I loved The Mighty Orbots show when it was broadcast decades ago. It lasted only one season and ended with a finale episode, which is unusual for cartoons. Was it always planned as a one-season show? It doesn't appear to have ever been released on DVD - why did it just disappear?
According to Wikipedia, the 13-episode series was never released on DVD. It ended early
due to a lawsuit between the show's creators and toymaker Tonka, who accused them of basing the cartoon on their GoBots franchise (which was adapted from Bandai's Machine Robo line). The robot depicted in the show was virtually identical to the robot in the anime for Bandai's Godmars toy, although the colors were changed.
This may have affected its release.
According to a rather informative review here, poor ratings were its downfall, though its release in other markets on VHS developed a small cult following. T M S Entertainment, Inc./M G M/U A Entertainment Company is the copyright holder according to US Copyright office. If you have access to a VCR, there are a couple of libraries in the US that apparently have it in their collections (set of 13 tapes). You might be able to get your local library to do an inter-library loan for you.
I asked Bandai Customer Service...
Hi, I loved the Might Orbots as a kid and would like a DVD release please.
1-It looks like Bandai holds the license for the Mighty Orbots
2-Will you please release the 13 episodes to DVD?
Please let me know.
...and got this response a week later...
Thank you for your inquiry.
As of March 31, 2013, Bandai Entertainment Inc. ceased its business operations and had not being selling items for around a year. We are unable to further respond to any email or phone inquiries regarding DVD’s.