Big Bad Beetleborgs
|Big Bad Beetleborgs|
|Also known as||Saban's Big Bad Beetleborgs
|Created by||Toei Company/Haim Saban|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||88 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Saban Entertainment
Renaissance / Atlantic Films
Toei Company. Ltd
|Original channel||Fox Kids|
|Original run||September 7, 1996 – March 2, 1998|
Big Bad Beetleborgs (later Beetleborgs Metallix) is an American Live-action television series produced by Saban Entertainment. It aired for two seasons on Fox Kids between September 7, 1996 and March 2, 1998. Reruns later aired on UPN Kids from 1998 to 1999. On May 7, 2010, as part of the sale of the Power Rangers franchise, the copyright for Beetleborgs was transferred from BVS International to SCG Power Rangers.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Cast
- 3 Arsenal
- 4 Production
- 5 Power Rangers Turbo vs. Beetleborgs Metallix
- 6 Streaming
- 7 Home video releases
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Set in the fictional town of Charterville, three "typical average kids", Drew (Wesley Barker), Jo (Shannon Chandler/Brittany Konarzewski), and Roland (Herbie Baez), enter the supposedly haunted Hillhurst Mansion after accepting a dare from rich snobs Van and Trip. The house is revealed to be the home of real monsters when the kids accidentally bump a pipe organ, releasing a phantasm named Flabber (Billy Forester). He proves to be friendly, and in return for releasing him, offers to grant them one wish. They wish to become their comic book heroes, the Big Bad Beetleborgs. However, this also brings the Beetleborgs' sworn enemies to life: the Magnavores, led by the evil Vexor, who would summon monsters from the comic books to battle the Beetleborgs. Roland's mom and dad run the comic book shop along with his grandmother Nano. In a 6-parter, Vexor created his own Beetleborg, Shadowborg, which was a match for the Beetleborgs and briefly took their powers. They had to call a temporary Beetleborg (White Blaster Beetleborg) Josh, and after Shadowborg was destroyed, Josh lost his powers. The Beetleborgs would meet the Beetleborgs comic creator, Art Fortunes, during this six part story in order for him to create the White Blaster Beetleborg and the Mega Blue Beetleborg.
In the second to last episode of the first season, the Magnavores steal a picture of a new villain named Nukus from Art Fortunes' office. They bring him to life to enlist his help in destroying the Beetleborgs. Nukus assists them by planning devastating attacks on the city and creating Borgslayer, a hybrid of all the Magnavore monsters. Unbeknownst to the Magnavores, Nukus was actually plotting to get rid of them. Nukus tells Van and Trip (who were fleeing Charterville during Borgslayer's attack to their father's country estate) how to defeat Borgslayer, and orders them to take the information to the Beetleborgs. They succeed in destroying Borgslayer, causing the Magnavores to be swept back into the comics. In the last episode of the first season (and the first episode of the second season), Nukus challenged the kids to one last battle and despite Art's warning that he is too powerful, they face him anyway. Nukus quickly wipes them out, destroying their armor, weapons, and powers in one fell swoop.
These events lead directly into the second season, Beetleborgs Metallix. In it, the Crustaceans have replaced the Magnavores as the Beetleborgs' new arch-enemy. Nukus discovers that his creator is actually Art's incarcerated brother, Les Fortunes. Nukus busts Les out of prison. Les now serves him by creating new villains and monsters for him. In response, Art creates new powers, armor, vehicles, and weapons, which Flabber then brings to life again for the kids, who rechristen themselves as Beetleborgs Metallix, hence the title. They are later assisted by the Astralborgs, four Beetleborgs created by Art Fortunes as a child when he and Les worked together on their only collaboration, the Lost Comic.
Nukus formed his own evil group, named the Crustaceans. He would later recruit more faithful followers from the Lost Comic in the form of the Mantrons. Nukus and Vilor eventually gained upgraded Mega forms. To counteract this, the Beetleborgs were given an upgrade by Roboborg, who fused their Metallix powers with their original powers, creating the Mega Spectra Beetleborgs. Vilor's "mega" form did not last long and he quietly returned to his original look without explanation; however, Mega Nukus retained his upgraded look.
The series concluded with the Beetleborgs gaining the enemy Boron as an ally, stripping Nukus of his greatest weapon; and Les Fortunes made the decision to return willingly to Charterville prison, disabling Nukus' ability to create new monsters out of illustrations. With no known way of returning the Crustaceans to the comic world, the Beetleborgs were left with an unresolved final battle with what was left of their foes.
- Wesley Barker as Andrew "Drew" McCormick - The Blue Stinger Beetleborg, and later the Chromium Gold Beetleborg in the second season, is the leader of the Beetleborgs. He was granted the ability of telekinesis by Flabber, which he activated by pointing at an object and nodding his head. Drew received an upgrade, Mega Blue Beetleborg, after he used the energy axis that powered Shadowborg on his original armor. After Roboborg arrived, Drew received a new upgrade, Mega Spectra Chromium Gold Beetleborg, after Nukus and Vilor went Mega themselves. His armor was modeled after a Japanese rhinoceros beetle. .
- Herbie Baez as Roland Williams - The Green Hunter Beetleborg, and later the Titanium Silver Beetleborg in the second season, his family owns a local comic book shop named Zoom Comics, where he, Jo, and Drew usually hang out. He was granted the ability of super speed by Flabber, which he activated by snapping his fingers. After Roboborg arrived, Roland received an upgrade, Mega Spectra Titanium Silver Beetleborg, after Nukus and Vilor went Mega themselves. His armor was modeled after a stag beetle.
- Shannon Chandler and later Brittany Konarzewski as Josephine "Jo" McCormick - The Red Striker Beetleborg, and later the Platinum Purple Beetleborg in the second season, Drew's little sister, she was granted the ability of super strength by Flabber, which she activated by cracking her knuckles. After Roboborg arrived, Jo received an upgrade, Mega Spectra Platinum Purple Beetleborg, after Nukus and Vilor went Mega themselves. Her Red Striker armor was modeled after a female Japanese rhinoceros beetle, and her Platinum Purple armor after a ladybug. Jo is often shown wearing a baseball cap backwards. A unique casting change occurred and instead of an official departure removing the character Jo from the cast, when Shannon Chandler left the series, her character remained. Halfway through Season 1, Wolfgang, while playing with a magic book, accidentally cast a spell that caused Jo to change in appearance. Brittany Konarzewski took over Chandler's role in the guise of actually being the original Jo with a new look and voice. To counteract this, Flabber used his magic to make her look and sound the way she always had, but it didn't work on anyone who actually watched the spell being cast. So the viewers, Flabber, Drew, Roland, and Jo herself could still see Jo in her new appearance, but the Hilhurst monsters as well as their family and friends saw her as she looked before.
- Warren Berkow as Josh Baldwin - The White Blaster Beetleborg, granted the ability of invisibility by Flabber, which he activated by dusting his hands. He was on the team for a very short period of time. The White Blaster Beetleborg was created after Shadowborg, an evil clone of the Beetleborgs, stole their powers. He succeeded in getting their powers back. However, it was soon discovered that the White Blaster and Shadowborg were linked in a fashion of yin and yang (mainly because the White Blaster powers were created solely to battle Shadowborg), meaning if one was destroyed, the other would lose his power forever (it could be assumed that it didn't really bother him, seeing as he felt he couldn't handle a superhero life). Josh and Drew were rivals to fall for Heather. Josh accompanied the Beetleborgs in the final battle against Shadowborg, where he transformed for the final time. Shadowborg was defeated by Drew (in his Mega Blue Beetleborg form), and due to the link, Josh lost his powers, at which point, Josh returned to a normal life. Although he said that if the others ever needed him again, he'd be there, but this was the last we saw of him. It was slightly hinted that Jo had a crush on him. His armour was modeled after a hercules beetle.
- Billy Forester as Flabber As described above, Flabber is a phantasm (phasm) who was trapped inside a pipe organ, and was freed by the kids. Out of gratitude he granted their wish to become their comic book heroes, the Big Bad Beetleborgs. This event also unintentionally released the Magnavores. Flabber was released by playing 3 notes on the organ. (He later revealed that playing those same 3 notes, then playing them in reverse would re-entrap him inside the organ). He acts as an advisor and best friend, and offers needed magic to the kids when fighting the Magnavores, and later the Crustaceans, though his magic does not always work the way he may hope for it to work. He is the head of the Hillhurst Mansion and is usually the one to keep the house monsters in check. The producers of the show said that he was based on Elvis Presley, but owing to his prominent chin, he bears a stronger resemblance to the comedian Jay Leno.
- Michael Sorich and later Blake Torney as Mums. Mums is a 5,000 year-old Egyptian mummy that used to be a prince, but he can unwrap his bandages to reveal a "Grim Reaper"-like form under his bandages (which only occurred once). He has 703 brothers and sisters. In "Curse of the Mums' Tomb," two archaeologists came to return Mums to the crypt in which they found him in order to get rid of a curse placed on them upon waking him. In the same episode, it was mentioned by Mums that he was mummified alive after he was caught kissing Cleopatra in public.
- David Fletcher as Frankenbeans, called "Frankie" for short, is a strange, lumbering Frankenstein's monster-type monster. He was once kidnapped by the Magnavores on Halloween, and held for ransom in exchange for the Beetleborgs' Beetle Bonders. He allows Wolfie to stay in a dog house kept in his room. He has little ability to speak, often roaring or saying toddler-like sentences. He actually has no brain (literally), something that often causes a lot of jokes involving him (but a benefit in one episode, as it made him immune to the attack of the "Brain-Sucker" monster created by Nukus). His creator Dr. Baron von Frankenbeans showed up in a few episodes.
- Joe Hackett as Count Fangula Loosely modeled after Count Dracula, Count Fangula is a vampire (albeit one of questionable aptitude in the Dark Arts). He seems to be the only one to understand what Wolfie may be saying. He once succeeded into getting two victims in Van and Trip, temporarily turning them into vampires that were turned back to normal by kisses from Jo. If his victims quota is too low, a high ranking vampire will come to evaluate him like his boss Vlad did in "Fangula's Last Bite." He's also known to have an ex-wife who he's very afraid of.
- Traci Bellusci as The Pipettes A multicolor spirit-like trio of ladies who live in the pipe organ. They act as Flabber's back-up singers. They stop appearing midway through the first series.
- Dan Letlow as Ghoulum A living stone statue type monster that resides in Hillhurst Mansion who often had little to say or do other than what statues do best, stand in place. While not the most active monster of Hillhurst Mansion on rare occasions he would join in on the other monsters' mischief. In one episode, he was accidentally exposed to a 'Bad Potion' turning him evil and causing him to grow into a giant under Noxic's control.
- Frank Tahoe as Wolfgang "Wolfie" Smith voiced by Michael Sorich and later Scott Page-Pagter). Wolfie is a werewolf and is treated more like a family dog than a monster at Hillhurst. His voice sounds similar to Astro and Scooby-Doo. Only Fangula can translate what Wolfie is saying most of the time since Fangula was once Wolfie's roommate. Probably the bravest and most cunning of the Hillhurst Monsters because he's the only one of the group who tangled with the bad guys at least once.
- Lina Godouse as Little Ghoul A Jawa-like ghoul who was the latest addition to the Hillhurst group in season two. She lives in the basement and rarely comes out. A niece of the Grim Reaper, she is a grim reaper-in-training who loves collecting. She also has a short temper, which scares the other monsters even more than her true appearance under her hood. She has little to no respect for anyone; she does, however, have a great deal of respect for the Astralborgs. In one episode, she possessed a head that originally belonged to the Headless Horseman.
- Karato (voiced by Richard Epcar) and Silver Ray: Two other comic book superheroes that the kids are fans of. When the Magnavores released an army of monsters while trying to kidnap Art Fortunes from a comic book convention, the Beetleborgs were afraid of being unable to beat them all by themselves. Flabber agreed to use his magic on just that one occasion to summon other superheroes from the comics to help. In B-Fighter, Karato was one of the other Metal Hero protagonists Janperson while Silver Ray was his rival Gun Gibson, and Goldex was the main villan Bill Goldy (used by the villains as a pawn after being revived), but was absorbed into Borgslayer. The B-Fighters also teamed up with the Blue SWAT team, but they weren't adapted into Beetleborgs.
- Astralborgs: Four heroes of the Lost Comic.
- Dragonborg (voiced by Doug Stone impersonating Sean Connery): Modeled after a dragonfly, leader of the Astralborgs.
- Fireborg (voiced by Gene Holliday): Modeled after a firefly.
- Lightingborg (voiced by Richard Epcar): Modeled after a cicada.
- Ladyborg (voiced by Barbara Goodson): Modeled after a butterfly.
- Arthur "Art" Fortunes (Rigg Kennedy): Creator of the Beetleborgs comics, who shows up time and time again with new ways to help the kids. He often collaborates with Flabber's magic to bring new arsenal to the kids.
- "Nano" Williams (Vivian Smallwood): Roland's grandmother, Aaron's mother, and Abbie's mother-in-law, Nano is one hip granny and a trained martial artist. When she's not running Zoom Comics, or practicing her moves, she's often seen riding her motorcycle. Nano often helps out the kids when they're in a jam. If nothing else, she enjoys teasing her son Aaron.
- Aaron Williams (Kim Delgado): Roland's father. He ran Zoom Comics full-time and is often embarrassed by his mother's antics. Aaron was soon called away on business, leaving the shop in the hands of his wife.
- Abbie Williams (Channe Nolan): Roland's mother. She primarily works as a real estate agent. When her husband, Aaron, gone on business, she assumed running Zoom Comics. She and her mother in-law don't see eye to eye but she didn't really know how to run a comic book shop. With a little help from Flabber's magic, Abbie's heart opened up and rekindled fond childhood memories of a comic she once loved reading. She ran the shop for the remainder of the series.
- Heather (Elizabeth Z. Lund): Drew's crush. No matter what, Drew could never tell Heather what he really felt. She would sometimes help out at the comic shop, and she also enjoyed reading them. During the Shadowborg saga, she developed a crush on Josh.
- Trip & Van (Todd Hurst & Patrick Seaborn): These brothers constantly pestered the kids daily lives by flaunting their wealth and self-acclaimed superiority. Trip was the smarter of the two, whereas Van was a bit slow. They often came up with get-rich-quick schemes, ways to humiliate the kids, or simply to cause trouble; often dragging their unwitting chauffeur, Dudley, into their schemes. They were the one's who dared Jo, Roland, and Drew to enter Hillhurst, which led to them becoming Beetleborgs. During the Borgslayer fiasco they left town to go live at their father's country estate, only to be mentioned once in season 2 (but not before Nukus forced them to return to town to tell the Beetleborgs how to defeat Borgslayer in order to get rid of the Magnavores).
- Dr. Baron von Frankenbeans: A mad scientist who is based on Victor Frankenstein and is the creator of Frankenbeans. He treated the monsters like servants. Whenever he announced his full name, he would be spotlighted by moonlight as lightning would flash and a wolf would howl outside (even if it was daylight). He first appeared to visit his son and do medical treatment on the monsters. Dr. Frankenbeans even helped the Beetleborgs by giving them a suggestion on how to defeat Cyber-Serpent. In "Operation Frankenbeans," Dr. Frankenbeans returned where he implanted a new brain into Frankenbeans. In "Bride of Frankenbeans," Dr. Frankenbeans returned where he had assembled a mate for Frankenbeans (who was based off the Bride of Frankenstein). Even though the Beetleborgs stopped Crimson Creep from crashing the wedding, Frankenbeans' relationship with the "bride" was short and she was deactivated and dismantled. In "Son of Frankenbeans," Dr. Frankenbeans returned where he had created a "son" for Frankenbeans. In "Experiment of Evil," Dr. Frankenbeans created the "Monster Mother: Root of all Evil"
- Magnavores (2-53): The first set of villains the Beetleborgs faced, who originated from the Beetleborgs Comic, but were released due to Flabber granting the kids' wish which unintentionally released them..
- Vexor (first played by Rick Tane and later by Kisu; voiced by Joey Pal): The leader of the Magnavores. He loses patience with his Magnavores' incompetence and does not appear in every episode. He appeared to have been destroyed by the combined efforts of all three Beetleborgs stabbing their Beetle Battlers into his body and pulling him to the ground, after Drew battled with and destroyed Shadowborg, but quickly revived himself, sprouting a new body and face and even managed to grow giant. In his following appearance, he somehow switched back to his old self/appearance.
- Typhus (played by Kyle Jordan and voiced by Dave "Foots" Footman): A Chimera/composite-like humanoid monster, prefers brawn over brain and his whale-like flattop is an extra mouth with which he eats food or other objects. In battle, he sometimes wields a sword-like weapon that latches to his arm or his mouth. This weapon can also blast lasers when latched to his extra mouth. He was temporarily turned into Mega Typhus.
- Noxic (played by Lee Whey and voiced by David Umansky): An android with coils for hair who wears a white labcoat-like jacket. Can control machinery and other objects by removing his head and attaching it to them. In a dream of his, he took control of a bulldozer with his head and tried to destroy the Beetleborgs. He later used this same technique to take control of Ghoulum, went he went bad from the comic book's formula. He has an unseen wicked friend, from the comic books as well, named Dr. Cackle, who created the evil formula. Prefers to eat donuts all day long instead of doing Vexor's bidding. He has an older brother named Super Noxic, though technically Noxic was created first. In battle, he sometimes wields an umbrella-like weapon.
- Jara (played by Balinda English in U.S. Footage, and voiced by Rajia Baroudi): Female humanoid clad in red attire and a white mask. She speaks with a Russian accent. Despite her face being remade 3-dimensional, she cannot consume food or smile in the real world because the mouth on her mask could never open (she emphasizes this by saying that she has no mouth). She was bitten by Wolfgang in one episode and became a werewolf and enamored with Wolfgang, but by the end of the episode was returned to her normal form by a rubber arrow, shot by Flabber, which contained antidote and retained none of her affection for Wolfgang. In battle, she sometimes wields a whip that when cracked releases destructive energy.
- Shadowborg (voiced by Bob Papenbrook) (26-31): A black evil Beetleborg created by Vexor from ionic DNA and insectite material stolen from the Blue Stinger Beetleborg. Not only is Shadowborg created from the basic materials as Blue Stinger, but he is enhanced with some of the powers of the other Beetleborgs. Shadowborg can run faster than the Green Hunter, jump higher than Red Striker, and remain underwater for 51 minutes. Shadowborg's architectural armor is modeled after a longicorn beetle. With his Shadow Claw, Shadowborg can cut through any substance known to the planet. He was finally destroyed by the Blue Stinger Beetleborg in his Mega Blue Form. Shadowborg was later reused as General Venjix of the Machine Empire in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode "Forever Red".
- Scabs (3-53): Yellow-black goon squad. Unlike in most Saban adaptations, these grunt soldiers were barely used.
- Magnavore Jet Fighters (3-53): Air-borne, wasp-resembling machine jets. Summoned to attack the Beetleborgs on several occasions.
- "Crustaceans" (52-88): Villains created by Les Fortunes, the second set of villains the Beetleborgs faced.
- Nukus (played and voiced by Christopher Cho) (52-81): A creation of Les Fortunes, Nukus the Triceratops-based Overlord of the 2nd Dimension. His drawing was hidden away in Art Fortune's vault until the Magnavores took the picture and Vexor brought him to life. Nukus quickly set a plan to dispose the Magnavores and take over as the new villain which involved combining the energies of the monsters he brought out into the Borgslayer. When Borgslayer was destroyed, the Magnavores returned to the comics and Nukus went to confront the Beetleborgs. Nukus had an advantage over the Beetleborgs as he destroyed both the paper he came out of. Nukus also destroyed the Beetleborgs' original armor, weapons, and powers. When he raided Hillhurst, Nukus turned Flabber into ice and discovered Art Fortunes with another picture of Nukus which was actually drawn by his brother Les. With this knowledge, Nukus broke Les out of prison, brought Horribelle, Vilor, and the Dregs to life, and used Les' skills to create deadly monsters that could be brought to life with the use of his sword where he would say the name of Les' creation and quote "Arise" where the drawing came to life. He later gained a mega form, Mega Nukus (81-88), from touching Les Fortunes' transmographier device which he destroyed soon after to ensure no one else received an upgrade from it.
- Horribelle (played and voiced by Claudine Barros) (54-88): Second-in-command of the Crustaceans, an insect-based sword-toting fighter and Nukus' right-hand woman upon being brought to life by Nukus from Les' drawing of her. Like Nukus, she can summon a face-mask in battle. She also wields two swords that resemble mantis arms. She once rebelled against the Crustaceans by having Les Fortunes create the Astral Axe, so she could control its powers out of a scorn for not receiving a mega form like the main male villains.
- Vilor (played by Kyle Jordan, voiced by Dave "Foots" Footman) (54-88): Third in command of the Crustaceans, a fish-based, trident-toting fighter. He was created by Les in prison and brought to life by Nukus. He briefly gains a second form, Super Vilor in episode 78 (wolfie's Wild Ride) when the Mantrons takeover fighting, he makes Les Fortunes a deal: a new form in exchange for a drawing table, when defeated Super Vilor returned to where the drawing was made, and falls on Les Fortunes' new table as regular Vilor. Later he got a brief mega form, Mega Vilor (81), after touching Les Fortunes' transmographier device prior to its destruction, though he somehow reverted to his normal state.
- Lester "Les" Fortunes (Marshal Hilton) (54-88): The black sheep in the Fortunes family, Art's older brother. He was in prison when Nukus recruited him to his cause. Despite creating Horribelle, Vilor, the Dregs, and all the Crustacean monsters and their arsenal, Les never gets any respect or credit for it. After Repgillian's destruction, Les and Nukus decided to finally part ways after Les decided to go back to jail for some peace and quiet. He remarked that the Crustaceans were going to miss him and that he created them and he can erase them. As he left, Horribelle remarked she never really did like him.
- Mantrons (75-82): Evil counterparts of the Astralborgs. Created by Les Fortunes as a child to rival Art Fortunes' Astralborgs in their only collaboration, the Lost Comic. They were there to aid Nukus in his plans to get Roboborg, who ultimately made it to the good hands of the Beetleborgs. In 'Roboborg' (part 8 of the Lost Comic saga), the Mantrons were finally sent back to the Lost Comic for good by the combined attacks of the Beetleborgs, Astralborgs and Roboborg.
- Dregs (55-88): Assorted monsters used as foot soldiers that were created by Les Fortunes when he was in jail and brought to life by Nukus. Dregs came in two groups. One group was based on land animals and wore brown slacks and black boots (Spider Dreg, Stego Dreg). The other based on sea creatures and wore blue spandex pants and white boots (Fish Dreg, Jellyfish Dreg, Squid Dreg). Each group consisted of five different types of Dregs.
- Worm Tanks (55-88): Giant worm like vehicles summoned to attack the Beetleborgs on several occasions.
- Crustacean Jet Fighters (56-88): Air-borne machines based on the design of the Worm Tank summoned to attack the Beetleborgs on several occasions.
Main article: List of Beetleborgs monsters
Big Bad Beetleborgs
- Beetle Bonders: The Beetleborgs' transformation devices. Once summoned, the kids transformed into the Beetleborgs with a cry of "Beetle Blast!". To change back, the kids say "Back Blast!"
- Sonic Laser Saber
- Sonic Lasers: The Beetleborgs' fire-arms, complete with a 12-button numbered keypad to type in codes for attacks.
- Pulsabers: Small swords used by the Beetleborgs. It can combine with the Sonic Laser to become the Sonic Laser Saber for more firepower.
- Beetle Battlers: The Beetleborgs' main weapons of their own design;
- Stinger Blade: The Blue Stinger Beetleborg's weapon.
- Stinger Drill: The Blue Stinger Beetleborg's more powerful enhanced Beetle Battler.
- Hunter Claw: The Green Hunter Beetleborg's weapon.
- Striker Blaster: The Red Striker Beetleborg's weapon.
- Thunder Stinger: More powerful than any Sonic Laser, only the Blue Stinger Beetleborg can use it. Utilizing dual pistol and shotgun modes, this weapon also helps transform Blue Stinger Beetleborg into the Mega Blue Beetleborg.
- "Bug Out" - In the first episode of Metallix (or the last episode of Big Bad BeetleBorgs), Drew and his teammates use Flabber's book of spells (or Phasm Handbook) to try to change him back to normal after Nukus turns him to ice. One spell gives all three the power to change into somewhat larger versions of their respective insects (about the size of their fists), then revert to human. By saying "Bug out!", they change into bugs. To become human again, they say "Bug back!" The trio are able to use this ability in either human or Beetleborg form, and will never lose it. When in insect mode, their colors are the same as those on their new Metallix armor.
- Data Bonders: The Beetleborgs' transformation devices. Unlike the Beetle Bonders, the kids had to insert Input Cards into the Data Bonders after they were summoned. The kids transformed into the Metallix Beetleborgs with a cry of "Beetle Blast!". To change back, the kids say "Back Blast!" The Data Bonders and their Input Cards could also be used to summon their Sector Cycles (in both regular and Mega Spectra modes).
- Metallix Battlers: The Beetleborgs' main weapons of their own design;
- Metallix Lancer: The Chromium Gold Beetleborg's weapon.
- Metallix Grappler: The Titanium Silver Beetleborg's weapon. Much like the Hunter Claw, it could also grab an enemy.
- Metallix Baton: The Platinum Purple Beetleborg's weapon.
- Sector Cycles: The Beetleborgs' new bikes used when they need to get to another part of the city. To summon them, the kids used their Data Bonders and Input Cards. When Roboborg arrived, he changed the cycles into the new Mega Spectra Sector Cycles by combining their old powers with their Metallix powers, with laser beams called Spectra Fire.
- Chromium Gold Sector Cycle: Chromium Gold Beetleborg's Sector Cycle. Turns blue and gold after turning into the Chromium Gold Mega Spectra Sector Cycle.
- Titanium Silver Sector Cycle: Titanium Silver Beetleborg's Sector Cycle. Turns green and silver after turning into the Titanium Silver Mega Spectra Sector Cycle.
- Platinum Purple Sector Cycle: Platinum Purple Beetleborg's Sector Cycle. Turns red and purple after turning into the Platinum Purple Mega Spectra Sector Cycle.
- Astral Sword: See Battleborgs - Roboborg.
- Astral Blaster: Combination of a Data Laser, Astral Laser, Astral Datadex and Astral Pulsar, usually held by Chromium Gold Beetleborg.
- Data Lasers: The Beetleborgs' fire-arms. Unlike the Sonic Lasers, they utilize different Input Cards for each attack; though the cards used are different from the ones for the Data Bonders.
- Astral Laser: Laser weapon used by either Dragonborg or Chromium Gold Beetleborg.
- Astral Pulsar: Hand-held weapon used by Platinum Purple Beetleborg to ruin or restore. Presented by Fireborg.
- Astral Datadex: Weapon used by the Titanium Silver Beetleborg. Presented by Lightningborg.
- Astral Bonders: The Astralborgs use this device to give the Beetleborgs new weapons to use in battle.
- Astral Arsenal: Weapons used by either the Beetleborgs or Astralborgs.
- Astral Launcher: Arm-cannon used by Fireborg.
- Astral Sabers: Long swords used by Lightningborg.
- Astral Sonic Cannon: Weapon on Lightningborg's chest used to give his enemy ear aches, later involving a laser blast afterwards.
- Astral Bazooka: Large gun used by Ladyborg. When in use, the gun's barrel opens up to look like a flower and fires a powerful fireball.
- Mega Spectra Weapons: As Mega Spectra Beetleborgs, the borgs wield new weapons.
- Wrist Rocket: Chromium Gold's weapon.
- Spectra Lance: Titanium Silver's weapon.
- Cross-Bow: Platinum Purple's weapon.
- Astral Ax: See Battleborgs - Boron.
- Attack Vehicles: The A.V.'s are the Beetleborgs' heavy artillery to use when the city is attacked by Magnavore Jet Fighters. Housed in the Beetle Battle Base, minus Gargantis. The Beetle Battle Base and the A.V.'s were destroyed by the Magnavore Jet Fighters' missiles at the end of the first season.
- Gargantis Mega Cannon: Combination of the Beetleborgs A.V.'s and Gargantis. It is their most powerful weapon of all.
- Blue Stinger A.V.: Blue Stinger Beetleborg's A.V.
- Green Hunter A.V.: Green Hunter Beetleborg's A.V.
- Red Striker A.V.: Red Striker Beetleborg's air-borne A.V.
- Gargantis the Attack Mobile Carrier: Most powerful attack vehicle the Beetleborgs had, it can open its back so the smaller A.V.s can ride atop of it for the Gargantis Mega Cannon. Gargantis was destroyed by the powerful Borgslayer at the end of the first season.
- Gargantis Mega Cannon: Combination of the Beetleborgs A.V.'s and Gargantis. It is their most powerful weapon of all.
- Battle Vehicles: The B.V.'s are the Beetleborgs' heavy artillery to use when the city is attacked by Crustacean Jet Fighters & Worm Tanks. Housed in the Beetle Battle Station.
- Chromium Gold B.V.: Chromium Gold Beetleborg's B.V.
- Titanium Silver B.V.: Titanium Silver Beetleborg's B.V.
- Platinum Purple B.V.: Platinum Purple Beetleborg's air-borne B.V.
- Roboborg (voiced by Michael Sorich): Arrived on Earth when all eight of the Astral Coins were reunited with the Astral Sword. Roboborg is summoned when the Chromium Gold Beetleborg holds the Astral Sword in the air and shouts “Roboborg!”. It wields a weapon called Robo Sword, with which he can perform the Robo Cyclone.
- Boron (voiced by Y.I. Otta): Les Fortunes created the Astral Ax, the evil counterpart to the Astral Sword, and with it Roboborg's evil counterpart, Boron. Used by Mega Nukus to summon Boron, simply by shouting out, “Boron, Arise!”. It wields an unnamed weapon similar to that of Roboborg's Robo Sword. In the battle against Repgillian, the Beetleborgs tricked the Crustaceans into giving up the Astral Ax so it could fall into the hands of Titanium Silver Beetleborg. Boron then switched to the side of good.
It was not uncommon to see cardboard cut-outs and wall decorations of the Beetleborgs characters on the walls of Zoom Comics where the three kids worked. Other decorations used included the costume heads of King Sphinx of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the original head from the monster costume Kappa from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger (The monster was used as "Parrot Top" in MMPR) which was used to create the costume Malavex. Toys from the Bandai Beetleborgs toyline could also be seen in various displays. Including the Special Edition Deluxe Shadowborg figure, in an episode which preceded Shadowborg's character ever appearing on the show.
Like other adaptations, some of the original source footage was altered for Beetleborgs. The Input Magnums, the original B-Fighter's guns, looked very realistic due to the black-and-silver coloring. In Beetleborgs, the gun's colors were changed to bright red and purple, and all Japanese footage of the Input Magnum's keypad being used was replaced with American footage using the red and purple gun. However, the colors of the guns changed from time to time due to the blending in of the B-Fighter footage. Similarly, the American version of the toy was done in red and purple colors instead of the Input Magnum's black and silver coloring. In Metallix, the Input Cardgun colors remained unchanged (grey and black), but the toy line changed the weapons to a white-and-blue color scheme. More violent scenes from B-Fighter were either covered up with large, Batman-esque sound effects or were cut out through comic-book-panel transitions.
Big Bad Beetleborgs and Beetleborgs Metallix ultimately ended because the Saban crew were left with no more Juukou B-Fighter and B-Fighter Kabuto footage to adapt, and thus the show was left on a cliffhanger. Their predecessor, VR Troopers also ended for the same reason.
- In Power Rangers in Space, Firecat, Hammerhands, Terror Bear, Triplesaurus Rex, a Stego Dreg, and unused B-Fighter Kabuto monster Baeria (who was used for "Aunt Ant") were seen at the Onyx Tavern in "Flashes of Darkonda." In "Invasion of the Body Switcher," the monsters Body Switcher transformed into included Rocket Man, Cataclaws, LottaMuggs, Unctuous, and Firecat. In "A Date with Danger," Mole Monster was used as Destructoid where the monster suit was given a different hair style. Aqualungs, Cataclaws, Cataclazmic, Changeling, Crimson Creep, Emily The Seed Of Evil, Firecat, Furocious, Hagfish Of Gar, Kombat Knat, LottaMuggs, Porkasaurus, Spider Dreg, Stego Dreg, Terror Bear, Torch Mouth, Triplesaurus Rex, Ultra Vulture, and Unctuous were each seen with each army in "Countdown to Destruction." Unused B-Fighter monsters Anemolala, Kapparapa, and Pineappler also appeared there.
- In Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, a Stego Dreg, Cataclaws, and Ultra Vulture were seen at the Onyx Tavern. Cataclaws and Furocious were seen at the auction of the Pink Quasar Saber there. Unused B-Fighter Kabuto monster Meltzura also appeared as Rojomon.
- In Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Emily the Seed of Evil, Hagfish of Gar, and Torch Mouth were seen in the Shadow World in "The Fate of Lightspeed" Pt. 2.
- In Power Rangers S.P.D. Mucant appeared at Piggy's diner in "Shadow" Pt. 1. El Scorpio was re-used in the episode "S.W.A.T." Part I as the scorpion monster that was a holographic monster Sergent Silverback used as a way to train the Rangers to use S.W.A.T. Mode.
- Some of the monsters costumes from Beetleborgs appeared in the The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog in repainted form. Among these costumes are Scorpix, Shellator, Emily the Seed of Evil, Fangula Bat Monster, Fernzilla, and 2 monsters from B-Fighter Kabuto that were unused in this series (the ant monster Baneria, and the porcupine/stingray monster Porcuray). The costumes for Shellator, Fangula Bat Monster, and B-Fighter monsters Baneria and Porcuray were used to portray the Spectres of Banshee Woods in Episode 24.
- Five random Beetlborgs suits (Shadowborg, The Green Hunter Beetleborg, Dragonborg (minus his antenne), Fireborg and Ladyborg) were re-used in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode Forever Red as remnants of the Machine Empire, who would plan to reactivate Serpentera.
- The episode "Convention Dimension" had The Beetleborgs attending the comic convention. Among costumes worn at the convention were: Spider-Man, The Tick and Guido Anchovy. At that time Saban owned airing rights to Spider-Man: The Animated Series, The Tick and Samurai Pizza Cats. In Episode 54, Saban featured in "Gravesoul Owns."
The show was filmed in a number of locations.
Power Rangers Turbo vs. Beetleborgs Metallix
In 1997, Acclaim Comics published a one-shot entitled Power Rangers Turbo vs. Beetleborgs Metallix featuring the Beetleborgs battle the Turbo Rangers before teaming with them against Divatox and Nukus.
On June 15, 2011 all episodes of Big Bad Beetleborgs and Beetleborgs Metallix were made available on Netflix.
Home video releases
There have been 3 VHS releases in the US: The Curse of Shadow Borg, The Vampire Files, and Metallix - The Movie. They were all released by Fox Kids.
Shout! Factory began putting the series out on DVD with the October 16, 2012 release of Beetleborgs: Season 1, Part 1. Season 1, Part 2 was released on February 12, 2013. Season 2, Part 1 was released on June 11, 2013. Plans for Season 2, Part 2 have been cancelled; however, may be released if the VR Troopers Season 2, Volume 2 sells well through Shout! Factory's Website.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|Beetleborgs: Season 1, Part 1||27||October 16, 2012|
|Beetleborgs: Season 1, Part 2||26||February 12, 2013|
|Beetleborgs: Season 2, Part 1||18||June 11, 2013|
|Beetleborgs: Season 2, Part 2||17|
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- A Saban Brands logo can be seen at the end of the show credits on Netflix Internet Stream
- "Programming Catalog: BeetleBorgs". MarVista Entertainment. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
- Mangan, Jennifer (September 5, 1996). "Get Ready For `Beetleborgs': Kids, Superheroes And A Ghost Named Flabber". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
- United States Copyright Office Public Catalog Search the name "SCG Power Rangers".
- Big Bad Beetleborgs Page on Toku Central
- Beetleborgs Metallix Page on Toku Central
- Big Bad BeetleBorgs at the Internet Movie Database
- Beetleborgs Metallix at the Internet Movie Database
- Big Bad Beetleborgs/Beetleborgs Metallix at TV.com