What was M.A.S.K. an acronym for? Mobile Armored Strike
Kommand, of course. The entire premise was created by
Kenner and launched in 1985, with not only a toy line, but also
a cartoon, comics, and video games. The premise of the
cartoon was essentially the battle between the good guys (M.A.S.K.)
and the bad guys (V.E.N.O.M. = Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem).
The M.A.S.K. group was led by Matt Trakker, and V.E.N.O.M. was
led by Miles Mayhem.
Kenner released four series of
M.A.S.K. action figures and the most common vehicles from the
cartoon. The vehicles would transform into battle ready
machines (Skybolt, Outlaw, Raven, Iguana, Wolfbeast, Razorback,
Goliath, etc.), and each would typically come with two action
figures, each with a special face mask. The first two
series were war based, and the last two were more of a racing
theme between M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M.