Man there is a lot of cartoons that have toy tie-ins. In 1987 Starcom: The U.S. Space Force briefly hit the air waves. It lasted for 13 episodes. It was made in conjunction the Young Astronauts’ Council with the original intention of sparking young viewers’ interest in the U.S. NASA Space Program. Since no one watched the show (I certainly didn’t) – interest in NASA didn’t grow. However in Europe and other countries the toys were a huge success.

The plot had an evil group called the Shadow Force trying to take over the galaxy. They were lead by the evil and silly named Emperor Dark. The good guys were lead by Col. James “Dash” Derringer and his happy group of men who liked to give the thumbs up a lot as they went to fight the forces of evil.