Drawing for myself – Leader-1

October 24, 2010 by  
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With today’s sketch I took a stab at the leader of the Guardians from the Go-Bots TV/toy series. If you like it you can purchase the original here.

Folks my age often razz the Go-Bots as second-rate Transformers, but I think that all things considered the toys were really neat, and the TV show did some interesting things that the TF franchise didn’t.

But perhaps the most interesting thing to be noticed when one looks back at the Go-Bots series is the similarities between the leaders on the show (Leader-1 and Cy-Kill) and the leaders on the 1996 Transformers cartoon Beast Wars (Optimus Primal and Megatron). In voice acting and in personality, it’s uncanny how much Optimus and Megatron echo Leader-1 and Cy-Kill. If you want to get really nerdy, Beast Wars ditched the iconic transformation sound of the Transformers in favor of a more mechanical noise that is eerily similar to the one used in the Go-Bots series!

But you don’t have to take my word for it! Do some searches on YouTube and see for yourself! Or just enjoy the awesome intro from the Challenge of the Go-Bots cartoon.


LEADER-1 Pencil and brush pen on 5.5×8.25” bristol.

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One Response to “Drawing for myself – Leader-1”
  1. Bless your spark for giving the underappreciated the attention they’ve been denied.