First year of included the Founder Microman, Micro
Kit Machines and Conning Tower.
Second year saw more Microman and several new sub
series such as the Acroyears, Titans and Victory series.
line finally came into its own during the third year with new figures
and the classic Microman Transfer Fortress.
A watershed year for Microman series, this year
saw some of the best toys for the line.
tried new design and direction for the series with the released of
Hoodman and Arden.
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.
& Blizzard Man
The last year of the original series saw the shift
in the line to more robot like look and larger figures.
Takara reset the line and relaunch the series
under "New Microman" banner.
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.
The "transformation" for Microman series
began with the Micro Change series.
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.
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
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)