After the death of his teenage brother Andy, multi-millionaire Matt Trakker uncovers an international criminal organization known as V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem) Trakker gathers a group of friends who, like himself, possess extraordinary talents and creates M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand) Their objective; to destroy V.E.N.O.M. and its mastermind – Miles Mayhem, the man responsible for Andy’s death.



MASK was intended to bridge a gap between GI Joe and Transformers. Multimillionaire Matt Trakker is the leader of an elite Special Forces- esque crime fighting league known as M.A.S.K, or Mobil Armored Strike Kommand. Each team member piloted a special mulit function vehicle based on production cars and trucks available in the mid 80’s. Matt Trakker, for example, drove a modified 80’s Camaro equipped with Gull Wing doors that doubled as actual wings that allowed the car to fly with the aid of jet engines hidden behind the rear bumper.

Brad Turner, another team member, rode a Kawasaki Ninja that turned into a personal helicopter. The rear wheel on the bike acted as the tail rotor. In addition to transforming vehicles, each team member wore a special mask that possessed a special ability. Bruce Sato, for example, had a mask that was capable of lifting heavy objects. Brad Turner’s mask was capable of projecting holograms. The special abilities of each mask would somehow compliment the vehicle that the team member was assigned.

Basically, it was  DIC show designed to sell Kenner toys. I was part of that first generation that got hit with cartoons that were nothing more than extended commercials. I can barely remember any of the episodes, but I can tell you that the gas station playset had a boulder that never stayed attached at the top of the playset. The rest were an assortment of vehicles that turned into crap that helped out kids who didn’t give a damn about Transformers. That would be me again, too. Nostalgia is such a tricky thing.

The DVD comes with a fan retrospective and an interview with the writers as its sole special features. The A/V Quality is better than the washed out broadcasts that most of us 1980s cartoon watchers remember. The Dolby 2.0 Surround track is rather flat, but I don’t see what could’ve really done with the material. There wasn’t a lot of room to stretch and everything existed in the main channel. Still, it’s a fun release and worth a purchase for the cartoon goons out there.



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