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The 1966 Japanese series "Space Giants"
is about monsters from outer space trying
to invade the planet. In a key scene, aliens
kidnap the heroin in a car that looks like a
spaceship. And you know what spaceship-
like car they chose for the scene ?
The adventures of a Japanese family provides a more human sub-plot to the story. In the
ninth episode, mother Tomoko, as she is walking back home on a quiet Tokyo street, is
surprised by a strange car suddenly stopping in front of her. The production did add a few
(cheap) features enhancing its coming-from-outer space appearance: a registration plate
with strange, colored signs, supposedly a language or code from another planet (as if
aliens needed a registration number); and wheels painted in red.
Tomoko is quickly abducted by the "Lugo Men" villains, and driven away in the strange
car. Here we can notice a roof and a C-panel unusually painted in black, and protruding
rear winkers; this is very probably a 1959 or 1959 US export model. You can see a very
similar car on this page:
This site, for those who don't know it yet, is one of the best DS sites around, as it gives
the most complete description of DS body paint, upholstery and all other technical details,
year by year. Start from the homepage, here:
The car speeds off, and that's about all. We won't see the DS again in any of the other 51
episodes, and yes, I watched them all, fast-forward. You just can't imagine how far
DSinAsia.com is ready to go for you...
To learn more about this series, there is a Wikipedia page about it (English):
You can also check this very complete website (English):
See the extract from the film with the DS here, on my Youtube channel:
Space Giants ("Space Avengers" in some countries) was the name of the series when it
was aired in the US in 1970, and again in 1978. Its original Japanese title is "Maguma
Taishi", or "Ambassador Magma", when it was created by anime semi-god Osamu Tezuka
and shown on Fuji TV from July 1966 to September 1967, for a total of 52 episodes.
Ambassador Magma, the hero, is an armored, golden giant with long hair and antennae,
who protects the earth from dinosaur-like monsters.