I hear so much about Chuck Norris that I often have to question fact from fiction. So when I saw the above picture, my first reaction was to think it was fake. I was very wrong. The Karate Corvette is just one of a series of items produced to tie-in with the 1986 Karate Kommandos mini series. Why did I ever doubt Chuck!
I’ve started a Toy Archive Pinterest board which is filling up nicely with lots of similar retro toys. Take a look if you fancy it.
Now I know they call them Action Jeans, but in my neck of the woods they were called Karate jeans. They were called that because one person in my entire town owned a pair and he would not shut up about them. Yes, we see how flexible you can be in your jeans! Now please stop kicking mailboxes!
This video covers Chuck Norris’ appearance on the Arsenio Hall show from October 22, 1991. Norris talks about his movie “The Hitman” but more interestingly about his early career (including a long story about his Missing in Action rat scene).
With his legendary meme-worthy attributes, Chuck Norris’ internet celebrity has far exceeded his mainstream celebrity. That being the case, I always thought their would be more of a market for reissues and remasters of his original works. While much of it has been made available in one form or another their had been one massive oversight until recently, the cult favorite (cult even before Norris became an internet staple), Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos. The series was an American animated television series from the 1980s. that originally aired in 1986 as a syndicated five episode mini-series and that was it. I know you are thinking only 5 episodes? I remember more or expected more! Well you do not need more, everything you need is packed into those 5 episodes.
The show was created by and starred Chuck Norris as himself, in animated form, and was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. They also release a toy line to go along with the show, which has reinforced this show in many of the minds of children of the eighties.
As I said, the show’s unavailability HAD been a massive oversight, but no longer, since it has recently been released through the good folks at The Warner Archive. If you have been longing for this release or have never seen the show before, here is a little hint of what you can expect. Ride my Valkyries!