Type 70 Maser Beam Tank 70式メーサー殺獣光線車

Type 70 Maser Beam Tank
Type 70 Maser Beam Tank

Length : 14.5 meters
Height : 6 meters
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

Maser Cannon

Appearances

Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972); Godzilla vs. Megalon (stock footage)

Series // Showa

Sound Effect

Description

After the success of the Type 66 Maser Beam Tank, work began on a new model. Finally produced in 1970, the vehicle was altered at the base of the cannon. Removed were the coils and side turrets, focusing more on the mobility of the cannon. This lowered the mass of the vehicle, while placing greater emphasis on the giant ray gun.

A few years later, the tank saw its first use. As the space monsters Gigan and King Ghidorah were laying waste to Tokyo, the tanks were deployed in the countryside. As the creatures left the city, a contingent of Type 66 Maser Beam Tanks and Type 70 Maser Beam Tanks swung into action. Lacing Gigan with electric cannon fire, the cyborg collapsed to its knees. Still taking fire, the beast tried to hide in a forest to deflect the rays, although the beams sliced through the trees, hitting the monster. Turning their efforts to King Ghidorah, the ray struck the three-headed terror. However, the multi-headed space monster retaliated. Launching its gravity beams, the maser tank army was quickly destroyed as the two monsters continued their bloody advance across Japan.

A year later, both versions of the Maser Beam Tank were deployed against the monster Megalon. Following the destruction of a dam, the beast walked into a large field. The area, however, was swarming with the self defense force, which opened fire on the Seatopian deity. The creature proved sturdy enough to weather the huge show of firepower, though, and eventually went on the offensive itself. Firing electrical bolts from its horn, the attack engulfed the Maser Beam Tanks in fire, decimating them. With the strike force defeated, the monster continued toward Tokyo.


Powers / Weapons
Maser Cannon

Maser Cannon

The Type 70 Maser Beam Tank was equipped with a giant Maser Cannon. The cannon could swivel, from left to right, to track and blast targets.

The weapon was used against a variety of kaiju, including Gigan, King Ghidorah and Megalon.


Background and Trivia
  • The craft's full title, as listed in books like New Godzilla Walker - The New Legend of the King of the Monsters (ISBN: 9784048956321), is 70式メーサー殺獣光線車 (70 Shiki Mesa ya Shishi Kosen Sha). This translates to "Type 70 Maser Beast Ray Car".
  • The 2005 publication Godzilla: Toho Monster Picture Book (ISBN: 4092800525) lists an English name of "Maser Ray Gun" for the crafts, which is different than the "Maser Beam Tank" name given for the Type 90 version that appears in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002).
  • In 2007, Aoshima released a Type 70 Maser Beam Tank figure as part of their alloy toy series. This mentions that the total length of the vehicle is 14.5 meters (6 meters is the tractor length) with a width of 3.5 meters and a height of 6 meters (2.5 meters is the tractor height). It does not list the weight, although notes it's lighter than the Type 66 Maser Beam Tank.