First year included the Founder Microman, Micro
Kit Machines and 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.
Hurricane (Red Type)
Robot W was the third in the Micro Robot series to be released by Takara
for the New Microman line. Micro Robot were micro-size living
robots that can transformed into vehicles or weapons for the New
Microman. Beside the early series, the later Micro Robots can also
combined together to form a larger robot or a large battle armor. There were
three members in Micro Robot W series - R9 Hurricane, R10 Typhoon and
R11 Cyclone. Each Micro Robot W shared the same basic body but had its own
distinctive head and chest design along with its own unique weapon and
wing. Each Micro Robot W also came in three color variants red,
green and blue (same color variants as the Micro Borg) and made for a
startling total of nine different variations. Micro Robot W stood
about 9cm tall (slightly shorter than standard Microman) and had
die-cast body with metallic paint.
Robot W were sold in individual blue box with small window to
show the variant colors inside. Each box was distinctive design
for each of the three Micro Robot Ws. The figure is package in
robot mode and can be partly visible in the window with vehicle
mode feature on the box art.
Micro Robot W like most New Microman
toys, were sold with three variant colors - red, blue and green.
also sold Micro Robot W as a set. The set came in big long
box with beautiful box art painting of Micro Robot W
Robot W Story
Robot W build by Mother Cosmos in alternate dimension to aid Micro Borg
in the fight against the Acroyears
Robot W Accessories
R9, R10 & R11 Missiles
top: launcher (also used to form a foot
for combine form) and torso adapter to
combine Micro Robot W with Micro Borg
Robot W, like Micro Robot V, was design as a combiner robot.
However, unlike Micro Robot V or the later Micro Robot 7, Micro Robot W
only require two of the three robots to form the bigger combiner robot.
(Hence the name Micro Robot W, since letter W is often used to denote
"two" or double form in Japanese - special thanks to Dave B for
this info) Each Micro Robot W
can transformed into either upper or lower part of the robot and with
three distinctive designs and three colors variants, multiple
variations of Micro Robot W can be formed. (Granted they were not really
that much differences from one another). Beside combining with one
another, Micro Robot W also came with a torso adapter that allowed them to
combine with Micro Borg (probably one of the reason why they shared the
similar color schemes). This feature seem to have been added later to
Micro Robot W design since Takara included special instruction on separate
sheet for the adapter and the main instruction had a drawing of the
adapter added to the original instruction.
R10 Typhoon (Green Type)
Beside the ability to combine with one
and Micro Borg, Micro Robot W can also transformed into hover transport
for Microman figure. The wing can also be used as power-up unit for
Microman figure. The launcher (foot part) can be mount on top of the wing
and turn the unit into missile launcher wing-pack much like the old Hand
Bazooka Microman. The launcher was
spring- loaded and shoot the yellow winged missile. The missiles were unique to
each of the three Micro Robot W and not a single generic design. So while Takara had not totally abandon the interchangeable
aspect of the Microman line, the emphasis had clearly shifted to
transformation and combiner play instead of the old "building
sold Micro Robot W in both individual unit as well as the three-pack gift set.
The gift set were somewhat harder to find than the single unit. Each
gift set came package with all three Micro Robot W and one of each of the
colors (which seem to be randomly distributed). Each individual
Micro Robot W came with a chrome gun, yellow wing, missile launcher that doubled as feet for the combiner robot and three yellow
missiles. The missiles were different for each of the three Micro
Robot W. It was mind boggling to see all individually design parts
for each of the small robot instead of the common "shared" parts
that was the common practice of the old Microman line. This
characteristics of Micro Robot would became a trademark for the series
that carried on into the Transformers line.
Cyclone (Blue Type)