The fake version is a lot bigger than
the real version.
Here is a close up look at one of the
accessories. It's a miniature clear version of Robotman weapon.
*** Special Thanks to Felix Lu at
Fantasia Toys for these fake Microman***
Bootleg toys and unlicensed products are fact
of life for many popular (or even unpopular) toys line especially in the
Third World nations where copyright law is often ignore. The bootleg
toys are the products of economic necessity. These toys are cheaply
produced and sold at flea market or along the sidewalk. The
bootleg toys are often very interesting in their own right and often came in
amusing colors and size. Here are some samples of bootleg Mange Power
Microman toys produced in Asia. Magne Power was not the
first Microman toys to be bootleg, the original line and Micro Change series
were heavily bootlegs in the early 80's when the price of Japanese toys were
very high and became unaffordable to most other countries in the region.
Bootleg Magne Power Microman
figures. These figures were much bigger than the real thing, however
they were very highly details. The figures did not have any of their
magnet parts and the chests had clear color plastic ball instead. The set
came with clear plastic weapons which were basically small miniature versions
of Robotman Ace's cannon and sword weapons. (Most likely bootleg from
the Kabaya candy toys.)
Along with the fake Magne Microman, the company also produced bootlegs Magne
Acroyers. These figures were about the same size as the real one but they
were made from cheap vinyl rubber with no articulations. Their heads interestingly
chrome masks attach to their rubber heads. The same company also
made bootleg version of Robotman Ace, Baron & Cross. These, however,
were almost the
same as the real toys but with cheaper quality plastic and poor paint job.
The package for both toys resembles that
of the real toys, the bootlegs even used Takara Microman logo and the
drawing (copy from the anime) along with the "hand" design. Note the English word
"MICRMAN" missing an "O". The caption was also
copy from Takara packaging but with Microman spells as Micronan.