I agree, growing up as a kid in Philadelphia in the 80's we all adored this show. Running home from the school bus to make sure we were on time to catch it. I was innocent at the time but knew something was wrong with the edited dubs; when Dash said "“Knox got out right behind you". we laughed. "Yeah, in a million pieces he did."
I live in MN now and I guess it was not on TV here back in the day. Friends and co-workers don't have a clue what I am talking about.
This movie was fun, just like Transformers, watch it for entertainment. The combination of elements from Comet Empire really helped the story. And yes, the "combat IQ-9" was a "YAY!" moment for me. Did you see the deleted scene in the credits where he salutes Kodai?