Robotman came package in window box
designed to look like the original packaging from 1975. Note both
the Microman logo and Henshin Cyborg logo on each side next to the big
Takara replicated the toys right
down to the working motor and switch. Takara planned to re-issue
the Drill Set and Dozer Set accessories also.
The back of the instruction sheet
depicted Robotman fighting along side Microman and Henshing Cyborg
against the Walders and Acroyears. Robotman was originally plan as
part of Victory Series project - an attempt by Takara to bridge Microman
and Cyborg lines.
Vinyl Robotman Doll
Takara produced vinyl doll Robotman
as special mail-away premium for collectors that pre-order their
Robotman from specialty hobby shop. Also as a bonus for collector
who ordered re-issue Robotman from Takara e-Hobby shop website, Takara
offered clear vinyl Robotman doll as a mail-away premium. The doll
cost 2000 Yen plus handling fee with purchase of re-issue Robotman.
Takara released the replica version of Robotman in
March of 2001. The re-issue of Robotman was a big leap for Replica
Microman Series which thus far only re-issue the small action figures.
Takara probably saw the declining interest in the Replica line so they
decided to re-issue one of the most memorable and most recognizable (not to
mention most desirable) toy from original Microman series.
The decision to re-issue Robotman came as a bit of a
surprise since the toy was a very big piece and Takara was in the mid of
financial trouble. Takara no longer had the mold for Robotman and all
the pieces must be re-sculpt from scratch. Takara displayed the resin
mock-up at various toys show to gain interest for several months before they
actually had the final production unit. The end result was very
good. The re-issue Robotman was very close to the
original. While Mego Micronauts version had very bright blue
color, the re-issue had the same pale blue as the original Takara
Robotman. To be sure, the re-issue Robotman was not an exact copy of
the original but from casual observing they were nearly identical. The
head seems to be a little smaller than the original and some parts were not
interchangeable with the vintage toys.
While this was an excellent replica of the old
toys, Takara high price point probably will limit the sale of this
piece. (Takara retailed the replica Robotman for 9800 Yen which was
about 90.00) Takara also didn't included many "extra"
with the re-issue beside the foldout poster and instruction sheet. The
connectors were missing also the original cardboard die-cut parts that could
had been easily included with this re-issue. However for about 90.00,
you will get a brand new Robotman completed with shiny chrome heads and
hands and a working motor which is certainly a lot easier than trying to find MIB Biotron
and definitely cheaper than the usual $800 or
more price tag of original MIB Robotman on Yahoo Japan.
Takara re-issue Robotman came with clear
cockpit and shiny chrome head just like the original vintage version.
Mego version of Robotman (Biotron) came with brighter blue color and smoke
clear cockpit and dull chrome.