Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World Events Productions is mostly known for, of course, the Voltron franchise. However, it’s not the only anime they’ve brought to US TV. Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs, a translation of the anime Star Musketeer Bismarck, is one of three sci-fi westerns, including Adventures Of The Galaxy Rangers and Bravestarr. (The only other one for kids would be the 90s series Wild West C.O.W.boys of Moo Mesa, but only in the origin.) The show features four heroes chosen to protect the frontier from bad guys from another dimension. Tonight we’ll take a look at the first episode…because they’re only two on WEP’s official YouTube channel, which frankly doesn’t have a lot on it.

“Vapor beings who get sent back after being shot”. Right. Even Bravestarr committing murder skirted with the idea of death, and they had an episode that involved Bravestarr’s mentor . Personally I would have saved the reveal of the Ramrod’s robot mode until the transformation. And of course that’s Peter Cullen (who also did voice work on the original Voltron) as the robot with a John Wayne voice. It was an inspiration for Optimus Prime’s voice originally, although this was later.

In the original anime, the characters that became Fireball and April are also childhood friends and would later start a romance. Six extra episodes were produced by World Events to enforce the changes made for a US kids show and boosting the Western feel they were going for. The Ramrod was called Bismarck in the Japanese version, making it the title character rather than Saber Rider, who wasn’t even the main hero of the show. That was Fireball’s counterpart, but I guess the British soldier on the flying robo-horse seemed more appealing.

The series is now available through WEP’s online store if you want to see more. There’s also a comic. I wouldn’t mind reading that.


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6 responses »

  1. Sean says:

    For some reason, I couldn’t get too much into this cartoon. I can’t explain why, but it just doesn’t appeal to me. This particular showing of a “space western” seems kind of bland. It’s not as exciting as Bravestarr was. This is just my personal opinion. Even so, I did enjoy seeing the Ramrod robot in action. But seeing this video has made me curious to read more online about the show. I never remember it playing on our local television stations in the 80s.


    • Around here it played while kids were still getting home from school. I got home just in time to watch most of it.


      • Sean says:

        I wish you had told me about the show when we were in 9th grade. Back in the 87-88 school year, when I got home from school, I do remember watching the Duck Tales cartoon, but I was never aware of the existence of Sabre Rider and the Star Sheriffs. But based on what you say, it sounds like I would missed part or all of an episode because you were able to catch it just as you got home (you walked to school and I rode the bus, so you were able to get home quicker than I did from the high school).

        Do the episodes get to be more exciting after the first episode? It’s probably wrong of me to form an opinion of the cartoon just based on one episode.

        Also, yes WEP and :Lion Forge Comics have teamed up to release a new comic series on Sabre Rider and the Star Sheriffs. In addition to the new Voltron comics being produced by Lion Forge, this shows me that WEP has ended its business relationship with Dynamite Comics. Dynamite is now no longer in the Voltron biz.

        So Dynamite….if you’re listening….please get into a business relationship where you can produce Tranzor Z comic books…..please!!!!


        • It’s been so many years since I’ve watched it (and WEP only has to episodes officially) that I can’t remember. As for Tranzor Z (aka Mazinger Z for you anime purists out there), I find that unlikely. We liked it but it doesn’t hold the nostalgia that Voltron gained.


  2. Sean says:

    Did you used to watch this Sabre Rider show on our local television channels in 1987? This is the first that I’ve heard of this cartoon. I think I would need to see another episode or two to get a more accurate view as to whether I like this show or not. This first episode just didn’t catch my excitement factor. But maybe it gets better as episodes progress.

    It’s Lion Forge Comics (the same ones that do the comic of the new Voltron series) that is producing the comics. In fact, Issue 1 came out today. Due to my lack of a past strong connection with Sabre Rider, I won’t be getting the comics.In fact, I’m still contemplating whether I should get the trade paperback of the new Voltron comics that Lion Forge has produced. Maybe if I browse one of them, I can get an idea on if it’s something I would be interested in. Due to the fact that I haven’t seen any of the Netflix shows, I’m afraid to take a gamble on the comic series. Yes, I like Voltron, but the larger question is do I like the Voltron of Netflix? Just like you, I feel very strongly that current artists/writers should maintain the integrity of a classic property such as Voltron, Thundercats, Robotech, etc. (another thing I ponder….how will a British comic company such as Titan handle a Japanese/American property such as Robotech when that comic series appears in June 2017?).

    Fascinating things to think about….


  3. Sean says:

    Yes, I know that a Tranzor Z comic book is very unlikely. But one can always dream. I thoroughly enjoyed Tranzor Z just as much as I did with Voltron. There has to be some large amount of Tranzor Z fans out there….not as huge as the Voltron fans base….but still. Hey, at least Robotech is making a comeback again very soon in the comics world.


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