Thundering across the stars to save the universe from the Monster Minds. Jayce searches for his father to unite the Magic Root and lead his Lightning League to victory over the changing form of Saw Boss. Wheeled Warriors explode into battle - Lightning Strikes!... those were the words of the opening title of this amazing series. Combining an amazing plot with awesome characters, this series was great entertainment, and it was also educational, when it came to kids learning about ecology and botany. Add a nasty villain like Saw Boss and you have everything that it's need to create a masterpiece. Too bad it end after just 65 episodes. Still, it was great!
Prime example of what made the 80s so great is cartoons like this. The 80s had many of the most entertaining cartoons to date from: Dungeon's and Dragons to He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Turtles etc.
The great people at DIC who brought you the Real Ghostbusters did the animation, so you knew the product would be good if not great.
Jayce and the Wheeled Warrior spawned 65 syndicated episodes entertaining episode.
Generally, you had Jayce fight Saw Boss and his monsters minds but the setups were always different and there were different adventures every week making the show anything but boring.
The central character, Jayce (short for Jason), traveled the universe searching for his father, Audric. Audric, an agricultural genius, had developed a magical root capable of feeding the world, but the evil Sawboss had turned his creation against him.
The mutated plant-creatures, known as the Monster Minds, worked under Sawboss' direction to spread evil across the cosmos. Jayce still held half of the magic root, and only by reuniting it with his father's half could peace be restored. In his quest to battle the Monster Minds and find his father, Jayce was aided by a group of friends who re-formed a branch of the ancient Lightning League, dubbing themselves the Wheeled Warriors.
This brave band of heroes included Gillian, the centuries-old wizard; Herc Stormsailer, the good natured, yet gruff pilot of the Space Barge; Oon, the robotic eternal squire; Flora, a literal flower child; and Brock, Flora's pet flying fish. Armed with a magically powerful ring, a transforming vehicle called the Armed Force, and the courageous help of his friends.
I remember there was a toyline that was also popular. Shout Factory finally release Volume One.
Most fans have seen the full run of the show, but it's definitely a recommended animated show if you are looking for something different from today's animated product.
Sometimes so-so toys make for great TV. Take, for example, a little show called Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. Sure, it sometimes ripped off better known sci-fi. Sometimes Jayce was a little TOO Luke Skywalker, and Herc could be a tad too Han Solo at others. The average episode of Jayce, though, was above the average episode of most other kids' fare of its time, and even a lot of what's out today. The characters were more compelling than most, so were the often spectacular vehicular battle scenes. I miss this show, and I wish somebody would think to resurrect it instead of Biker Mice from Mars.
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