A ton of 80s cartoons finally coming to DVD!

By Shawn Robare

The last few years we’ve been going through a relative drought of 80s cartoons on DVD.  Though I was super happy with Shout! Factory re-issuing Transformers (recently vastly encheapened) and G.I. Joe on DVD in the past couple of years, there are still some big holes in my collection that seemed would go unfilled forever.  Well some 80s cartoon god must have heard my laments because there are a ton of new to DVD titles coming in the next six months or so!

As you can see from the advertisement above, the Warner Archive (manufactured on demand DVDs) is releasing some great catalog titles including the Go Bots (shipping on May 17th), Mr. T (shipping today), and finally a complete set of the Herculoids (shipping on June 14th) on DVD!

In addition to these awesome WB titles, Shout! Factory is currently prepping releases of M.A.S.K. (shipping in August), the Japanese Transformers Headmasters series (shipping on July 5th), as well as a re-issue of Jem (to be announced officially soon) on DVD.

Still keeping my fingers crossed that the Warner Archive will release the second half of the Silverhawks someday…

  • That is so rad. I cannot wait to see some MASK again. I caught some Herculoids and Mr. T on the recent “Cartoons of the 80’s” DVD comp and I have to say that Mr. T did not hold up as well as I had hoped (though the theme song still rocked). Herculoids, however, like Thundarr, still did. Rock on!!

  • pretty good news for you guys in the USA! some of those series weren’t popular at all here in Spain (like Mr. T), so I’m sure many of them won’t ever be considered for release here. but I’d love to get my hands on that Herculoids DVD set, as a matter of fact I was just rediscovering them just a couple days ago… on VHS! :)

  • FlameStrike – Yeah, to be perfectly honest I’m just happy we’re seeing any episodes of M.A.S.K. hitting DVD. I know there are a lot of people bummed that Shout! never released the DiC carryover of the G.I. Joe cartoon too. I agree with Headmasters. It’s going to be weird watching these episodes with Japanese dialogue, but at the same time it might even be weirder to have different English voice actors than the original cast making new recordings. Now if Warner Archive can get out some of their other catalog titles like Pac-Man and the Shirt Tales…

  • FlameStrike

    The biggest problems I have with the Shout! Factory releases is that they call MASK’s first season the complete series, while leaving out the 10 episodes from the second season which they couldn’t get the rights to, and they don’t include an English dub of the Japanese TF shows. Still, I’ve got them preordered. Better partial than nothing.