You race down the toy aisles, and pore over the little plastic muscle-men. There it is! The new Laser-Light BLACKSTAR action figure you saw on TV. There's no laser, of course; you just thumb a wheel in the figure's back and sparks shoot into its abdomen, which lights up a translucent plastic jewel in the chest. Lasers! You pull out the five-dollar bill from your pocket and eye the price tag: $4.99. There's no sales tax in Oregon. Life is sweet.
Back home, you tear open your prize. Behind the figure in the blister pack is a cheaply-printed fold-out poster with the Blackstar heroes; John, Klone, Mara, and the Trobbits. You throw the poster on your bed, grab your new figure, shoot a few lasers, and commence vanquishing the forces of evil. Skeletor and Cobra Commander have formed a shaky alliance -- it's up to John Blackstar and his Starsword to turn the tide.
Super-huge printable version on the download link. Cheers, Saturday morning warriors.
Heard that the original intent was to have Blackstar be black but they settled for an ambiguous tan shade, since the Network liked to have a progressive messages in their shows.
There's some debate over whether or not it's true, but a lot of fans see Blackstar as Native American.
Personally If it's ever revived I think they should go the Elisa Maza route and have him be biracial with a black and native American parent.