Microman Magne Power Series
1 - Winter 1998
The debut series for the new Microman line. The
initial wave consisted of basic figures and deluxe magnemo toys.
2 - Spring 1999
Second series added more magnemo toys and
introduced the Titans.
3 - Summer 1999
line greatly expanded to include Microman base, new Microman figures and
two large size Robotman toys.
Magne series line-up
also included several exclusives and limited edition figures and toys.
Microman LED Powers Series
4 - Winter 1999
Takara introduced a scaled down follow up series with new
figures and new light-up gimmicks.
5 - Summer 2000
Second LED series consisted of repaint figures and
more reused mold from the Transformers.
6 - Fall 2000
The last of the new Microman series again
consisted mostly of redeco figures and recycle molds from the Transformers
continued with more exclusives and limited edition toys for the LED
series but the list was much smaller than the previous year.
December 26th 1998, Takara relaunch the long await new Microman series
called Magne Power Microman. The new series while borrowed some elements
from the original Microman, had been totally redesigned for the new
millennium. The new toys debuted with much excitement from both kids and
adults who grew up with the old series. Takara launched the line with
new Microman manga, published monthly in Bom Bom Comic Magazine, along
with, for the first time in the franchise history, a Microman animated
series produced by Studio Pierrot.
initial assortments consisted mainly of figures with only two vehicles
(that were released a month later). The emphasis for the new series was on
the magnet play features along with an attempt to revive Magnemo-8 toys. The new figures
were much smaller than the original Microman and stood only about 8 cm.
The small size later turned out to be because these newly arrived Microman
were actually the descendants of Micro Hoodman from the original
new Microman series had some great designs, looks and great playability, but
lack the overall high quality product when compare to the old line,
especially the figures. Takara were
probably try to come out with cheaper figures to make the toys more
attractive during poor
economic time in Asia and also to reduce the cost associate with producing
the new line. The new figures did sold very well in the initially but the
success would later stalled as Takara fumbled the line with poor marketing plan,
lackluster anime among kids not to mention the poorly written Bom Bom
manga (comic). The
figures smaller size, lack of articulations and lack of capsules (one of
Microman trademark) also turn off many
older collectors who grew up with the original series.
is Super Human 8 cm tall. He came to Earth, chasing the Acroyer.
Now save the Earth from the Acroyer! Use a table as base." - from
Magne Power cardback