Two T-Bones for Every Dr. Viper...

From: Andy Hill <>
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 09:43:27 -0700 (PDT)

     Just got off the phone with a guy who received some production
samples of the new action figures from the manufacturer, Remco.

     Out of the four, T-Bone and Razor are the best - they've got some
"extra stuff" on their flight-harnesses, but are otherwise good
likenesses of what's seen on the show. Dr. Viper is also quite good,
although he's been made without his lab-coat, and DarkKat, though good,
doesn't much resemble the TV version - although all the action
figures/artwork has been approved by H-B and the Tremblay bros. Remco is
going to produce twice as many Razor and T-Bone characters as they are
the villians, and the release date has been rolled back to August from July.
Strangely enough, putting back the release date is actually good news.
It seems that arrangements had been made with Remco quite early in 1994,
and Turner had cancelled the merchandise deals when he cancelled the
program, which is why the toys didn't hit the stores at Christmas 94 like
originally intended. Turner changed his mind, and made a commitment to
Remco for "a large order" - seems kind of strange to do something like
this if the program is to remain dead.

     A friend has conducted an interview with John Zuker, the guy pretty
much responsible for the music in the show, and he explains where the
inspiration for the Queen/Heavy Metal sound came from. I'll have the
transcript of this, and the interview with Lance Falk, sometime in the
next couple of weeks, and I'll transcribe a version of each for the
mailing list.

     Lastly, grapevine says that SWATKATS articles written to
rec.arts.animation have been "getting attention" from Turner Program
Services, though just at the lurker level currently (don't know about I didn't give this much thought at first, but one
individual from the Turner group posted there yesterday concerning the
"World Premiere Shorts". This individual does not deserve to be flooded
with KATS mail - but if anyone's got an opinion to express on r.a.a., be
advised that such people are listening.


        "They say a smile, will do the trick....
         with a little charm, laid on thick;
         but listen folks, forget those strokes -
         'cause 'KATS always gets the short end of the stick!"
         (Rita - Animaniacs "Icebreakers" AN148)

Received on Sat Apr 08 1995 - 12:29:39 PDT

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