Continuity mistake: During their fight at Autobot city, Megatron throws a rock at Optimus like a spear. Before he throws it it, looks big in his hands, but when it hits Optimus it looks quite smaller and fatter. Then Optimus pulls it out and it's back to the right size again.
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Directed by: Nelson Shin
Starring: Frank Welker, Eric Idle, Leonard Nimoy, Judd Nelson, Orson Welles, Michael Bell, Jack Angel, Norman Alden
This movie was an overglorified showcase for 1986 Christmas toys. The plot was pretty weak and the new characters were hard to connect with. These new characters like Cup and Blurr were force fed down an 80's child throat like a 2nd can Coke II.
Killing off Prime during the height of his popularity was a mistake and that's one reason why no-one wanted to see this movie. Little Timmy probably cried his eyes out during the movie because Prime died and then he told his friends. This movie's only chance at success was word of mouth of an excited little boy which this movie didn't have going for it. They would have been better off repackaging the Optimus Prime character, and repackaging a new toy to go along with it.
Then again this movie is from an era where a billion dollar (Coke) company tried to replace it's flagship product. Why I remember my mom buying a 6-pack of Coke II and the last can sat in the fridge for 6 months. Like that can of Coke II, I lost interest in the Transformers shortly after this movie came out and I didn't ask for a Transformers toy for Christmas 1986.
Trivia: The creatures that judge Kranix, Hot Rod and Kup are later revealed in the next series of the Transformers cartoon to be the creators of all Transformers, and used to be the masters of them and Cybertron millions of years a go. They are called Quintessons.
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Answer: Go-Bots were transforming-vehicle toys from around the same period, competition for (or rip-off of, depending on your opinion) the Transformers.