This post is another late submission to The League of Extraordinary Bloggers– you can consider this one extra credit, if you must…
Bring it back! What product or media property would you like to see revived, and how would you imagine it being different today.
(topic courtesy of Big J over at Nerd Rage Against the Machine)
With the giant monsters vs. mechs movie Pacific Rim on the horizon, now’s a good time for Hasbro to bring back The Evil That Lies Within…
In the style of other Hasbro lines G.I. Joe and Transformers, Inhumanoids was both an animated series and toy line that debuted in 1986. The show was also produced by Sunbow/Marvel and animated by Japan’s Toei Animation. A group of human scientists known as Earth Corps are formed to battle three subterranean monsters, collectively known as the Inhumanoids, who suddenly appear.
The Inhumanoids consisted of three main monsters:
Metlar who resides in the Earth’s core and is able to spit balls of flaming lava.
D’Compose is an undead dinosaur that can corrupt flesh and create zombie-fied monsters out of humans. He has a rib cage in his chest that swings open to trap humans and yells out his name… a lot!
Tendril was my favorite of the monsters– a walking mass of seaweed laden with vine-like tentacles who can regenerate limbs when they are cut, similar to a Hydra.
Other monsters, like Sslither the giant reptile who can control serpents and Gagoyle the blue-skinned cyclops beast whose only desire is to feed and has a transparent stomach, were introduced in the show. The Earth Corps were also aided by elemental beings known as Mutores, who have a long history with the Inhumanoids and were the ones who cast them into their subterranean prisons. Redwoods, Granites and Magnokor appear just as they sound. Hardened lava elemental Magnokor was even more awesome in that he can split into two halves: icy blue being Crygen and hot-headed fire being Pyre. Magnokor is also the only being who can control and defeat Metlar.
Only lasting 13 episodes, this show was presented on Saturday mornings on a cartoon block alongside Jem and Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines. The theme song was catchy and the monster designs were way ahead of its time. The toys even sold pretty well, especially the the 14″ line of monster figures. Earth Corps had figures and vehicles leaping off the shelves as well. Not sure why this series was canceled, but Inhumanoids was too memorable to be so short-lived.
I’d bring it back just how you’d think… MOVIE! Now, I realize the first thing you’re thinking is “Hey, this is right up Michael Bay’s alley”, but no– get someone who’s proven and who really means well like Peter Jackson, Robert Rodriguez or Sam Raimi to direct this blockbuster and enjoy the awesome. Don’t change a thing as far as designs (well, maybe the colors of the Earth Corps suits, but NO BLACK KEVLAR!) and a live-action format will make the monsters seem even scarier. Plot? They’re Inhumanoids, who needs a plot? The TV series and Marvel comic book carried plenty of story, however, so there’s that. Overall, I’d say this is win-win, and we should green-light it for release by 2018.
For more Inhumanoids nostalgia, I now turn it over to James Rolfe of Cinemassacre, who gives us this cool cartoon review:
Well, there you have it.
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