In the late 1980s, Mattel was ready to take the risk with new and interesting toy lines. So, they came up with a unique toy line that featured everyday objects that transformed into battle-ready weaponized bases and vehicles. They named this new line the Computer Warriors.
The government had built a supercomputer at the Parallax facility. After a massive power surge, this computer produced four dangerous AI viruses into the Bitstream. Under the command of Megahert, these viruses formed a plan to take over the Bitstream through the supercomputer that birthed them.
Luckily, the supercomputer did not turn evil when the power surge hit. To protect itself and the bitstream, it created four new AI units which would act as “anti-viral” programs. Romm became the chosen leader of these newly formed Computer Warriors.
To help sell these toys, Mattel set out to produce an animated series along with Kroyer Films. Unfortunately, this endeavor only produced a single 22-minute-long pilot episode. As CGI was an emerging animation format at the time, the episode featured 2-D animation peppered with 3-D CGI sequences.
The episode mostly featured a chase sequence with the Computer Warriors chasing Megahert’s forces around a house. During the chase, the warriors took advantage of things around the house, like a soda can and pencil sharpener, to hide in and create weapons to attack the viruses. These items were the same things that the Computer Warriors toys transformed into. By the end of the chase, the warriors managed to capture the viruses within CD discs.
Since the series was never picked up, the single episode’s “to be continued” clause was never followed up. While the discs that contained the viruses were picked up by a human child, audiences will never know how they broke out. Still, the toys were available to allow children and collectors to stage brand-new battles.
Despite this animated episode featuring only 8 different computer programs, the toy line had a selection of 12 different products.
Four of these products were the standard 6 cm single figure sets. On the side of the Computer Warriors were the Heroic Super-sleuth, Debugg, and the Leader of the Computer Warriors, Romm. Meanwhile, the other two were the Evil Expert Booby-trapper, Asynk, and the Evil Virus Commander, Megahert. Each of these figures came with a large “PC Board” accessory that functioned as a flight vehicle.
Then, there were six different vehicle sets that Mattel produced for the Computer Warriors toy line. Each of these vehicles came with an accompanying character. They also could transform from average household products into powerful assault vehicles.
The Soccer Ball set came with the Evil Combatant Null as its rider. This vehicle could change into a radar rover. This form also featured a synchronized blaster unit.
Then, there was a flashlight that came with the Computer Warrior, Skannar the Heroic Explorer. The flashlight transformed into a flash craft. This vehicle was armed with a vaporizing stun gun.
Next up was the Pencil Sharpener set that came with the Evil Pilot, Minus. This vehicle could convert into a techno-jet. In its jet form, this vehicle was armed with an anti-data gun mounted on a ground-to-air base. Notably, the pencil sharpener was fully functional and ready to keep pencils sharp.
Mattel also produced a Pepsi-Can-themed vehicle that came with the Heroic Mechanic Specialist, Gridd. The can split open to reveal a hidden hyper hoverjet inside. The hoverjet was armed with two pivoting quantizer weapons.
The next vehicle set was the Clock that came with the Heroic Master Strategist, Micronn. Like the pencil sharpener, Mattel went the extra mile and included a working digital clock in this toy. This clock could change form into a Syncro-blaster which featured a hyperhowitzer.
Finally, there was a calculator that came with the Heroic Genius Dekodar from the Computer Warriors. Once again, Mattel made certain to advertise that the calculator was fully functional. To prepare for battle, the calculator transformed to become a techno-tank with two turrets.
Rounding up the toy line was a selection of two different playsets:
The first took the form of a book titled the Invasion of the Viruses that came with the Evil Mastermind, Indexx. The spine of this book claimed that it was published by Martin Press while the front stated that the book was written by Justin Alexander. When this book was opened up, it transformed into a massive rocket base. This two-tier base had multiple extra secrets and weapons, like moving platforms and stairs as well as a rocket ship that could launch off.
Then, there was the Computer Playset which came with two action figures: The Heroic Expert Programmer, Chip, and the Evil Sabotuer, Cursor. While Mattel did not create a functioning computer for this toy line, they did make certain that this toy would transform into the ultimate playset for the line. The multi-tier strategic weapons base had many weapons and spaces for battle. Even the computer’s disc drive became a weapon, launching disks at enemies. Its other features included a mega crane, swivel synchronized circuit blasters, 2 detachable hoverjets, and much more.
Despite the creativity of this toy line, it did not last past its first series. With the similar quick demise of the animated series, Computer Warriors has become one of the most obscure toy lines from the late 1980s. There have also been no attempts to revive the franchise in the decades that follow.
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