Thursday, March 13, 2008

VHS HELL: Captain Power: Future Force Training

VHS HELL


You are in control of the XT-7 as you'll be training for battle against Lord Dread and his evil machines in this 3-volume series of videos to aim your toys at.

In reality, I had never played or saw the show 21 years ago, but remember seeing the ads for this stuff though I never got around to thinking about those training tapes until now as they had been animated by AIC and Artmic. Shinji Aramaki is both mecha and background designer on these as well as Riding Bean's Yasuo Hasegawa as animation director.

Click the links to download the action-packed, strobic fun!
Skill Level 1
Skill Level 2
Skill Level 3

Remember to check your Power Points!

6 comments:

Tohoscope said...

You know, I bet somewhere in Japan there's an Artmic book with the model sheets for these. Although I doubt it ever played in Japan.

And somehow this leads to Babylon 5?

Chris Sobieniak said...

Tohoscope said...
You know, I bet somewhere in Japan there's an Artmic book with the model sheets for these. Although I doubt it ever played in Japan.

Ditto. In some way, it was another work-for-hire type deal for those guys (much like Thundercats which obviously they never forgot when it came time to do Megazone 23 pt. II).

And somehow this leads to Babylon 5?

It's weird noticing that connection! It's only a shame I never saw this show back when it was on, though I noticed Landmark Entertainment Group's name listed for the 90's Canadian dub of Kimba the White Lion (probably still available on most $1 DVD's today).

Daryl Surat said...

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future leads to Babylon 5 much in the same way The Real Ghostbusters did, though I recall the final episode of Captain Power being that the bad guys won. A few episodes prior, the good guys seemed to have won the day once and for all, defeating all the bad guys and more or less destroying their base. For any other kid's show, THAT would have been the ending. Not Captain Power though! JMS, you scarred my childhood between this and that "Slimer, Come Home" episode of The Real Ghostbusters.

I only own one of the Captain Power tapes. It's the one where you team up with Sven Ole-Thorson (or as I still refer to him, Lieutenant "Tank" Ellis) to go blow up the Sears Tower. Or, as they call it in the post-apocalyptic Bio-Dread dominated future, "The Tower of the Seer."

Tohoscope said...

Damn, I didn't know JMS did The Real Ghostbusters. I wonder if he keeps that on his resume?

I still think Sven Ole-Thorson is the best name in the opening credits.

That and calling the conflict: THE METAL WARS. I expect Guns N' Roses to be slugging it out with Poison and Bon Jovi.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Noticed Daryl responded to this so here's my take!

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future leads to Babylon 5 much in the same way The Real Ghostbusters did, though I recall the final episode of Captain Power being that the bad guys won. A few episodes prior, the good guys seemed to have won the day once and for all, defeating all the bad guys and more or less destroying their base. For any other kid's show, THAT would have been the ending. Not Captain Power though! JMS, you scarred my childhood between this and that "Slimer, Come Home" episode of The Real Ghostbusters.

Shame my childhood wasn't scarred since hardly any station bothered to pick that show up anyway in my turf (what you get for growing up in a medium-sized TV market with only one independent station that doesn't stay that way for long when FOX showed up).

I only own one of the Captain Power tapes. It's the one where you team up with Sven Ole-Thorson (or as I still refer to him, Lieutenant "Tank" Ellis) to go blow up the Sears Tower. Or, as they call it in the post-apocalyptic Bio-Dread dominated future, "The Tower of the Seer."

Heh, that's on the second tape. While I had the impression they would show that 'Seer Tower', it looks as if they used the John Hancock Center instead. Oh well, it still a pretty funky skyscraper!
en(dot)wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hancock_Center

Sean said...

The ARTMIC Design Works book has some art from this project, as well as a thank you letter written in English thanking ARTMIC for their involvement in the project.

 
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