Pretty much everyone is aware of The Toxic Avenger, the camp over-the-top schlock horror movie released in 1984 by Troma. The movie was initially all but ignored by the mainstream cinema in the beginning, yet soon found a cult audience in the mid to late 80s. But how many people are there that remember the short-lived kids TV animation spin-off? Called Toxic Crusaders, the animation featured the eponymous Toxie and a gang of new mutants heroes.
The stories all revolved around Toxie and his band of misfit mutant superheroes saving the planet from pollution. First appearing on TV screens in 1991, the show mirrored other popular animations with an environmental message of the time, such as Captain Planet and the Planeteers, and mutant themed superheroes like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And like the aforementioned animations, Toxic Crusaders spawned a whole range of kids action figures, despite only lasting for 13 episodes before it was cancelled. Playmates, the same company responsible for Ninja Turtles action figures, released a line of similarly styled Toxic Crusader figures in 1991.
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As well as the heroes, the company produced the cartoon villains from the series, that hailed from the planet of Smogula. Dr. Killemoff and Czar Zosta were cockroach-like extraterrestrials, who wanted to turn Earth into a polluted planet, like their own. Killemoff, like most bad guys in animations at the time, also had a seemingly endless army of useless sidekicks called Radiation Rangers. Similar to Shredder's Foot soldiers in the Turtle animation series.