As a child of the 1980s, I have long had a great, hidden shame: I preferred the Go-Bots to the Transformers…

…That sound you heard was all the other Gen-Xers gasping in shock and backing away from me on the Group W bench.  Because of the price-point and the more portable figure size, 12-year-old me was all about Leader-1 and the Tonka team, widely considered inferior knockoffs of the Autobots and Decepticons.  Their cartoon was gawdawful, but to be honest, Transformers ain’t exactly Shakespeare, either.  I wouldn’t necessarily agree with tweenage me on this point, but it does bring us to today’s second-place query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) never liked that Scooter, though, that ‘bot had issues, asking: Which (allegedly) inferior knockoffs do you find as or more compelling than the characters they’re duplicating?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

1 Comment

  1. Its pretty hard to come up with anything, except I tend to like shonen fighty-fighty anime/manga parodies more than actual ones. I’d take One Punch Man over Dragon Ball any day.

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