Visionaries and Holograms

Visionaries

For those of us who were kids in the 1980’s, especially if you are male, you may remember the TV series/Toy Line called Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light. Though the story and design were par for the course in the 80’s, their main selling feature as toys was the “magical” holograms on their chests and staves. Here is a nice site recording their history and brief existence.

It’s funny how many things had holograms in the 80’s and just how often we as kids were taken to believe that they were somehow really high tech. I am surprised that cell-phones or ipods haven’t been modded with holograms integrated into their designs yet.

  • There were the rather similar Supernaturals, who had torsos made of holograms and perhaps a shield to match. With names like Mr. Lucky and Weird Cat, you know the designers phoned it in on that one.
  • There were the BAT figures from GI Joe.
  • Countless stickers such as this A-Team Lazer Blazers collection.
  • I am certain Trapper Keepers had holograms to some extent.
  • Here’s a wonderful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cearal box with hologram.
  • And let us not forget the hologram glasses still in use for poker tournaments.

Whether you like them or not, holograms made hundreds of children believe that the future of entertainment was to be found in the illusion of depth via an overproduced likeness of something real. And they ended up with Britney Spears. Okay, so they were right.

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1 comment so far

  1. Fortress Guy on

    Still, Visionaries may have been 80’s fare, but it was quite a ride.

    I agree with your premise that holograms were all the rage back them. Do not forget Automan! Ha.

    I just wrote up a take on the Visionaries series of you want to check it out.

    http://fortresstakes.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/visionaries-knights-of-the-magical-light-1987-1-season-13-episodes/


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