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 the 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.
was the last and final year of Microman line. By this time, the changing
trend of the robot toy industry and the popularity of revolutionary
shows like Gundam and Macross had permanently and completely alter the
toy market landscape. By this point it was clear that the popularity of
action-figures was on the decline as evidence by the decreasing numbers
of Microman figures in the line-up. By 1984, Microman line up consisted
mainly of Microman Micro Change robot that no longer had much
interaction with the Microman figures. Aside from the sole figure,
Microscope Robo, the rest of Micro Change line was a stand alone transforming robot "action-figures"
type. Diaclone was also began
this trend of removing action-figures and the last few toys in the line
such as the construction robot (TF: Devastator) and the train robots
Raideen no longer were scaled with
the small Diaclone pilot figures. Looking at this trend it was clear to
see that the transformation for both line was inevitable. The event in
1984 across the world would seal the fate of both
MC14 Shooting Star Robo
Metal Man - Silver
Metal Man - Metallic
Shooting Star Robo
Metal Leo - Gold
Metal Leo - Metallic
Shooting Star Robo
Metal Hawk - Gold
Metal Hawk - Metallic
MC17 Lock Robo Dial Man
Lock Robo Magne Man
MC19 Binocular Robo Scope Man
Microscope Robo Micro Scope
Sound Fighter Red Type
Sound Fighter Blue Type
- this was a combine line of Microman and Diaclone into a
single series. Small limited test run of the series were
released in 1984 but It was scrap in favor of using US Transformers
Presentation Pre-Transformers by Fumihiko Akiyama
Hasbro US Transformers
Than Meet the Eyes
Takara JP Transformers
01 Convoy (Optimus Prime)
Alert (Red Alert)
Soundwave & Rumble
thanks to MicroBry for the copy of Microman Secret File
catalog and Dave
B. for the help with the list of Japanese and US Transformers toys.
the US, Mego at this point had went out of business and Takara was left
without US domestic partner to sell their toys. Takara had attempted to
sell the toys themselves in the US as Diakron and Kronoform but with
little success. Then along came a US toy company named Hasbro (which
Takara had done business with before as distributor of GI Joe for Japan
market) who decided to licensed part of Takara Diaclone Car Robot line
and Microman Micro Change line to be sold in the US. Hasbro came up with
marketing campaign for the toys with new story line that made the robot
into living sentient race that struck in a civil war between the two
factions. Hasbro marketed
the two series together as the Transformers More than Meet the Eyes.
Takara saw the success of Hasbro Transformers and decided to phase off
both Microman and Diaclone series and was going to produced their own
Transformers series to replaced the line.
Takara originally plan to sell Microman and Diaclone together as a new
line called "Henshin Sentai" Transformers as a bridge series
to the new Transformers line (interestingly they actually did this for
the US market in 1982-83 with the Kronoform line). They went as far as
doing test market proposal and soliciting catalog for the dealer that
feature Microman and Diaclone toys as one single toy line. However this
plan was never realized and Takara decided to just "re-imported" the Transformers concept back to Japan and
basically sold the combine series as a totally new series called
Transformers Super Robot Life. During second half of 1984, Microman line
and Diaclone were both in a limbo awaiting the arrival of Japanese
version of Transformers. The series finally arrived in 1985 as Super
Robot Life Transformers and it was the success that Takara had been
Transformers Super Robot Life line was in full swing so Takara decided to
terminate Microman line due to confusion with the Transformers line (which
also had the same toys) and also because of declining sales and
popularity. (Diaclone series was also cancel that year) Microman
legacy continue to live on in the Transformers toys line, which are still
being marketed today as the Transformers Beast Wars. It would be
over 20 years later since the first Microman-Zone series that Microman
toys would again be marketed by Takara. The new line call Microman
Magne Power made its debut on December 26th,1998 along with reissue
series called Replica Microman.