BraveStarr is an American Space Western animated television series that originally aired between September 1987 and February 1988. It was created simultaneously with a collection of toys and action figures. BraveStarr was the last animated series produced by Filmation and Group W Productions to be broadcast. It consisted of 65 episodes, each lasting 25 minutes.
BraveStarr is the main character and protagonist of the series. He is an orphaned Native American from Earth who arrived on New Texas with the Shaman and became a marshal. To help him fight crime, aside from his gun skills, Bravestarr has his “techno horse” Thirty/Thirty at his side and can call upon the powers of four animal spirits. He has the Eyes of the Hawk to help him see beyond his normal range, the Ears of the Wolf to enhance his hearing, the Speed of the Puma to help him run real fast, and Strength of the Bear to increase his strength for lifting heavy objects.
At one point in his early life, Shaman gave BraveStarr the protective medicine made by the Dingo Llama to make him immune against the pollen of the Fever Flower.
When young BraveStarr was coming of age, he afraid of the dark. According to the code of The Tribe from which he came, he had to go out into the darkness alone and face his deepest fears. Before leaving, Shaman asked BraveStarr to recite the creed of his tribe:
- Honour in all your deeds.
- Respect for all life.
- And be the protector of the weak and old.
The people of Shaman and BraveStarr’s Tribe discovered a great, power. Unfortunately the evil Stampede also desired it. Shaman encouraged his people to protect their power plant at all cost, a decision he soon came to regret. A heard of gigantic Broncosaurs attacked the tribe, spitting flames from their mouths and laser beams from their eyes. Even BraveStarr joined in, carrying a laser rifle twice his size. Shaman had to use all his magic to face Stampede in astral form. But when Stampede threatened to attack young BraveStarr, Shaman was forced to re-enter his own body and protect the boy.
Stampede managed to gain the power he sought and the tribesmen made ready to flee the planet in Totem-pole shaped rocket ships. But the power plant’s energy proved even too powerful for Stampede to absorb, and as he expelled it, he destroyed his own horde of Broncosaurs and the entire planet. All but one of the escaping rocket ships also went up in flame, leaving Shaman and BraveStarr the last of their tribe. From that moment, Shaman could never forgive himself for what his actions had cost. When their rocket passed through a newly formed set of stars, BraveStarr was unexpectedly granted four Spirit Animal Powers.
Stampede has also managed to survive and chose the planet New Texas to build himself a new base of operations similar to the one he had on the planet of the Tribe. Shaman sought out the planet to face his archenemy again. Knowing his rocket ship would have to make a crash-landing, Shaman put his young ward in suspended animation and ejected his emergency capsule into space, in range of a Galactic Marshal Space Station. That way he was ensured that the marshals would find BraveStar and take care of him. Shaman gave BraveStarr one half of his tribe amulet to know him by if they ever met again.