Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad (partially found animated series; 1996-1997)
Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad was an animated series produced by Universal Cartoon Studios that aired as part of Claster Television's syndicated Power Block from Fall 1996 to September 1997, running 13 episodes.
The show told the conflicts between Hudson Roarke and his cade of vigilantes, the Techs, and the evil BioMechs lead by Roarke's older brother Lord Matrix, a madman intent on spreading a virus that turns its victims into biomechanical beings. Both sides waged their battles with powered armors and transforming vehicles.
While its tie-in toyline is relatively well-documented due to its ties to the older and more popular M.A.S.K franchise (both shows shared very similar premises and the toyline for both was produced by Kenner, with the Vor-Tech toys being lower-quality retools of M.A.S.K toys. According to writer David Bennett Carren, Vor-Tech was created as a way to reuse the M.A.S.K toy. molds), availability of the animated series is highly limited with the only footage available of the show online are a low-quality rip of its opening sequence and two excerpts on YouTube of an unidentified episode, totaling two minutes of footage.
The show was animated by Universal Cartoon Studios, now called Universal Animation Studios, and various animation cels from the show can be found online.
The series was dubbed in Spanish under the title Vor Tech Los Guerreros del futuro, although no details about the dub and its airing are available online.
Animation professional Andrew King created a Twitter thread on April 22 2018 recalling his experience working on the show as well as various concept sketches he created and a cover page for the script of the episode "The Hunger". King stated he would donate the material to the National Toy Museum of Canada
On November 7th, 2019, a full episode of the show "The Hunger" was ripped from a VHS tape and uploaded to YouTUbe by the channel TF Archive. A clip of the Spanish dub of the episode "Fallen Angel Part One" was uploaded on Youtube on September 25, 2020 by the channel Natsume Hibari.
The channel "Jeremy Van Duyne" uploaded the partial "Previously On" teaser from the show's final episode, Fallen Angel: Part 2. On May 29, 2022, a Spanish version of the clip was uploaded, alongside the opening scenes of the episode. And on June 10, the full version of the episode was uploaded in English by YouTuber "DragonStarPlanet", alongside various promos of the show.
Recently, a website called identi.io has been resurfaced, and appears to allow people to download episodes from the show. However, the authenticity of the website remains to be seen.
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External Link[edit | edit source]
- Blog post from a character artist who worked on the show. Retrieved 23 Dec '16
- The aforementioned website that lets you download episodes. Retrieved 16 Jun '22
- Twitter thread by Andrew King Retrieved 19 Jul 22
References[edit | edit source]
- 1996 Inwap article that has information on "Power Block", includes information on the show. Retrieved 23 Dec '16
- Joe Guide interview with David Carren from 2001 that has information about the series. Retrieved 23 Dec '16
- A website that has information about Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad. Retrieved 23 Dec '16
- "I have a bin for every TV show I worked on...Watership Down, The Undergrads, plus 20 more...anyway, I’m going to donate the Vortech stuff to the National Toy Museum of Canada who have kindly said they’d take it all...if anyone know where I can donate the other shows, lemme know!". Andrew King on Twitter. Retrieved 19 Jul '22