were packaged in small "matchbox" style box to emphasized the
fact that these were small toy cars.
package would later change to larger style box with the toys packaged in robot
modes. 01-03 had a small sticker on the box to denote the color - red,
yellow or blue.
and Takara would later repackaged the entire series of Mini-CAR and marketed them as
The Transformers Minicar robot. 02 Nissan 1500 XG however was not officially
part of the first series Transformers Minicar but some of the toys got
packaged and sold as either Bumblebee or Cliffjumper which let collectors to
later named him as Bumblejumper or Bumper. The early series of Transformers were
repackaged of Microman left over stocks with added Transformers logo.
Later, the toys would be produce exclusively for the Transformers, these
later versions had some minor changes.
MC04 MiniCAR robo consisted of a
group of seven robots that can disguised themselves as Choro Q (Penny Racer)
mini-cars (super deformed cars). There were two basic categories of
MC04 - compact car type and big vehicle type. Each type shared similar design and transformation method.
compact car type resemble Choro Q cars with rubber wheels and chrome
cab. There were three cars in this category - a VW Bug, a Nissan 1500XG and a
Porsche 924. Each car came with alternate
color variants - red, yellow or blue. The transformation for this type
involved flip open the head from the coin slot section and pull out the arms
from the rear quarter of the cars and the hood section pull out and flip to
form robot feet.
The big vehicles resemble the
Mini-Car trucks and 4X4
vehicles. There were four vehicles in this second category - Firebird,
a semi-truck, 4WD truck, and a jeep. The larger vehicle types did
not have the alternate color versions. The transformation for this
type involved pulling out the arms from the front quarter panels and the
rear part of the cars flip to form feet. The head part was molded to
the bottom of the vehicle.
Porsche 924 (TF:Cliffjumper)
Nissan 1500 XG (TF:Bumblejumper)
03 VW Bug (TF:Bumblebee)
04 4WD Truck (TF:Gears)
05 Jeep (TF:Brawn)
06 Trans Am (TF:Windcharger)
07 Semi Truck (TF:Huffer)