Galaxy Boy Troop (銀河少年隊 - Ginga shounen-tai) was a Japanese TV series created by famed cartoonist/animator Osamu Tezuka. It was a combination of animated scenes and puppet characters, using the "supermarionation" method popularized by Thunderbirds.
Airing on NHK from 1963 until 1965, it ran 92 episodes.
The plot centered around young Rob, who led a squad of heroes around the galaxy in order to revive the Earth's sun and then to protect it from alien invaders.
Only a few fragments are known to survive today, that were found in France with French subtitles.
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