Max Ray

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Max Ray
Centurions character
Maxray-box.jpg
Max Ray toy box
First appearance

The Centurions, episode 1, "The Sky Is On Fire", April 7th, 1986
Created by

Kenner
Voiced by

Pat Fraley (English)
Eduardo Giaccardi (Spanish)
Information
Species Human
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Centurions
Function

Sea Operations Expert

Max Ray is a fictional character from the Centurions series in 1986. He was voiced by Pat Fraley.

Centurions

Brilliant Sea Operations Commander: The calm and collected de facto leader of the team, donning a green power suit. His weapon systems are best suited for underwater missions.

Unrivaled for his skills in the water, Max is a member of the most formidable fighting force team, the Centurions. Being level-headed and a good strategist, he plans well-coordinated attacks. As a college student at age 14, Max built his own nuclear powered submarine. Max Ray the only person ever to water ski across the Atlantic Ocean. For exercise, he regularly swims from California to Hawaii and back.

Depth Charger could be used to travel over snow by using it's pontoons as skis.

He has used Ace's Skyknight when Ace was out of commission.

Development

According to the toy designers Max Ray was based on Tom Selleck.[1]

In the second year of the toy line new Assault Weapons Systems for Max were designed. These included the Sea Bat and Aqua-Blazer. The line was canceled before the Aqua-Blazer was released.

Reception

Animated series

The Centurions

Max Ray was one of the main characters of The Centurions animated series, and appeared in every episode.

In episode 15, "Cold Calculations", Max used Cruiser, Depth Charger and Tidal Blast weapon systems and fought a robot sea serpent.

In episode 23, "Crack the World", Max first used the new Sea Bat Assault Weapons System.

Max Ray uses Skyknight in "To Dare Dominion Part 1"

In episode 54, "To Dare Dominion Part 1", Max used the Skyknight weapon system during a time that Ace was injured and the team needed air support.

Comics

DC Comics

In the DC Comics Centurions story "Time Bomb" Doc Terror attempted to trick the Centurions by having them take a bomb, disguised as a recovered a cyborg Eskimo, to Sky Vault. Terror attempted to distract the Centurions by having them chase three fake missiles across the globe. Ace McCloud beamed to China where he fought a flying aircraft carrier full of Strafers. Jake Rockwell beamed to Africa where he fought a robot duplicate of Hacker. Max Ray followed a missile to Lake Michigan. Eventually Max Ray saw through this trick at the last moment and beamed the Eskimo into deep space before he exploded. In this story Max used Tidal Blast and Depth Charger weapon systems.[2]

Toys

  • Kenner Centurions Max Ray and Cruiser Assault Weapon System (1986)
Comes with Max Ray and Cruiser.
Max can combine with any of the Assault Weapons systems, but in fiction is usually depicted with the systems designed for him. One time he did use Skyknight when a Ace was injured and Max had to fill in on a flying mission.
Cruiser has been depicted in fiction combining with the Aqua-Blazer and Power Pack.
Some early prototype pictures of the Rex Charger figure were actually repainted Max Ray figures with a new head.
  • Kenner Centurions Depth Charger Assault Weapon System (1986)
  • Kenner Centurions Tidal Blast Assault Weapon System (1986)
  • Kenner Centurions Sea Bat Assault Weapon System (1986)
Sea Bat and Swingshot were the only second wave of Centurions toys to be released.
  • Kenner Centurions Aqua-Blazer Assault Weapon System (unreleased)
  • Kenner Centurions Fathom Fan Assault Weapon System (unreleased)

Gallery

References

  1. https://centurions1986.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/history-behind-the-power-x-treme/
  2. Bob Rozakis (w), Don Heck & Al Vey (p), Tom Ziuko (col), Jonathan Peterson (ed). "Time Bomb" The Centurions 1 (June 1987), DC Comics