June 4, 2011
A total of 75 syndicated episodes of M.A.S.K. were broadcast from 1985 to 1986. One of many cartoons produced during the 1980s as a vehicle for toy merchandising, M.A.S.K. (which is an acronym for the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), was a hybrid of popular era cartoons G.I. Joe and The Transformers. It featured a special task force featuring an array of characters, led by Matt Trakker, with transforming vehicles engaged in an ongoing battle against the criminal organization V.E.N.O.M. (an acronym for the Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem), with an emphasis on super-powered helmets called masks worn by the characters on the show.
M.A.S.K is one of the first cartoons that were used to sell toys based on the cartoon to a point where storylines were altered just for toy sales, which is done with a lot of crap Japanese anime such as Pokemon, Digimon, and Yu-Gi-Oh. The big difference was that the M.A.S.K toys were the best, I used to own a good collection of these due to my uncle and aunt spoiling me with them when they came over from overseas.
It has so many of the classic 80’s cartoon traits such as the awesome intro song, action, and the classic good versus evil storyline which bought us kids up with good values and a sense of right and wrong.
Kevin Monster’s fun fact: although this was an American cartoon produced in America the cartoon itself was directed by 4 other Japanese animation studios who are uncredited in the series.