Recently, I celebrated my 31st birthday and during that time I reflected on my early childhood and I realized that as an 80s kid I had it good from a pop-culture stand point. The economy was great, Rocky was kicking everyone’s ass, Teddy Ruxpin was an animatronic bear that read stories to you rather than a hipster DJ, and the cartoons were awesome, especially if you were into cars. It might even be said that the 80s was the decade of the car-themed cartoon.
There was Transformers, its well meaning knock-off GoBots, Vehicle Voltron, Pole Position, and more. However one of the biggest of the “car-toons” was M.A.S.K. a show about an underground force called “Mobile Armored Strike Kommand” that used special armored vehicles to fight the evil V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem) syndicate.
The show had everything: cool cars, a random white kid, a goofy robot for comic relief that doubled as the white kid’s scooter, an old man who flew an attack helicopter, and an epic intro song.
The good guys always won, the bad guys were always thwarted, and every episode ended with some type of valuable life lesson like “always wear safety goggles when using tools”. Unfortunately kids today don’t have it as good as I did but luckily YouTube exists and I can at least temporarily take you back to 1985 with the awesome M.A.S.K. intro below. If you know the words sing along!