The cross section between products, toys, and pop culture can produce some fun and interesting outcomes. The above commercials have been on the Net for a while, but I just spotted them. (Anyway, the classics never go out of style!) They were made by National Panasonic in the 1970s to sell a new line of vacuum cleaners.
Each vid starts with the town being terrorized by Gomira ("Garbage-ra"). As the dust bunnies swirl and panic ensues among the town denizens, the heroine is called into action. And who can save the town from the trash swirl? Hayabusa! At first glance, she's a mild-mannered housewife. But with a spin and a twirl, she dons a very Ultramannish outfit and sprouts wings (hence her name: Hayabusa - "Peregrine Falcon," which also appear on her chest: 隼).
Butanohana has made a couple of versions of the character. (I haven't got either, but I am on the lookout, so if you want to let either go, give me a shout out. :O) Here are a couple of pics gleaned from the Googlesphere:
|From "khunter's" toy flickr page.|