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« on: March 28, 2011, 12:16:29 am »



In 1987, Hasbor would launch yet another "transforming" toyline, but one which thought so far out of the box that it was out of the building. Long before Animorphs, long before Beast Wars or Beast Machines, there were......

THE VISIONARIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The planet is Prysmos in a distant galaxy. The time is far into the future where an age of science has led to 7000 years of prosperity. However the alignment of Prysmos' three suns results in radiation which disrupts all electrical energy on the planet, plunging the planet into a dark age and an age of magic once more. 16 years have passed since the alignment in this now medieval society and the mythical wizard Merklyn having awakened once more, summons brave knights from across the lands, offering them magical powers should they succeed in reaching his shrine at the top of Iron Mountain. Both the Heroic Leoric and the knights of New Valarak, and the evil Darkstorm and his minions of the Dark Domain- the two major powers in this new world, both seek out the magic promised by merklyn, along with others who also seek this power.

Of the dozens who attempt to reach the shrine, only 14 of them succeed. To those brave knights, he bestows the title of Visionaries, having had the vision necessary to pass his tests, and awards them magical animal totems which best represent their character. While on the toys it listed that the totems merely gave them the abilities of those animals; in the cartoon, they could actually magically turn into the animal their totem represented.

To the heroes, he grants Leoric the totem of the lion, Ectar the totem of the fox, Feryl the totem of the wolf, Arzon the totem of the eagle, Galladria (never made into a toy) the totem of the dolphin, Cryotek the totem of the polar bear and Witterquick the totem of the cheetah.

To the villains, he grants Darkstorm the totem of the mollusk (a mythical creature), Reekon the totem of the lizard, Mortred the totem of the scurrying beetle, Cravex the totem of the phylot (a muthical scavenger bird), Virulina (never made into a toy) the totem of the shark, Cindar the totem of the Gorilla and Lexor, the totem of the armordillo.

In addition to this, the 8 knights who also carried staffs, were granted special powers for their staffs too. Leoric gained the power of wisdom, Arzon gained the power of knowledge, Cryotek gained the power of might and Witterquick gained the power of light speed; while Darkstorm had the power of decay, Lexor had the power of fear, Cindarr gained the power of destruction and Lexor gained the power of invulnerability. Whereas the transformation into their animal totems could simply be willed, an incantation was required to activate each power staff.

Where things got interesting was for Ectar, Feryl, Reekon and Mortred was that while they had no power staffs of their own, they had the power to magically enchant vehicles. Ectar has the ability to give life to the Lancer Cycle with the power of protection and Feryl has the ability to give life to the Capture Chariot with the power of fire; while Mortred has the ability to give life to the Sky Claw with the power of flight and Reekon has the ability to give life to the Dagger Assault with the power of magical extraction when a victim was thrown into its magical dungeon. In addition all vehicles had fully functional energy weapons.

The toyline consisted of the 8 figures with staffs and the 4 vehicles. Unfortunately the series only lasted 13 episodes and the toys only lasted for a single year, however there were an entire second series of toys due to be released including 18 new figures (which included the Sun Imps, the ancient enemies of Merklyn who only appeared in the last episode of the cartoon), several vehicles and the Iron Mountain Playset.

Now for the good stuff- pics of the toys. First up, here's a complete collection of the toys which were released:


Next up we have both leaders- the heroic Leoric and the evil Darkstorm


Next up we have the muscle- the mighty Cryotek and the terrifying Cindarr


Then we have the fearless Wittwerquick and the cowering Lexor


Finally we have the air support- the daring Arzon and the opportunistic Cravex


Then we have the vehicles. For the Spectral Knights, as they would come to be called, there was the Lancer Cycle:


And the Capture Chariot:


While for the Darkling Lords, there was the Sky Claw:


And the Dagger Assault.




In terms of what was unreleased, here are pics of the unreleased Iron Mountain



As well as the Sun Imps and unreleased Series 2 toys.








And just for good measure, here are some toy commercials:




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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011, 04:46:03 am »

bowspearer - you're like Starman's Australian twin! I actually thought that when you first posted pics of your collection, bit this seals it!

Great stuff, wonderful pics and a great write-up. Well done, and keep it up!  Thumbs Up
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 05:03:39 am »

Thanks, that really means alot. I don't tend to mention this much at all, but one thing that has made my collection more difficult and rewarding at the same time is the fact that I have had to rely almost entirely on eBay with buying my vintage stuff because there's not much in the way of vintage toy stores here of course and so local opportunities are really limited- especially as things like Visionaries and Captain Power never showed up where I was growing up.

Visionaries was something I never actually had as a kid. My first experience with it was an ex rental tape of this "funny little medieval looking cartoon" which I think I picked up when I was 15 and loved it. The frustrating bit was the toys didn't seem to be around (this was pre-eBay days) and I couldn't watch the rest of the eps. Then a couple of years ago, I found them on eBay but my priorities were elsewhere. Then last year I decided to bite the bullet and sourced a complete collection in 7 months sourcing it through doing things like using ebay.fr instead of ebay.com.

My collection is something that's all childhood interests that have either resurfaced or never went away and with the blood sweatr and tears it's taken to get it to where it is, it just adds to the pride I have with it that much more.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 05:12:29 am »

That makes the story even better.  Thumbs Up
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 05:13:50 am »

Also, I edited my earlier post to say "great pics" instead of "great pis". Because it sounds less creepy. And stuff.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2011, 07:09:36 am »

Never seen these before but what a great example of Toylines of the 80s.Outstanding stuff there i can see why you are so into it.So good to see you getting right into the swing of things here as well.
Great work!
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 02:39:54 pm »

Bang-up job!!!!

Excellent work all the way!!

Glad to have you aboard and feel free to contribute anytime!!!!

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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2011, 12:32:41 pm »

I remember the cartoon, but never saw any toys.
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2011, 07:37:19 pm »

I completely missed this topic somehow? Great effort BS and nice to see someone giving Stars a hand to bring us all this great toy history. Like FB, I've never seen these before either. I guess it explains why they disappeared if most people our age don't recall seeing them in stores, etc. Well done again!
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2011, 10:42:11 pm »

The only one I ever had, and STILL have is Arzon.

He was my stand-in Strider/Aragorn in 5th grade. Cheesy

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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2011, 01:46:13 pm »

Hey, I just found this thread! Nice work Bowspear - even though they were short-lived, Visionaries was one of my favorite toylines as a kid, and those pictures bring back a lot of good memories. Seriously, look at how awesome they are! Toy + hologram = how can you lose? Any idea why the line failed? (I'd heard that it was due to the cost of manufacturing the holograms but not sure). Kudos again! Can't wait for the Centurions review! (another childhood favorite)
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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2013, 10:10:19 pm »

That Sky Claw is an amazing design.  I never had any of these guys, but I always thought they were cool.  I think the only place I ever saw them was Kay-Bee, that had them forever because they didn't sell.  Sad
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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2013, 05:59:54 pm »

Thanks for sharing!

I only had Arzon. I didn't even know what Visionaries was until I saw Arzon at a Woolworths back in 90. I remember thinking wow supersized GI Joe. Oh and I only paid 99 cents for him.

Awesome collection. Love how it's all MIP.
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2013, 03:35:19 pm »

I have a few of these if anybody is interested. I much preferred Tonka's Super Naturals.

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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2013, 10:18:39 pm »

Just checked and I have Leoric, Cryotek, and Witterquik.

All have their staff, none have the silver weapon, and only Leoric has his helmet.

First $20 (or best trade offer) takes the lot.

Considering what these go loose for on ebay, that's a damn good deal.
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