Hear me out. Lately I've gone back and watched a lot of G1 and Challenge of the Gobots. I think primarily the reason that Transformers "won" out over Gobots is because Transformers had a more mature story and atmosphere. Some people might say Transformers had better animation too but honestly Gobots animation wasn't that bad, it was just horrible character designs. In fact, here's what I've noticed. Challenge of the Gobots was BRUTALY honest in depicting their toyline (barring face sculpts). Whatever that toy looked like is pretty much how it was depicted on screen. When Turbo transformed you could see his face under the car and in robot mode he looked like he was wearing a skirt. CyKills hands looked just like the toy. Characters like Baron Von Joy didn't even have a face! For better or worse, the character designs stuck as close to the toys as possible. Transformers, on the other hand, would just lie straight to your face. "Mom, I think the store forgot to put the rest of Ironhide in the box!" You were seriously lucky if the toy you bought looked anything like what appeared on screen. In some cases, they were almost nothing alike. If both shows were really just half hour toy commercials then you have to say that Gobots was at least the more honest toy commercial. Transformers tied to sell you stuff that didn't even resemble the product on the shelves. What's funny is that I think that desire to be honest and true to the toyline is what held their show back. Kids preferred the lie I guess. And I'm no different, I remember thinking the gobot characters looked dumb as f***. It's just messed up that a company was penalized for trying to portray their toyline honestly.