M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) is an animated television series directed by several uncredited Japanese studios, and produced by the French-American DIC Enterprises, Inc and also the toyline of the same name sold by Kenner.
A total of 75 syndicated episodes of M.A.S.K. were broadcast from 1985 to 1986. One of many cartoons produced during the 1980s as a vehicle for toy merchandising, M.A.S.K. (which is an acronym for the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), was a hybrid of popular era cartoons G.I. Joe and The Transformers. It featured a special task force featuring an array of characters, led by Matt Trakker, with transforming vehicles engaged in an ongoing battle against the criminal organization V.E.N.O.M. (an acronym for the Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem), with an emphasis on super-powered helmets called masks worn by the characters on the show. Click here to watch the intro »
The object of the game is to land on the treasure chest, but don’t get grabbed by It From The Pit. A large plastic board with a deep center well houses the large motorized monster that reaches up onto the board throughout the game while players move on one of two paths at the rim of the pit. The inner path is shorter, but is easier for the monster to reach. The monster is turned on at the start of the game and continues grabbing players until the game is over. Players roll dice and quickly move their explorer around the pit. At any time during the game, if the monster grabs your explorer and pulls it down into the pit hole, that explorer is out of play. If the monster just knocks the explorer over or moves it to another space the explorer is still in the game. The first player to reach the treasure chest space by exact count wins the game. If all the explorers are pulled into the pit, then “It” has won the game.
Cutie Club was a teeny tiny toyline produced by Lewis Galoob toys, made in 1989. The line is extensive and consists of tiny things- horses and children- or colts and kids, as they were called- only an inch tall, and all kinds of playsets for them. Each figure has brushable hair. Each set had a generic name but the characters did not have individual names.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a half-hour American animated television series based on the successful toyline from Hasbro and the comic book series from Marvel Comics. The cartoon had its beginnings with two five-part mini-series, then became a regular series that ran in syndication from 1985 to 1986.
Ron Friedman created the G.I. Joe animated series for television, and wrote all four mini-series. The fourth mini-series was intended to be a feature film, but as noted subsequently was released as a television mini-series instead because of production difficulties. Click here to watch all of the different intros »