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Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors – Volume One (The First 33 Episodes/Shout! Factory DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C



This is the first 33 episodes of the total 65 episode run of the Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors series and trust this reviewer when he says that the next 32 episodes will surely be more of the same monotony found in Volume One.  Jayce was an animated series created because a Mattel toy line was not selling very well and the toy company was hoping to profit in the same way other series like Care Bears or He-Man had in the past.  The series never feels quite put together and is not very memorable.  This reviewer can definitely feel the forced nature of series and in the end was not impressed.  For as much as this reviewer is driven by nostalgia, Jayce Wheeled Warriors: Volume One by no means captures the heart of the 1980’s animation genre like other series do.


The series is simple and right to the point.  There are ‘good guys’ (the humans as The Lightening League) and the ‘bad guys’ (the vegetable-like Monster Minds).  The series stars Jayce as he is on a mission to save and reunite with his father Audric.  Audric was an incredibly brilliant botanist who managed to create a variety of plants that could grow and survive in any environment.  Audric’s goal was to end intergalactic hunger with his work.  Before Audric’s work could be put into effect, a solar flare mutated some of his plants into a crew of horrific plant monsters known as the Monster Minds. Jayce’s father flees the haven of his lab to safer lands, leaving his work and son behind.  Jayce armed with one of the two halves of ‘magic root amulet’ that can destroy the Monster Minds he sets out to find his father with his crew of friends and warriors known as The Lightening League.  Viewers get to experience Jayce battle it out in a slue of fast paced, war machines with the Monster Minds.  The series is heavily action based with a somewhat interconnecting storyline from beginning to end.


Being a series that only premiered a mere 7 months after this reviewer’s birth, he never got a solid chance to enjoy the Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors series when it originally aired, but finds that Jayce is reminiscent (to a degree) of many other 1980’s cartoon series.  Jayce never received the rerun treatment like other 1980’s series such as TMNT, GI Joe, Transformers, He-Man, or even The Real Ghostbusters and hence why many individuals may have never partaken in or remember the series to begin with.  If anything Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors may be better remembered more so as an extensive toy series from Mattel that allowed children to mix and match vehicles to their destructive delight. Oddly enough like a few other 1980’s cartoon series, the toys came before the actual series.


The technical features on this 4-Disc 1980’s series are adequate at best, but follow the same trend as many other 1980’s series having certain issues revolving around picture and sound.  The picture is presented in its original 1.33 X 1 Full Screen image and whereas the colors are bright and fluid there is still a roughness/grittiness to the picture quality with a degree of debris that appears from time to time.  The sound is not very impressive in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo format and often the characters’ dialogue sounds soft and distant.  It must be noted, however, that for the most part 1980’s cartoon series do not have impressive soundtracks and always deliver right down the middle.  The extras are lackluster and drab only offering longtime fans a few scripts from ‘Escape from the Garden’ and ‘Steel Against Shadow.’  Also available as an extra is ‘Rare Original Concept Art,’ but this reviewer failed to be impressed by this simplistic rendering of art he just viewed throughout the 33 episodes in its full glory.  All in all the technical features are adequate, but surely not fantastic.


True fans of the series and toy line may get more mileage out of this 4-Disc box set, but this reviewer was not feeling the nostalgia in this series.  Fans can await the series to be complete when the Lightening League defies logic by striking twice in Volume 2.



-  Michael P. Dougherty II


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