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 also 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 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.
1977 was the height of Microman series. Then 1978 surely marked the
declined for the series. This year saw heavy competition from
other series especially in the sci-fi space theme with the popularity of
Star Wars movie and many that followed. Only one Microman type was
released this year, the M23X type Microman Police Keeper. However,
Takara introduced two new series of figures for the line, the first was
the diminutive size Microman called Micro Hoodman and the second was the
Ardens - a newly arrive enemy from planet Arden.
Police Keeper Story
Hoodman were seafaring Micro-race who had shrunk themselves into smaller size by using the alpha H-7 energy. Their small size
allow them to conserve food and supply while they travel the stars in RCB
Noah interstellar ship. Each Micro Hoodman come with a special
hood helmet that allowed them to function in hash environment.
was detected to enter Jupiter orbit. When Microman went to
investigate they found the Police Keeper Microman emerged from the
Micro-comet core. The Police Keeper Microman are well trained in
the art of weapon. They each came with special pulse wave energy
gun and power generator backpack.
were actually two themes running this year. The first was was the arrival
of Microman space colonist - Micro Hoodman and the second theme was
Police Keeper, Microman that emerged from Micro-Comet. The
Hoodman began as a spin-off series from Microman but was soon
incorporate as part of Microman line. Takara actually introduced
Hoodman toys toward the end of the Command series in late 1977. The Hoodman were long lost
Microman race that set out on space exploration long ago from Micro
Earth and became space-faring Microman. The Hoodman figures were
slightly smaller than standard Microman figures, and they stood only 8cm
tall. Each Hoodman came with protective Hood "Armored" helmet that resembled
astronauts suit. The Hoodman also had painted face instead of the
usual chrome. During the second half of 1978, Takara introduced
Police Keeper Microman. The Police Keeper were standard style Microman
with the usual chrome head and standard 10cm size. Each figure came with
weapon and backpack accessories.
year focus was not on the vehicle or robot but rather on the big playset
called Build Base. The Build Base was large Microman base that utilized
the construction toy concept. Thought Takara never released anymore set
beside the three Play Build accessories, the design was used extensively by
Mego for their Micronauts City series. Beside the Play Build series, Takara
also release ten small rubber band power kit vehicles - the Hoodman Kit
Machines. There were also two battery power vehicles ; Air Roader
and Climb Leader, both utilized the magnet activation system. Takara also
release an unusual "display" piece - a Space Shuttle vehicle
called Micro NASA for the Hoodman. Takara released only two big robots
for Police Keeper line, the first was Arden Robo and the second was a retooled Robotman toy called Robotman 2.
the end of 1978, Microman popularity was on the decline and many of the
Police Keeper and Hoodman series of toys were canceled such as the rest of
the Play Build toys, a small bike which would be a companion piece to Speed
Jumper, and the large remote control vehicle - Hoodman's RCB Noah. Takara
also released the last of the Titans series in 1978 called Titan Space
Knight. The Space Knights consisted only of two new figures and repaint of
the old Titan Condor and Titan Dober. In early part of 1979, Takara released the remnants of the Police
Keeper toys such as the second Microman Police Keeper type and the last Micro Hoodman type
(the chrome heads). The second Police Keeper Microman were metallic
plated medieval knight armor suit figures called Micro Knights.
Micro Knights were, however not Microman in the truest sense, they were
actually androids build by Microman Police Keeper to fight the Ardens.
These Micro Knights figures were some of the most decorative and elaborately
detail figures in Microman series.
1978-79 Microman Catalog