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 like the New Tower Base.
& Blizzard Man
The last year of the original series saw the shift
in the line to more robotics 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.
1977 marked the watershed
year for Microman series. The manga published in TV Magazine was very
popular and Microman line finally came into its own and even surpassed
the Henshin Cyborg series. This year saw some of the most well design
Microman figures not to mention probably the most numerous in term of
varieties and types. 1977 also saw an introduction of the one and
only female Microman figure for the original series. The Titans also had
their own series that tie-in with the Takara rail car toy line.
theme for this year was Microman Command ( or Commando as they were sometimes
Microman Commands were ancient Microman that arrived on
earth several thousand years ago before the destruction of Micro Earth.
They were at one time the same size as human and they helped ancient
human civilization build such landmarks as Easter Island stone statues,
Egyptian Pyramids and others ancients "mysterious" landmarks.
This year concept was to capture the recent UFO fever and speculations
that the ancients civilization were visited by aliens (in Takara version
they were, of course, these Microman Command) who help human by
instructing them about technology and building great structures.
The Command3 was patterned after ancient Japanese clay statue believe by
many UFO believers to be a representation of alien in "astronaut
flight suit". The Lady Command were suppose to be the angels
of the past which many believed were alien being. Unlike any other
years, each types of Microman figures in the Command series were completely
different from one another and each came with its own unique capsule
case. The Command series were probably some of the best Microman figure
designs to come out of Takara in 1970's.
Titan also had their own version of the Command series. Titan
Commands were "essence" of ancients Microman that were left
inside these robotics android bodies. These androids underwent alpha H-7 evolution
and began to take on the personality of their creators. When Titan 1
and Titan 2 started to investigate planet Saturn these ancient robots were
awaken. Titan Commands build a side kick robotics cars call Titan
GIMCA cars. These Titan cars were die-cast rail cars that were being
sold by Takara at the time under GIMCA label. Takara also
released several type of vehicles this year many of which were based on
exotic race cars and super cars (a popular theme with kids in Asia this
year). The toys were made so they can be put together much like a
plastic model kits. Takara also made traditional (non-kits)
vehicles such as the Surveyors Series and several big robots including the
Acroyear, Mecha Acroyear and Robot Machine Z.
Commands were ancient Microman that came to earth long ago and help
ancient human civilization build great structure and teach them
scientific knowledge. These ancients Microman were in hibernation
and were awaken by the Spectrum MX Ray fired from Microman Transfer
Fortress and Microman Surveyor vehicles.