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Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs: Complete Series
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This is the long awaited classic Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs was an animated TV series, aired from 1986 to 1989 --- During it's 52 episodes, it introduced us to another possible future for mankind --- Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs explore the new frontier, the wide-open ranges of outer space, where the legendary honor and virtue of the Wild West combine with vibrant extraterrestrial adventure --- Saber Rider is the dashing leader of the Star Sheriffs --- Their mission is to establish peace and unity against the Outriders, mysterious vapor beings led by the powerful Nemesis --- Joined by assorted rustlers and desperadoes, the Outriders challenge the Star Sheriffs to action-packed attacks --- Independently, the Star Sheriffs' efforts to maintain justice are admirable -- but when united, they are invincible.Read more ›
The show is similar to Voltron in a lot of ways: it revolves around a team of peacekeepers set to protect frontier planets from invasion by Vapor Beings, who conveniently comply with Wild West criminal stereotypes. Each member of the Star Sheriffs brings their own skill set to the table, though the most notable are the bounty hunter/cowboy Colt and the hotheaded racer Fireball. Saber's defining trait is being British (though he's actually Scottish, he sounds like Cary Elwes as Robin Hood), but he's good with a sword and rides a mechanical horse. When their enemies send in Desperado units (the equivalent to Robeasts), the four employ their spaceship, which transforms into a giant robot cowboy.
This was one of my favourite shows growing up, and unlike many other series, it largely holds up. It's not brilliant, and it's still very obviously aimed at kids--there are morals both in the stories themselves and clearly stated at the end of the show--but the animation is solid, the voice acting's pretty good, and the soundtrack is awesome. It's a fun show that was more than just a 22 minute toy commercial.Read more ›
I remember noting even at the time that there was something very different about the Japanese originated shows though it would be years before I would learn the true stories behind the shows and for that matter, come to appreciate these so much over the American trite I cherished at the time.
Anyway, these shows were actually hybrids, not simply anime dubbed into English as changes were made to the characters and material to "Americanize"/ remove all of the more adult-friendly aspects of the source material. To purests, these hybrids are worthless- calling them American productions isn't accurate but at the same time nor do they do the Japanese source material credit either.
Of course being a kid at the time, I was astonished at the increased character depth, the ongoing story thread idea, and the realism these shows contained when compared to our American Transformers & GoBots cartoons. By the time Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs came on the scene in 1987 (based on Japan's 1984 series Star Musketeer Bismarck) by World Event Productions (same guys who brought us the two Voltron shows a few years earlier), I had bailed out on robots altogether.Read more ›
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This was ok but unfortunately for me a lot of the cartoons from this era looked and had the same feel as everything else coming out of this studio, but it still is way above the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott
I enjoyed this show as a kid and now my daughter loves it too. The set is well priced and the quality of the DVDs is excellent.Published 5 months ago by T. Bolenbaugh
great show that I never watched. was pleasantly surprised. very happy I bought this.Published 6 months ago by richard
So So glad some one in Asia had a complete set of all of these. Was just watching one on YouTube about a month ago. Then was looking for some things online on amazon. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jason Condron
Hehe, Have not seen this show in years, this set is well worth the price.All the little extras are nifty and add to it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jason G
Old school toons at its finest! Today's stuff is too soft, love having this in my collection.Published 15 months ago by damon mcclain
For the one who grew up in the 80's this
is a most have. The series was a favorite
of mine so I just had to have it as a Christmas gift for my self.
Nice, timely delivery for one of my most beloved animated series (complete series, at that) from the 80's. And arrived in great condition, too.Published 18 months ago by Meredith Joseph Blaine
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