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 show follows Nick Bluetooth, who awakens on his birthday to find a floating tablet that, with the help of his friend Allegra Zane, leads to a egg-shaped transport that sends them into the Outer Dimension, a series of alternate universes where the Evil Dictator Gorm seeking to take over. Nick learns he's the Stranger, the one destined to free the realms from Gorm's tyranny, and he has a special power called Glinching that lets him swap body parts with the various denizens of the realms. Allying with a cyborg, a frog-man, and a yeti midget, they travel in the "Egg" spacecraft to find the MacGuffin
of key fragments that will lead them to the lost city of Galidor, which will provide them the means to save the Outer Dimension, and maybe even solve the mystery of Nick's Disappeared Dad, who it seems had a history with this strangerealm.
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 is mostly remembered for the infamous series of LEGO figures made to promote it, and was helped by 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. Certainly could give the impression that the show was running on toy promotion, and considering the factor of the toyline's disasterous reception, might not be inconceivable.
- 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.