package. The box is smaller than Mego Hydro Copter box.
The back of the package show the
Hydro Copter specification (fictionalize) and also a picture of second
Mecha-Cosmo toy - the Escargot. The box also show the 1975
Microman figure series line-up which include the one lone Acroyear at
the end. The right hand side of the box show the new second Micro-Machine
Marine Copter sticker sheet.
Mego removed all the Marine Copter and Microman reference when they
imported the toy as Micronauts in 1976. The brand name logo like
STP, Ford and Goodyear were also replaced with ugly looking random
drawing of stars and lines by Mego.
One of the more notable sticker that
got "alter" by Mego was the cool "nose-art" sticker
which feature picture of a cartoon crow in military style invert
triangle with the word "Marine Copter" and code number 682
which is a typical military code number for real attack submarine.
In 1975 Takara introduced the first Mecha series
which consisted of two motorized toys - Marine Copter and Escargo. The
series was originally named "Mecha-Cosmo" in keeping with 1974
Microman Zone "Man from Cosmo" theme, later the word
"Cosmo" was drop in favor of just "Mecha Series" during
the Command Series in 1977.
Mecha Cosmo Marine Copter
Like most of the Microman toys released
during early part of 1975, they were designed for 1974 Microman
"barefoot" series. The Marine Copter seat lacked 5mm peg
the figure is held to the seat by a rubber band. The cockpit is also
slightly cramp for the new 1975 figures with the "shoes" since
it was probably design for the shorter "barefoot" Microman.
Marine Copter in a
"sub" mode. The rear part actually had two white ballast
parts which unfortunately got blend into the white background of this picture.
Marine Copter features a very
innovative design whereby the cockpit "ball" also serves as front
wheel for the vehicle. The seat is suspend between the two clear
plastic bubble shell and has metal "weight" to keep the seat
up-right while the clear ball-like wheel is moving. The clear ball
cockpit is connect together by the big rubber band with "teeth" so
it can be turn by the gears inside the vehicle. The gears turn via
motorized unit housed inside "torpedo-like" tube similar to the
motor unit that came with most submarine bath toy. The reason
for using this "submarine toy motor" is because the motor unit can
be remove and attaches to the bottom of Marine Copter to turn it into a bath
toy. Takara included two ballast parts so the vehicle can stay afloat
and also two fins to be attach to the ball cockpit so it can be self propel
in the water. Marine Copter clever design combines with the
extensive used of 5mm interchangeable parts made it one of the coolest toys
from the early Microman Zone series.
Note the word "Takara" on the
tail fin. The main body also has the word "Marine-Copter"
inscribed near the rotor section.
Mego imported Marine Copter in
1976 as Micronauts "Hydro Copter" along with its Mecha-Cosmo's counterpart,
Escargo, as Micronauts "Gyrotron". However, Gyrotron
never got released as Micronauts toys by Mego and only appeared in the early
Micronauts catalogs. Microman Marine Copter differed slightly
from Mego version mainly in the quality of the plastic used and all the references
to "Microman", "
Takara" and "Marine Copter" were removed from Mego