BraveStarr is an American space western animated series. The original episodes aired from September 1987 to February 1988 in syndication. It was created a year after a collection of action figures released in 1986 by Mattel. BraveStarr was the last animated series produced by Filmation and Group W Productions to be broadcast before Filmation shut down in 1989.
The idea for BraveStarr began with Tex Hex, his chief adversary. Tex Hex was created by Filmation's staff artists in 1984, during the development of Filmation's Ghostbusters. Lou Scheimer found the character fascinating and pulled Tex Hex from the Ghostbusters cast. He asked Arthur Nadel, Filmation's Vice President for Creative Affairs, and art director John Grusd to develop a science fiction Western around the character. As the concepts took shape, staff writer Bob Forward fleshed out the writer's guide and eventually co-wrote the feature film script for BraveStarr: The Legend with writer Steve Hayes.
Toys were produced by Mattel, and were shipped to shops in late 1986. Action figures included central figures such as: Marshal BraveStarr, Thirty/Thirty, Deputy Fuzz, and Handlebar. Villains included: Tex Hex, Outlaw Scuzz, Thunder Stick, Colonel Borobot and Sand Storm. There were also some vehicles, such as a Turbo-Mule and Tex Hex's Skull Walker.
Two large playsets were made of Fort Kerium and a smaller set of a Stratocoach hold-up. The Fort Kerium playset could be bought whole in one set or separately in three segments (the command center, the bank, and the jail cell).
Various other forms of BraveStarr merchandise made their way to the market including a hand-held Neutra-Laser which emitted sounds and infrared.
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