Mini-Robotman came in miniature
version of Robotman box. Note the box top actually had the
toy's name in English as "Micro Robot-man"
Along with the die-cast wheel
backpack, Mini-Robotman also came with a set of chrome accessories to
transform Mini-Robotman into drill tank just like the big version.
Mini-Robotman in mole mode using the
drill and wheels accessories.
(See also - 1975
Robotman and 2001 Replica Series
Released in 1976, Mini-Robotman
or Micro-Robotman was one of the rarer Microman figures from the
original series. This was probably because unlike most other
Microman figures, Mini-Robotman was
only produced for short period of time.
Mini-Robotman or Micro-Robotman
was, as its name suggested, a "micro-nized" version of
Robotman. Since Robotman was originally released as a separate line
that connect to Microman via the idea of Victory Project, Mini-Robotman was probably design along the same concept as Microman Geeg and
Gakeen, a Microman version of popular character from another toy line own by
Takara. Instead of miniature version of Magnemo toys, this time it's
miniature version of toy from Robotman line.
Green Mini-Robotman in Drill Tank mode
There were three versions of
Mini-Robotman released by Takara - green, red and blue. Like
Microman Geeg and Gakeen, Takara did not give these figures designation
number. The main body of Mini-Robotman was made from die-cast
parts and the figures came with chrome drill and dozer
accessories. The back had the 5mm port complete with the wheel
accessory to simulate the caterpillar treads on the full size Robotman.
The wheel pack was made from die-cast.
There was no background story to
Mini-Robotman beside the one found in Romando's Zero Zero paper which suggested that these
little miniature Robotman were androids build by Microman and they would
later became prototype for Microman MicroKnight (MC1-3)
(See also Micro21 - Romando
There was a rumor that Mini-Robotman
would be reissued by Takara as part of Replica Series. Takara never
did confirm it as possible product, but from several indications the rumor
probably was true. Head of Takara Replica Series had always wanted to
reproduced Microman Geeg and they did Micro Devilman, so Mini-Robotman would
have fit in nicely into the character tie-in theme not to mention the
recently reissued Robotman. This, coupled with the fact that there
were suddenly several Mini-Robotman figures up for sale in Japan made the
rumor likely to be true. Unfortunately with the poor sale of
reissue Robotman and Replica Microman series, Takara had decided to suspend
all plan for anymore Microman toys at this time.
Green Mini-Robotman. The figure had
light green die-cast body with dark green arms and legs
Green Mini-Robotman (back)
Mini-Robotman in Dozer mode
Takara released three versions of
Mini-Robotman - green, red and blue. Below is the blue version.
(picture - Bullmark.com)