MA-36 Superman (Comic
DATE : 8/2006
RETAIL PRICE : 1,300 Yen
Micro Action Series is essentially a licensed character using
Microman Full Action Body format with no real tie to regular Microman
line. (Unlike Kiguru and Material Force series which are somewhat part
of the main line). Micro Action series have been very popular with
action-figures collectors who otherwise do not collect Microman series.
The characters for Action Series have been very diverse from Devilman to
Superman Returns and with nice good mix of live-action, comic and anime
characters. In 2006, Takara start several new sub-series for Micro
Action line for the Votoms licensed, including DMZ (stands for Dual
Model Zwie, Dual Model was the original Takara Votoms action-figures line)
series and MAP (Micro Action Plus), a play-set series.
Ever since the release of the excellent
Batman figure for Micro Action line back in 2004, fans have been looking
forward for more DC comic characters to appear as Microman figure. In
2006, with the release of the new Superman movie, Takara produce four
figures for Micro Action line from Superman series including movie
version, comic version, Supergirl and Takara own Cyborg Superman.
MICROMAN MUSCLE BODY
For Superman Comic version, Takara
introduces yet another new body type to the Microman series. The new
type is dubbed "Microman Muscle Body". The new body is much larger and
taller than all the other Microman bodies. The body construction
curiously is a mixture between the old body style (Full Action Body)
with that of the recent new Smart Body type. The neck part is on
separate pivoting piece and the feet uses the same joint design and peg
insert system as the Smart Body but the rest of the body used the old
body design. The strangest part about the figure is the used of the old
"cuff" style hands for the body. I was thinking that Takara had finally
abandoned the cuff design, but curiously it was introduce back into this
Muscle Body. There are 5 extra hands set to interchange with the
closed-fists that pack with the figure. The extra hands in reality offer
only three new poses; grip hands, trigger hands and open hands.
The 2 extra hands are different articulation of the grip and trigger
hands (one up and down motion, while the other is side to side).
Microman Superman Comic with the new
Muscle Body is a very nice representation of the comic book version. The
new Muscle Body is very nice replacement for the "Massive Body" with the
new "muscle" legs and larger arms and torso to represent a really large
body (like comic book Superman). There are however several glaring
problems with this figure that prevent it from being great figure. First
is the strange use of dark blue / light blue highlight paint job on the
body which are also done very sloppily and really detract from the
figure. Second is the head and neck part, the sculpt is passable as
Superman but the strange grin just make the head a it goofy looking and
the head is slightly too small for the large neck. Third is not the
problem with this particular figure but with the "Muscle Body" used of
the old cuff hand design. The cuffs hand design was in part homage to
the old Microman (Original 1970's series) however the cuff just did not
work too well as the hands tended to slip off easily and the cuffs
section have to be painted to match the body in some case (such as this
Superman figure) and that really detracted from the figure. I am not
sure why the Muscle Body reverse back to the cuff style, it could be
that the figure was design during the transition from the old body type
and the new one. I think Takara would be better off if they would just
molded new forearm section of they want "cuff" look for the figure and
should just use the "plug" style hands for all the figures as they are
superior both in look and functionality than the "cuff" version.
MA-36 Superman (Comic
depict the comic super muscular version of Superman.
Comic version come with 5 extra sets of hands. These
hands are similar in design to the original Full Action
(Male) Body hands but are slightly larger.
includes special Superman emblem display stand along
with a blue plastic block for holding up the cape.