MA-33 Superman (Returns
DATE : 7/23/2006
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 SMART BODY
Takara introduce a brand new body type
dubbed "Microman Smart Body" for Microman line and this is the body used
for Superman Returns version. The new body is a slimmer and more "anime"
looking body for the male figure. This body is essentially a
male version of the recently introduced Microlady Ver. 2 body. The male
body, however, introduce a new neck design (one of the problem with the
new Microlady Ver. 2 is the poor head articulation with the ball-joint
head style). The Smart Body design instead used the similar peg style as the original Micro
Action body but the neck is a separate piece that can be pivot up and
down. While this design offer a larger range of motion, it also
introduces unsightly gap between neck and chest section. The new body
do offer a wider range of motions and great for customization due to the
fact that all of the body parts can be easily taken apart just like
Microlady ver.2. The body however feel a lot less solid than the
original Microman Micro Action Body. The Smart Body, also like Microlady
Ver. 2, comes with the new un-articulate fixed pose hands for a total of
10 extra sets of hands which frankly seems rather overkill. The new
fixed pose hands however do look really good on the figure especially
for static pose as the hands do not have the ugly pin joints and their
sizes are much more proportion to the body.
Takara decided to use Superman (Returns
Ver.) as a debut figure for the new "Smart Body". While Brandon Routh's
Superman is not as bulk as the late Christopher Reeve's Superman, the
"Smart Body" is definitely way too slim especially the waist and arms
section. The figure end up looking more like "anime" version of Superman
Returns or a Superboy figure. The head sculpt also leave a lot to be
desire and made worst by the poor paint jobs. This is unfortunate
because the figure is actually a very nice action-figure with nice
joints, great cape design, and superb articulations (37 totals). The
figure is very fun to pose and look nice display despite being a scrawny
version of Man of Steele. Takara include special Superman figure stand
with clear plastic posts and clips so the figure can be display as being
"in-flight". The extra hands set and poseable cape also make for fun
movie scene poses.
MA-33 Superman Returns
particular Superman is suppose to be based on Superman
Returns movie, but the head sculpt and paint job make
this more like "anime" version of the movie character.
Returns Version came standard hands set and the new
"anime" style fixed pose hands.
includes special Superman emblem display stand with
posts and clip for "in-flight" pose.