|This article is about a/an foreign adaptation in the Metal Hero Series.|
|Big Bad Beetleborgs|
|Number of episodes:||53|
|First episode:||Beetle Rock, Part 1|
|Last episode:||Vexor's Last Laugh|
|Adapted from:||Juukou B-Fighter|
|Original airing:||September 7, 1996|
Set in the fictional town of Charterville, three "typical average kids", Drew (Wesley Barker), Jo (Shannon Chandler/Brittany Konarzewski), and Roland (Herbie Baez), enter the supposedly haunted Hillhurst Mansion after accepting a dare from rich snobs Van and Trip. The house is revealed to be the home of real monsters when the kids accidentally bump a pipe organ, releasing a phasm named Flabber (Billy Forester). He proves to be friendly, and in return for releasing him, offers to grant them one wish. They wish to become their comic book heroes, the Big Bad Beetleborgs. However, this also brings the Beetleborgs' sworn enemies to life: the Magnavores, led by the evil Vexor, who would summon monsters from the comic books to battle the Beetleborgs. Roland's mom and dad run the comic book shop along with his grandmother Nano. In a 6-parter, Vexor created his own Beetleborg, Shadowborg, which was a match for the Beetleborgs and briefly took their powers. They had to call a temporary Beetleborg (White Blaster Beetleborg) Josh, and after Shadowborg was destroyed, Josh lost his powers. The Beetleborgs would meet the Beetleborgs comic creator, Art Fortunes during this six part story in order for him to create the White Blaster Beetleborg and the Mega Blue Beetleborg.
In the second to last episode of the first season, the Magnavores steal a picture of a new villain named Nukus from Art Fortunes' office. They bring him to life to enlist his help in destroying the Beetleborgs. Nukus assists them by planning devastating attacks on the city and creating Borgslayer, a hybrid of all the Magnavore monsters. Unbeknownst to the Magnavores, Nukus was actually plotting to get rid of them. Nukus tells Van and Trip (who were fleeing Charterville during Borgslayer's attack to their father's country estate) how to defeat Borgslayer, and orders them to take the information to the Beetleborgs. They succeed in destroying Borgslayer, causing the Magnavores to be swept back into the comics. In the last episode of the first season (and the first episode of the second season), Nukus challenged the kids to one last battle and despite Art's warning that he is too powerful, they face him anyway. Nukus quickly wipes them out, and destroys their armor, weapons, and powers.
- Main article: Beetleborgs
|Blue Stinger Beetleborg||Andrew McCormick|
|Green Hunter Beetleborg||Roland Williams|
|Red Striker Beetleborg||Josephine McCormick|
|White Blaster Beetleborg||Josh Baldwin|
- House Monsters
- Zoom Comics
- Trip and Van
- Arthur "Art" Fortunes
|Silver Ray||Silver Ray|
- Terror Bear
- Green Cannon Machine
- Sword Warrior
- Queen Magna
- Mace Warrior
- Venus Claptrap
- Grenade Guy
- Swamp Scumoid
- Crimson Creep
- Super Grenade Guy
- Kombat Knat
- Evil Eye
- Super Noxic
- Beetle Rock, Part 1
- Beetle Park, Part 2
- TNT for Two
- The Ghost is Toast
- The Treasure of Hillhurst Mansion
- Never Cry Werewolf
- Say the Magic Word
- Lights, Camera, Too Much Action
- Nano in the House
- Locomotion Commotion
- Drew and Flabber's Less Than Fabulous Adventure
- Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
- It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World
- The Hunchback of Hillhurst
- The Littlest Brattleborg
- Haunted Hideout
- Monster Rock
- Convention Dimension
- Root of All Evil
- The Doctor Is In
- Space Case
- The Brain in the Attic
- Bye, Bye Frankie
- Fangs Over Charterville
- Curse of the Shadowborg
- The Rise of the Blaster Borg
- The Revenge of Vexor
- A Friend in Need
- Raiders of the Tomb
- Big Rumble in Charterville
- Yo Ho Borgs
- Christmas Bells and Phantom's Spells
- Pet Problems
- Phantom of Hillhurst
- Operation Frankenbeans
- The Curse of Mums' Tomb
- This Old Ghost
- Jo's Strange Change
- She Wolf
- Something Fishy
- Bride of Frankenbeans
- Fangula's Last Bite
- The Good, the Bad, and the Scary
- Buggin' Out
- Svengali, By Golly
- Big Bad Luck
- A Monster is Born
- Norman Nussbaum: Vampire Hunter
- Brotherly Fright
- Fright Files
- Vexor's Last Laugh
It was not uncommon to see cardboard cut-outs and wall decorations of the Beetleborgs characters on the walls of Zoom Comics where the three kids worked. Other decorations used included the costume heads of King Sphinx of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the original head from the monster costume Kappa from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger (The monster was used as "Parrot Top" in MMPR) which was used to create the costume Malavex. Toys from the Bandai Beetleborgs toyline could also be seen in various displays. Including the Special Edition Deluxe Shadowborg figure, in an episode which preceded Shadowborg's character ever appearing on the show.
Like other adaptations, some of the original source footage was altered for Beetleborgs. The Input Magnums, the original B-Fighter's guns, looked very realistic due to the black-and-silver coloring. In Beetleborgs, the gun's colors were changed to bright red and purple, and all Japanese footage of the Input Magnum's keypad being used was replaced with American footage using the red and purple gun. However, the colors of the guns changed from time to time due to the blending in of the B-Fighter footage. Similarly, the American version of the toy was done in red and purple colors instead of the Input Mangum's black and silver coloring. More violent scenes from B-Fighter were either covered up with large, Batman-esque sound effects or were cut out through comic-book-panel transitions.
Various monsters from Beetleborgs were re-used along with un-used Juukou B-Fighter monsters as enemy monsters in the Power Rangers series:
- In Power Rangers in Space, Firecat, Hammerhands, and Terror Bear were seen at the Onyx Tavern in "Flashes of Darkonda." In "Invasion of the Body Switcher," the monsters Body Switcher transformed into included Rocket Man, Cataclaws, LottaMuggs, Unctuous, and Firecat. Cataclaws, Cataclazmic, Crimson Creep, Firecat, Furocious, Kombat Knat, LottaMuggs, Porkasaurus, Terror Bear, and Unctuous were each seen with each army in "Countdown to Destruction." Unused B-Fighter monsters Anemolala, Kapparapa, Meltzura and Pineappler also appeared there.
- In Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Cataclaws was seen at the Onyx Tavern. Cataclaws and Furocious were seen at the auction of the Pink Quasar Saber.
- In Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Borgslayer was seen in the Shadow World in "The Fate of Lightspeed" Pt. 2. Unused B-Fighter monster Meltzura also appeared.
- In Power Rangers S.P.D. Mucant appeared at Piggy's diner in "Shadow" Pt. 1.
- Five random Beetleborgs suits (including Shadowborg and the Green Hunter Beetleborg) were re-used in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode Forever Red as remnants of the Machine Empire, who would plan to reactivate Serpentera.
The episode "Convention Dimension" had The Beetleborgs attending the comic convention. Among costumes worn at the convention were: Spider-Man, The Tick and Guido Anchovy. At that time Saban owned airing rights to Spider-Man: The Animated Series, The Tick and Samurai Pizza Cats.
The show was filmed in a number of locations.
- Much of the show was filmed in Santa Paula, California, a small rural town in Ventura County.
On June 15, 2011 all episodes of Big Bad Beetleborgs were made available on Netflix.
Home video releases
Shout Factory has announced they are working on releasing the series on DVD with a placeholder date of December 2012 for Region 1 release.
- ↑ Mangan, Jennifer (September 5, 1996). "Get Ready for 'Beetleborgs': Kids, Superheroes And A Ghost Named Flabber". Chicago Tribune
- ↑ United States Copyright Office Public Catalog Search the name SCG Power Rangers