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Star Team

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In 1968 Ideal unleashed the S.T.A.R. (Space Travel And Reconnaissance) Team toy line on children everywhere with an awesome line of Space Adventure Gear.  Coupled with Ideal's very popular Utility Belts these were classic and very popular toys that enabled young Astronauts to explore the stars and work with some pretty innovative accessories for the time.

 

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Space Adventure Gear (1968 - 1971)    Star Team Action Figures and Playset (1977 - 1979)     Did You Know?

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Space Adventure Gear

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Space Helmet

For the young astronaut, complete with earphones, durable plastic construction, removable amber dome, Star Team member patch included!

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Astro Headset

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Nebulizer

Squeezing the trigger produced a fine vapor mist. The red and blue bottles unscrewed and were filled with water. When one ran dry, you switched over to the emergency back up supply.

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Space Utility Belt

Belt with secret compartment, life support tank, scanner scope, communicator, antigravity tool

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Remote Gripper Device

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Space Boots

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Exploratory Probe Launcher

The XPL was a limited release foot powered (by way of air) rocket.  Unfortunately the XPL should have only been used by children wearing the space helmet like on the box because multiple injuries caused by the rocket impacting unprotected faces of children led to a quick recall of this toy.  Good luck finding one - they are super rare!

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Star Team Patches and Badges

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Star Team Action Figures and Playset

Knight of Darkness       Zem-21        Kent          Zeroid        Star Hawk

Knight of Darkness

The Knight of Darkness was the top seller of the Star Team action figure line.  He was obviously a Darth Vader knock off and was released within weeks of the Star Wars film release.  He came with a silver painted shirt that is almost always worn off when found outside of the box.  The Knight of Darkness was a black-painted Captain Action figure and also included a Captain Action Flash Gordon laser pistol.  These facts alone have made him fairly sought after by Captain Action collectors.

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Zem-21

Zem-21 was Ideal's version of C-3PO and was a reworked Ideal J.J. Armes action figure body with a green rubber head.  He came with no accessories.

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Zeroid

The blue Star Team Zeroid is fairly hard to find today and was essentially a remake of the late 60s Zeroids.  

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Star Hawk

The Star Hawk is essentially a red flying saucer with a clear dome.   This battery powered ship came packed with a red Star Team Zeroid (identical to the blue version above).  The hatch was battery powered and opened and closed with a button and made sounds. 

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Kent

Kent was the late edition human to the line (released in early 1978) and supposedly is a fully poseable figure but was really a bendee much like Evel Knievel.  He was a complete bust and the line was discontinued soon after his release.  I suppose the fact that his spaceship was a convertible was a bit of a stretch...hmm.

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Did You Know?

Ever wonder why George Lucas never sued Ideal for obviously trying to rip-off the Star Wars franchise?  Well, he did actually!  To the dismay of Jedis everywhere he lost because the STAR Team franchise had been launched 10 years earlier and the case was quickly tossed.  George won in the end, however, because the Ideal Star Team line was destroyed by the official Kenner toy line and thus was quickly cancelled by Ideal.

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