We didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up. This meant that while I didn’t always have the newest, shiniest or biggest toys, I did create some fond memories of some of the lesser-known toy lines that quickly ended up in the bargain bins.
One of these was the Starriors line.
Based on the more popular Zoids line (including the tiny silver “pilots” in that sat in the heads), it featured robots and vehicles with internal wind-up mechanisms that did cool stuff like spin the drills and saw blades in their chests. Did I mention they had FRIKIN’ DRILLS AND SAWBLADES IN THEIR CHESTS? I’m honestly confused about why these didn’t catch on more.
They must not have been super-popular, because I had almost all of them, even the “big” ones and the wicked playset shaped like a cobra (!). I remember getting tons them from a particular local discount store that never carried A-list toys.
I don’t remember much of the narrative behind them, and didn’t really view them as individual characters like I did my Joes and Transformers. I just thought of them as really cool robots. The Wiki article indicates that there was a comic tie-in with what sounds like a fairly deep story about humanity abandoning the surface of the earth due to solar flares and creating the Starriors to make the surface habitable again while humanity hibernated underground.
I’d like to track down some of those comics…
Anybody else a fan of these great little bots?
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