First year of 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 series
with the Rescue Team Microman. This year saw updated of 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.
Mechadon was actually released as part of Takara's Kotetsu Geeg line.
Mechadon was comic relief character from Geeg TV show, probably along the
same concept as Boss Barot from Mazinger Z series. Geeg was a TV show produced by Toei and
was designed by Mr. Go Nagai,
in which Takara happen to own the toys license. Since
Takara loved to do co-branding with
their properties, this explained why Geeg and Gakeen toys often showed up in Microman
series and vice versa. Also when Mego licensed Microman from Takara they also
took many Geeg toys and incorporated them into Micronauts series and
further mixing the two lines together.
series was originally plan as the third toy line in Takara Super Victory
series. The Victory series would included toys from both the
Henshin Cyborg and Microman line with Robotman as the series that would
bridged the two series together and form the big all encompassing toys
series. However, Henshin Cyborg line was canceled in 1976 and
Robotman series was absorbed into Microman line-up and became a
permanent part of Microman series. Takara released several variants of
Robotman toys including this off beat Mechadon version.
Tank Set (1975)
God Fighter (1980)
Mode Robotman (2001)
Mechadon was retooled Robotman toy with new limbs to make it look like
Mechadon character from Geeg TV show. Mechadon Robotman came with new head, chest
cover, legs and arms. The body was the same as Robotman but with the back
parts and the chrome sections molded completely in red. The head
part connected to the chest section and can be position up or down.
Mechadon came with the "necklace" with small cup that hold the
small human figure. The toy retained the battery power motor and
required two C batteries to operate. Mechadon utilized Robotman's
mechanical arm sockets and when the unit was turned on the two yellow
tool-hands would swing up and down.
Mechadon Robotman came with sticker sheet to
decorate him to look like Mechadon character from the TV show (see left
for anime version of Mechadon). Mechadon was a pretty good attempt by Takara to
reuse the existing mold and turn it into another tie-in toy for both Geeg
and Robotman series. Robotman Mechadon, like most Geeg and Robotman toys,
were pretty uncommon and usually were hard to come by especially in mint condition.