Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension
was a science fiction television show created by tween television writer Tom Lynch, produced by CineGroup, aired by Fox Kids
and later ABC Family in 2002, and merchandised with its own LEGO
action figure line in exchange for Lego partially funding the series.
The series had a short, two season run of 26 episodes, dying just seven months after it's debut, due to a combination the death of the Fox Kids block itself, and the infamous Lego toy line (which was composed of pseudo action figure like pieces that couldn't be used with other Lego brands) being a huge critical and commercial flop. The series quickly faded Into obscurity afterwards, and it has received no rerelease on DVD or blu ray since.
Three video games were also made as tie ins for the series; a flash game for the Fox Kids website, and games for the Game Boy Advance
and PC. A comic book tie in was also released.
Tropes used in this TV series and toyline:
- Awesome McCoolname: Nick Bluetooth!
- Big Bad: Gorm.
- Cut Short
- Five-Man Band:
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Nick's special ability allows him to exchange his limbs with other beings, an ability which works properly a very small percentage of the time.
- Kid Hero: Nick Bluetooth.
- Merchandise-Driven: The show was made to promote the Lego Galidor toy line of the time, and it even got McDonald's Happy Meal toys and and video game tie-in for the PC, Game Boy Advance and a flash game on the Fox Kids website to shill the toys even further. The show was actually pretty heavily promoted when it first came out, but the toyline it was shilling ultimately didn't take off.
- Multiversal Conqueror: Gorm, conquerer of a thousand realms.
- Shout-Out: The spaceship that Nick Bluetooth finds is practically a TARDIS: it's Bigger on the Inside; has an unusual control console (four sides instead of six)...
- Spiritual Successor: The toyline got one years later with the Ben 10 series of Lego toys, which unwisely decided to reuse the exact same "not usable with other Lego, pseudo action figure in pieces" concept as the maligned Galidor toys did. Unsurprisingly, that toyline was also a resounding flop.