Trivia / C.O.P.S.

TV Series

C.O.P.S. Cartoon show

  • Acting for Two: Many of the voice actors played more than one character, most notably John Stocker & Len Carlson
  • Dueling Shows:
    • More of a Dueling Merchandise with the cartoon series of Police Academy; just look at the gimmicks of both toylines.
    • The same with Kenner's Robocop line, as both featured cap-firing gimmicks.
  • Name's the Same: Noteworthy as these names appear in another Hasbro franchise- Mainframe, Mirage, Barricade and Longarm appear in the Transformers. Mainframe, of course, never had a COPS toy and Longarm appeared in Transformers well after the fact, debuting in Armada. The irony of the modern Barricade being police-themed is not lost(in fact, the first movie Barricade toy even had a ramming arm gimmick).
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy:
    • Taser was a blond, clean-shaven white man in the cartoon and a bald black man with a handlebar moustache in the action figure line.
    • Also, Hardtop had brown hair in the cartoon and black hair in the comic.
    • The Crooks barely resemble their toy counterparts thanks to vast exaggerations on the part of the animators.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • John Stocker voiced both Longarm and his dad Mickey.
    • Happened frequently with the late Len Carlson, who in addition to voicing Big Boss, Mace, & Sundown often voiced numerous recurring or one shot characters, such as Small Guy & Mayor Davis.
  • What Could Have Been: Hasbro planned a third series of action figures (and two cap-firing backpacks) for 1990, but they were cancelled due to declining sales. Click here for general info on the third series, and click these links to see catalog photos that show the unreleased figures along with figures from the second series.