1999, Takara, for the first time since 1984, produced new Microman toys. (Microman 21 series was produced under license by
Romando). The new Microman series was divided into two distinct lines -
the Magne Powers series and the Replica Microman series. The Replica
Microman series was mainly aim at adult collectors and older fans and
consisted of reissues of vintage Microman figures along with limited and
exclusive new color variations. The Magne Powers Series (and later
LED Series) was designed for the kids with brand new toy designs and
new story line, including for the first time in Microman history, a Microman anime series. Beside the anime, Takara also commissioned manga
serial for Bom Bom comic magazine.
Founder series launched the Replica Microman Series and soon were follow
with the reissued of many old favorites such as the Acroyear A30X, Spy
Magician M14X and Lady Command during the first year. Beside the reissue
versions, Takara also released several new color variations and even new
members to add to the rank of the old. In 2000, Takara followed
with more reissued and even more color variants. However, the Microman
market became very saturated with many variants and by 2001 Takara had
severely scale back the release of the Replica Series.
Magne Power series was launched with much fanfare and anticipation on
December 26th 1998. The series eventually achieved only a mild success
with kids and even less with adult collectors who felt the new series
was too different from the old especially with the 8cm scale and limited
articulations of the new figures. By 2000, Takara, also in financial dire,
reduced the new series to just a few dozen of toys and canceled the very expensive Microman
anime and also eventually the manga in Bom Bom. In 2001 Takara
put the new Microman series for the second time on a hiatus.
The Replica Series was still
being released in 2002 but was on a very limited basis and mainly
through Takara e-Hobby Shop. In 2003 Takara decided to test
Microman market with brand new but small series called Microman
2003. This time the line was aim more at the collectors and older
fans. Only time will tell how Microman will fare in this new
spring day, a small package is delivered to Kohei Kuji, a school boy.
When he open the box he found five small action-figures inside.
To his surprise, they begin to move around and start to talk to him.
They introduce themselves as "Microman", coming from
Micro-earth which locate at the far end of the universe.
They start to explain about their mission, telling him that earth is now
in danger. There is an evil power, call Acroyer, conspired
to conquer the universe. The five Magne Power Microman are
send to Kohei to save earth by the mysterious man name Professor K.
five years prior, the original four Microman were free from their
capsules by a boy name Akira Katagai, son of a prominent scientist
Dr. Katagai. Microman told Akira that they came from distant
planet call Micro-earth. They soon discovered that they were
not the only one that arrived on earth, the evil Microman call the
Acroyears have also arrived on earth and their powers were benefited
greatly from earth's pollution. The four Microman build the Conning
Tower and fired the Spectrum MX ray to seek out other Microman to aid
them in their battle against the Acroyears. Microman went
into hiding after the defeat of the Acroyears during the Great Blizzard
Operation campaign, until now...
Magne Powers Series
LED Powers Series
the first time Microman line was accompany by anime series. The
anime was produced by Studio Pierrot and mainly aim at young
kids. Along with the anime, Takara also produced Microman
manga for Bom Bom comic magazine.