Each Acroyear 2 came with Acro-Blade
(matching color) and white Spy-Bird.
Takara released the Acroyear 2 toward the end
of 1975. Acroyear 2 was the second series Acroyear to be released by
Takara. Like the first Acroyear A30X, Acroyear 2 featured die-cast
metal body and there were originally designated as M-31X Type. Acroyear 2 came with several accessories including the
giant wing pack with fan blades on each side. While, Acroyear 2
was constructed in the similar fashion as Acroyear 1, it was much more stable
due to the big roller feet and the torso and pelvic parts were connected as a
Acroyear 2 - A311 Mad Pink
Acroyear 2 Flight Mode
Acroyear 2 - A312 Mad Green
Acroyear 2 retained some of the basic look of
the first Acroyear such as the head design and mechanical looking
limbs. The hands however were replaced by two pincher like claw (which
by the way are 5mm in size) and allowed them to hold weapon - the
Acro-Blade. Acroyear 2 had chrome color chest plated which
matched the head, the sword and the fan wheels. Acroyear 2 also
came with small wing call Spy Bird. The Spy Bird formed rear stabilizer
and wings when Acroyear 2 transformed into flight mode. The
transformation of Acroyear 2 was much more self contain than the first
Acroyear roller mode.
Acroyear 2 were sold in orange color window
box, similar to Acroyear 1 package. Takara released three
variants of Acroyear 2 - A311 Mad Pink, A312 Mad Green and A313 Mad Blue. All three
Acroyear 2s shared the same basic body color with white torso, black limbs
and white feet and only differed by their chrome parts. Their names,
of course, corresponded to the color of their chrome chest and
heads. When Mego licensed Microman in 1976 and released them as
Micronauts, Acroyear 2 series was released as Acroyear. (Mego
switch the order of the two Acroyears and Acroyear 1 became Mego Micronauts
Acroyear 2). Mego version used mold copy from Takara and they were
very similar, however, Mego versions had much paler chrome colors than Takara
versions. (See sidebar)
Acroyear 2 Story
Acroyear 2, liked the first Acroyear,
were Microman whose crystal capsule landed in polluted environment of
Earth. Their life support capsule became damaged when the PCB and
other pollutants enter the crystal. Their body began to evolve into
vicious mechanical being, and their minds became mad.
A311 Mad Pink - revived in the
polluted New York City. Mind became homicidal due to breathing in exhaust
fume. Enjoy trampling and rampant destruction.
A312 Mad Green - revived
near factory in Seito area of Japan. Genius like brain that became
evil. He was, at one time the leader of Acroyears, before the arrival
of President Acroyears. He retained knowledge of weapon technology
from his former self as a Microman.
A313 Mad Blue - revived near
Liverpool England. Became unstoppable when angry.
Back view & 5mm port
Acroyear 2 had 5mm port
in the back. His feet had big steam roller-like wheels.
Mego sold Acroyear 2 as Micronauts
Acroyear. The figures were packaged on blister card like all the other
Mego version of Acroyear 2 had paler
chrome color than the Microman counterpart. Above note
the stark difference between Microman version on the left and Mego
version on the right of the pink Acroyear 2. The same were also
true for the green and blue Acroyears. Microman Acroyear 2 had a
much richer chrome colors.