Pow Wow (GoBots)

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Pow Wow
GoBots character
GoBots Pow Wow toy on card
First appearance

"The Sea Vaporizer" by Golden Press, 1986
Created by

Species GoBot, Mini-Con
Occupation Renegade Robot Camper


Instigation Mini-Con Team, Renegade GoBots
Alternate mode


Pow Wow is a fictional character from the GoBots series introduced in 1985. He is an evil Renegade GoBot who turns into a camper.


Pow Wow is a Renegade Gobot who appeared later in the GoBots series who turns into a camper. In some Fun Publications stories he is portrayed as a Mini-Con Transformer turned Renegade sympathizer.


Beamer, Odd Ball and Pop Wow were designed by Brian Kolbus.

Pop Wow was one of six GoBots sold exclusively as a Kids Meal toys at Wendy's restaurants in 1985.


Pow Wow was named number 12 on the list of "20 GoBots That Remind Us Why the GoBots Sucked So Incredibly Hard" by Rob Bricken on gizmodo.com in 2013.[1]


Pow Wow has numerous abilities because of his robotic body. He does not age, can survive in space and is super-humanly strong and tough. He can turn into a camper. Thanks for GoBot upgrades from Cy-Kill he can fly and shoot energy blasts from his hands.

Fictional biography

Pow Wow's mission is to claim Earth as Renegade territory. He's not afraid of anyone or anything--especially a Guardian! He's cunning and sneaky. Pow Wow pretends to be a friendly GoBot... but he's really a Renegade in disguise.

Animated series

Although Pow Wow and his companion Wendy's exclusives did not appear in the Challenge of the GoBots animated series, they did appear together in a 1985 commercial for Wendy's restaurant.[2]


Fun Publications


In the story Cultural Appropriation by Fun Publications it was revealed that Apollo, Breez, Bullet, Decker Decker, Hi-Way, Jack-Attack, Loco, Pow Wow and Vain Train were sent to explore Level 29 when the Cataclysm threatened to destroy the GoBots home universe.


Pow Wow 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, Rock Lords and Starriors swapping places with characters during the events of that film. Vector Prime dodged Breez and Pow Wow as they guarded an entrance to Cybertron's interior.[3]


Pow Wow was mentioned in the 2015 Fun Publications Ask Vector Prime Facebook series when it was hosted by Cy-Kill. It is revealed Pow Wow was a member the Instigation Mini-Con Team from the Aurex universal cluster (Unicron Trilogy). Cy-Kill found them in the city of Axiom Nexus and recruited them as part of his Renegade army, granting them GoBot technology based upgrades to be able to fly and shoot energy blasts.

Cy-Kill thinks Pow Wow is utterly fearless and wants to use him for undercover work. He also thinks Pow Wow would work well with Snoop.

When the TransTech authorities attempted to arrest Cy-Kill he called his new Renegade troops into action. Cy-Kill ordered Gong transport the Renegades away.[4]

In the episode 58 story "Opportunity Knocks Part 2" Cy-Kill chronicled his return to "Level 1", his home universal stream, just as the Guardians were staging an attack on Rogue Star. Cy-Kill and his Renegade recruits from Axiom Nexus joined Fitor, Spoons and Stretch in repelling an attack by Courageous, Leader-1, the Guardian Command Centers and the new Guardian Academy graduates Beamer, Guide Star and Sky Fly. During the battle Monsterous was able to best Courageous and tore though the Command Centers, but a ploy from Leader-1 tricked Cy-Kill into unleashing a massive blast which struck Monsterous, shattering the combiner into his components.

Golden Press

Pow Wow appears in the 1986 Golden Press story The Sea Vaporizer. In the story Guardian Command Center is stationed on Earth's moon as Beamer plays games on the space scanner. An alert sounds and Leader-1 discovers the Earth is being enveloped by a steam cloud. He sends Guide Star to investigate. Guide Star discovers a beam of light that is boiling Earth's oceans and follows it into space where they discover the Renegade GoBot ship Thruster, but contact with Guide Star is cut off. Leader-1 takes up the investigation, and Cy-Kill uses a space mirage projector to conceal his presence. Leader-1 works past the mirage to discover a space station where Cy-Kill, Crasher and Cop-Tur are using a giant lenses to focus the sun's rays into a beam to boil away Earth's oceans, leaving the planet uninhabitable by humans. Cy-Kill attempts to blast Leader-1 out of the sky, but Leader-1 is able to neutralize the beam with a blast of his own. Cy-Kill sends Pow Wow and Crasher to attack Leader-1. They attempt to ram the Guardian, but Leader-1 avoids the attack causing the two Renegades to hit each other. Leader-1 frees Guide Star and deflects an attack by Cy-Kill, blowing out one of the Renegade leader's tires. The beam stopped, the oceans of the Earth are saved.[5]

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

Pow Wow 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.[6]


  • Tonka GoBots Pow Wow (1985)
A new mold designed by Tonka. Turns from robot to camper. A Wendy's restaurant exclusive.


  1. http://io9.gizmodo.com/5976109/20-gobots-that-remind-us-why-the-gobots-sucked-so-incredibly-hard
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6zH-UCYXKU
  3. Jim Sorenson (w). "Echoes and Fragments" Ask Vector Prime (February 10th, 2016), Fun Publications
  4. http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ask_Vector_Prime/Guest_column_src#Renegade_Rhetoric
  5. "The Sea Vaporizer" GoBots Color and Activity Book (1986), Golden Press
  6. "Ambush in Space" GoBots Color and Activity Book (1986), Golden Press

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