Ever owned a Care Bear, a Barbie, or a My Little Pony? What about a G.I. Joe action figure or a Transformer? These well-known, well-loved items are often the first that pop in our heads when we think of 1980 toys. Today’s post isn’t about these toys. Who here remembers the Moon Dreamers or the SilverHawks? If “yes,” you’ll love this trip down memory lane. If “no,” get ready for some action…
Let’s start with the SilverHawks, Rankin/Bass’ animated follow-up to the popular Thundercats series. In true ’80s style, the fun didn’t stop with the cartoon. A comic book series and a toy line added power to the SilverHawks and their story. And speaking of the story, here it is: A group of heroes is transformed into part metal, part real beings in order to endure the rigors of space. Why space? Because it’s there that an intergalactic mob is doing some serious damage.
While fighting crime is hardly glamorous, at least our heroes’ uniforms are. The metallic, winged appearance of the SilverHawks is nothing less than dazzling. We’re talking space glam here. We’re sure you’ll agree when you watch the commercial below:
And now we turn our attention to the Moon Dreamers, a line of toys by Hasbro, as well as a cartoon that aired as part of the animated My Little Pony ‘n Friends program. Moon Dreamers weren’t ordinary people–they were celestial AND helpful! After all, their goal was to bring sweet dreams to the children of Earth, not always an easy task amidst the shenanigans of Queen Scowlene, who was intent on disturbing the kids’ sleep with the help of her nightmare crystals! All we can say is “Yikes!”
In the commercial below, be sure to note the Moon Dreamers’ glow-in-the-dark hair, as well as their abundance of space chic outfits that boast enough sparkle to make David Bowie proud:
Thanks for joining us on our trip to outer space, ’80s toy-style. Happy Friday!