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Crystar: Marvel’s Forgotten Fantasy Hero

The 1980s were a very important era in popular culture. You’ve seen the explosion of video games, the birth of multiple popular film and television franchises, a wide variety of music, and innovation in places like toys and comics.

While many popular toy lines form the 1980s like He-Man and G.I. Joe are still loved today, many have fallen and seemingly disappeared. However, one of those toy lines didn’t come from a toy company, it came from the world of Marvel Comics.

At the time, Marvel produced a lot of superhero content and also occasionally worked on licensed books based on existing IPs. Some examples include star wars, star trek and Planet of the Apesbut also popular toylines like G.I. Joe and Transformers.

At that point, Marvel decided to try something new. Instead of making a comic from a toyline, they would make a toyline based on one of their comics.

Inspired by stories like John Carter of Mars, Flash Gordon and Buck Rodgersmarvel created The Crystar Saga with its first issue released in May 1983.

The story follows a war between two brothers. Crystar, prince of the planet Crystalium and leader of the Crystal Warriors of Order. And Moltar, Crystar’s twin brother and leader of the Magma Men of Chaos. The two fight for the throne of Crystalium in a war between Order and Chaos.

Occasionally, to try and boost sales of the comic, there would be appearances from other Marvel characters like Doctor Strange, Nightcrawler, and Alpha Flight. Despite this, the comic only lasted 11 issues.

Marvel has teamed up with toy company Remco to produce a line of action figures and skits. The figures were 3-3/4 inches tall. A few of the figures were blue/green translucent plastic.

However, the line didn’t last long as people mostly bought the handful of translucent figures while the other characters were left to fill the grocery store bargain bins. Similar to the start IndianaJones Kenner action figures.

Although his time as the main hero didn’t last long, elements of the show did make their way into the larger Marvel Universe. He even made an appearance in Marvel’s 2015 release. Secret Wars.

With Marvel looking for new characters to adapt to the film, this character seems very unique compared to the rest of their catalog. Perhaps it could get its own movie adaptation, either as part of the MCU or even on its own, as the Crystar Saga appears to be set in its own dimension.

Do you remember Crystar? Did you have any toys or did you read the comics? Do you want to see the return of Crystar? Should it be part of the MCU or be its own thing apart?

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