First year of included the Founder Microman, Micro
Kit Machines and Conning Tower.
Second year saw more Microman and several new sub
series such as the Acroyears, Titans and Victory series.
line finally came into its own during the third year with new figures
and the classic Microman Transfer Fortress.
A watershed year for Microman series, this year
saw some of the best toys for the line.
tried new design and direction for the series with the released of
Hoodman and Arden.
Takara "rescue" attempt for the series
with the Rescue Team Microman. This year saw updated of the old
favorite - New Tower Base.
& Blizzard Man
The last year of the original series saw the shift
in the line to more robot like look and larger figures.
Takara reset the line and relaunch the series
under the New Microman banner.
Micro Robot series became the main focus of the
new line. Takara also tried to cash in on the "pla-mo"
popularity with Real Type and Micro Borg.
The "transformation" for Microman series
began with the Micro Change series.
continued with the successful Micro Change series but the
changing of the guard was inevitable.
In 1976 Takara also introduced new Microman
ally called the Titans which employed magnetic ball joint system known
The Magnemo System was Takara toy line designed for Kotetsu Geeg,
TV show. Acroyear also got reintroduced but this time with
separate designation from Microman instead of "M", they got "A" prefix
plan was to promote these three Microman sub-series under the MAT campaign (MAT
stands for Microman-Acroyear-Titan) using the roundel logo with cartoon
drawing of the characters from respective series denoted by their initial
lettering on the chest.
Takara also released new type of Microman toys
- the Spy
Magician. The series idea started with the release of
Spy Heli vehicle
and Spy Micro-Kit Machines (repaint of the Micro-Kit Machine from 1974) The Spy Series
would expanded to include two new
Microman types and half a dozen of Spy Car vehicles. The theme behind
Spy Magician was one of the highlight of Microman line feature, with no
anime or TV tie in, the series could take the current fad or popular
trend and turned them into theme for Microman series. This year
the fad was the secret agent and the magic act, so by combining the two, Takara came up with
this new Microman series.
Later part of 1976, saw addition to the Titan series with Titan 2. Titan 2 came
with two types of accessories - a race car or a flying saucer. (They
were the only Microman series with two separate designation but shared
the same exact body.) The Acroyears also made the return with the
third member - President Acroyears. Acroyears also got their own "magnemo"
series under the Uniquer Force name.
As part of the Victory Project, Takara also expanded Microman
figure line-up with "character tie-in" Microman figures -
Microman Geeg, Mini Mechadon Robotman and Mini-Robotman. Takara also
released Robotman Gakeen and Robotman Mechadon as part of the Robotman
year the vehicles line up included several repaints of the old toy. Aside
Micro Kit Machines from 1974 that got reissued as Micro-Kit Spy Machines,
Mecha-Cosmo Micro-Escargot from last year was retooled and sold as Spy Boy Baseball
Machines. While the
vehicle line up was quite limited, this year saw the released of the
Base - the Transfer Fortress. In 1976 also had several significant
first Takara commissioned new Microman comic (manga) for TV Magazine comic
book and Mego,
a US toys company, licensed Microman line to be released in the US and the
rest of the world as the Micronauts.
Magicians were members of Microman who station near the beach where the
Acroyears were lurking. They have a long history of fighting
against the Acroyears as spies. They established MCIA
(*Microman Central Intelligence Agency) where they trained a prospective
Microman in the art of Spy and Magic. After the Microman passed
the trial at the end of the training session they were given a bracelet,
a magic wand and a title of Spy
Magician. Takara build on this concept by including with each Spy Magician
figures a training kit consisted of training "manual" and
extra sets of bracelets and wands so kid could then used them to
"upgrade" their older Microman by training him to become a Spy