Turbo (GoBots)

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GoBots character
GoBots Turbo toy on card
First appearance

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

Voiced by

Arthur Burghardt
Release number

Species GoBot


Guardian GoBots
Alternate mode

Concept car

Turbo is a fictional character in the GoBots series. The character transformed into a concept car. Turbo was among the main trio of heroes of the cartoon series, and appeared in every episode along side Leader-1 and Scooter.


Turbo was Leader-1's right hand GoBot, and one of the toughest Guardians.[1][2] His car mode is shown to be one of the fastest of the GoBots, and he is both strong and powerful.[3] Turbo is also one of the bravest Guardians, though he is sometimes rather stupid and headstrong, occasionally ending up badly injured on account of his heroics. He is one of Leader-1's most loyal troops, has a friendly "brawn versus brains" rivalry with comrade Scooter. He also has an ongoing rivalry with the Renegade Crasher – as a fellow sports car, she is usually his target of choice in battles.[4]


Fictional biography

Leader-1's right hand GoBot, Turbo loves life in the fast lane. He enters himself into sports car races as a red-hot racer.


Like most GoBots, Turbo has numerous abilities because of his robotic body. He can survive in space and is super-humanly strong and tough. He can fly in robot mode and project energy blasts from his hands. His body heals quickly when supplied with energy. He can turn into a concept car.

Turbo stands 3.3 meters tall as a robot.

Turbo has occasionally used a Power Suit to augment his abilities for help form Courageous.

Animated series

Challenge of the GoBots

Turbo on Challenge of the GoBots

Turbo appears in every episode of the series Challenge of the GoBots, usually as a featured character. His voice was provided by Arthur Burghardt, who also provided the voice of the evil Devastator on the competing The Transformers television series.

Turbo first appeared in episode 1, "Battle for GoBotron". After arriving on Earth in the pilot series, he becomes fast friends with NASA astronaut A.J. Foster, who often drives him in car mode.[5]

In "The Fall of GoBotron" episode 9 after Cy-Kill takes over GoBotron, Geeper-Creeper and Slicks are assigned to guard the modifier. They are lured away by Scooter and lead into a Guardian ambush by Turbo, Small Foot and Sparky.

Turbo appears in "Return to GoBotron" episode 11. He is given one of the Power Suits by the Last Engineer, which features enhanced blasters. He combines with the other suits and the Last Engineer's ship to form the Power Warrior Courageous and defeat a fleet of Renegade Thrustors.

In episode 15, "It's The Thought That Counts", Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur, Crasher, Geeper-Creeper, Pincher, and Snoop attack a lab, but it is 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 allows 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]

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

Courageous in episode 29, "Ultra Zod"

Turbo appeared in "Ultra Zod" episode 29, where he dons a Power Suit and helps form the Power Warrior Courageous, which defeats Ultra Zod.

Turbo appears in "Auto-Madic" episode 33, where he dons a Power Suit and helped form the Power Warrior Courageous, which defeats Puzzler.[9]

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.[10]

In episode 35, "Tarnished Image" Doctor 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 Doctor Go.[11]

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.[12]

Turbo appeared in episode 45, "Ring of Fire".[13]

In episode 48, "Escape from Elba", Heat Seeker and Turbo deliver the captured Renegade leader Cy-Kill to the prison planet Elba.

Turbo appeared in episode 52, "A New Suit For Leader-1".[14]

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

Turbo was among the Guardian GoBot forces who aided the Rock Lord Boulder on the planet Cordax in GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords.[15][16]

Robot Chicken

Turbo has appeared in the animated comedy series Robot Chicken in the episode "Book of Corrine" and others.[17]


Turbo was among the Security Force team assembled by Leader-1 to capture Cy-Kill in the story Escape To Planet Earth.

Turbo on the cover of War of the GoBots

Turbo appeared in the 1984 Western Publishing Company story War of the GoBots by Robin Snyder. [18]

Turbo appeared in the 1985 Western Publishing Company story Race to the Stars by Jack Harris.[19]

Turbo appeared in the 1985 Robo Machine book The Wagner Sirens.[20]


Eagle comics

In the Eagle comic, Turbo arrived without introduction in the second story arc – having presumably been one of the volunteers recruited from Robotron by Ex-El. He soon showed himself to be a brave and loyal addition to the Security Forces, and not as slow-witted as his cartoon equivalent. He fought with the other SF robots against Casmodon in London, and bravely rescued his comrade Dozer when under heavy fire.

Fun Publications

22nd Strata

Turbo was mentioned in a story from the Ask Vector Prime Facebook posts by Fun Publications. In Gargent 087.0 Kappa, Royal-T, Hans-Cuff, Ace, Wrong Way, Good Knight, Bolt, and Heat Seeker, joined Turbo in battle against Optimums Prime and his team of Spy Changers, mistakenly assuming them to be Renegades. The Spy Changers were outnumbered until they were suddenly aided by the real Renegades: Cy-Kill's elite lieutenants, Cop-Tur, Crasher, Fitor, Tank, and Geeper-Creeper. The Guardians were driven off but not before capturing Silverstreak.[21]


Turbo made a brief appearance in the story Withered Hope by Fun Publications, attending the meeting about of humans and GoBots concerned with the Cataclysm. After witnessing the strange robots from the 22nd level he asked what they were called, only to learn they were Autobots and Decepticons.[22]


Turbo 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. Turbo took the place of Jazz in the plot. He was present when Unicron attacked the moon bases.[23]


Turbo appeared in the Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric episode 1 story "Rebels Without a Circuit" by Fun Publications.[24]

Turbo appeared in episode 7-8 "The Hawks of Space". In the story he was part of a diversionary assault on the Renegade base on the dark side of the moon.[25]

Turbo appeared in episode 9 "Cy-Kill For President".[26]

Turbo appeared in episode 11 "On the Rocks". In the story Turbo accused the Rock Roller of treachery during treaty negotiations between the Guardians GoBots and Boulder's Rock Lords. The entire incident was actually the fault of the Renegade GoBots. Once the real villains were uncovered Turbo apologized to Rock Roller.[27]

Turbo appeared in episode 14 "The Alienapolis Five Million" working with Sparky and Street Heat.[28]

Turbo appeared in episode 35 "Trash and Treachery". In the story Turbo and Small Foot responded to Blades and Psycho engaging in a fight with Zero and the Master Renegade at a UNECOM warehouse.[29]

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

Telepictures Publications

Turbo appeared in the story "Scooter's Mighty Magnet."[30]

Turbo appeared in the story "La Busqueda" (The Search) from the Argentina GoBots comic #4.[31]

Turbo appeared in the story "El Asedio De Cy-Kill" (The Siege Of Cy-Kill) from the Argentina GoBots comic #8.[32]


  • Tonka GoBots 07 Turbo (1983)
Turbo’s toy was a re-release of the Machine Robo Supercar Robo figure. It was first issued in 1983, and remained available throughout the production of the GoBots toy line.[33] It was also released in Europe.[34]
The design for the Turbo toy was done by Katsushi Murakami of Popy, and filed as a US patent in 1982.[35]



  1. The Great Robot Book by Texe W. Marrs, Wanda J. Marrs - 1985, ISBN 978-0-671-60243-7
  2. Going, Going, GoBots by Matt Carara, Toyfare Magazine #123, November 2007, page 80-82
  3. Model kits, Playthings; January 1, 1985; by Doyle, Joe
  4. Bellomo, Mark (2010). Totally Tubular '80s. Krause Publications. pp. 90–93. ISBN 1-4402-1282-1. 
  5. "The 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. 6, 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. "Auto-Madic". Written by Mark Zaslove. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. November 23th, 1985. No. 28, season 1.
  10. "Scooter Enhanced". Written by Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and Mark Young. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. October 9th, 1984. No. 24, season 1.
  11. "Tarnished Image". Written by Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and David Schwartz. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. November 25th, 1985. No. 25, season 1.
  12. "The Seer". Written by Eric Lewald. Challenge of the GoBots. First-run syndication. November 6th, 1985. No. 43, season 1.
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyLZpG6tNyM
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyLZpG6tNyM
  15. {{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}
  16. The great science fiction pictures II by James Robert Parish, Michael R. Pitts
  17. http://www.livevideo.com/video/1B1EFE9ACEEA464FB7DC19BB3DD440E7/gobot-nerd.aspx
  18. Snyder, Robin (1984). War of the GoBots. Western Publishing Company. ISBN 0307113760. 
  19. Harris, Jack (1985). Race to the Stars. Western Publishing Company. ISBN 0307666433. 
  20. The Wagner Sirens. World International Publishing. 1985. ISBN 0-7235-7813-3. 
  21. http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ask_Vector_Prime/src
  22. S. Trent Troop & Greg Sepelak (2008). Withered Hope. The Transformers Collector’s Club. 
  23. Jim Sorenson (w). "Echoes and Fragments" Ask Vector Prime (February 10th, 2016), Fun Publications
  24. "Rebels Without a Circuit". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 27, 1986/December 28th, 2015. No. 2, season 1.
  25. "The Hawks of Space". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers Renegades Rhetoric. September 24, 1986 & September 25, 1986/October 19th, 2015. No. 7 & 8, season 1.
  26. "Cy-Kill For President". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. September 15, 1986/October 18th, 2015. No. 9, season 1.
  27. "On the Rocks". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 16, 1986/January 29th, 2016. No. 11, season 1.
  28. "The Alienapolis Five Million". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers Renegades Rhetoric. September 19, 1986. No. 14, season 1.
  29. "Trash and Treachery". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers Renegades Rhetoric. October 22nd, 1986/December 1st, 2015. No. 35, season 1.
  30. Jay Itzkowitz (w), Paul Kirchner (a). "Scooter's Mighty Magnet" (Spring 1986), Telepictures Publications
  31. ""La Busqueda"" GoBots 4 (1986)
  32. ""El Asedio De Cy-Kill"" GoBots 8 (1986)
  33. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycaw8JX_yFk&feature=related
  34. http://www.google.com/patents?id=0_Y8AAAAEBAJ&dq=Katsushi+Murakami
  35. https://www.google.com/patents/USD279307?dq=inassignee:%22Kabushiki+Kaisha+Popy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjCgZmyte7PAhWCzz4KHQm6CZAQ6AEIHjAA

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