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COMIC LEGEND: The Dreadnoks were originally going to be fuzzy creatures like Ewoks.
Return of the Jedi was a major success in 1983, and perhaps the “breakout” characters from the film were the Ewoks, furry little folk who helped the Star Wars heroes save the day…
Well, as you might imagine, toy companies up and down the line figured that creatures like the Ewoks would be the biggest new trend in toys.
So much so that Hasbro wanted Zartan’s gang, the Dreadnoks, to be fuzzy humanoid bears. Larry Hama fought the idea and in an interview with Toy Fare magazine, he recounted his argument, “you can’t have the good guys running around shooting at teddy bears.” He pitched them on the idea of the Dreadnoks being bikers, instead, and that won out…
However, during the cartoon series where the Dreadnoks first appeared, they WERE working with the “Fatal Fluffies,” cute little creatures…
the turned into vicious beasts and served Zartan and the Dreadnoks.
Imagine how the G.I. Joe comic book would have gone if Hama had had to work in fuzzy Dreadnoks?
You know, now I am sort of wondering if Candy (Bongo the Balloon Bear) from the comic book wasn’t a sly reference to this attempt to make the Dreadnoks bears, because Candy did interact with the Dreadnoks a lot..
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