released Timanic - Space Traveler line in the spring of 1978. The
line was an off-shoot from Microman line. By 1978, Microman
popularity began to decline and Takara was searching for a new toys line
to supplement it. Timanic was almost a reverse back to the Henshin
Cyborg line. The new line featured 7" tall figures and
assortment of vehicles. The Timanic figure was a mixture of
Microman and Henshin Cyborg look with translucent body,
removable armors and Microman-style hands and feet. The figures
and vehicles used the same gimmicks as Microman Police Keeper series
(which came out the same year) whereby utilizing magnet to activate
light up feature inside Timanic body.
Timanic line was short live and only last
about a year. The line consisted of only three basic figure style
(with few color variants, of course) and five vehicles call the Time-Machines and the
Cool Link - Check out Timanic
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Traveler Timanic 1 (red version)
figure features chrome endoskeleton body with snap on armor parts.
The hands and feet obviously influenced by Microman design. The
body can be taken apart and combined with the Timanic vehicles. (This
particular figure is missing the top part of his helmet.)