Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Herculoids (Toynami)

The Herculoids

Though The Herculoids originally aired in 1967, most children of today remember it more so for its 1981 iteration of episodes from Space Stars. Space Stars featured four segments which included, Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Teen Force and Astro and the Space Mutts.

The Herculoids was about a family; Zandor, Tara, his wife, and Dorno, their son. Interesting enough was that Dorno never referred to his parents as mom or dad, but rather by their first names. The show also featured the creatures; Zok, a flying space dragon, Igoo, an ape made of rock, Tundro, the ten legged rhino, and the two protoplasmic characters Gloop and Gleep. Together, The Herculoids defend their planet from both local and foreign menaces.

In 2003, Toynami released three multipacks which encompassed all the characters from the series. A treat included in the box was the fabulous background diorama which when combined spelled out The Herculoids.

Zok and Zandor*Dorno, Gleep and Tundro
Tara, Gloop and Igoo
These sets weren't too easy to find back when they were first released, and have since then only gotten more scarce.
Hanna-Barbera Hi-Adventure Heroes
Hi-Adventure Heroes
The Herculoids also enjoyed a short lived stint in the pages of Hi-Adventure Heroes comic book title, Hanna-Barbera Hi-Adventure Heroes.
Hanna-Barbera Hi-Adventure Heroes

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