VISIONARIES – the shortest-lived franchise?

Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light was an action figure toy line released by Hasbro in 1987 which consisted of twelve figures and four vehicles. The franchise also comprised an animated TV series and a comic book run. Following poor sales of the toys the line was abandoned by Hasbro, leaving series two characters, vehicles, and an action playset unproduced. The comic fared equally as bad, being cancelled after just six issues and halfway through a four-part storyline. The animated TV series lasted thirteen episodes and was not given a second series.

Below is a 1988 page from the French Cora Christmas catalogue showing the Dagger Assault vehicle and Darkling Lord character Reekon.

‘Visionaries: entre dans le monde incroyable des chevaliers à la lueur magique.’ Roughly translated as ‘Visionaries: enter the incredible world of the magical, glowing knights’. France. Cora catalogue. 1988.

Sources –

Check out the excellent The Visionaries .net site

Visonaries Wikipedia

G.I. JOE 1980s

A REAL AMERICAN HERO

G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced by Hasbro. The original 1964 line featured 12 inch figures. In 1982 the brand was relaunched in a 3¾-inch scale along with vehicles, playsets and accessories. G.I. Joe also appeared in comic books, video games and an animated TV series.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Dazzler. 1982.

US. The Defenders. 1983.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.

G.I. Joe. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

1986. US.


 

THE WARLORD action figures by Remco

The Warlord is a character from DC comics that made its comic debut in 1976 and ran until 1988. Remco produced an action figure series in the early eighties featuring characters such as Daimos, Machiste, Mikola, Arak and Hercules, as well as the titular hereo himself.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1984.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1984.


The advert below shares space with another popular DC character SGT. Rock.

USA. DC Amethyst 9. 1984.

USA. DC Amethyst 9. 1984.


1986 US annual N°5.

Star Trek et Warlord annuals. Blue Beetle. 1986. US.