Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at MASK, the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand! If you were a child in the mid 1980s, there is a good chance you were into toys based on cars that changed into non-car things and laser-firing paramilitary organizations who fought terrorist cells with vague plans. But what could you do if you didn't have enough money for both a Transformer and a GI Joe? Great news! You could get both a transforming car and a themed soldier for hire in one package with MASK! This video takes a look at this series from its conception and creation through its various trans-media adaptations to its forthcoming and inevitable resurrection!

Show notes:

  • You can buy the complete series of MASK on DVD in one box here.
  • You can get that Matt Trakker GI Joe figure here.
  • You can buy IDW's rebooted version of MASK that will lead into the franchise's own book here.
  • Just a little behind the scenes: it is really hard to Google for a specific thing called "MASK." They should have been thinking harder about SEO in 1984.

Check out some installments of our other video series below, and let us know which cartoon series you think we should cover next in You Think You Know Cartoons?