If you are acquainted with the world famous Troma Studios well then you might be aware of the Toxic Avenger series of theirs of B flicks that will arrived in the heart of the 1980’s. Like Troma’s other notable films like Class of Nuke’ Em High along with Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, the Toxic Avenger series offered up lots of gore, racy scenes and crude humor. You may be asking yourself exactly how worldwide this may be developed into a children’s cartoon series and rightly so!
In 1991, kids cartoon shows began to shift and brand new ideas bubbled approximately the surface of the entertainment universe. Shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Captain Planet brought a new message to youngsters: the importance of protecting the planet of ours. With a little bit of tweaking, Troma got their infamous anti-industrial hero shaped into Toxie, a hideously mutated but lovable character that served as the star of Toxic Crusaders.
Of course, battling with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proved to be just about impossible and after a 5 run trial, FOX decided to never run the full set although 13 30 minute episodes had already been produced. Despite this quite tremendous setback, the creepily cute Toxie made a valiant stand in stores everywhere in the form of toys, a mountain and collectible cards of various other products that cartoon characters often appear to get.
Toxie did not go up against evil polluters on his own, though. At his side were a cast of imaginative weirdos like as: Yvonne, Toxie’s nearsighted blonde girlfriend; Blobbie, a furry pink pet; Mop, Toxie’s independently thinking instument of cleaning; Junkyard, a human-dog hybrid of a hobo who hid from lightning in a dog kennel simply to be merged with the dog once lightning struck; Major Disaster, a soldier who actually fell right into a radioactive swamp exactly where he garnered the capability to manage plants; and NoZone, a pilot which flew through a gap in the ozone layer to crash into a silo of nuclear peppers which presented him a legendary sneeze!
Needless to say, no young children show could be complete without villains who are as powerful as the heroes themselves. Toxic Crusaders didn’t skimp when it involved guys which are bad. Not many returned for above a single episode, but some of those were: Czar Zosta and Doctor Killemoff, two cockroach beings with four arms from a planet known as Smogula; Bonehead, a street punk who bullied Melvin Junko, the man who would continue to be Toxie; and Mayor Grody, the corrupt leader of Toxie’s hometown of Tromaville. Needless to say, like some other cartoons of the era the series had its very own disposable goons, the Radiation Rangers which came in droves and almost never hit their intended target.
As rich of a series as any on television at that moment, Toxic Crusaders proved to be fertile grounds for merchandising. In many instances, the exact same businesses that held the rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products or services at the same time held it for Toxic Crusaders. As an outcome, we watched a 8 issue comic book from Marvel, trading cards from Topps, a card game, board game, Halloween costumes, Colorforms and of course, video games just for the first Nintendo Entertainment System, The Game and sega Genesis Boy. Playmates actually presented a kind of action figures boasting “radical” designs in bright neon colors on characters that retained the creepy appeal of the cartoon show. These figures usually came with glow in the dark accessories and you could even get canisters of “Toxie’s Toxic Waste”, a goopy substance suspiciously like the Turtle’s “Retromutagen Ooze.”
Sometimes these days, Toxic Crusaders even now captivate fans and in April of 2008, Troma released a DVD of all 13 episodes and so in case you missed the show yourself there is still a chance to find out it out!
I am hoping you have relished the journey back to the 90’s as well as that you discovered a bit about a great cartoon show which usually tried hard to bring kids a good message packed with crazy fun. Though Toxic Crusaders maybe don’t have toppled the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle empire, they definitely offered a distinctive take on “environmentally conscious” kids’ cartoons.