In this vivid, colorful space saga narrated by voice talent Gary
Owens, scientist Rob Simmons [Barry Gordon] leads a team of personable
robots in secret missions to thrwart the attacks of intergalactic
threat Shadow, and its cyborg leader Umbra [voiced by Bill Martin]
- a bizzare 5-eyed monstrosity living with the Shadow Star. Using
various shadow agents such as shape-shifting alien Plasmus, mind-controlling
braininac Mentalis, Doctor Phoenix - a cyborg scientist with an
exposed metallic brain in a glass shell, circus boss Ringmaster,
and Dragos & Drax - two brainwashing robotic rockers, Umbra seeks
to destroy the Orbots and continue its hostile takeover of Earth.
Orbots include Tor [Bill Martin], Bort [Jim MacGeorge], miniscule
co-pilot Ohno [Noelle North], dainty Bo [Sherry Alberoni] and Boo
[Julie Bennett] who vaguely resembled C3PO of Star Wars, and Crunch
[Don Messick], a the metal chomping robot with an insatiable appetite.
The six Orbots possess the ability to 'transform' one super robot:
Tor/Torso, Bort/Leg, Crunch/leg, Bo/Arm, Boo/Arm, and Ohno acting
as the "starter" from Simmon's control craft, which became
the last "piece" of the robot torso - a trait painfully
similar to "Voltron."
episode began with a quick 15 second opening preview with the same
line: "Hi, this is Rob Simmons, leader of the Mighty Orbots...join
us in some hot action, as we take on the evil forces of Umbra."