Leoric (1987 Visionaries)
I’ve long thought I could tie GI Joe and Visionaries together in a way that goes beyond the figures’ construction style. Now I don’t have to try to make up some sort of half-baked No-Prize explanation connecting the world of Prysmos to the larger Sunbow Cartoonic Universe. That’s my original term, by the way–feel free to use it.
Hasbro is tying all the various properties together via comic and a proposed film series, with the potential for 80s series like Visionaries and MASK crossing over with Transformers and GI Joe. So someone else is busy now busy dreaming up a half-baked No-Prize explanation of how it’ll all go down.
The original Visionaries series is quite high-concept. Imagine an alien world, that is similar to Earth, yet many years ahead in terms of technology. Got it? Great. Now imagine said world is subjected to a cataclysm in which all technology is rendered useless and magic becomes the primary power in the world. Got it? Also, the world reverts to a medieval Earth type system of culture, complete with knights, castles and peasants. Got it? No? Don’t feel bad. It’s strange.
The big deal with the series are the holograms. From an 80s history standpoint, these things were quite cool. They weren’t too common, and o don’t know if I’d fall them a gimmick, as I can recall holograms on the cover National Geographic magazine, as well as on credit cards. Another toy line, Tonka’s Supernaturals used the same technology, though the Visionaries toys integrate the element more effectively.
Leoric shares the construction style of the 80s Joes, albeit at a larger scale. It’s an odd feeling when you’re used to this type of figure at a smaller scale. I wonder if the sculpts were originally made to be sized at 3 and 3/4 inches, since the details seem a bit soft considering the larger size. Maybe the holograms simply looked better at a larger size.