LOU SCHEIMER, R.I.P (1928-2013)
Lou Scheimer has passed just a few days ago. He was one of the founders of Filmation Studios, and also the executive producer of many cartoons and TV series: Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Blackstar, Bravestarr, Star Trek, Sport Billy, Flash Gordon, Tarzan, Batman, the Fat Albert and also the Ghostbusters… just to name a few. He produced first the live action series (1975), and later the animated series in 1986 after the success of the homonymous movie. More about this was told in this previous entry.
These cartoons and tv-series are a reference for people who are now in their thirties or even forties. Each might have some most favourite cartoons or tv-series, but surely among them is something made by Filmation.
He was also the voice actor for many characters appearing in these cartoons, for example for the Masters of the Universe cartoons, he gave voices to Orko, Stratos and King Randor. In occasions, the budget was so short, that the producers and other people in the crew had to dub some characters.
These figures were based on the cartoons made by Filmation in 1986. There were a total of 65 episodes, and Lou Scheimer also gave his voice to Tracy the Gorilla. This character didn’t talk, but made gorilla noises, which was quite funny.
I got a few months ago two more figures from this toyline. Again two villains, Scared Stiff and Mysteria. They’re easy to find and cheap. Mysteria has long black hair, which is more likely to be cut or damaged during play. Only a few characters in this toy line came with accessories (the 3 main characters, Futura and Prime Evil), so most of the times you don’t have to worry about accessories.
If I had to describe the characters in just a few words, Scared Stiff is the opposite of brave, while Mysteria is absolutely vain. Each villain has some weakness, that in most chapters lead to the defeat of the evil forces, to the exasperation of Prime Evil.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: Scared Stiff and Mysteria
- Alternative Names: Scuotiossa (Italy), Miedica and Misteria (Spain)
- Toy Line: Filmation Ghostbusters
- Year: 1986
- Company: Schaper, Tyco (U.S.A.)
- Size of the figure: 15 cm.