They had the coolest name of any early 80s action figure toys (certainly better than ‘Go-Bots’), and the names of the characters were pretty slick, too–– Hotshot, Deadeye, Stinger… but apparently cool names weren’t enough.
Tomy had big plans for the Starriors line of toys (including a cartoon that never materialized), but shortly after their 1984 debut, the robot warriors disappeared.
Those of us lucky to enjoy our time with the Protectors, Destructors, and Guardians, though, had a plenty-good time while they lasted.
Made in conjunction with Marvel Comics, Starriors came with a backstory about the destruction of Earth and a mini-comic that told each character’s story.
There were good guys, sure, and they battled the bad guys, led by (remember?) Slaughter Steelgrave. There was also a playset fortress and a tank, too–– so why the Starrior toys crashed and burned is beyond us. But they did. And they exist now only in our memories… and on eBay.
We ♥ Starriors.