Name: Monster Minds
From: Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (1985)
Classification: An intelligent plant race that can transform into combat vehicles.
In a distant galaxy where magic and technology coexist, an intelligent and malevolent being known as Saw Boss is spreading his vines from planet to planet in an effort to take over the universe. The limitless vines link the hive mind of the Monster Mind controlled planets to Saw Boss at his hub world, and are an intergalactic highway for the Monster Minds to travel. The Monster Minds are able to change themselves into Bio-Organic vehicles that are outfitted with melee and artillery weaponry.
The origins of the Monster Minds and Saw Boss began very innocently. A scientist named Audric was close to discovering a bio-organic plant that would be able to feed the galaxy with an endless supply of plant-based foods. At the moment of his discovery a close star went supernova and bathed his creation with radiation. The radiation quickly mutated into five plant-like extraterrestrials who wished to conquer the universe. The first one “born” was Saw Boss and he became the leader. All of the Monster Minds have the ability to transform from humanoid to vehicle forms, but Saw Boss is the only one to spend a majority of their time in their humanoid form.
The other four Monster Minds were a motley crew that ranged in intelligence from cunning to downright moronic. The four “siblings” and sub-bosses are strong warriors in their own right but they also had the ability to control clone armies of themselves. Their names were Gun Grinner, Terror Tank, K.O. Kruiser, and Beast Walker.
To stop this menace Audric created something called the Magic Root. During an attack the Monster Minds fractured the Magic Root into two pieces. Audric went into hiding with one of the pieces, while the other went to Audric’s son Jayce. In an effort to find his father and to join the two pieces of the Magic Root, Jayce banded together with a centuries old wizard named Gillian, Jayce’s bio-organic plant sister Flora, Oon the Eternal Squire, and mercenary Herc Stormsailor to form the freedom fighting team, The Lightning League. Taking their name from an older group of heroes outfitted with combat vehicles created by Audric, Jayce and the Lightning League use these vehicles to protect the innocent and to destroy the Monster Minds.
Due to the poor sales of the Mattel toy line which the show was based, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors was canceled after one 65 episode season. With the show abruptly canceled, there was no ending to the story of The Lightning League and the Monster Minds.
Created on the heels of the ambitious toy line Wheeled Warriors, the show Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors took the fight between The Lightning League and the Monster Minds to a great and imaginative universe. The toys simply stated the two factions were enemies but it never elaborated on what they were battling over. Story or not, the toys were fantastic and were made to be added to and built on. Any vehicles attachments could be used on all other vehicles and Mattel also sold expansion packs with additional attachments. Wheeled Warriors are evidence that back up the claim that the ’80s were the best decade ever.
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