I seem to remember that the first incarnation was considerably more ‘adult,’ in that people got killed when things blew up, and so on. The 80’s version was considerably more kiddified.
In either case, they cut out the girl’s bladed yo-yo, which she would kill people with and then do tricks with. I’m not making this up. Also, that little, suspiciously R2-D2 like robot (7-Zark-7, I think) was apparently added on the American side, hoping to catch onto the coattails of Star Wars.
There was actually a third version, released as Eagle Riders by Saban in the late 90’s, a bit after the whole Dragon Ball/Sailor Moon thing started to take off, usually shown in a block with Samurai Pizza Cats. I saw an episode or two of it, but nothing of interest adhered to my memory. I’ve heard it used
And actually, there was a fairly recent ‘update’ OAV series, released in Japan around 1999 or so. Which, from what I saw of it, was brutally bad. (We couldn’t even make it through the second episode. And I watched BOTH M.D. Geist OAVs)
Just as a little warning, though, don’t get your hopes up too high. I remembered Voltron (the lion one, of course) as the coolest show ever for years, and was underwhelmed when I finally got to see it again in college. Some things are best left bathed in the soft light of nostalgia. (Then again, some things aren’t . . . Robotech was much better watching it as an adult)
Now, if only someone would release the original Tekkaman Blade/Technoman . . .
On the other hand, any show who’s full title involves the phrase ‘science ninja team’ has at least that much going for it . . .
I also have to get a better spell checker. This one dosn’t even know ‘ninja’ . . .