screw Head, Bad Boy and Cop-Tur are sent to attack Unecom bases and distract the Guardians while Cy-Kill, Crasher and Scorp attempt to take the suits from the Guardian Command Center. Small Foot and Scooter are able to delay the Renegades until Leader-1 and Turbo return to chase away the Renegades. Realizing he was a better Guardian with his holo projector, Scooter has it reinstalled.[9]

In episode 35, "Tarnished Image" Dr. Go creates a device that allows the Renegades to appear like Guardians. Cy-Kill, Crasher and Cop-Tur disguise themselves as Leader-1, Scooter and Turbo and go on a rampage on Earth while the real Guardians are sent on a fake rescue mission. When the Guardians return they are banished from Earth by the humans. The Guardians are eventually able to prove the Renegades staged the attacks, chase them off and capture Dr. Go.[10]

In episode 43, "The Seer" Cy-Kill and his minions Block Head, Cop-Tur, Crasher and Pincher kidnap a young blind psychic named Shaun Roberts and his mother from Unecom with the help of the human traitor Major Benedict. Cy-Kill uses the brain stormer to read the boy's mind. Shaun and his mother are rescued by Leader-1, Scooter, Turbo and Van Guard. An overload by the brain stormer robs the boy of his psychic powers and he is returned home safely.[11]

Scooter appeared in episode 45, "Ring of Fire".[12]

Scooter appeared in episode 52, "A New Suit For Leader-1".[13]

Scooter appeared in episode 63, "Terror in Atlantis".

Robot Chicken

Scooter has appeared in the animated comedy series Robot Chicken.[14] He has been voiced by Tom Root, Donald Faison, and Chris Parnell.

Books

Western Publishing Company

Scooter appeared in the 1984 Western Publishing Company story War of the GoBots by Robin Snyder. [15]

Scooter appeared in the 1985 Western Publishing Company story Race to the Stars by Jack Harris.[16]

World International Publishing

Scooter on the cover of Champions of Lixil

Scooter appeared in the 1985 World International Publishing Robo Machine book Champions of Lixil.[17]

Comics

Eagle

In the Eagle comic, Scooter appears without introduction in the second story arc – having presumably been one of the volunteers recruited from Robotron by Ex-El. He served on board the Command Center as a courier, and was left guarding the Security Forces’ base of operations when the other SF Robo Machines set off to battle Casmodon. However, he was persuaded to observe the battle more closely by the SF’s human ally, orphan Charlie Brampton. This meant leaving the Command Centre unmanned and unable to support the rest of the SF when the battle turned against them. Scooter (who again seemed to be unarmed, if a lot braver than his cartoon counterpart) narrowly avoided being killed by Cy-Kill, though indirectly helped drive Casmodon off when Charlie was captured and able to disable the Devil Invader from the inside.

Fun Publications

Echoverse

Scooter was featured in the 2016 Ask Vector Prime story Echoes and Fragments, set during the events of The Transformers: The Movie. The manipulations of the evil Gong and Sideways resulted in various GoBots swapping places with characters during the events of that film. Scooter took the place of Bumblebee in the plot. He was stationed at Moonbase 2 with Spike Witwicky when Unicron attacked.[18]

Rhetoricverse

Scooter appeared in the Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric episode 1 story "Rebels Without a Circuit" by Fun Publications.[19]

Scooter appeared in the episode 7-8 story "The Hawks of Space", where he and Tail Pipe freed Dr. Turgenova from the Renegades.[20]

Scooter appeared in the episode 9 story "Cy-Kill For President".[21]

Scooter appeared in episode 11 "On the Rocks".[22]

Scooter appeared in the episode 14 story "The Alienapolis Five Million" working with Nick Burns.[23]

Scooter appeared in the episode 18 story "The RoGun Ruckus".[24]

Scooter appeared in the episode 35 story "Trash and Treachery". In the story used the astrobeam to send garbage into the Guardian Counsil chamber, saving the Guardian from super-algae.[25]

Courageous appeared the episode 51 story "Bears and Bulls". He was piloted by Turbo, Scooter, Pumper and Beamer.

Golden Press

Cy-Kill, Crasher and Pow Wow use an electromagnet to bring in the disabled Guardian Command Center while Scooter does a space age cross word

Scooter appears in the 1986 Golden Press story Ambush in Space. In the story the Guardians decide to take a vacation on one of the resort planets. They take the Command Center and their first stop on a refueling planet, but after taking off their engines conk out thanks to micro dust in the fuel placed by Cy-Kill. The Command Center is drawn to the planet Fintergand by an electromagnet operated by Cy-Kill. Once forced to land Pow Wow attacks Scooter, but his attack is deflected by a boulder thrown by Sky Fly. Cop-Tur attacks Leader-1 with rust rockets, but he tricks the rockets into following him to Cy-Kill. Cy-Kill gets hit by the rockets and rusts in place. Pow Wow attempts to ram Beamer, but Beamer flies out of the way at the last moment, causing Pow Wow to hit Odd Ball instead. Breez attempts to hide from the Guardians in a crater, but Guide Star and Sky Fly shoot "obmug" into the crater. The Guardian GoBots sing their victory song.[26]

Telepictures Publications

Scooter appeared in the story "Scooter's Mighty Magnet."[27]

Scooter appeared among the Guardian forces in "A Spy Among Us" by Telepictures Publications. In the story Cy-Kill had Night Fright attack Super Couper and plant a bugging device on the Guardian. Cy-Kill used the device to overhear information about an incoming robot freighter filled with Zintrinium. As the Renegades continued to anticipate the Guardian's moves, Leader-1 reasoned they were bugged and was able to lead the Renegades into a trap in the freighter's hold by giving them false information. Once the Renegades were trapped inside Leader-1 had Scooter program the ship to fly to the Crab Nebula, giving the Renegades a nice little vacation.[28]

Scooter appeared in the story "El Asedio De Cy-Kill" from the Argentina GoBots comic #8.[29]

Films

Scooter was among the Guardian GoBot forces who aided the Rock Lord Boulder on the planet Cordax. [30]

Games

Leader-1 was the playable character and clones of were among the cast in the video game Challenge of the GoBots for the Sinclair, Amstrad and Commodore 64.[31]

Toys

  • Tonka GoBots 27 Scooter (1983)
Scooter's toy was a re-release of the Machine Robo Scooter Robo figure. It was first issued by Tonka in 1983, and remained available throughout the production of the GoBots toy line. Some versions of Scooter came packaged with a free 3-D GoBots sticker.
Scooter was also released in Europe. In 1993, the figure was reissued as part of Bandai’s Robo Machines line.

Gallery

References

  1. Going, Going, GoBots by Matt Carara, Toyfare Magazine #123, November 2007, page 80-82
  2. Vibe July 2007, page 40 "Do the Robot"
  3. "YS Compo Challenge of the GoBots". Your Sinclair 1 (20): 77. http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=YourSinclair/Issue20/Pages/YourSinclair2000077.jpg. 
  4. http://dorkdroppings.com/?p=1957
  5. "Battle for GoBotron". Written by Alan Burnett, Jeff Segal and Tom Ruegger. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. September 8th, 1984. No. 1, season 1.
  6. "It's The Thought That Counts". Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. No. 15, season 1.
  7. "Doppelganger". Written by Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and Antoni Zalewski. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. October 8th, 1984. No. 16, season 1.
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h2cchGABWk
  9. "Scooter Enhanced". Written by Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and Mark Young. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. October 9th, 1984. No. 34, season 1.
  10. "Tarnished Image". Written by Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and David Schwartz. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. November 25th, 1985. No. 35, season 1.
  11. "The Seer". Written by Eric Lewald. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. November 6th, 1985. No. 43, season 1.
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyLZpG6tNyM
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyLZpG6tNyM
  14. http://www.livevideo.com/video/1B1EFE9ACEEA464FB7DC19BB3DD440E7/gobot-nerd.aspx
  15. Snyder, Robin (1984). War of the GoBots. Western Publishing Company. ISBN 0307113760. 
  16. Harris, Jack (1985). Race to the Stars. Western Publishing Company. ISBN 0307666433. 
  17. Champions of Lixil. World International Publishing. 1985. ISBN 0-7235-7810-9. 
  18. Jim Sorenson (w). "Echoes and Fragments" Ask Vector Prime (February 10th, 2016), Fun Publications
  19. "Rebels Without a Circuit". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 27, 1986/December 28th, 2015. No. 2, season 1.
  20. "The Hawks of Space". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. September 24, 1986 & September 25, 1986. No. 7 & 8, season 1.
  21. "Cy-Kill For President". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. September 15, 1986/October 18th, 2015. No. 9, season 1.
  22. "On the Rocks". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 16, 1986/January 29th, 2016. No. 11, season 1.
  23. "The Alienapolis Five Million". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. September 19, 1986. No. 14, season 1.
  24. "The RoGun Ruckus". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. September 29, 1986/October 20th, 2015. No. 18, season 1.
  25. "Trash and Treachery". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 22nd, 1986/December 1st, 2015. No. 35, season 1.
  26. "Ambush in Space" GoBots Color and Activity Book (1986), Golden Press
  27. Jay Itzkowitz (w), Paul Kirchner (a). "Scooter's Mighty Magnet" (Spring 1986), Telepictures Publications
  28. Paul Kirchner (w, a). "A Spy Among Us" GoBots Magazine (Winter 1987), Telepictures Publications
  29. ""El Asedio De Cy-Kill"" GoBots 8 (1986)
  30. The great science fiction pictures II by James Robert Parish, Michael R. Pitts
  31. Phil. "Screen Shots: Challenge of the GoBots". Your Sinclair 1 (20): 70. http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=YourSinclair/Issue21/Pages/YourSinclair2100070.jpg. 

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