Posts tagged witterquick
Posts tagged witterquick
It is a time when magic is more powerful than science, and only those who control the magic control destiny… they are the Visionaries!
This week I’m starting the Visionaries retrospective, taking a look back at one of my favorite 80s toy lines.
Visionaries, like many others, also had a comic book and TV series tie-in. The latter was produced by Sunbow, the same company that did G.I. Joe. That led to using a lot of the same voices in the cartoons.
The series took place on a planet called Prysmos, a technologically advanced society which suddenly went through an apocalypse that sent it back to the dark ages.
When the “Age of Science” ended, the “Age of Magic” began, and a wizard named Merklynn bestowed magical abilities to a small group of heroes, the Spectral Knights, and villains, the Darkling Lords
Unfortunately Visionaries was canceled after the first series, right around the same time Sunbow ended their G.I. Joe and Transformers cartoons.
The 80s action figure market was a crowded one, and I’m not sure Visionaries would have lasted long, considering the toys and cartoon premiered just as a little show called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was about to debut.
But the toys really impressed me, particularly because the figures had all the same articulation points as G.I. Joe figures, although they were slightly taller.
Each figure came with a chest hologram and a hologram power staff. Holograms were a fad for a while, I remember another hologram-based toy line called Supernaturals came out around this time.
Anyway, in the show, the characters could transform into whatever animal was on their chest, and they could call on some special power from the staff by reciting a magical chant.
My favorite character, who you see pictured above, was Witterquick. His magical power was speed and his chest hologram was a cheetah.
Witterquick didn’t have much of a role on the show, he was basically there to run fast and get away from the Darkling Lords, or run them down and catch them.
But he had blonde hair and blue eyes, just like me. So when I would play Witterquick would be the star of all the Visionaries adventures.
His weapon was a boomerang and he had a cool power staff with winged-helmet character that looked like a cross between Hawkman and Thor.
When he needed to call upon the power of light speed, he would recite the chant, “Sheathe these feet in the driving gale, make swift these legs o’er land I sail!”
I know, that’s totally corny. But so is the Green Lantern oath. At least some idiot didn’t spend $300 million on a live-action Visionaries flick that turned out to be horrible.