Introduction of myself and My LOVE of the 1957 Chevrolet - ORIGIN: The Cartoon
gertman2000 last edited by
I'm the obsessed '57 Chevy guy, some of you may remember me and others maybe not so much. I figure for my first post, I should start at the beginning. "Picture it Sicily 1924" LMFAO how many of you are old enough to get that one? That's in honor of Betty White's passing BTW.
It all started when I was a wee lad watching Saturday morning cartoons. Anyone remember a show called M.A.S.K.?
M.A.S.K. (an acronym for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) is a special task force led by Matt Trakker, who operate transforming armored vehicles in their ongoing battle against the criminal organization V.E.N.O.M. (an acronym for Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem) with an emphasis on superpowered helmets (called "masks") worn by the characters of both factions.
This is the how every episode began:
This is Hondo McLean, a history teacher and very skilled M.A.S.K agent.
Hondo MacLean shown with and without his Blaster 1 mask
Hondo's original vehicle was an orange truck called Firecracker:
Firecracker is crushed by V.E.N.O.M. using a gravity ray in episode 29 of
I think it's worth noting that there was NO introduction sequence that includes Firecracker. I find this quite curious as to why they waited all the way until episode 29 to introduce this vehicle. Maybe the toy was not ready or something like that. If anyone knows the answer please post it in the comments.
Firecracker was destroyed during episode number 29, 'A Matter of Gravity' , his new vehicle, introduced at the end of the episode, was called Night Stalker. A blue 1957 Chevy with flames, a continental kit on the back, and dual side exhaust. It transformed from a car into a 6 wheeled tank, complete with several guns.
Original concept art for Night Stalker showing car and tank mode
Original concept art for Night Stalker showing the inside of the cockpit and how the extra wheels would drop down for tank mode.
Night Stalker was later renamed Hurricane probably due to a notorious and cruel serial killer called 'The Night Stalker', who was responsible for at least 13 homicides back in 1985.
Hurricane in car mode.
Note, the difference from the concept art is only the paint scheme changed from a geometric design to flames.
UNTIL NEXT TIME...
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me. In the next article we will look at the toy version of Hurricane.....no idea when that one will ever get written.
Mark Tucker last edited by
@gertman2000 Huh... Never heard of that one. It's a little after my time for Saturday morning cartoons, though, so maybe that's why. (By 1985 I was glued to MTV pretty much nonstop.)
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by
@gertman2000 I know where your love of the 57 Chevy ends up but I had no idea this was its earliest origins. Interesting.
beefchips last edited by
@gertman2000 I’m not sure I ever watched that particular show but now I want a 6x6 with a roof mounted turret! MURICA!
ranwhenparked last edited by
@gertman2000 man, I don't remember this cartoon at all, but I was obsessed with '50s cars when I was a kid, and had a '57 Chevy tin sign on my bedroom wall from like age 4 or 5.
But, I want to say that six wheeled version does seem kind of familiar, I think I might remember seeing it as a toy, maybe at a friend's house or in a store, without recognizing what it was from.
tophercrowder last edited by
I thought it would be the BOOB inspired bumpers...hmmm
@gertman2000 hey Gertman glad to see you here!
just-a-scratch last edited by
I forgot all about that show. IIRC it's thematically a mashup of GI Joe and Transformers.
Exage03040 last edited by
I think I remeber you crossposting from Oppo.Kinja , welcome back!
nth256 last edited by
@gertman2000 I had that toy as a kid, but I've never seen the show. I completely forgot that it had an extra set of wheels in the middle, though I recall the tucked up vertically into where the doors would be. Also, the entire greenhouse was a turret and would rotate.
gertman2000 last edited by
@madj-minj Thanks!!! I'm SOOO SOOO glad to be hear and also have more than 15 reputation pts so I can post freely!!!
Brickman last edited by
I member you
bbg2d last edited by
Wasn't this show featured a few times on Robot Chicken?
zipfuel last edited by zipfuel
I used this gif last month which reminded us that MASK existed.
I feel like the 57 Chevy will be a buyer's market in a few years complete with free crying dolls...
JunkleMKVII last edited by
@gertman2000 I loved that show when I was a kid! I was obsessed with toys. I still come across them from time to time at work. In fact I sold that 57 with a couple others at a garage sale last year. I even had the mountain play set at one point. Thanks for the nostalgia!
Longtime Lurker last edited by
@gertman2000 I loved MASK when I was a kid. I'd always watch the tapes from the rental shop, until they pulled them from circulation.