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Hilarious: Robot Keiji K

I found this video with the first 10 minutes of one episode of the 26 made of the great tokusatsu series called Robot Keiji K (Robot Detective K):

It starts in every aspect as a typically tokusatsu intro: the bombastic music, the heroic singing together with all the action shots and poses. It starts with the futuristic looking rocketcar and squeeling tires and the robot stepping out and flashing the series title with its eye! 😀

In every way this Robot Keiji K looks like an English dandy when stepping out of that car. What was the purpose of that? To make him look like a gay robot? I can’t imagine the production company (Toei Company Ltd) going for that image in 1972… Maybe they wanted to make him look like a good guy this way? Are all good guys looking like English dandies during the 70s?

Also the car looks great: a modified Fairlady Z S30 modified to an estate with gullwing doors and rockets. Who ever thought gullwing doors look bad on Japanese sportscars anyway?

The special effects look awesome! Like someone drew them with a big white marker on the filmroll! And that clay animation of the bad robot catching the Crown MS50 is amazing! Not to mention bump-flying the rocket car into a baloon! 😀

And it has got a great storyline, to quote Wikipedia:
The hero of this series is a robot named “Robot Detective K” (or just “K”), who has no human form, but when not in battle, dresses up in human clothes and has a human-like personality

Also looking at this small part makes me suspect both Paul Verhoeven and Robert Zemeckis stole some of their greatest ideas from this series! Paul Verhoeven clearly shaped his Robocop after Robot Keiji K and Robert Zemeckis copied the idea of flying sportscars when he created Back to the Future! However in Robocop the robot with a human brain while Robot Keiji K is fully a robot without any emotion. And the flying Delorean was less impressive than travelling back in time…

Anyway: I want MORE! 😀 😀
Anyone got more episodes of this great series?

Popular Bosozoku cars: Nissan Fairlady S30 part 2

Some time ago we did a feature on the bosozoku style Nissan Fairlady Z S30. This week we feature a video with Daijiro Inada looking at the Nissan Fairlady Z S30 (and its successors) including a very nice bosozoku styled version of a Grand Champion Fairlady Z copy by Daisuke Shouten!

Part one:

Very funny to see Nomuken making the mistake of how to start a carburetted car: he wants to start the Fairlady by turning the ignition key. Lucky enough they show him how it is done properly. Funny enough: Daijiro Inada can’t drift, but surely he can start a carburetted car properly! 😀

Part two:

Note that this bosozoku styled Fairlady Z has the rear lights of a Skyline C210 Japan and a (badly fit) G-nose. In my opinions this is one of the best looking bosozoku styled Fairlady Zs I’ve seen so far!

I posted this article earlier this week on

Popular Bosozoku cars: Nissan Fairlady S30

This week we have a very popular Bosozoku style car and I really had trouble with deciding which pictures would feature this item. This week we feature the very popular Nissan Fairlady Z S30:
Yanky style Fairlady S30 (with stars and stripes)
Yanky style Fairlady S30 (with stars and stripes)

Most of the Fairlady Zs I came accross were Yanky style like the one above. It reflects how the Bosozoku cars were styled in the late 80s!

Especially this one is very well known:
Yanky Mate! Fairlady S30 replica
Yanky Mate! Fairlady S30 replica

This is a Yanky Mate! replica of the Shakotan Boogie manga/anime. This Fairlady S30 featured in two colors in the manga: blue (early) and yellow (late). With the craze around Shakotan Boogie in the early 90s you can imagine that replicas of this car are very popular.

Another style which can be found in many numbers are the Gran Chan styled Fairladies:
Gran Chan style Fairlady S30
Gran Chan style Fairlady S30

With big fender extenders, headlight covers and the bonnet/lip having smooth aerodynamic lines it really reflects the Fairladies used during races in the late 70s. Very beautifully styled!

And of course we have the Bosozoku styled Fairlady, but they are bit rarer than the other two styles so I only post a 280ZX:
Bosozoku style Fairlady S30
Bosozoku style Fairlady 280ZX

This 280ZX model has a lot of fins, spoilers, ventilation holes and a really nice horn! With its paiting scheme it really looks bad ass Bosozoku styled, but its styling is not over the top. Good example in my opinion.

The Nissan Fairlady Z S30 (also known as the 240Z, 260Z and 280Z overseas) came out in Japan as the successor of the 60s Nissan Fairlady. This was a small compact roadster competing with European roadsters and it sold quite well in Japan and overseas. Nissan decided it needed a replacement for the roadster and teamed up with Yamaha. The Yamaha prototype did not meet the expectations of Nissan and Nissan terminated the cooperation and Yamaha turned to Toyota and created the 2000GT out of this prototype.

Nissan then decided it needed a more Americanized GT car which was stylish, innovative, fast, reliable and most importantly sharing parts with other Nissans to make it inexpensive! This became the Fairlady Z and in 1969 the production of this car started:
Factory stock Fairlady S30
Factory stock Fairlady Z S30

As you can see: in stock form it may look awfull today, but back then it was one of the most stylish GT cars ever!

In Japan the car was launched with two engines: a 6 cylinder SOHC L20A (shared with the Bluebird) outputting 130hp and a limited run called Z432 featured the high performance 6 cylinder DOHC S20 (shared with the Skyline GTR) outputting 160 hp.
Later in Japan the limited run of the 240ZG appeared: a L24 (initially used for export market) powered Fairlady Z with a new aero dynamic nose, wide overfenders, acrylic headlight covers (like the one in the first picture), fender mirrors and a rear spoiler. This 240ZG was meant to homologate an uprated version for Group 4 racing. The nose was later on sold as a seperate option called the “G-nose”.

The Fairlady Z S30 appeared in many rally and circuit race events and became just about as famous as the Hakosuka Skyline GTR.
Factory racing Fairlady Z S30
Factory racing Fairlady Z S30

Nowadays the Fairlady Z still has a huge following, especially after the animation version of Wangan Midnight featuring a blue Devil Z and Hakosukas suffering from insane price increases. Popular engine swaps are either the bigger engines L24, L26 and L28 or the whole drivetrain with the RB25 of a Skyline GTS.

Personally I really would like to own one someday: those Z cars are just awesome! 🙂

[I posted this article earlier today on]

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