Tonka: GoBots Prototypes

Tonka: GoBots Prototypes
Zod hardcopy prototype compared to the finished toy from the Gobots Tonka action figure toy line.
GoBot Hardcopy prototype
Major Mo hardcopy prototype from the Gobots Tonka action figure toy line.

We recently received a collection of vintage Tonka GoBots prototypes, pre-production toys, and memorabilia from a former Tonka Executive! The collection included some Go-Bots – this is just a sample, not all are shown.  The collection included pre-production mock-ups, hardcopies, first shots, test shots, engineering pilots, unproduced & unreleased prototype toys and more!

GoBot Prototype Toys For Sale

GoBots Zod Hardcopy Prototype
Zod hardcopy prototype from the Gobots Tonka action figure toy line.

If you would like to signup to be notified when our GoBots goes up for sale, click here. This collection included a fabricated hardcopy of Zod.  A hardcopy of Major Mo as well as first shots, test shots, and final engineering pilots as well as many other items

GoBot Prototype Process

test shot Gobots Tonka
Raizor Phantom test shot from the Gobots Tonka action figure toy line.

Check out the article I wrote with the former Director of R&D and Engineering at Tonka If you would like to read about the GoBot prototype process at Tonka, click here.

About Tonka GoBots Action Figure Toys

MISB Tonka GoBots Toys

GoBots are transforming robot action figure toys.  They were manufactured by Tonka from 1983 to 1987. The GoBot toy line was based on toys licensed principally from Popy’s (owned by Bandai) Machine Robo line but did include other sublines.  Tonka also made some of their own designs including Zod.  The GoBots line included 4 primary series “regular”, super, gestalt, and playsets.  The Guardians, led by Leader-1 and the Renegades, led by Cy-Kill. Do I have the elusive Gobotron Fortress? Sadly no.

Vintage GoBots Prototype Toy Buyers

If you’re looking to sell vintage prototype toys Wheeljack’s Lab is a vintage toy buyer.  We would love to buy or take a look at your old toy collection. Wheeljack’s Lab has been buying and selling used toys for three decades. We offer immediate communications, advance payment, and prepaid shipping. If the collection warrants, we will even pick up your collection! Toy quotes are given the same day. We will be certain to give your old toys new homes with people who greatly appreciate them as you did. So, are you ready to sell your vintage toys?


Author: Chris Ingledue 

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Bio: I am the founder and owner of Wheeljack’s Lab pop Culture and Toy Shop. My vision has always been to reunite customers with their favorite childhood toys and pop culture, triggering fond memories, and reigniting their imaginations. Every day, I work in the “lab” where it’s Christmas 365 days a year. I scour the internet, like when we had the Sears Catalog of yesteryear, for the next great treasure. Then, I await the arrival of the postman as if he were Santa Claus himself and helping collectors worldwide with their own versions of Christmas. Every day as a vintage toy buyer is an absolute joy!

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