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Monday, August 14, 2006
  1983
And since we spoke of him in another installment this month here... Here he is - Blackstar!


It was either this guy or the insipid "Power Lords" back then - and I couldn't stomach the latter's pathetic attempt at a power trip, so...!


A vast amalgam of elements borrowed 
(or outright stolen)
from various sources, Blackstar featured a plethora of tiny beings called "Trobbits" - not even a clever attempt at disguising a Tolkien Hobbit as something else...!
Lest it was a mere homage...?
Ah - okay then! ;)


For some reason, the first figure from this collection that I owned, was the above pictured, standing tall for thee PALACE GUARD! Stern-looking and boring as he looks, he filled his purpose, I'm sure... (Actually, I wouldn't know - I don't recall having EVER seen the cartoon featuring these characters!
All I know is that the P.G. came in two versions - and I was stuck with the tritest one! The second revamped look had much better tones of color on him...
But that same stern aura and bright beak!
I took this as my cue to never again have a parakeet...)


Ahh - here is the meanie from the sea again -
NEPTUL!
Nep - tool?
Anyways...
I always took to the sea and, therefore, I liked characters who came from it... The atrocious Masters of the Universe had two: Merman and Hydron, that I recall...
Popeye was a favorite (though redundant) cartoon
Sinbad was a fave of sorts, too...
And of course, there always was Aquaman!
The sea is the only mysterious realm accessible to anyone of us - so, that is why all of my epic fantasy stuff allegiance adheres with greater ease to the seafaring heroes
(or even ghouls, like Neptul here)
than any space-faring dud...!
(Hmm... Did I mention that Blackstar is a space-faring guy?
One who rides some kind of giant dragon too...
Horseback-riding on a dragon - in outer space.
Rrrrrrrrrright...
BUT - Blackstar's first name is JOHN -
and as such, he is true hero material! :)
Never known a John that wasn't!
Make that JOÃO... ;)

But back to Neptul and the sea...
*lol*
Let's just conclude that
just as in the case of the infamous Gillman
(a.k.a. Gilly
a.k.a. the Creature from the Black Lagoon)
I am more than ready, still, to make an
exception with Neptul as well...
And label him, as Gilly, as a
vastly misunderstood sea creature!

No such quarters for this next guy though...
TO THE PIT YOU GO, GUY!
This little critter above is one generic
yellow demon that came usually
in a twin pack with a villain...
Palace Guard's little buddy -
for instance!
There was also a pink one...
(No comments -
but also no surprise to me!
*LOL*)
THAT, in a nutshell, was the big thing
about Blackstar toys;
they were ALL "twin figure packs"
One of the earliest such things,
I do believe!
Kids were delighted to get two figures
instead of just one per pack!
Even though the second one was
either a cheapie Trobbit
or a cheapie demon...!!!
But the concept would evolve
and improve, in time -
especially when the Toddster
started making them toys too...!

Note: the Blackstar demons
are not to be confused with
the Super Powers ' own
parademons!
They're of the same ilk though
- for sure...
(and, as such, they hung together 
in my toy collection - 
indubitably!)

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