In the comments of my last Transformers comic review my friend Sean mentioned that IDW and Hasbro are bringing the Visionaries toyline to their Hasbro Comic Universe. I don’t know what the new history is (we’ve seen them alter MASK enough that the old story is probably gone) and since I was never a big fan of the show or toyline (despite my favorite movie being a fantasy and growing up with Masters Of The Universe I rarely enter the genre) I don’t really care. But for you nostalgia lovers out there this week’s Showcase should be welcome.
So come with us to the planet Prysmos, who joins Skalorr and Symbion in the list of post-apocalyptic alien worlds, where science is dead and magic is the order of the day. The toyline used lenticular holograms to showcase their magical power and those of the vehicles. Star Comics produced a short-lived series and a cartoon by Sunbow and TMS was also produced, which only lasted one season since the toyline they were based on did not succeed. Tonight we’ll look at the first episode to give you an idea what the original series was about and those of you with interest in the IDW comics can compare if they got it right or if it’s another MASK, which was a good comic but a terrible adaptation.
From what little memory I have of the show and a quick refresher on Wikipedia I wouldn’t be surprised to learn Merklynn was behind the event that killed technology on Prismos. He’s a real jerk and is basically using both sides to pursue whatever goal he had. The show ended before anything was realized. The special powers of the non-staff owners was the ability to energize leftover vehicles with magic, thus bringing them back to life and using their own magic gifts. Because we aren’t letting a little thing like dead technology stop us from selling vehicles in our toylines! I think even the Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves toys had vehicles somehow.
Why did the toys fail? I don’t know. It’s not my kind of toyline and I can only assume not enough kids disagreed with me. But I know a few people who did honestly like the toys, or at least the cartoon and comic. Nostalgia is a funny thing. It isn’t just the popular things at the time that people remember.