Anyone remember WAR PLANETS?

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  1. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    Recently, I was roaming the search engines looking for information on my old Mighty Max playsets. By noticing the copyrights on my Mighty Max toys, apparently, over the years the Might Max toy line switched hands between the three toy companies: First with BlueBird in Europe, then Secondly to Mattel for the U.S., and Finally with Irwin Toys for the remainder of the toy line's final years.

    My goal was to find pictures of each playset I owned, so I could make sure I had all the parts, or could find all the parts, to them. My search also led me back to another great playset toyline, Trendmaster's WAR PLANETS, and renewed my interest in them.

    SEE HERE:

    http://www.virtualtoychest.com/warplanets/warplanets.html

    http://www.spectrumisgreen.com/Playsets/War_Planets/war_planets.html

    https://secure.adrentech.com/AFRX/toyline.aspx?toylineID=2171

    For a seemingly small and unnoticed toyline, it eventually spawned an excellent animated sci-fi show called Shadow Raiders by Mainframe Entertainment, the computer animation company that also did Beast Wars: Transformers, and also generated a small accompanying action figure line based directly off of the television show and it's colorful cast of characters.

    Compared to all my Mighty Max and Micro Machines playsets, WAR PLANETS was something different...something unique.

    Unlike Micro Machines and Mighty Max, the playsets were spherical in shape, not shaped like a part of a monster or made to look like your local gas station.

    Yet like Mighty Max, and later Micro Machines playsets based off film properties, each WAR PLANETS "planet"'s outer shell had a surface that represented the inhabiting alien race or species through the depiction of what that world, or planet, represented. For example, Planet Fire looks like a giant ball of cracked volcanic plates, covered in volcanoes, with boiling hot magma seeping through the spaces in the cracked volcanic crust.

    Once opened, the planets themselves became less like normal playsets. Instead of usually being restricted to one side or one simple setting, the playsets became battle forts and fortresses of the three-dimensional nature. And unlike playsets of the past, where we had 1 hero, 1 villain, and maybe a vehicle or two, WAR PLANETS boasted an entire army of various troops, creatures, transports, attack vehicles, missiles, and anything else you could think of that a warring alien planet might have at it's disposal.

    Going back to the Planet's outer surface, one would find pegs to attach warriors to and holes to connect missile launchers, various accessories, and even Planets Moons, separately sold accessory packs that emerged later on in the toyline. Some Planets even had giant sets of tentacles (Bone & Water) that could grasp onto other neighboring Planets. If that wasn't enough, the Planet's surface itself could detach in places and transform into fighter jets and tanks. Adding to this, the Planets themselves could be opened up even further from their spherical shapes and be turned into fortresses (Rock), battlefields (Fire), and even cities of war (Water).

    As the line progressed, we were introduced to Planet Moons, accessory packs that allowed small moons to connect to the larger planets. These accessory packs also contained beasts, vehicles, missile launchers, and more warriors to boast your Planet's defenses. To add to this, three of the Planets gained "Tanks", pod-shaped Planets which could transform into giant insectoid war-machines that also functioned as fortresses and had their own armies.

    The final big piece of the line was the evil Beast Planet. Like the devourer of worlds, Unicron, the Beast Planet playset served as the main base of operations for the single evil alien race...and ate planets, LOTS of planets. The Beast specie's main goal was simple: use the Beast Planet, which in actuality was not a planet but a giant machine, to devour all the other planets in the universe. Which explains why in the television show Shadow Raiders, every other species and planet in the galaxy is united in fighting this one badass mother****er of galactic annihilation.

    The Beast Planet playset itself could open up, and from within would emerge a giant 3-fingered claw that would grasp the regular Planet playsets and pull them in completely, devouring them from inside it's black shell. The playset could also light up red in various spots, and open up further into a giant fortress of destruction. From the Planet, you could detach vehicles that would fire missiles or capture enemy troops. And to top it all off, the Beast Planet included it's own army of various warriors, including the Supreme Leader of the Beast species.

    From here on, we got a WAR PLANETS show titled "Shadow Raiders" and also a small accompanying action figure and vehicle toyline based directly off of the television show.

    Then the show ended after Season 2, and WAR PLANETS was dead.

    Overall, I found WAR PANETS to be a great break from the normal slew of micro playsets. Not only did it remind me of why I loved micro playsets so much, but it also opened my mind into thinking of how playsets could further break away from the "Mighty Max" and "Micro Machines" standards that have been used so often in the toy industry's use of "pocket" and micro playsets. WAR PLANETS was a very innovative idea for it's time, and I hope that someday someone will revitalize that idea and bring us another great new innovative form of a type of toy that had gone unchanged for so long.

    Pictures of my small collection to follow.

    Sorry if the pictures are a bit funny, I had to take the pictures at some odd angles, even having to hold the Beast Planet's box in my lap just to get the close up shots of it's details without any glare from my lights.

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  2. Yodaporn

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    Never heard of them before, but that actually sounds pretty awesome.

    Planet water and its creatures kick ass.

    Also, I have one of the little walker thingies from Planet Tek.
     
  4. Wyvern

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    I vaguely remember the toys. Shadow Riders was a pretty good show. I saw a few episodes but was never able to watch the damn thing due to it airing so early.

    Wow, this just remined me of how I used to wake up at 5 just to watch Beat Wars, Dragon Ball, and Dragon Ball Z.
     
  5. General Magnus

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    I have the Rock planet. Best one out of the line. :D 
     
  6. shibamura_prime

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    I don't remember these, but scrolling down and seeing the packaging sparked a few memories of walking down the toy aisles. And I've gotta admit that the Ice Planet looks pretty badass.
     
  7. Gnaw

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    Man, War Planets (Shadow Raiders to us Canadians) was awesome. Great story, awesome animation, fun characters and alot of humour. I still have alot of the playsets (2 rock, one fire and an ice).

    My favourite races were Bone and Ice. They had insanely awesome fighter's and Ice had crazy cool soldiers and ground units. What I loved about the show was that it showed large scale CGI battles that panned out like a movie. Real intense for a YTV series.

    I wished the toy sets bore more resemblance to the things on the show. I found alot of the sets were poorly painted or had paint apps that didn't resemble the show. Most of the planets didn't include essential units that had been aired on the show, fighters and aircraft especially. It sucks that such a great show was cancelled when the story was reaching its climax. It surely had the same promise as Beast Wars and Reboot.
     
  8. TimToyGeek

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    Thank you for mentioning these! I thought I was the only person who remembered both the show and the toys.

    While I did get a few of the regular Planet/Moon type toys, which were fun in their own way, I really enjoyed the show and wanted the action figures and vehicles. Sadly, I never did find them at retail in the US. However, I was able to get most of the smaller figures from the company's website, and I had a friend in Canada pick up a bunch of the larger figures and vehicles there.

    I wound up getting the large talking figure of the robotic woman from the Tek planet, I don't remember her name, but it's an impressive figure, all vac-metal. I have a couple of the bulldozer tanks from the rock planet, the Ice planet fighter, and probably the coolest thing from the line, an Ice Spider tank!

    I've been thinking of selling the stuff, but I didn't think anyone remembered the figures at all.

    Tim
    "toy geek"
     
  9. Gnaw

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    TEKLA!

    I love the Rock Tank's. So awesome that they dropped mines and shit. Really clever stuff.
     
  10. Prowl

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    I remember War Planets as ShadowRaiders, the TV show. The Toys were REALLY cool, but at that point, I was just into the show, which was a great moment for Mainframe.
     
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    The toys were shit. Absolute shit. You can still buy them at Zellers, that's how bad they were. The Beast Planet is marked down to five bucks, and nobody wants it.

    The show was fantastic. Mainframe could do no wrong in the the mid nineties.
     
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    The only thing I've got from that show is a 5 inch Prince of Fire planet figure.
     
  13. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    I have to partially agree with you there.

    My Scorpion Tank is absolute shit for a toy. I mean, it's literally falling apart just from factory assembly. Some of the screws and screw holes are actually stripped like they tried to assemble the damn thing with an electric screwdriver. And a majority of the little men have their limbs barely hanging on to their bodies. Plus, mine came with two right missile launchers instead of 1 right and 1 left. My Scorpion Tank is a piece of shit.

    On the other hand, my Planet Fire and Planet Reptizar are perfectly fine and have lasted all these years with no problems what so ever. By just handling these two playsets, they even feel like they are made of much higher quality and better materials than the Scorpion Tank is. Compared to them, the Scorpion Tank feels like a knock-off.

    Just my :2c: 

    Seriously? Thats crazy, this toyline is like 10 years old!!!

    I already have a MISB Beast Planet, but do they have any of the regular Planets left? I always wanted to find the other Planets.
     
  14. Chaos Incarnate

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    My buddy and I used to play with our MSiA Gundam armies, and more than once the big black planet was his base.
     
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    That show (The Shadow Raiders Version) is one of my prized DVD collections because I really don't see them anywhere anymore, Mainframe could make a show about My Little Pony good.
     
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    I was talking with a friend about this line just the other day. Had a few from a discount store a few years back.
     
  17. JOHNDILLINGA

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    Ah yes War Planets I had the Doom Planet (I think it was called) I used a lot of the smaller parts in non TF kitbashes...

    TV wise one season it was War Planets then the Short lived Season 2 It was renamied Shadow Riders.
     
  18. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    If anyone is interested, I added pictures to the bottom of my first post on page 1.

    Also, if anyone has any toys from this line MISB, and wants to sell/get rid of them, then I'd be more than interested.
     
  19. RoboticPlanet

    RoboticPlanet Exclusively Exclusive

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    The toys, which were eternally discounted at KB Toys, never appealed to me so I never watched the show before. I found episode 1 on YouTube last night and it's good enough that I want to watch more.
     
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    i finally, after many years, picked up the graveheart figure from the shadow raiders series. hes awesome. i got him MOC and immediatly opened him up. war planets and the shadow raiders figures were something i ALWAYS wanted but never got around to getting, so now im on a new quest, to get all the planets that i can, especially the second series ones that seem to exist somewhere
     

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