First year included the Founder Microman, Micro
Kit Machines and the 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.
Micro Ridor toy came packaged in blue color box with painted
artwork and clear die-cut windows. This style of package was
common with most of the larger New Microman toys. By 1981,
Takara had returned to using painted picture for box art and
clear cellophane die-cut window to display the box content and
New Microman series, Takara began to heavily release toys with
alternate color scheme. The secondary color or alternate color
for Micro Ridor was the a blue color version. The box remained
& Sticker Sheet
Ridor came with full instruction on the back of the box. The toy
also came with a sticker sheet. (not shown)
Ridor came packaged with Microman M004 Eiji. (Micro Ridor was his
personal vehicle.) Microman Eiji included with Micro Ridor was blue and
black version which was the same as the individual sale (capsule)
version of M004. It was not until 1982, when Takara began to pack in
exclusive special colors with Microman vehicles and play-sets. Micro
Ridor Eiji however came with two exclusive helmets (one for the rider
and one for the passenger). There was some evidence that some of the
toys were sold with blue and white 004 Eiji. In the early days of New
Microman several of the figures were made from left over stocks so this
could be entirely possible. Early versions of M005 were sold in both
black and white pelvic parts and M002 and M003 were sold using figures
from old Microman line.
of Micro Ridor?
early New Microman toy especially those from 1981-82 were truly
the pre-Transformers toys. These early Micro Robots toys were the
forerunner of Microman Micro Change which were later sold as
Transformers. In 2002, Takara and Hasbro released motorcycle
Transformers toys for Armada series called Sideway. Sideway to me
look a lot like the Micro Ridor. Hasbro later repaint the toy and
sold it as Rapid Run for the Energon line.
released Microman Micro Ridor toys in December of 1981 as part of the
new line of Microman toys called "New Microman" Micro Ridor
was retailed for 2500 Yen and marked the return of die-cast vehicle for
Microman series. Takara decided to enter into die-cast robot market with
the new revamp Microman series and its companion line Diaclone. Micro
Ridor was one of the first fully self transform vehicle for Microman.
Micro Ridor, despite being release early in the New Microman line,
already showcased Takara aptitude for making transformable toys.
(Marketing them however was another story).
of the New Microman toys released in early part of 1981 were planned for
the original Microman series. When Takara decided to reset the line,
many of the toys such as Micro Gunder and many of the Microman figures
were carried over into the new series. Micro Ridor, however, appeared to
have been designed for the new series. The toy had large amount of
die-cast contents (design to go up against other die-cast robots market
which at that time dominated by Popy and Takatoku). Micro Ridor was a
Microman robot that can transformed into motorcycle for Microman. The
bike had real working rubber tires, with die-cast frame. Micro Ridor
while being a self transformable toy, still had many of the old series
interchangeability using the now standard 5mm ports. Like most toys in
the New Microman, Micro Ridor came in two choice of colors - red and
blue. Both toy came with pack-in New Microman figure 004 Eiji. The
figure was recolor of the old Microman Command 1 figure with added
sticker badge. Both the blue and red Micro Ridor came with blue color
figure with black pelvic. The glow in the dark section was molded in
yellow regular plastic. (See sidebar). Takara also included accessories
for Microman figure including two motorcycle helmets and a pair of gold
leg wings. The blue Micro Ridor came with matching blue helmets while
the red version came with red color.
Ridor aside from being a pretty cool looking transformable bike also came
packed with many play features. The toy came with several spring-loaded
missiles launchers. The rear motorcycle wing pack (also serve as wing pack
for robot mode) had two
missile launchers that launched chrome missiles (four missiles were
included). The wing had 5mm ports that can be mounted with two more removable
launchers on each side. The wing pack also had secondary interchangeable
function as a side-car for the bike. In this mode the two missile
launchers can be removed and mount on the front of the bike. Beside these
four launchers, the bike also had two secret "rear" launchers
hidden inside the rear part of the bike (form robot feet). These secret
launchers shoot a smaller (also chromed) missiles. (Only three were
included). Micro Ridor definitely was one of the cooler looking New
Microman toys that also packed with many play features, these factors
undoubtedly made it one of the more sought after toys. (Special thanks to
Vincent G. for the trade deal)