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The Top Ten Characters from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is a sword and sorcery and Sci-Fi based media franchise developed by Mattel. The franchise began with the release of the Masters of the Universe toy lines in 1981 and has since gone on to produce other media such as animated television series, newspaper comic strips, comic book […]

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Retrospective On Dino-Riders Cartoon Series

Dino-Riders is an action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy animated television series. Tyco licensed this series to create a background story and promote their new toy line. With only fourteen episodes produced, Gerry Conway and Carla Conway created Dino-Riders while Ray Lee directed most of the series. Then, Steven Hahn directed the first and last episodes […]

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Top 10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters from the 1987 Cartoon

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originated from the Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird 1984 comic books. The comic, intended to be a parody, took a wild turn, and became the bedrock of what became one of the most successful multimedia franchises in the world. The franchise consists of numerous movies, four more comic books, and […]

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Retrospective on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Comics and Television

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a media franchise that features a group of four anthropomorphic turtles who fight crime with Ninjitsu. These turtles are Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Meanwhile, their Sensei, Splinter is also a humanoid rat. Living in the sewers of New York City, they fight crime, evil villains, and alien invaders. The […]

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The Top 10 Characters from the ThunderCats

The ThunderCats media franchise was one of the topmost successful media franchises from the 1970s to the 1990s era. This incredible feat could be allocated to the success of the maiden version of the animated television series ThunderCats. Tobin Wolf created the original cartoon, which ran from 1985 to 1989. The original ThunderCats television series […]

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The Top 10 Cartoons from the 70s to the 90s

In the animation industry, outmatching the remarkable feats of the ‘60s was not going to be an easy task. The ‘60s were the breakout years for cartoons and animation series. The succeeding decades, however, did not disappoint in producing blockbusting animation TV series. Even at the height of the cold war, these series proved to […]

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10 Times Toy Companies Created Cartoons to Sell Toys

Toy companies and cartoon-producing companies usually have the same target customers because many of their products are meant for children. This common goal birthed a mutually beneficial relationship between toy companies and cartoon-producing companies. This relationship allows toy companies to seek permission from cartoon producers about producing a fine line of toys to complement an […]

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The Top 10 Cartoons of the 1990s

The 1990s was an amazing decade that saw a lot of innovations worldwide. It was the decade that brought pop culture into the spotlight with amazing songs and blockbuster movies. The 1990s also witnessed the breakthrough of the Internet. Some many not-so-good events and incidents also attached themselves to this decade. Growing up during this […]

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