The 11th Microman
Takara released only a single Microman figure
in 1983 as part of the new Microman Micro Change series. This last
Microman is the 11th member of the New Microman and was given
designation M-011 Saram (or Salam). Saram is a reissued of
Microman Command M16X. Like the other two Command figures, the
glow in the dark piece was replaced with regular plastic and for Salam
Takara also removed the Pharaoh head design of the original M16X and the
chest piece is now just a smooth plastic. What set Salam slightly
apart from the early ten New Microman is that the individual versions of
these figures come in Microm2000 capsule instead of the New Microman
capsule from 1981 series.
The Dimensions Traveler
Salam was the "late arrival" in the New Microman series, Takara
gave him separate story since the original ten were supposed to be the sole survivors
of Micro Earth catastrophic destruction. Takara decided to have MC011 Salam escaped from Micro
Earth before the explosion using the Microm2000 - a dimensional travel
machine he constructed (see below for more story background from the
Secret File). Takara released four versions of M011 Salam for the
capsule version and two as exclusives pack-in for
MC08 and MC09 Micro Change Cassette Machines.
Four variations of Microman M-011 Salam were
sold as individual capsule version. A red and black Saram comes in
gray Microm2000, a blue and black Saram comes in red Microm2000, a royal blue
and white Salam sold in dark blue
Microm2000, and a black and orange Salam in blue Microm2000. Some
exported versions of Armored Machine were sold with the blue and black
M011 but without the "MC" sticker badge.
Micro Change Machine
these four individual sale figures, two M011 Salam were released as exclusive
pack in figures for Micro Change Cassette Machines. A red and white Salam was sold with MC08 Battle Bike and
a stunning black and white version was sold with MC09 Jet Heli. M011 Salam followed much of the same color schemes as the other
two Command figures in the New Microman series. Beside the unusual black
and orange scheme M-011 shared the same color combinations as New Microman
M-004 Eiji and
M-005 Oruga. With six separate variants, M011 Saram had the most numerous
variations of all the New Microman figures. (See
also Micro Change - MC08 & MC09)
MICROMAN MICRO-CHANGE STORY
Using a “subspace generator”, ten MICROMAN survivors materialized on
Earth after the loss of their homeworld known as MICROEARTH. This was
quickly followed by the ACROYEAR invasion of our planet.
Thus began the conflict on Earth between MICROMAN and ACROYEAR.
Not long after these events, “SALAM” became the eleventh MICROMAN to
reach our world, bringing with him the “MICROM 2000” supercomputer,
having rescued it during a harrowing last-minute escape from the final
stages of MICROEARTH’s destruction.
SALAM was an expert technician, and soon used the MICROM 2000 module to
create an ever-expanding new series of MICROCHANGE mecha in order to try
putting a stop to the ACROYEAR invasion.
First, the MICROSS, CONDOR and JAGUAR MICROCASSETTEs were built and put
in charge of terrestrial reconnaissance. Next CASSETTEMAN was
constructed as an energy resupply base for the MICROCASSETTE corps,
while the CASSETTE-MACHINE JET HELI and BATTLE BIKE were utilized by
MICROMAN to engage the ACROYEAR threat.
Meanwhile, the ACROYEARS welcomed the Admiral ACRODEVIL as the new
supervisor of their Earth operations, and were strengthening their
military forces. The focus of their attacks would be upon MICROMAN and
their friends, the Earthling children.
Therefore SALAM crafted the GUN ROBO in the shapes of model guns and
entrusted the children with them. The GUN ROBO BROWNING, 44 MAGNUM and
WALTHER could CHANGE into heavily armored robots in an instant and stand
up to the ACROYEAR attacks.
The ACROYEARS thus began to extend their various subversive plots not
only toward MICROMAN, but towards humanity as well. As such, being
prepared for random ACROYEAR attacks popping in and out of subspace
proved exceedingly difficult.
Therefore, MICROMAN created CAMERA ROBO and WATCH ROBO with the ability
to detect the ACROYEARs in defense of the Earth. As a direct result, the
extra-dimensional ACROYEAR fortress was discovered at last and it
finally became possible for MICROMAN to directly approach the enemy’s
In the meantime the ACROYEARS viciously counterattacked, but their
tactics were repeatedly foiled by the mysterious METEOR ROBO.
The Admiral ACRODEVIL became so infuriated, he became intent on nothing
less than the complete annihilation of the Earth. MICROMAN continued to
produce more and more MICROCHANGE mecha and gave all their effort toward
building their defenses.
KEY ROBO, RADICASSE ROBO, MICRO-SCOPE, SCOPEMAN, BEAM ROBO…this
MICROCHANGE mecha squadron fights on to protect peace on this beautiful
planet Earth, and the rest of the universe!!
(excerpt from the introduction to Microman Secret File Vol. 1, as
translated by MicroBry)
Salam was sold packaged in Microm2000 Capsule case. Each figure
comes in the unique color capsule.
Released : 2/1983
Retail Price :
Salam is the leader of the Micro Change Corp. He is very good with
tactics but can headstrong at time. He came to Earth using Microm-2000 dimensional travel capsule that he build.
Blast from the Past?
1996, when Romando reissued Microman Command 2 for their Micro Two-One
line, they released a new Microman figure called M166
Saram. In an
attempt, for the first time, to tie the two original Microman series
together they gave M166 Saram background story as Microman who
disappeared to another dimension in an accident while he was working on
Micro1999 dimensional machine.
Most Vintage Variants
Microman Command 2 Type have the most variations of all the vintage figures
due to the release of M011 Salam. There were five variants from the
original series plus six from the New Microman. When Microman was
revived in 1996, Romando added two more variants (M165 & M166).
Takara then added eight more versions with the Replica series. Not to
mention there were three Micronauts variants released as Pharoid (with
Space Glider head) plus four more versions from Palisades Retro Micronauts
line, which would make the Command 2 to have the second most
variations from the entire Micro line-up. (The top honor still belong to the
M10X series) and the top variation for the vintage line.