Starcom: The U.S. Space Force was a 1987 animated syndicated U.S. television series inspired by a motorized toy franchise manufactured by Coleco. It was produced by DiC Enterprises and distributed by Coca-Cola Telecommunications. The plot detailed the adventures of an American astronaut brigade as they fought off attempted invasions by Shadow Force, a nasty collection of aliens and robots led by the nefarious Emperor Dark.
The show was developed with the help of the Young Astronauts’ Council, with the original intention of sparking young viewers’ interest in the NASA Space Program. The toy line was popular in Europe and Asia, but was unsuccessful in the North American domestic market so this resulted in the cartoon being cancelled after one season.