Back when Saturday morning cartoons were the reason for our existence the majority of us were watching such classic action/adventure cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Thundercats, He-Man and the Masters of The Universe and so on. In the mean time there were other cartoons that either you didn’t knew existed or if you happen to catch one and tell your friends about it they would call shenanigans. In some cases if you were a child that had alot of toys, specifically action figures you probably had a toy or two that made you wonder where the hell it was from. In alpabetical order here are 12 action/adventure cartoons that you probably don’t remember or have never seen.
Adventures of The Galaxy Rangers (1986) Late in the 21st century, the an organization called the Bureau of Extra-Terrestrial Affairs (BETA) is formed on Earth to keep peace in the galaxy. Joseph Walsh commands a team of genetically and technologically advanced rangers-Zachary Fox, Niko, Goose, and Doc Hartford-to protect us from alien threats, including Queen of the Crown and her minions. This show weaves together aspects of westerns and science fiction into its setting.
Before Cowboy Beepop, Before Firefly and before anything you knew as Sci-Fi frontier there was Adventures of The Galaxy Rangers. Fucking amazing animation, top notch voice acting, cool intro song, well written episodes with memorable, individualistic characters. Really, a terrific cartoon.
Bionic 6 (1987) The Bionic Six are a diverse adopted family representing a cross cultural slice of the world. All of whom have been given super powers through the miracle of modern science. Together, they use these advanced cybornetic powers to defend the world from the evil Dr. Scarab and his lackies.
The Stories and writing were typical. The concept, although feeling like an animated version of the 6 Million Dollar Man was refreshing. The theme song was tacky but oh so wonderful and the animation was visually an amazing production. The only thing that may have drove you nuts was that in pretty much every episode “who are the Bionic 6” was asked. Come on now, not only did no one wear a mask to conceal their identity but but they were a family consisting of two Caucasian kids, an African-American and an Asian kid.
Blackstar (1981) Astronaut John Blackstar’s shuttle passes through a black hole and crashes on the planet Sagar. He is rescued by the gentle Trobbits, who live under the tyranny of the Overload, possessor of one half of an all-powerful sword. Armed with the other half, Blackstar aids the resistance with his dragon, Warlock, the shape-shifter Klone; and the sorceress, Mara.
For those that don’t know Blackstar was actually the pre-curser to He-man and the Masters of the Universe. The shows actually shared some similarities such as in the use of repeated animation (I.E. same shot of character running but with different background). Blackstar never shared the same success as He-man which is a shame as the show did deliver in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy department. Heroes, cool weapons, goofy sidekicks and random weirdness. It was all good, as far as early 80’s cartoons go that is.
Galtar and the Golden Lance (1985) Galtar and the Golden Lance was an outer space sword and sorcery affair featuring a light-hearted blonde warrior named Galtar. Searching for the vile Tormack, the despot responsible for the deaths of his parents, Galtar aligned himself with beautiful princess Goleeta and her feisty younger telekinetic brother Zorn. Goleeta and Zorn also had a score to settle with Tormack, who’d stolen Goleeta’s magical golden shield. Tormack in turn coveted Galtar’s equally magical double-edged golden lance, for whosoever possessed both lance and shield would be all-powerful.
This was an excellent cartoon that captured the alluring aspect of sword and sorcery. The characters were a bit dull and a bit too beautiful, honestly who wants to root for a typical, dreamy blond warrior? Although if I must say so Princess Goldlita was looking fine! The stories might not have been anything grand but overall the show was a perfect piece of action/adventure.
Jacye and The Wheeled Warriors (1985) In a distant galaxy where magic and technology co-exists, Audric, a scientist accidentally creates The Monster Minds, a race of mutated plant creatures that goes on a rampage and sets out to take over the universe. In a bid to correct the creation of The Monster Minds, Audric creates a plant called “The Magic Root” which will destroy The Monster Minds, but The Magic Root got split into two pieces and half of the magic root is given to Audric’s son Jayce. Joined by a team of fighters known as “The Lightning League” led by a 1000 year old wizard named Gillian, Jayce embarks on a desperate quest to find his father and put the two pieces of “The Magic Roots” together, which will destroy The Monster Minds and their evil leader, Sawboss.
Bizarre story but the writing was pretty mature. Great mix of Sci-Fi and fantasy. Of course plants turning into metal vehicles was a bit ridicules but besides that the show provided a real sense of action and adventure. The shows most redeeming quality had to be it’s Epic theme song, far and above one of the best cartoon soundtracks ever.
Lazer Tag Academy (1986) Lazer Tag Academy is the story of Jamie Jaren, a thirteen year old Lazer Tag champion from 3010 who journeys back in time to stop the evil Draxon Drear. She joins with her ancestors, Tom, Beth and Nicky Jaren who also share her special powers. For most people, Starlites, the Lazer Tag “guns” are harmless toys. But for others, like the Jarens, they become weapons that allow them, along with the Star Sensor, allow them to travel in time, move object, ect.
For those of you that don’t know Lazer Tag Academy was based on the highly popular Lazer Tag toy set. Awesome toys by the way. However this show was crap, just a means in which to advertise the toys. Bunch of retards running around with Laser gun toys in which allowed them to use ‘Force” like powers. Some what fun but the characters were nothing special and the show really suffered with poor and typical writing. Best amusement is the intros voice over done by none other Don Lafontaine.
The Mighty Orbots (1984) In the future, Earth is threatened by various enemies, but none worse than the organization called Shadow, lead by the cybernetic menace known as Umbra. Against this, the Galactic Patrol strives to protect Earth, but the mild mannered young scientist, Robert Simmons, does more. In times of peril, he secretly fights as the leader of the Orbots, a team of unique artificially intelligent robots each equipped with their own unique capabilities that are invaluable in this war. Together, whether individually or united as parts of a giant combined robot, they represent Earth’s most powerful defense
A fun alternative to Robotech, Transformers and Voltron. It offered great animation, great action and even some good humor. Those robots were so dam lovable. Sadly the show didn’t make it past the first season because of a lawsuit from the makes of “The Gobots”.
Ring Raiders (1986) A Group of pilots named the Ring Raiders who protect the planet, throughout time, from the evil Skull Squadron. The Ring Raiders are made up of history’s best pilots, brought together to protect civilization.
Another less than stellar cartoon. In fact I dunno if this show ever made it passed it’s pilot (haha see what I did there?). A show about time traveling fighting jets might have been cool when we were kids but in hindsight it’s a bit gay. Speaking of homoerotic innuendoes, Ring Raiders? Sounds like a gay porn title.
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs (1987-89) The series is set in the future, when humankind has reached the stars. There are many outposts and settlement worlds in the galaxy with Old West influenced names. There are also outlaws, bounty hunters… and sheriffs. Saber Rider is the leader of the Star Sheriffs. The Star Sheriffs are the special operatives of Cavalry Command, their main assignment is to protect the Galaxy from the growing threat of the Outriders.
An intriguing series with badass characters, wonderful plot depth and extravagant action sequences. A solid series! It’s Voltron meets the wild west.
Space Sentinels (1977) Centuries ago the cosmic computer entity known as Sentinel One transported three young Earthlings to his domain granted them powers and eternal youth. Now they protect the human race from super-villains marauding aliens tampering time-travelers and vengeful deities. The trio of heroes super-strong Hercules shape-changing Astraea and lightning-fast Mercury have become legends guarding mankind as the Space Sentinels.
This is probably Filmation’s least attractive Cartoon Series, He-Man being the most. The show was more or less “Superfriends” in space. The story is simple enough, histories greatest heroes are gathered to defend a mystical realm. They kick butt, share the love and the story always has a moral. Fairly entertaining.
Starcom (1987) A short lived series that depicted the adventures of an American astronaut brigade as the fought off the attempted invasions by Shadow force, a nasty collection of aliens and robots led by the nefarious Emperor Dark
A cheesy but enthralling cartoon. It offered impeccable subject matter. It actually brought some sort of science fact into the science equation. (i.e.. accurate depiction of the gas layers of Jupiter, the temperatures of moons such as Io when in direct sunlight, and so on) The animation was typical for its day and the characters were a bit outlandish but at least the action figures were fun. The little space dudes had magnets on their feet and parents would find these guys everywhere, the refrigerator, the car, any metal surface of annoyance.
Vytor, The Star Fire Champion (1989) A legacy of legends, Civilization had done what man had always dreamed of doing, established a world of total peace. Then the greedy King of War, Myzor Sarcophogus, sought to capture the power of the Saturn Orb. He built a hidden fortress in the fiery heart of a living volcano, trained his secret army and then struck. In a single lightning moment, the peace was shattered.
Young Vytor, armed with the mystical weapons of justice, accepts the greatest of all challenges: to battle Myzor in the heart of his evil fortress, to reclaim the Saturn Orb and to restore peace.
A true lost 80’s cartoon. I believe only 4 episodes aired on american Television. If you saw this as a kid I probably wouldn’t have believed you then and well don’t believe you now. Though I have not seen this cartoon the animation looks so so and and it seems like a fairly entertaining thing to watch while eating kix cereal in your footsie pajamas. God, that intro theme song is gonna get stuck in my head, it’s so lame.