Titan T40X were sold in small box
with Styrofoam insert. Each figure came in their own distinctively
Each Titan T40X also came with
spring loaded missile launcher call Atom Cannon. Takara also
included two "5mm to Magnemo-8" connectors.
The Atom Cannons were color coordinated
to each Titan. T401 came with blue launcher with white missiles, T402
came with clear green launcher and missiles and T403 came with yellow
launcher with black missiles.
T401 Atom Cannon
T402 Atom Cannon
T403 Atom Cannon
Takara also included a small sticker
sheet to decorate the figure.
Each Titan T40X came with very large
wing pack. The Titan wing actually made up of three separate parts join
together via 5mm connection. The wings also came in white for T401,
orange for T402 and black for T403.
came with white wing and white Atom Cannon.)
Takara released the first of
Magnemo-8 series Microman figure call Titan in late 1975. Magnemo was
a series of toys based on magnet and metal ball system. The first toy to
employ this system was Kotetsu Geeg. The toys came in two size one
with 8mm size iron ball and one with 11mm iron ball. The series was
divided into two categories based on the size of the iron ball - Magnemo-8
and Magnemo-11. Magnemo series was an ingenious design by
Takara. The body of the figure would house a magnet core and the limbs
would connect to it via round magnetic ball. The system gave the
figures amazing articulation and superb interchangeability.
Microman Titan Series used the
8mm size thus put them in Magnemo-8 category. The Titans had magnetic
ball joints, magnet block inside the body but with Microman trademarks
chrome head, 5mm port and hands. With the introduction of the Titan
Series, Takara had superbly combine the two toys line - Microman and
Magnemo. The first series of the Titan was given T40X designation.
Takara also released several companion sidekick for Titan called Titan Dober
and Magne Condor, both of which were also Magnemo-8 which made completely
interchangeable with Titan figures. Titan, thought a part of
Microman line, was also considered by many collectors as a part of the
Magnemo line which made them also sought after by Magnemo collectors.
The Titans, especially the first two series, were also much sought after by
Microman collectors since they appeared in Microman manga.
Titans were Microman that
arrived near planet Saturn. The magnetic field of Saturn greatly
influence the evolution of Microman inside the prism. When they
emerged from the crystal prism their bodies has been
"magnetically" enhanced. They then took refuge on the
largest moon of Saturn - Titan where they would later adopted the name.
Titans has no mouth and are very robotic like in look. The reason for
the lack of "humanoid mouth" is because Titan communicated by the
mean of telepathy. Since they are not terrestrial the Titans
were named after various celestial objects and constellation.
Back view of Titan T40X type. The
first Titan came with standard Microman hands and 5mm port. T40X limbs
can be replaced with other parts using the 5mm to Magnemo-8 connector.
The idea of swapping their body parts with weapon probably came from Geeg.
The first series of Titans was
design based on Microman looks. T40X had chest parts much like M10X
type, big bell-bottom legs much like M12X type and decal decorated chest
like M11X type. T40X head however was much more robotic. T40X
was design without a humanoid mouth because Titan communicated using
telepathy. The mouth-less design would became hallmark of Titan
look. While the first series of Titan resembled much of Microman,
these would soon change with the introduction of blocky style Titan Command
in 1977. First Titan was the same height as standard Microman figures
(about 10cm tall). The later Titans grew taller and usually
average about 11-12cm in height. Takara ended Microman Titans
Series in 1978 with the released of Titan Space Knight. In 1999,
Takara released several magnemo-11 toys for new Magne Power Microman line
including three new Titans call Magne Titan
Atom Cannon can be connected to the
back. (This was how Titan 1 appeared in the manga).
T402 Pegasus with the
Mail-away Microman Gum
Premium Black Hercules
In 1976, Takara offered two
mail-away premiums promotion in conjunction with Microman gum. The
first premium was an all black Microman M11X Preton
(Takara had recently designated him as M110 Preton).
The second premium was black version of Titan T40X named Hercules.
Black T403 was send out in
an envelope inside plastic bag. The figure came with with white Titan
wing-pack and white Atom Cannon (which were often missing). As with
most vintage Microman premiums, Black Hercules was very rare. The
figure also came with "H" sticker on the chest which was missing
from the figure shown here. (It's a same sticker as the one on T403).