The original series, produced in 1972, was eponymously entitled Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman and is best known in the English-speaking world as the adaptation entitled Battle of the Planets (1978). The series had additional English adaptations with G-Force: Guardians of Space (1986).
Most of the team are in their late teens, except for Jinpei (who is about ten or eleven years old). They include Ken Washio, the team leader and tactical expert; Jō Asakura, his second-in-command marksman and weapons expert; Jun, the team's electronics and demolitions expert; Jinpei, the youngest and the reconnaissance expert, an adopted brother of Jun, and Ryū Nakanishi, the ship's pilot. The main characters wear teen clothing with T-shirts numbered to show their rank in the team or caped, birdlike battle uniforms.
It looks like Sentinel International Co., Ltd. will be releasing both Tatsunoko Heroes Fighting Gear - Gatchaman G-1 Ken 18 cm tall action figures. Going by the preview pictures released, it looks like these figures will have amazing articulation with light-up chest emblems and they look pretty damn awesome!
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Ken Washio aka the Eagle, is a leader of the Science Ninja Team. His weapon is a Razor Sonic boomerang and he flies an airplane.
The Gatchaman team employ a unique style of violent, effective martial arts (developed by Dr. Nambu) drawing on their ability to perform feats similar to their avian namesakes, such as high-speed running and flight, high jumping and silent attacks. This fighting system, known as Science Ninja Technique (科学忍法 Kagaku Ninpō), is mentioned in the Japanese lyrics of the Gatchaman theme. The team members also use signature weapons and mecha-style vehicles, each with a mundane, disguised form. To change modes, each member is equipped with a wrist device that, in addition to communications and tracking, enables a change when the proper gesture and voice command ("Bird, go!") is given.
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November 6, 2007 – Gatchaman / Battle of the Planets: Mark (Eagle) posted on my toy blog HERE
November 6, 2007 – Gatchaman / Battle of the Planets: Jason (Falcon) posted HERE
November 6, 2007 – Gatchaman / Battle of the Planets: Princess Jun (Swan) pictures HERE
May 23, 2011 – Gatchaman / Battle of the Planets / G Force team pictures HERE
July 6, 2012 – Takara Cool Girl 1/6th scale Gatchaman G3 Jun the Swan CyGirl 12-inch female action figure posted HERE