Rescue 3-4-5 came in the familiar
light blue Rescue Series box. However, like all the second term
toys, the package no longer features Microman manga artworks that were
so prominent on all the first term products (toys that were released
during the first half of 1979)
Like most of the toys
released during the second half of 1979, Rescue 3-4-5 came with an
exclusive pack-in figure - a green M275 Richard. He was nearly
identical to M272 Leon but came with black pelvic and shin guards instead of
Takara included a bonus
vehicle call "Secret Machine" which look like a Rescue
Microman tribute to one of the first Microman Machines - Hot Roader.
Secret Machine can be launch from the back of the Rescue 4 which has a
catapult unit built into the rear door.
3-4-5 came with several accessories
for the Bird Base to turn it into a mobile headquarters for Rescue
Microman. The accessories included two seats and several connector
Takara released Rescue 3-4-5 during the second
half of 1979 as a follow up to the Rescue 1-2 Jetter and Bongo. Unlike
the Rescue Command Jetter and Bongo which were two different vehicles that
can be combined , the Rescue 3-4-5 was actually one vehicle that separated
into three separate units - Bird Jet, Bird Base and Bird Heli.
Rescue Machine 3-4-5
Rescue 3-4-5 is a lot bigger than the
previous two Rescue Machines. The vehicle is design as a mobile
transport unit. The front section is style after a cargo-lift type
jet, the main body is a big trailer container type unit, and the last one is
a remote control scout helicopter.
Rescue 3 Bird Jet
Rescue 3 Bird Jet consisted of the front
cockpit section and the two engine pods. When in separation mode,
Blade Jet can lowers two long landing gears from the engine pods and a small
nose gear. The jet is very beautifully design and was obviously
inspire by real world military aircraft. The nose section has highly
detail panel outline complete with two air intakes and small canard
wings. The two engines also have spring-load missile that can be shoot
out by pushing down on the red ventral fins. While this it is
kind of neat to have the "fire button" double as a fin, it does
however cause a lot of "accidental" firing of the missiles.
The wings and engine pods feature extensive used of 5mm ports and connectors
and made this part very interchangeable. The 3-4-5 was probably
the last of the truly interchangeable toys to come out for the Original
Rescue 4 Bird Base
Rescue 4 Bird Base is a container cargo
vehicle (with 12 wheels!) The unit can be open up to reveal a mobile
base inside. The base can be used to store Rescue 5 Bird Heli.
Bird Base, like Bird Jet, features several 5mm ports and made it extremely interchangeable.
Takara included several accessories to "customize" the Bird Base.
Rescue 5 Bird Heli
The last Rescue unit - Rescue 5 Bird Heli is
just a small helicopter unit which look almost out of place with the other
two units. Bird Heli appeared to be design as a remote control scout
unit. Bird Heli does not have any 5mm connector and the unit just
simply sit on top of Rescue 4. The blades of Bird Heli turn when the
helicopter is moving. Bird Heli appeared to be an afterthought
piece that Takara added to the toys. It has no interaction with the
other two units beside the fact that it can be conceal inside Rescue 4.