7 Classic Toys That Deserve A Reboot
Transformers this, G.I. Joe that — please, for the love of all things holy, shut up! You’re making such a big deal out of those two series that you’re neglecting these perfectly incredible classic toys that totally deserve a reboot. Have a little variety, for Pete’s sake!
This is what I’m talking about:
The Mobile Armored Strike Kommand (M.A.S.K.) were a task force of specially trained good guys, who had some of the most rocking vehicles around to help them deal with the menacing V.E.N.O.M (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). This show was awesome in so many ways, but perhaps none better than its toy line.
The M.A.S.K. figures had bendable knees in an age of rigidly awkward action figure poses. Each one was also sold with their vehicle of choice (e.g. a Jeep that turns in to a speedboat, a motorcycle that turns in to a mini-copter, a car that turns in to a flying car, etc.).
The figures themselves also came with accessories that you could take on and off of the individual figure. Matt Trakker, the lead good guy, had a cool-looking helmet as did several others. With great character designs, neat automotive accessories, and a high concept urban warfare storyline, this would make one heck of a movie if Hollywood ever gets around to it. Here’s hoping!
M.A.S.K. also had a cartoon show and a line of short-lived comics. Last but not least, the U.K. company Gremlin Graphics released three computer games: M.A.S.K., M.A.S.K. II, and M.A.S.K. III: V.E.N.O.M. Strikes Back. Don’t tell me a reboot wouldn’t be off the charts!
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Prince Adam turned in to the mightiest dude in the universe whenever he held aloft his magic sword and said, “By the power of Grayskull! I have the power!!” After that, his loyal fraidy cat Cringer turned in to the mighty Battle Cat, and you just knew that Skeletor and his minions were in for a world of hurt! The toys for He-Man and MOTU were incredibly creative in spite of using the same body mold for all but Evil-Lynn, Teela, and the Sorceress. I would still mug a person if it meant getting the Snake Mountain playset that always eluded me.
A quality live action motion picture would be awesome — that campy Dolph Lundgren thing does NOT count — but if studios insist on using the Step Up guy, to direct, this one can stay dead. However, with the right people involved, it would be sweet.
Spinja Warriors were insanely addictive. Once again, yours truly never got to own the epic battle arena — I was so deprived — but these were sold in individual battle sets that unfolded and revealed two Spinjas and two launchers. By inserting the Spinja head first into the launcher, cranking it up, and pushing the release button, you could watch as the warriors wobbled on steel or brass tips (depending on which “team” they belonged to) and clashed against one another. Last man spinning was the winner, or he could score a KO by knocking his enemy out of the ring. These have since been reissued as WWE characters in Australia and you may also notice their DNA in the more modern creation of Beyblade. Spinjas themselves were a more colorful version of the 1960s classic Battling Tops.
The Central Organization of Police Specialists (C.O.P.S.) began in 1988 and ran for one year (65 episodes) in syndication. (I got my fix after school on WGN.) The show took place in Empire City in the year 2020 and involved a highly trained group of po-po good guys slugging it out with Brandon “Big Boss” Babel and his gang, known as C.R.O.O.K.S. (cannot remember what that stood for, but it doesn’t matter: they were bad!). With awesome names like Bulletproof, LongArm, Sundown, and Mace, you just knew the bad guys didn’t stand a chance. The toy line featured fully articulated and pose-able figures that each came with their own variation of cap gun that would actually “fire” a spark with an accompanying pop. There was also a 15-issue comic series from the folks at DC. This could be yet another epic resurgence complete with $200 million live-action special FX extravaganza. Then again, it did only run one year. Better keep it cheap, Hollywood!
Okay, so the GoBots were basically the Transformers, but still, we’d love to see the little guys make a return. Unfortunately, that probably isn’t going to happen in the old way. See, while the GoBots were purchased and assimilated into the Transformers line in the early ’90s, the original molds of the toys we came to know and love in the short-lived series Challenge of the GoBots remain a Bandai property. Nevertheless, it would be amazing to see these fellas in action again:
NOTE: The original GoBots series had 65 episodes and spawned the spinoff animated film GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords. As for the GoBots name, it’s taken a rather convoluted path since the Transformers acquisition. You can read about it here at ToplessRobot.com.
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
In 1987, there was a single 22-episode season produced of the classic sci-fi thriller Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future starring Timothy Dunigan as Captain Power, David Hemblen as his nemesis Lord Dread, and Jessica Steen (swoon) as Corporal Jennifer “Pilot” Chase. The show had an awesome line of toys and a not-so-awesome line of interactive videos that would interact with the toys. (Cool concept in theory but limited in execution.) The show didn’t last that long because parents just don’t understand and decided it was too violent. It did strike an odd balance between being for adults and kids with romantic storylines, sexual innuendo, and the aforementioned toyline. Parents were turned off by the violence and the kiddy name, especially when contrasted with the apocalyptic nature of the series. In the final episode, written by J. Michael Straczynski, Pilot sacrifices herself to take out several of Lord Dread’s minions. (Yeah, maybe we should have included in our most inappropriate franchises aimed at kids, but it didn’t really ever make it to franchise status.) A full second season of shows was written but never produced, and the world is poorer for it.
Well, on this one, I never had a TV show to guide me, but I do know there were Forces of Good and Forces of Evil, and all of them looked like they walked out of a horror movie. Loved the toys. The holograms were eerie and effective, and as a crazed fan of horror movies, I always wanted to see where these could have gone creatively.
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