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WARNING: This Captain Power ad may make your toaster eject toast unbidden

July 21, 2012

Remember Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future? The late 1980s show that “interacted” with the accompanying toy line, as seen above? It passed me by — I actually had a Captain Power action figure, but the syndicated program wasn’t on any of my local channels. This left Mr. Power a poor orphan with no backstory, and whenever I’d try to meld him with my G.I. Joes, I couldn’t help but think they were looking at him like “Who the hell is this douche? HEY, NICE OUTFIT, CAPTAIN EO!” The show itself had an intriguing style, with live action melded with primitive computer animation, but from what I’ve seen at this distant remove, the combination was pretty clunky. No Reese’s chocolate/peanut butter team-up here.

Still better than Robotix.

There was actually a comic to go with it — written by J. Michael Straczynski (a story editor on the show) and drawn by Neal Adams — that will one day (in THE FUTURE) be featured here. For now, let’s content ourselves with the show’s sensationally cheesy opening:

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