Remember Stretch Armstrong? Hasbro and Netflix have teamed to bring a new animated series called Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters to life via the streaming service.
The new, kid-friendly series will reimagine the Stretch Armstrong character as Jake Armstrong, a teenage superhero who teams up with his high school friends after they are exposed to experimental chemicals that give them amazing powers. Armstrong, along with Nathan Park AKA Wingspan and Ricardo Perez AKA Omni-Mass, make up a diverse group of heroes known as the Flex Fighters
Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters will feature a star-studded cast comprised of established voice and live-action actors. Scott Menville (Teen Titans Go!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will provide the voice of Stretch Armstrong, with Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, Okja) playing Nathan Park/Wingspan and Ogie Banks (Ultimate Spider-Man) as Ricardo Perez/Omni-Mass.
Other noted names on the project include Wil Wheaton (Teen Titans Go!, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Rook, Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural) as Erica, Keith David (Adventure Time, Rick and Morty) as Kane, Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black, Star Trek: Voyager) as Dr. C, and Walter Koenig (Star Trek, Babylon 5) as Mr. Savic.
The concept is being developed for television by Executive Producer and Supervising Director Victor Cook (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), Executive Producer/Story Editors/Head Writers Chris “Doc” Wyatt (Ultimate Spider-Man, Napoleon Dynamite) and Kevin Burke (Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble).
Originally introduced in 1976 and produced through 1980, Stretch Armstrong was a muscled doll that could stretch from its original size of 15 inches to four or five feet. The toy also enjoyed a brief revival in the 1990s. Plans for the Hasbro/Netflix series first surfaced in January 2016.
The series will be made up of 26 episodes and will debut on Netflix’s online streaming platform in late 2017.