One of the weirdest and most wonderful toys from the Gobot catalog is “Monsterous,” often misspelled as “Monstrous.” Monsterous is actually a combiner, consisting of six Gargoyle-like Gobot Renegades (the Gobot verson of the Decepticons).
The six Renegades that transform (er, “convert”) into Monsterous are: Weird Wing, South Claw, Heart Attack, Gore Jaw, Fangs and Fright Face. When combined (with Fright Face at the top of the pyramid, as it were…), these ghoulish folks form the monster you see at the top of this post, a very colorful and fanciful-lookng creature, by any definition.
Relatively few combiners were made for the Gobot line — just the Renegade Puzzler and the Power Suit Combiners — so Monsterous is a pretty cool and odd toy. He certainly doesn’t look quite like your typical Gobot, and in his original Japanese incarnation he was called, ominously enough, Satan 6.
Monsterous also originally came in at least two color variations that I’ve seen while haunting E-Bay. This particular Monsterous (pictured) is currently my son Joel’s absolute favorite toy.
At least until I can get my hands on a Transformer Preda-King Combiner for him…but that’s going to cost a pretty penny.