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The Top Ten Xena: Warrior Princess Characters

Originally a spin-off series to 1995’s blockbuster Hercules: the Legendary Adventures, Xena: Warrior Princess stands on its own as an action, adventure, fantasy, and supernatural series. Xena: Warrior Princess ran from September 4th, 1995 to June 18th, 2001. By the end of its run, the series had over one hundred and thirty episodes over six […]

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The Top Ten Xena: Warrior Princess Toys

Xena: Warrior Princess is the spin-off action, adventure, fantasy, and supernatural series that spun off from the 1995 blockbuster Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena: Warrior Princess ran from September 4th, 1995, to June 18th, 2001, producing over one hundred and thirty episodes. The Xena: Warrior Princess television series was a commercial success and received a […]

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A Retrospective on Xena: Warrior Princess

Xena: Warrior Princess is an action, adventure, fantasy, and supernatural television series that John Schulian and Robert Tapert created. The production team further included the brilliant minds of R. J. Stewart and Sam Raimi. The television series ran from September 4th, 1995, to the 18th of June 2001, producing six seasons and 134 episodes overall. […]

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The Top Ten Generation 1 Transformers Toys

The Transformers is a successful toy line that features giant robots that transform into various vehicles and creatures. Initially, a Japanese toy-producing powerhouse, Takara, produced the Diaclone toy line. However, when Hasbro bought the license to produce the toys in the west, they reimagined the series as the Transformers. Following the financial success and the […]

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Retrospective on Transformers Cartoons from Generation 1 to Beast Wars

Originally, the Hassenfield Brothers, Hasbro, and Japanese toy company Takara Tomy formed a joint venture to create the Transformers toy line. As Hasbro aimed to bring Takara’s Diaclone figures to the states, they approached both Marvel and Sunbow to create the comics as well as an animated series to bring the characters to life. Thus, […]

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The Top Ten Shogun Warriors Robots and Characters

Although the toys originated from Japan, Shogun Warriors became a comic book classic that introduced and promoted Mattel’s toy line. The idea of using animated series and comic classics as a platform to introduce toys gained prominence in the late 1970s. Thus, Shogun Warriors were a massive depiction of such a line of advertisement. A […]

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