I'm a big fan of the Japanese scifi marionation series X-Bomber; known in English speaking countries as Starfleet. Created by legendary manga artist and animation producer Go Nagai; X-bomber combined elements of Star Wars and Gerry Anderson's classic supermarionation shows to create a truly unique TV space opera. The show featured amazing space battles, bizarre aliens, and even a giant combiner robot. Great stuff! Although the 26 episode series was produced in 1980; I think it still looks great today. I found a featurette on Youtube where Go Nagai is interviewed about the show's history and groundwork. Gerry Anderson himself is also featured. Enjoy!