Welcome back to a new installment of Retro Records, although I will admit this week’s offering with M.A.S.K. – The Volcano of Venom was actually a book and tape. In addition I believe this was a set that was released only in the United Kingdom and featured three other stories. It was produced by Tempo as a box set and featured Mask-A-Raid, Double Double Cross, Car Wars as well as The Volcano of Venom.
Friends, in the mid-80s I was focused on pretty much two toy lines and two alone. Those were The Transformers and G.I. Joe, thanks in no small part to the animated series I watched after school. Which is how of course I first learned of M.A.S.K., not by way of the toys but the animated series from 1985.
Having said that it’s not like I didn’t see M.A.S.K. toys on the shelves of my local stores. It’s just that as awesome as vehicles that could transform into even more fantastic vehicles were, I was loyal to the inhabitants of Cybertron and the near superhero action taking place in G.I. Joe. The animated series for M.A.S.K. was something I enjoyed watching and while I never owned a single toy back in the day – I could tell you that without a doubt my favorite character was Brad ‘Chopper’ Turner. Who piloted both the Condor, a motorcycle that became an assault helicopter as well as the Razorback which was a stock car…that transformed into a rescue tank.
Are you ready for to join M.A.S.K. as they face the perils of The Volcano of Venom?
Seriously, how amazing is that theme song to M.A.S.K.? If you love it as much as I do I think you are certainly going to dig this cover of the song by Bad Arts Lab.