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New Microman Series

1981 New Microman

 

New Microman

Microman Series

 

1974

Microman Zone
First year of included the Founder Microman, Micro Kit Machines and Conning Tower.

 

1975

Project Victory
Second year saw more Microman and several new sub series such as the Acroyears, Titans and Victory series.

 

1976

Spy Magician

The line finally came into its own during the third year with new figures and the classic Microman Transfer Fortress.

 

1977

Command
A watershed year for Microman series, this year saw some of the best toys for the line. 

 

1978

Police Keeper

Takara tried new design and direction for the series with the released of Hoodman and Arden. 

 

1979

Rescue Team
Takara "rescue" attempt for the line with the Rescue Team Microman.  This year also saw updated of the old favorite like the New Tower Base.

 

1980

Punch & Blizzard Man
The last year of the original series saw the shift in the line to more robot like look and larger figures.

 

New Microman Series

 

1981

New Microman
Takara reset the line and relaunch the series under "New Microman" banner.

 

1982

Micro Robot
Micro Robot series became the main focus of the new line.  Takara also tried to cash in on the "pla-mo" popularity with Real Type and Micro Borg.

 

1983

Micro Change
The "transformation" for Microman series began with the Micro Change series.

 

1984

Transformers

Takara continued with the successful Micro Change series but the changing of the guard was inevitable.

 

In 1981, Takara decided to "reset" Microman line to attract younger generations and rejuvenated the series. The first year of the New Microman, Takara released 10 Microman figures, each was recolor and renamed version of various Microman from the original line complete with new story. Takara basically "erased" Microman history and replaced with a more streamline one. Takara realized that market for Microman figures were not as strong, to cut cost and simplified the production, Takara then redesigned each New Microman with simple "M-00X". All the same type of Microman would had the same designation number even if they were released with different color scheme. Many of the New Microman were later released as vehicles "exclusives" color and had a different color than those marketed individually but they shared the same name and designation. While the Microman were all re-releases of the old toys, Takara introduced a brand new design for the Acroyear. The New Acroyears featured some of the old series trademarks such as die-cast body, bug-like appearance and transformable feature. Takara however did introduced new type of Microman figure call Micro Robot.  The new Micro Robots were nothing like the old series Micro Robot, these new robots were miniaturized version of 80's mecha style robots with abilities to transform themselves into vehicles or weapon platform for the New Microman.  The new Micro Robot series was signaling the shift from cyborg to living robot concept.  Micro Robot would became a foundation for the later Micro Change Series which would eventually became Transformers. Takara released two series of Micro Robot in 1981 - Micro Robot 1-2-3, and Micro Robot V.

 

 

The first year of New Microman had limited numbers of play-set and vehicles. The two large robots were both transformable style robots which was another trend for the New Microman series. Gone were the interchangeable toys of the old series. The new series play-set had robots that transform into vehicles for Microman figures.  Another emerging trend for the new line was the concept of powered armored suit.  The first year feature the basic snap on type suits called the Mighty Suit which appeared to be evolved version of Microman Power-Up set from the old series.

 

 

Beside, the Microman series, Takara also released new sci-fi series called Diaclone. The new line was an off-shoot from Microman series, and was essentially a scale down of Microman concept. The figures were now just about an inch tall (it was reported that the line was nicknamed inch-man at one time) but still featured the familiar chrome head.  The small figures look much like miniature Punch Microman and came with multiple color variants.  The figures also feature magnetic feet. The main attraction was not these small figures however, but the big giant robots they piloted. This was probably Takara's plan of two prongs foray into the die-cast robot toys market dominated by company such as Popy at the time.  By splitting their sci-fi series into two scale, Takara could covered both the action-figures market and the giant robots market.  The Diaclone series ran parallel with the New Microman line and would suffered the same fate as the New Microman when Transformers debuted in 1984. (Special thanks to Micro Bry for this bit of history of Takara toys development which greatly explained not only the reason for the die-cast robots but also the concept and synergy behind Diaclone and New Microman)

 

New Microman Story

In a far universe existed a planet call Micro-Earth, a highly civilize world that locked in a war with the Acroyears race who were determined on conquer Micro-Earth and the universe.   Micro-Police Corp send signal to the Special Unit Microman to return to Micro-Earth from their patrol to stop the Acroyears who had just stolen the Dimension Generator.  While they approached Micro-Earth in their ship, they were surprised by sudden mysterious explosion that completely obliterated Micro-Earth.  The ten Microman then gave chase to the Acroyears who were making an escape to another dimension using the Dimension Generator.   They soon found themselves on Earth and decided to make Earth their new home.  The Ten Microman allied themselves with kids on Earth to stop the Acroyears plan of universe domination

ACTION-FIGURES

New Microman

The Ten Microman

  M001 Arom
  M002 Iriya
  M003 Uri
  M004 Eiji

  M005 Oruga
  M006 Kamui
  M007 Kirk
  M008 Cleo
  M009 Kenji

  M010 Corona

 

Micro Robot
Micro Robot 1 Gordon

  Red Type

  Blue Type

  Green Type


Micro Robot 2 Galac
  Red Type

  Blue Type

  Green Type

 

Micro Robot 3 Flash

  Red Type

  Blue Type

  Green Type

  

Micro Robot V

  R4 Micro Python
  R5 Micro Loader
  R6 Micro Bazooka
  R7 Micro Muzzle

  R8 Micro Magnum

 

Micro Robot V Set

  R4-R8

 

New Acroyear
  New Acroyear Red
  New Acroyear Green
  New Acroyear Blue

 

VEHICLES & PLAYSET

 

Micro Gander
  Magma Gander
  Air Gander

  Cosmo Gander

 

Micro Gunder-3 Box Set

  Magma, Air and Cosmo

 

Armored Suits
  Microman Mighty Suit 1
  Microman Mighty Suit 2

  Microman Mighty Suit 3

 

Micro Ridor
  Micro Ridor Red

  Micro Ridor Blue