I was not a British child of the 1980s (despite exposure to Dangermouse and Count Duckula via Nickelodeon), so I’d never heard of The Trap Door until fairly recently. Here is an episode where the main character finding a radio is used as an excuse to play the full-length theme song. Well, who can resist an adorably creepy New Wave musical number?
Title cards to episodes 1-5 of Defenders of the Earth. While the majority of the show’s title cards were unique, they would use the same ones for multi-part stories; since “Family Reunion” was a follow-up to “A House Divided” (both focusing on the Phantom’s renegade older brother), the reuse on display here is appropriate.
The “written by” font on “Escape from Mongo” feels sorta embarrassing. IIRC, it’s super-imposed over the image and not actually a part of it.
Veteran voice actor Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime, Venger, Ahgg the giant spider) brings way more gravitas to this incredibly dumb (but excellently animated) ’80s advertoon opening than it deserves. They will take Earth’s gold to make DEATH GOLD!
Power Masters was a short-lived toyline by Lionel, otherwise known for their trains (and, if you’re of the right age, Lionel Playworld stores). Somehow they had the budget to contract the amazingly talented TMS Entertainment for Power Masters… although to be honest, I’m not sure if Power Masters had more than one episode, which might be an explanation in of itself.
Somewhat beat-up front and rear card to a Hasbro Battle Beasts 2-pack. The fact that wood floats on water has never really felt like a weakness of water, to be honest… also, not entirely sure how albino man-fish Killer Carp battles with the power of fire.
MASK volume 1 VHS box front, interior side panel (!), and box back. Like the Challenge of the GoBots “Battle for GoBotron” release from the same company (see here), the tape was not packaged in a conventional cardboard VHS sleeve or a plastic clamshell; the box actually folds open like a greeting card, with the cassette facing opposite the white panel. This was not the best design decision, because unless you remembered to hold the front flap closed, the tape would fall out if you tried to look at the back.
Interestingly, the box artwork comes from the DC Comics cover art to the first and last issues of the MASK miniseries (by Mike Chen and Joe DelBeato)… except, since the Gator jeep was partly hidden by a corner box on the comic cover, the Karl-Lorimar art department apparently had to redraw that area, and subsequently the rear of Gator is out of perspective with the rest of itself. To be fair, I suppose, the background area extensions they added to better fit the art into the video cover margins are a bit more seamless. (I would gripe about Hondo MacLean being pink instead of African-American on the rear, but considering Alex Sector’s bare arms are purple-grey, I think we can set that one aside…)
I have no recollection of ever encountering either A Star for Jeremy or the Vincent Price version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice advertised on the interior cover flap.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe wallpapers, from the Madman Entertainment website. Unlike He-Man, Skeletor does not have more than one pose, apparently.
… probably gave you zombie nightmares, depending on the age range you’re in.
(He is the only large Inhumanoid I don’t own and it GNAWS AT ME SO.)
(Also his “Arch Enemy” is wrong, he’s really the Redwoods’ enemy.)
(Also also this is the last Inhumanoids toy bio I have from the UK DVD set. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!)
A selection of punch-outs from the Marvel Books Transformers Punch-Out Book. Being an early product, it features a number of unusual character designs, such as Boxhead Bumblebee, Bandit Mask Megatron, and a strangely deformed Skywarp. Starscream’s noggin, meanwhile, reminds me a bit of the unique head designs Skywarp and Thundercracker had in the Marvel Books coloring books, but it isn’t either of them.
The punch-outs in the book also give us a pair of original Decepticon jets - silver-blue with red wings and silver-blue with yellow wings! We will probably never get toys of them. Sadness.
Character bio for Metlar, one of the three titular antagonists of Hasbro’s Inhumanoids toyline. Despite being the Inhumanoid leader and a stand-in for Satan (evil thing living in the fiery center of the Earth an’ all), Metlar’s design wasn’t terribly imposing, looking something like an overweight troll in a chain-mail leotard. The cartoon character model reduced some of his dumpiness… but then he had other problems to deal with.
Character bio for Tendril, one of the three titular antagonists of Hasbro’s Inhumanoids toyline. Despite having an imposingly Cthulhu-y head design, Tendril was by far the dumbest of the three main Inhumanoids on the cartoon.
Tendril’s bio contains a pretty flagrant error, contradicting itself on his arch-enemy - while the quick stat area calls him an enemy of the Redwoods, the main text singles him out as the Granites’ foe. The latter scenario was what the cartoon used, with the Granites keeping him locked up in their home city.