For those of you who don't know who Blackstar is, this was Galoob's attempt at a Sci-fi / Fantasy themed action figure line based on a cartoon series, which predates Mattel's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe action figures.
Here is a you tube video showing the opening theme for Blackstar:
All 13 episodes were released on DVD in 2006 however the set is no longer available. It appeared in stores only for a short time. I waited too long to buy the DVD set and missed out!!!
Fortunately the first 7 episodes of Blackstar (Disc 1) were also included in another Filmation DVD set "Heroes and Heroines" which I have!
Perhaps one of the reasons I like Blackstar is that he is in fact Tarzan! Of course, I don't have proof of this, but it seems quite obvious to me. Filmation had already produced a Tarzan animated series in the 1970s and in an effort to keep costs low, TV shows that used limited animation often reused key animation scenes over again. As Blackstar was produced in 1981 after Tarzan, animation scenes of Tarzan in action could have been reused simply by adding Blackstar's hair style, thicker eyebrows, necklace, wristbands, belt and boots to the existing artwork.....take a look at the Tarzan pictures below and see for yourself.
Tarzan and his "twin brother" Blackstar, both by Filmation
Here is the Overlord and Mara from the first series, produced in 1983. I've noticed that there are three different versions of the Overlord figure: The one shown here, an identical one with the flicker addition made in 1984, and one that has different arms and legs. The Mara action figure was only produced in 1983 and was dropped from the series in 1984 to be replaced by the figure of Klone, which I don't have. All the figures in the first series came with glow in the dark weapons. The Overlord had a sword, and Mara had a bunch of weird shaped accessories including one that went on her head as part of her helmet. All of the poseable figures from series one were made with rubber-like heads that are slightly flexible, however Mara's head is solid plastic.
Here is the back view. This version of the Overlord figure originally came with a fabric cape that matched his burgundy outfit. Mara had a removable blue plastic piece on her back that may have been her hair. I always thought it was weird that her hair was removable?
Here are the bad guys. All of these are from the first series and were later re-issued with the flicker feature. I can still remember taking the yellow tiger guy out of the package for the first time! I played with this figure a lot when I was a kid. His head fell off a few times, and eventually his hollow torso split open so that he became a fun 3D puzzle! He came with a rectangular case that held weapons and attached to his back. The bat and the chicken (?) figures were my brothers. Below is the back view
Here is the back view showing the flicker mechanism. When you turn the wheel with your thumb it rubs a piece of flint, which makes a spark and lights up the inside of the figure. It's the same type of mechanism that a cigarette lighter has only without the lighter fuel! The flicker mechanism can be pulled out of the figure's back at the bottom end so that the flint can be replaced when it wears down. The white guard is missing the removable piece that holds the flint, as well as the flint, so it no longer functions.
Here are the Trobbits which are PVC figures. Each of the larger articulated Blackstar "good guy" figures came packed with a Trobbit figure. I've seen several photos online that suggest the Trobbits were randomly packaged with the larger figures, so if you are looking for mint in the package Blackstar figures several combinations of figure and Trobbit are possible. I recall that the Trobbit with the moustache (shown in the middle) came with both Blackstar and Mara, so I ended up with duplicate Trobbits! The Trobbit with the big ears and the one next to him on the left were included with the Trobbit balloon vehicle. In all, six Trobbits were made so I'm still missing one of them. A seventh Trobbit, named Burble, was seen on the TV show but a figure of it was oddly never produced. Poor Burble. I've seen custom made versions of Burble being sold online, so don't be fooled if you see it in an online auction. The figure is not a scarce find, Burble was never produced by Galoob.
Back view of the Trobbits.
With all the variations and characters, this series has been a challenge to collect. I still don't have Blackstar's Dragon, Warlock, and there are a few more action figures that I don't have. Blackstar figures have become very collectable today and, unfortunately, are also quite pricey. I doubt I'll be adding new characters to the collection any time soon!
Here is Blackstar in his spaceship, which is missing a few pieces including the wings and tail fin. This is the re-issued version of his ship. The original one is grey plastic.
I added this picture to show how the missile compartments at the front open, as well as the storage compartments at the back.
Here is the back view. Everything is hollow!
Below is the balcony that attached to the inside of the castle. The curved line on the inside of the balcony is a groove for inserting a cardboard picture of a computer console that had a large screen showing Blackstar riding on his dragon Warlock. When I was a kid I cut the computer section off of the picture and just kept the screen section with Blackstar, which is shown above. (Click on it to enlarge the image.)
There are several other Blackstar cells images at the same site.
Here is an awesome site all about the Blackstar toys with more photos! The text is not in English though.
I'll post more pictures from my collection on this page soon!