M.A.S.K. CARTOON SERIES and Toys
By Mark Nobes
You may well have watched M.A.S.K. The Movie on VHS cassette
The very first episode in season 1 was "The Deathstone", which aired on September 30, 1985. There were 65 episodes in the first season, ending with "Raiders of the Orient Express", which was first shown on December 27, 1985.
There were only 10 episodes in season 2, starting with "Demolition Duel to the Death, which aired on September 6, 1986, and ending with "Cliff Hanger", on November 26, 1986.
M.A.S.K. featured a diverse cast of characters, each with their own distinctive mask and vehicle. Some of the most memorable characters included:
Matt Trakker (Spectrum Mask) - The fearless leader of M.A.S.K. and the protagonist of the series.
Miles Mayhem (Viper Mask) - The cunning leader of V.E.N.O.M. and Matt Trakker's arch-nemesis. Maximus Mayhem is his younger brother.
Brad Turner (Hocus Pocus Mask) - A skilled pilot with a mask that allowed him to convert into a bird.
Gloria Baker (Aura Mask) - An expert in illusions and a formidable member of M.A.S.K.
Cliff Dagger (Torch Mask) - V.E.N.O.M.'s strongman with a fiery mask that shot flames.
Other characters include Scott Trakker (the son of Matt),Hondo MacLean, Dusty Hayes, Bruce Sato, Nash Gorey, Bruno Sheppard and Boris Bushkin.
In the realm of 1980s pop culture, there was no shortage of iconic toy lines that captured the imaginations of children across the globe. One such line that left an indelible mark on the era was M.A.S.K. These action figures and vehicles not only provided countless hours of entertainment, but also left a lasting legacy that continues to captivate collectors and fans to this day.
There were many vehicle toys manufactured by Kenner in the U.S., including Vampire, Billboard Blast, Piranha, Goliath, Meteor, Rave, Wildcat, Jackhammer, Stiletto, Bulldog, Thunderhawk, Dynamo, Firefly and Razorback.
Despite the popularity of the toys, the M.A.S.K. line was relatively short-lived, with production ending in the late 1980s.
Dynamo is an off-road chopper and assault car which comes with 2 action figures
The legacy of M.A.S.K. toys has endured through nostalgia and the collector's market. Many fans who grew up with the toys now seek out vintage M.A.S.K. figures and vehicles to relive their childhood memories or complete their collections. Ebay is one of the top sources for finding such toys.
M.A.S.K. Bulldog toy. This includes an Armored Half-Track / Diesel Truck with a Boris Bushkin action figure with mask. A vehicle missile and poster were also included.
Wildcat is a tow truck and vertical fighting machine, and comes with a "Buddy" Clutch Hawks action figure with mask.
Thunderhawk is a sports car and fighter jet which comes with missiles and a Matt Tracker action figure with mask.
Firefly is a dune buggy and rocket glider and comes with a Julio Lopez actopn figuire with mask and rocket.