Tools of the Imagination – M.A.S.K.

M.A.S.K. produced by DIC Enterprises, originally aired from September 1985 to November 1986, available on DVD and YouTube GI Joe meets Transformers…what could possibly go wrong? M.A.S.K. is a classic cartoon from the 1980s cartoon boom that is more fondly remembered than actually enjoyed.  Many of the episodes are recalled with the rose-colored glasses ofContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – M.A.S.K.”

Tools of the Imagination – Xenon

Xenon Ultraman’s Robotic Friend Playmates, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, 1994 At first glance, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad looked like a high-concept knockoff of Power Rangers or Ultraman (for the few in the US that watched Ultraman: Towards the Future).  You have a high school teenager who uses his magical (or so-super-futuristic-as-it-might-as-well-be-magical) device to turn into a superhero.Continue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Xenon”

Tools of the Imagination — NES Power Glove

Power Glove  The Holiest Of The Holy Mattel, Nintendo Accessories Line, 1989     Okay, I know what you’re saying: ‘But Robert, the Power Glove isn’t exactly a toy.  It was a peripheral for the Nintendo Entertainment System’.  And I’ll respond by making three points.  One, I was looking for a non-Hasbro toy in myContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination — NES Power Glove”

Tools of the Imagination — Cy Kill

Cy Kill Challenge of the Go-Bots toyline, by Bandai, released 1985 The Black Sheep of the Mecha Family It’s a pretty simple equation that if one thing is popular, a lot of it should be even more popular.  After all, look at all the games in the wake of Pokemon, vampire books in the wakeContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination — Cy Kill”

Tools of the Imagination — Ken Masters

Ken Masters Street Fighter toyline, by Jazwares, released 2004 Player 2 Goes Nowhere It’s not clear to me why the action figures of fighting game tend to have such a terrible track record, but boy do they.  Going back to the Street Fighter II line of GI Joe action figures to the most current figuresContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination — Ken Masters”