Although we have fond memories of the 1980s SilverHawks animated series here at Comicon, a prevailing attitude in fandom suggests the concept is better remembered for its vac-metalized action figures than the cartoon. And that’s if it is remember as anything more than Rankin/Bass’s second attempt to capture the excitement of ThunderCats.
The less said about TigerSharks at this point, the better.
But the concept is in the midst of a resurgence with Super7 starting up SilverHawks LLC to not only license out the toy rights — Super7 is also offering the first wave of SilverHawks Ultimates action figures on their website right now — but to bring the show back in style. And, according to Deadline, The Nacelle Company is onboard to produce the new animated series.
“SilverHawks is a beloved franchise that has been overlooked for far too long,” Brian Flynn, founder and owner of Super7, said in a statement. “We are super excited to be working with Nacelle to bring SilverHawks back into the limelight for the die-hard fans as well as a new generation of fans to experience the magic of SilverHawks for the first time.”
Nacelle, founded by filmmaker Brian Volk-Weiss, is best known for the Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us (a Comicon favorite). But the company is branching out into narrative series, podcasts, and more. All have a nostalgia bent, to be sure, but when you consider how small the SilverHawks fandom is, there is a chance to grow it into something epic. It is, of course, unknown how quickly the new series might make it to screens, but we imagine Super7 will have released a few SilverHawks Ultimates waves by then.
Now, we wonder if they’ll attempt the same thing for TigerSharks…