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I really need an isolated soundclip of 12:09 (I won't spoil it)
Also I laughed so hard throughout this. Its one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I've seen in a while.
"How toyetic can you get?" isn't a tag here?
Doc Terror and his cyborg companion, Hacker! I think they were always plugging each other's sockets, if you know what I mean?
Not gay in the least
Ace McCloud and Crystal were my favorites. Also, that dog with the rocket launcher.
Oh, the 80s truly were the age of toy commercials masquerading as cartoons, thanks in part to FCC deregulation .
For every "innovator", there is a legion of imitators seeking to get a piece of the latest cash cow du jour, and for every Transformers or GI Joe or He-Man there were a bunch of wannabes like Air Raiders, Robotix, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Spiral Zone, etc.
Other properties where the merchandise was dependent on external and typically finite phenomena like pre-existing TV shows or films were perceived to be the old guard; these toy lines such as Masters of the Universe or G.I. Joe were able to sustain their own "narratives" which acted as wellsprings for a continuous stream of new, must-have products.
"We couldn't have defeated Cobra without our brand new Zap-o-copter-cycle, available now in toy stores everywhere/Thankfully we were able to stop Skeletor with (new playset)!"
So this action figure trend of the the 1980s represented a paradigm shift in the marketplace and you had all of these firms, producers, etc. trying to come up with the Next Big Profitable thing and work it for as long as possible. That the successes in this field were essentially outliers in a wide clearance aisle of knock-offs, also-rans. It was in the bargain-bins and bottom shelves that the secret history of the 1980s action figure craze lurked, the plastic chaff produced in the form of all of the Sectaurs and Captain Powers and Bravestarrs and Starriors and Mighty Crusaders.
Yeah I remember having the blue guy from this show, but I assume it was because it was in the bargain bin. Oh well, blue guy could take down green army men no sweat.
Unmerciful Crushing Force
What I always hated about this generation of cartoons is that the openings were super bad-ass and AWESOME the way that only Japanese anime studios being given all the money can be.
Then you actually sit down and watch the show and it looks and moves like absolute shit. GI Joe, Thundercats, Transformers...for how fondly remembered they all I can remember is tuning out because it wasn't as exciting as the openings were.
At least here it looks the mechanical designs were a cut above. My buddy back in the states showed our roleplaying group the opening of this to get us pumped for sci-fi action/adventure. It worked.
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