As I’ve mentioned on the site before, when it came to transforming toy lines my heart was always with Hasbro’s The Transformers. Which might be why I overlooked the Computer Warriors toys from Mattel back in 1989… even though now I certainly wished I could have at least picked up the Pepsi transforming hover jet playset!
The Computer Warriors story finds that a government computer has malfunctioned and it is producing an evil army of viruses, their leader Megahert manages to guide his minions into the real world to begin the take over of all computer systems. Thankfully the same computer realizes the danger of the situation and programs four heroic anti-viruses dubbed the Computer Warriors, led by Romm, to dispatch the evil Megahert and his cohorts before they can take over the world.
To make sure their activities are not discovered in the real world – both forces learn to hide in common objects of the day as in the already mentioned Pepsi can, a soccer trophy, flashlight, pencil sharpener, calculator, digital desk clock, a book entitled “Invasion of the Viruses”, and even a desktop computer.
There was even a special animated movie produced for the toy line entitled Computer Warriors: The Adventure Begins – and since it’s a Mattel production you might even spot a familiar figure hidden in a toy chest.
The special which was meant to serve as a pilot for a series was directed by Bill Kroyer – a well known film and animation Director – having worked on the CGI effects for 1982’s TRON before going on to helm 1992’s FernGully: The Last Rainforest. In addition Kroyer co-wrote Computer Warriors: The Adventure Begins along with Carl Macek – who might best be known for helping to bring the likes Robot Carnival, Crying Freeman, Akira, and Fist of the North Star and many more to the United States.
Now thanks to 80s Video Trix you can enjoy watching Computer Warriors: The Adventure Begins for yourself!