Rainbows were a seriously big thing if you were a kid in the 1980s—every glee club in elementary school did their rendition of “The Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie at the school talent show, and you probably watched Reading Rainbow religiously on TV. Some of you reading this probably even collected Lisa Frank stickers with tigers and horses and baby pandas in rainbow colors galore. And chances are you owned a pair of wonderfully tacky rainbow flip flops. I know I did.
The undisputed Queen of all things rainbow in the toy world was none other than Rainbow Brite, a precocious girl who brought color to a grey world, and where everyone is named after a color. So you had characters with names like “Red Butler” and “Shy Violet” wearing ’80s aerobic workout headbands for some reason.
Now the folks at Rage Gear Studios have taken the world of Rainbow Brite and mixed it up with the characters from Marvel’s X-Men comics, and the whole thing is so much cuteness, I can’t even handle it. Among the characters in this mash-up series are Dazzle-Brite (Dazzler), Mooncrawler (Nightcrawler), Roguey D’Mint (Rogue), Storm (Stormy), and Gambit (Remy Le Rose). Of course, It’s only appropriate to also have the gay members of the X-Men show up if the theme is going to be rainbows, so representing the gay X-Men are Iceman (Ice Blue), and Northstar (Indigo Beau). My personal favorite, however, is Wolverine who goes by Mean Mean Tangerine (really, I can’t even).
On Rage Gear Studios’ Facebook page, it says that prints will be available soon. Hopefully we’ll get a second series as well, because I’m dying to see cute little multi-colored versions of Cyclops, Phoenix, Colossus and Kitty Pryde. And maybe even a “Magenta Magneto” too. You can check out all eleven of the Rainbow Brite/X-Men images in our gallery below.
What do you think of these pint-sized colorful little mutants? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
IMAGE: Rage Gear Studios