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Saturday, March 12 2016 20:06

Lion Forge Summons SABER RIDER & THE STAR SHERIFFS...

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Imagine an alternate reality in which VOLTRON took place as a Space Western, and instead of having human-piloted mechanical lions that formed a mighty robot together, a group of mechanical horses piloted (or ridden) by humans, were accessories to other vehicles that would form a mighty robot. Now imagine that said robot was named Ramrod, and had the exact same voice as Optimus Prime, the heroic leader of the Autobots in TRANSFORMERS. Thing is, this isn't an alternate reality - it actually happened back in 1987, when the makers of VOLTRON launched SABER RIDER & THE STAR SHERIFFS here in the U.S., a series that featured Peter Cullen (also the voice of K.A.R.R. on KNIGHT RIDER) as the voice of Ramrod, complete with a Rawhide-style catch phrase of "Head 'em up, move 'em out!" Next week, the SABER RIDER rebirth begins in an all-new comic series from Lion Forge...

LionForge SaberRider1 COV"The new limited series stays true to the adventure, intrigue, and mecha awesomeness of the original while starting completely fresh for new fans. With humanity settling the outer reaches of the galaxy in a new frontier, pioneers are kept safe by the Star Sheriffs, an elite law enforcement agency led by chief weapons designer April Eagle. When top-gun Saber Rider steps in to stop a train robbery, he finds a reluctant new ally in the shifty bounty hunter Colt and a clue to the whereabouts of a notorious traitor who might be helping the enemy Outriders. The action never lets up from there.

Sendol Arts has created a cool new look based on the original style guide for the ‘80s TV show, and fan-favorite writer Mairghread Scott (Transformers, G.I. Joe) pens a page-turning adventure with a dashing female lead in April Eagle."

You can look for the five-issue miniseries starting on Wednesday at your local comic shop, or order the issues from TFAW.

Curious about the 1980s SABER RIDER? You can get it on DVD from Amazon.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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