Irutan was the mascot of the 1975 Ocean Expo held in Okinawa. I am not sure if there was a television show featuring this character, but a whole family was developed for him. Several companies, most notably Bullmark, made toys of Irutan and his family. This shot shows various sized Irutans. The tallest one is 18cm tall. The 2 larger ones have removable hats. All are by Bullmark except the smallest one which is a pendant by Patora. This shot shows the 5 family members, they are all marked Bullmark in katakana and Japan on one foot and the name of the character on the other. They were originally sold carded on a blister pack. From left to right: PaPa, MaMa, Ane, Ani, and Irutan. PaPa is 13cm tall and Irutan has a removable hat. This shot shows another version of the family that is very similar to the Bullmark, set. I think they were also made by Bullmark but they only have the NTV copyright on the foot and nothing else. They are different sculpts and slightly shorter. PaPa stands 11cm tall. I am missing the Ane character. If anyone has a lead on one, please let me know. Here's a shot of a carded set that I stole from YJA a while ago. Notice the Bullmark company symbol on the card, but the set is the one with the unmarked figures. Any ideas why this is? The Irutan story has a strange and sad ending. Check this link http://toyboxdx.com/phorum/read.php?4,169261,169429 Also check out the fantastic talker. Again, if anyone knows of one of these for sale, please let me know. This link also shows the diecast version made by Grip. Sorry for the crappy pix, but I hope you enjoy them.