I am trying to identify a TV show, aired somewhere between the late 80s and mid-90s. It was a cartoon, sort of like anime style but more like G.I. Joe.

The main plot points that i can remember are:

  • The kid (hero) had a blue scorpion, red ant and a green grasshopper vehicle
  • The bad guys and a girl had big animal type mechs, e.g. an Ape.
  • Each mech has a big button that would launch a big bomb, 3 little skeletons would say "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil."

Hope you can help.


It's Timefighters in the Land of Fantasy, aka Time Bokan (タイムボカン) for the original anime.

  • I've moved the link into the answer, as well as adding a link to the Wikipedia article. The elements are definitely all there, but I know I've been scolded in the past for adding additional data to someone else's answer. – FuzzyBoots Sep 29 '15 at 13:18

I think it is Big Bad Beetleborgs

Set in the fictional town of Charterville, three "typical average kids", Drew, Jo and Roland, 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. 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.


Jayce and the wheeled warriors

  • In case the link goes dead (as Youtube links have an unfortunate tendency to do), could you flesh this answer out a bit with some description of this TV show and how it matches the OP's description? There's a checklist in our guidance for good story-ID answers which you may find helpful. – Rand al'Thor Jan 14 '17 at 23:15
  • Sorry, not even close. The Lightning League vehicles all had the same color scheme and were not based on animals. There also weren't the 3 litltle skeletons. – Vixen Populi Mar 22 '18 at 21:08

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