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 it’s still on some obscure SKY channel. I’m off to find out.


Jeff Mountjoy said...

Hey, you were totally right about being able to twinge my '80s nostalgia. I forgot all about Garbage Pail Kids, MASK, Thundercats, Rubik, and Knight Rider. And my sister was a serious Fraggle fan. :-)

Gotta say, though, most 70s/80s television was awful. I just watched the miniseries for the new Battlestar: Galactica (which was excellent), and went back to watch some of the old Battlestar episodes. I remember them fondly, but on rewatching (now that I'm no longer eight years old) it's pretty obvious that they were awful: bad acting, bad writing, bad directing. It's like watching Wild Wild West reruns.

Other bad '80s television that I enjoyed at the time: Manimal, The Highwayman, Sledge Hammer, Cagney and Lacey.

CT said...

Mask were cool as shit... I had gator and condor... great post...

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The Worst Decade Of All Time
By : Aishah Bowron

The worst musical era of all times were the Eighties. I disliked that decade. The only good bands and artists that I liked from the Eighties are Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Europe, Guns N’Roses, Michael Jackson and Prince and that’s about it.

All the best rock bands came out of the Seventies. The Seventies produced proper pop and rock bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Trapeze, Free, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Motorhead, etc (but not Evil Glitter). The Seventies were about the music, not about marketing and that was a good thing. Bands from the Sixties and Seventies cared about and were enthusiastic about the music. The Eighties were about synthesizers and poppy little sounds. Synthesizers were boring instruments because you couldn’t jump around with it like you would do with a guitar. Even worse there were all these horrible bands like the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Depeche Mode, OMD, Kajagoogoo, Thompson Twins, Howard Jones and many similar acts in the Eighties. Then you got the Stock Aitken and Waterman nonsense, which drove me bleeding mad. They were responsible for producing cheeseball hits like Never Gonna Give You Up and I Should Be So Lucky..

The musical scene in the Eighties was a joke. You had record companies and managers who were more important than the artists. These managers acted like dictators telling you what to do like polishing your music and looking a bit. You had to live by the strict Draconian rules forever doing TV shows , playback performances and photo sessions. It was too nice and too tame. You had no control over your music because you had to play the way the manager wanted you to sound. The Eighties were backlashed against the guitar because the producer toned it down to make room for the synths. That is amongst the reason why I think the Eighties were awful.

The Eighties seem to forget that the foundation of the music business is music. The Eighties were so corporate, uncaring, insensitive and thoughtless about the origins of music. You had graduates from business colleges who happened to favour commerce than art and I don’t think it was a very good thing. The Eighties is a decade not worth remembering .

Joshua said...

I thought this was a great show, however, I disagree that it was a rip-off of transformers. It was a completely different show. If any show was a rip-off of transformers it would have been Gobots.

Ricky Dink said...

If you want more stories from the 80s - and the more he writes the more he remembers - check out andie airfix's blog. he designed for Thompson Twins, Def Leppard, Dead or Alive and many more! Some hilarious stuff!

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