Now basically, back in the 80s TV Cartoons were just 20 minute long toy commercials. M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand) was one of the better ones, even if it was a complete rip off of Transformers.
This cartoon had some pretty cool characters, and each one was made unique by way of their own personal vehicle and helmet. These weren't just ordinary helmets though, as each character's helmet had its own special power and code name.
Bruce Sato's helmet was called Lifter, for example, and obviously when he uttered the words Lifter ON!, his helmet would shoot out a beam and... well..... lift things.
The baddies were called VENOM (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem) When these guys were up to something, Matt would tell his computer to pick the M.A.S.K. agents best suited for the mission, based on the agent's vehicles and expertise, and then the computer would page the selected agents. Every agent wore a special wristwatch device that beeped and flashed the M.A.S.K. logo when they were needed.
The plots were hilarious, and the bad guys came up with some pretty stupid ideas to deal with M.A.S.K. For example, instead of say, buying up a couple of nuclear warheads and launching them at M.A.S.K. headquarters, Mayhem would decide to hijack a bunch of metal-eating bugs from a group of scientists and unleash them on the M.A.S.K.... because you see, their vehicles are made out of metal, and the bugs would eat the metal! This would cause their vehicles to corrode away and be useless! What an ingenious idea! Now what was better than the cartoons, were the toy vehicles you had. They were so cool. They transformed from one thing into another just like transformers, but were easier to do.
Some of the Characters:
Name Mask Vehicle
Alex Jackrabbit Rhino (Truck)
Brad Hocus Pocus Condor (Bike/Helicopter)
Dusty Backlash Gator (Jeep/Boat)
Miles Viper Switchblade(Chopper/Jet) my favourite
Sly Stilleto Piranha(Sidecar/Boat)
Vanessa Whip Manta (Car/Sub)
I bet itâ€™s still on some obscure SKY channel. Iâ€™m off to find out.
Posted by Life in the 80's at 8:51 AM