Micro Devilman came
packaged in nice small window box. The box was design to match the
vintage packaging for Microman Geeg and Microman Gakeen box. The
back of the box feature Micro Devilman story and picture of him emerging
from the crystal prism in space much like Microman Geeg and Microman
Each figure came with
Devil Flight Wing and Devilman logo figure stand. MD601 & MD602 had
anime style wings while MD603 & MD604 had manga style wing.
Takara gave Micro
Devilman extensive stickers to decorate the figure and his "Devil
Takara designed two
separate heads for Micro Devilman - the heads for MD601 & MD602 were based
on the anime design while the heads for MD603 & MD604 were based on the
manga (comic book) design. The anime head came in chrome and metallic
blue while the two manga heads came in gold chrome only.
Takara also gave several
choices of "look" for Micro Devilman. One without any
sticker so he would look like Microman M10X series, second with strips on
the shoulder and third with badge and chest stickers to make him resemble
the M11X and M12X series.
Micro Devilman series was finally released in
March of 2002 after a long delay. Micro Devilman became the first new
Microman figure base directly on the old design, since the original line
ended in 1980. Micro Devilman also was the first new Microman to be
release as part of the old series and was given new MD60X designation.
Micro Devilman was based on the same concept
as the old Microman Geeg and Microman Gakeen - Microman who body resemble
popular TV show character. Micro Devilman came with two separate head designs - manga look
and anime look. Takara also gave each figure wing pack "Devil
Flight Wing" that resembled Devilman wings. Again Takara design
two separate wings one to resemble the manga style and one for the
anime. The anime "Devil Flight Wing" even had Dash Wing-like
Unlike the old series however, Micro Devilman
did not have "Super Steel" die-cast body like Microman Geeg &
Gakeen. Instead the body was design to pay homage to the founder
series - M10X with the use of clear plastics. Actually Takara recycle the
parts from the reissue M10X barefoot Microman for Micro Devilman.
While this probably most likely done to save cost, it was unfortunate
because of the poor re-production of the M10X gave the figure poor
stability. Since the arms were design for short cuff, this gave
them poor fitting for the longer cuff used for Micro Devilman. The
feet also lack the 5mm ports. Takara however gave each figure a nice touch
by giving them wing bracelets and anklets.
One small change from the prototype was the
switch from mold on plastic belt to the use of sticker to simulate the
belt. This not only eliminated the need for paint and gave the figure
that "retro" feel of the vintage series when the figure usually must be
decorated by kid using stickers. While the figure would probably look
much better with mold on belt, they did look good with the sticker (which fit
on to the pelvic section nicely). Only complain may be the fact
tended to wear-out and rip.
Aside from the poor fit because of the use of
recycle parts from the reissue M10X, Micro Devilman were very nice and well
design Microman. The body and pelvic came from newly design mold and
the back even came with 5mm port. Takara did excellent job at retaining the look and
feel of the Original Microman series.
(See also 1976 Super Steel
- Microman Geeg and Microman Gakeen)