Since GoBots have now been more or less absorbed into the overall Transformers mythos, I felt it proper that I review their toys as well while I slowly sift through my closet in order to sell them off. Actually, I would review them anyway because I don't care (wait until you see the Robo Force reviews I have lined up).
There's three things that I like more than Transformers: Alcohol, pussy and GoBots. Yup, in most cases, I find that the GoBots toys are in many ways far superior to a lot of the Transformers toys from the 80's. However, not all GoBots are great. For example, while the effectiveness of alcohol is pretty much the same across the board and remained as such since dinosaurs and Jesus Christ walked the earth together, GoBots and pussy are only as good as how they are individually implemented. Sometimes they're awesome... and sometimes they can fill you with boredom or regret. In the case of this review, Good Knight is a bit of a pussy, and a dead fuck at that.
Good Knight actually showcases a fine amount of detail for what is otherwise an obtuse decision for an alt mode (an Excalibur Roadster). With rubber wheels, he definitely has that one notch of cool factor over his size-relative 'Mini-Vehicle' peers from the Transformers line; of whom have wheels of plastic. The front grille, rear bumper, engine slats and even the little windshield stickers go out of the way to make this toy stand out in a line-up of what was probably thousands of small transforming car toys back in the 80's.
There's also (as with most Tonka GoBots) a small amount of die-cast metal implemented into the toy design (mostly the chest/head region and the upper legs) that, while not particularly heavy, does lend a fair amount of heft to a toy that would otherwise be left feeling like a Chinese knockoff if it were all plastic. This may be the only thing that Good Knight has going for him, though...
While not all transforming toys have perfect robot modes (especially in the 80's), Good Knight comes off as a bit awkward when he goes full-tilt. His head and chest look rather decent, but my main gripe is that his forearms are basically the running boards of the car mode, meaning that they are far too thin. This doesn't mean the toy suffers from fragility, it means that his forearms are just too flat and thin to look very impressive or... right, even. They're more like paddles or flippers. The windshield also seems a bit weird to me in this mode; almost making Good Knight look like he's wearing a pair of overalls that are unbuttoned. Also, the upper body has a tendency to sink back into its lower legs while standing up (not necessarily a unique design flaw, though... this is a very common problem with ALL transforming robot toys back in the day who transformed in a similar manner). I could probably make some remarks about how his name is stupid, but let's take a step back and give GoBots some breathing room. Transformers has named characters "Erector", "Noctorro" and "Slugslinger" for fuck's sake. Let's admit it, even "Laserbeak" is a silly name.
Overall, Good Knight is a sturdy toy, and definitely not the worst GoBot (or even Transformer) out there. But there's far better. Not a favourite, this guy is for completists only.