054 Robotman Endeavor came in
beautifully design box with die-cut design and silver foil background.
Unlike the old Robotman which used
the concept of interchangeable, Dean and Endeavor were more like the
1980's New Microman toys
with self-transformation and combiner features.
Robotman Dean can be disassemble
into five vehicles for each of the five Magne Microman. Endeavor arms
became gun turrets while the legs form a pair of tractors. The main
body became a sub for Magne Arthur.
Beside these combiner/transformer
features, Robotman Dean can be interchange with Robotman Endeavor to
form Super Robotman. (Takara released them together as Toys
R Us Exclusive Super Robotman Set which was basically repaint
versions of Dean and Endeavor sold together)
Takara released Robotman Dean, Endeavor
and New Giant
Acroyear as the last three toys of the Magne Power line. All
three were the largest of all the robots in the 1999 line-up. By this
time Magne line began to suffer from declining sale due to poor response to
both the manga series and the big budget TV anime series. Many of the
old Microman fans also disenchant with the new line toys which many
complains were nothing like the Microman of old. Takara at this point
was contemplating ending the line. The anime had already been cancel
along with the manga.
054 Robotman Endeavor
Despite the declining sale Takara went ahead and
released the Fall 1999 line up which turn out to be some of the best toys in
the Magne line. Takara, had already curtailed production of Super
Microman and Magne Arden, which tuned out to be selling well and led to
shortage of these figures in the initial shipment. With this renew
hope for the line, Takara decided to extend the line into 2000 but this time
without the anime.
Robotman Dean, liked Endeavor
and Giant Acroyear, was
based on the original series idea. Both Robotman D & E stood about
10" tall and best of all they actually had cockpit for Microman figure
much like Robotman from the old line. Robotman Dean head also resemble
the look of Robotman 2. White the new Robotman had features that
was missing from the previous Robotman A, B & C, they were however
nothing like the original. Robotman Dean was design to be compatible
with magnemo-11 and both D & E also were designed as combiner type
robots. While these features gave the toys more playability, they also
made the robot quite un-stable with parts that kept falling off.
Despite the magnemo-11 problem that seemed to plaque the new line, Robotman Dean
and Endeavor were very nice looking robot toys if a bit too busy looking.
Left - Endeavor Dozer, right - Endeavor
Robotman Endeavor and Robotman Dean, can be break apart and forms several
vehicles and weapon platforms for Microman figures. The main body form
a sub, while the legs form a tractor and a tank and the arms turned into
turrets. While the combiner feature was nice and add to play
value, the toy would be better with just one simple transformation instead
of the Power Ranger-like toys that Takara had been pushing for the
Robotman Endeavor had small bubble canopy style
cockpit. The cockpit was also big enough for the regular 10 cm tall
Microman figure. Endeavor head was obviously influence by the design
of 80's mecha - the Macross.