Cult Cartoon Essentials

Cult Cartoon Essentials: Robotix

Produced by Sunbow Productions and Marvel Productions, Robotix was another classic toy cash-in cartoon that debuted 1985 and ran for 15 episodes. The series was later combined and released as The Robotix Movie.

Like most cartoon of this era a big conflict was taking place between a good and evil side, in this case we join the action as the starship of captain Exeter Galaxon (voiced by Pat Fraley) is being chased by a battle cruiser and crashes on the ruined planet of Skalorr. They are left for dead by their pursuers yet survive only to immediately find themselves caught up in a battle between two factions of gigantic robot creatures – the Protectons and Terrakors – that emerge from the ground!

The Terrakors flee whilst the Protectons befriend Galaxon and his crew, and help them rebuild their ship. During the repairs, Narra (voiced Susan Silo) and Zarru (voiced by Jason Naylor) discover that humans can interface with Robotix to enhance their abilities, while a renewed attack by the Terrakors forces Bront (voiced by Frank Welker) to put the new discovery to the test; which in turn lead to a whole host of adventures.

One big problem ROBOTIX faced was that the toy line was advertised as being modular space vessels, but in the cartoon they were represented as giant robots with the implanted consciousnesses of ancient humanoids who had gone into suspended animation when their sun went nova. For example, Tyrannix was a building set that built a spaceship, but the character on the cartoon was a humanoid robot. Also, the sets included a generic commander while the cartoon featured human characters. This led to a disconnect between fans of the series and the toys-leading to low toy sales. This soured interest in the show from those behind it.

 

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