AcroSatan - SatanRed,
SatanBlack and SatanBlue
Takara released AcroSatan figures in May of
1982. The figures were retail for 750 Yen each. AcroSatans were the 2nd
Acroyears series to be released for New Microman and sadly they were
also the last of the Acroyears to come out for the original line.
There were three variants of AcroSatans - Satan Red, Satan Black and
Satan Blue each got their names from the color of their armors.
SatanBlack with missile
one of the more unique Acroyears to be released. The figure body
is not make from plastic but rather they are rubber bendy type figures
that were quite popular back in the early 80's. The bendable body is
done in fluorescent glow-in-the-dark green and meant to represent the
soft inner body of the crustacean-like design of AcroSatan. The
removable body armor then snap on via the 5mm port (yes, these guys have
5mm port just like other Microman figures). The head and claw
hands are chromed plastic that insert into the body via a small peg.
Each figure also come with set of three chrome missiles that can be
launch via spring-loaded mechanism in the chest armor. A long (and
somewhat fragile looking) lance weapon is also included with each figure
and can be hold in the claw hand or more commonly attach to the back of
the armor via 2.5mm peg.
AcroSatan without the armors
SatanBlack's armor set
AcroSatan crab-like armor is one of the more
interesting parts of the series. The armor set comes in four
pieces, the two front and back body armors and two snap on leg armors.
The design is clearly from the 1980's era which at the time was heavily
into body suit and the power armor look. The dome part split into
two pieces and flip up to reveal the red cyclops-eye head. In the
manga and some early sketch, AcroSatan can be mount into mechanized
walker and the dome head would act as the walker eye section.
AcroSatans came from another
dimension and intended to destroy all life-forms on Earth, but they were
stopped by MicroBorg and Microman. AcroSatans are very cruel,
inhumane, merciless even when one compare them to the Acroyears.
SatanRed holding the lance
Retail Price :
in styrene tray and colorful blue grid scheme box typical of New
Microman series. The figures are differentiated via small
sticker on top of the box that denote the color of the figure
inside (in Japanese kanji).
Instruction & Insert
The toy comes with
full color catalog that also double as bio and instruction
sheet. A small sticker sheet is also included with each
figure for figure decoration.
AcroSatan have typical
chrome head of most Microman figure, but with painted on metallic red
color eye. Along with the New Acroyears, they are the only two Acroyear
series to have painted head.
SatanBlue (Back view)
AcroSatan does not have 5mm
port on the armor instead it has 2.5mm port for the lance.
AcroLady AL-52 AcroSpiria
The crab armor design of
AcroSatan is pretty unique among Microman toys. In 2006, Takara released
AcroSpiria which seems to take some of the design cue from the old
AcroSatan. However, that said it could be just coincidence since
the shell-like armor is not uncommon in Japanese manga and anime.
Glyos System Series by Onell
The Crayboth by Onell Design
also remind me a lot of the AcroSatans, though I am not sure if
they are Matt's inspiration.