Stone Protectors "Forged in Fire" British VHS
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||30 Minutes|
Stone Protectors is a British/American/French multi-media entertainment property consisting primarily of an action figure line and animated series. The series also had a tie-in video game released for the Super NES. It served as a late attempt to market the troll doll craze of the early 1990s to young boys. While not particularly successful, nor inspired by a prior medium, Stone Protectors generally followed in the same vein as contemporaries including Toxic Crusaders, Swamp Thing, and the highly popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
A kingdom built of crystals came under attack by the Saurians whose leader, Zok, desired the powerful crystals protected by the Empress. Zok broke into the castle and reached for the crystals only to see them explode into pieces and fly to Earth.
After being thrown out the back door of a New York club, an awful rock band known as the Rock Detectors found the five magical stones which gave them troll-like appearances and special skills (not the least of which is playing good music). This put them at odds with the music-hating Zok and his henchman Zink, collectively known as The Predators.
- Cornelius, the group's leader, holds the green stone and became a samurai with an assortment of appropriate weaponry (katana, shuriken, and a pair of nunchaku made of microphones). He's the band's lead singer, but also plays guitar.
- Chester holds the red stone and became an expert at wrestling and received great strength. He plays bass guitar and saxophone.
- Clifford holds the blue stone and became a "rock climber." He is the band's drummer.
- Angus holds the yellow stone and became a "soldier" and an expert at turning mundane objects into weapons. He plays keyboard. Angus ostensibly built up the Protectors' bizarre attack vehicles from things like barbecues and lawnmowers.
- Maxwell holds the orange stone and became an "accelerator" with in-line skates. He plays guitar.
A short-lived cartoon series based on the characters debuted in 1993. In it, Empress Opal of Mythrandir splits the legendary Great Crystal into six pieces to keep it out of Zok's hands. Zok manages to capture one piece, but the other five bond with the future Stone Protectors, spiriting them away to Mythrandir to help Opal upset Zok's schemes and spread a sentiment of peace and freedom with their music. The series lasted one season; 8 out of 13 episodes were released on VHS in 1994 by Family Home Entertainment, the whole series was released on VHS in England.
It's notable that while the advertisements for the action figures attempted to tie the Stone Protectors into the troll doll fad, the cartoon seemed eager to avoid the comparison. For instance, it replaced the line "trolls on a roll" from the theme song in the commercials with "Don't you know?"
The Stone Protectors action figures were produced by the Ace Novelty Toy Company. All of the figures were roughly 5" tall and featured cut joints at the neck, shoulders, and elbows as well as ball joints at the hips. Their heads were a soft, rubbery material with tall, synthetic hair sticking straight out the top. In rotating the right arm of a Stone Protectors figure, a flint module would ignite inside its chest, creating a quick yet bright flash seen through the translucent chest emblem. A second series of sports-themed figures was also released. Princess Opal was never made as a figure, nor were there any generic Saurian Guards.
|Series 1||Series 2: Sports Heroes/Villains||Vehicles|
|Angus the Soldier||Angus the Prince of Punch||Anti-Aircraft Barbeque|
|Chester the Wrestler||Chester the Gridiron Giant||Hang Glider Bomber|
|Clifford the Rock Climber||Clifford the Jumpin' Jammer||Mortar Launching Golf Cart|
|Cornelius the Samurai||Cornelius the Grandslam Guru||Mow 'N' Surf Attack Scooter|
|Maxwell the Accelerator||Maxwell the Slapshot|
|Zok the Evil Leader||Suckerpuncher|
|Zink the Horrible Hatchetman||Tackle Jackal|
|Release date(s)||November 1994|
|Genre(s)||Side-scrolling beat 'em up|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, two-player Co-op|
A Super NES game based on the property was released in November 1994 by Kemco. A Genesis version was developed and completed, but not released. This version, intended to be published by Vic Tokai, was finally leaked to the public in 2010.
Stone Protectors features 10 levels in which the heroes – Clifford, Cornelius, Chester, Maxwell, and Angus – battle The Predators throughout their mission to retrieve Zok's crystal and bring them all back to the kingdom. Weapons can also be acquired but only used by certain characters. Depending on the difficulty setting, the game's ending scene also features different music in which the Stone Protectors are seen performing as a band.
GamePro gave the game a generally negative review, commenting that the graphics are good but the animation is poor, and the controls make it difficult to pull off special attacks or counteract enemy attacks. They concluded the game, while not without merits, is overall "a frustrating journey."
- Stone Protectors (action figures) at Virtual Toy Chest
- Stone Protectors (animated series) at Blast from the Past
- Stone Protectors (video game) at Eurocom
- Stone Protectors theme song at YouTube
- Stone Protectors at the Internet Movie Database