Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Daytime Heroes: M.A.S.K. (1985)

Kenner Toys, now part of Hasbro, introduced the M.A.S.K. line of action figures in 1985, so, naturally, there was a daily animated series to help sell the line. The series lasted three years, 75 episodes in all, meaning only 10 new shows were produced after season 1.

In addition to the series, a license was granted to DC for a 4-part comics miniseries, and there were also comics published in the UK based on the show. Like fellow DIC frosh Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors, which came out that same season, M.A.S.K. had a kickin' theme song, and even though the concept was a bit derivative of GI Joe, it still managed to form its own fanbase.

Nearly 25 years later, after absorbing Kenner and some of its other rivals, Hasbro incorporated some of the characters, including Matt Trakker & Miles Mayhem, into the GI Joe line, so you can forget about any chance of a revival.

Following is the series opener, "The Deathstone":

Rating: B.

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