2005 ACROYEAR EXO
release Microman Acroyear EXO series in Fall of 2005. The EXO series is
the first all Acroyear series for the 2005 line-up. The EXO series, like Microman Road Force, consists of three male body and one female.
The three Acroyears are AX-31 AcroOptom, AX-32 AcroGrabz and AX-33
AcroEmperor with the lone Acrolady, AL-31 AcroStera.
MILITARY FORCE PART 2
Acroyear EXO figures, unfortunately are basically
the last year Microman Military Force body with new head sculpts and
add-on new accessories parts. While there is nothing wrong with re-using
the mold, it just seem strange to be done on the "all new" Acroyear
series given that these guys, especially the Emperor, are suppose to be
the ultimate of Acroyear for 2005 story line. Perhaps may be the
upcoming story might explain why the
supreme ruler of Acroyear would have the same body as the peons
(Military Force), but as
is, it just seem a little strange. TAKARA could have mix and match some
of the parts or may be even remolding extra piece to make the EXO series
a little more unique. The lone female AcroStera does have all new body
mold (essentially a female version of Military Force body) which makes her really
stand out from the rest of the EXO figures. TAKARA at least give these
guys some nice paint job and interesting color schemes, but sadly like
many of the recent Microman, the EXO suffer the same major defect most
notably the leg joint which crack at the hip and some a very loose arm
joints. It is unclear what cause these defects, especially on Military
Force body since they are some of the more durable body. Some fans speculate
that the paint could be reacting with the plastic on these figures
(Military Force have no paint on them) or it could be the breakdown of
the tooling with the excessive re-using of the molds, but whatever the reason this
really do not bode well for the already tattered reputation of the
Acroyear EXO series
design is clearly that of the recent Microman Magne Series (1999-2000)
with a good bits of the old reference thrown in (design by the same
designer that work on the 1999 line). The designers, having to work with
the Military Force molds, put most of the emphasis, naturally, in the
armor add-on accessories. The theme for this series is taken from the
old vintage 1970's President Acroyear and his infamous Acroyear Navy
Force. The designer even use the familiar metal rollers from the old
series along with the three sea creatures - stingray, octopus and crab.
The figures have great head sculpts (one of the 1999-2000 series
hallmark) with interesting and highly detail designs. The accessories
are nice with a lot of interchangeabilities but the heavy use of the
clear plastics just evoke too much memory of the Magne Series
(especially the Micro-Kit Machines) rather than the vintage Microman
line that the theme is based on.
AcroGrabz (was originally AcroGrabs),
like the other EXO, is based on one of the Acroyear Navy Force - the
Kani-royear. The figure is, essentially, an orange Military Force with gold
paint and dark smoke joints and hands (they are almost opaque). His head
has crab-like feature, and the top of the head can be open up. His crab
robot side-kick is mostly clear brown with gold and silver plated parts.
While the theme is from the original series, the robot and the head
design have more of the Magne Power line looks than that of the vintage
series. (Not surprising since EXO series is design by ex-Microman Magne
Power designer). AcroGrabz has several mode and his crab droid has
several ports and pegs that allow for some really interesting
arrangement. In EXOFUSE mode, the crab droid becomes shoulder cannons
for AcroGrabz with the exoskeleton parts become armors for the figure.
The fit overall is much better than that of the Bio-Machine figures but
unfortunately the loose joints somewhat detracted from otherwise very
good fit of the armors in the EXO series. As an alternate mode, the
shoulder cannon can also be used as powered claws for AcroGrabz. The
armors really make the figure top heavy but it can be pose pretty well
to my surprise without the stand (but much easier to do and with more
dynamic looking pose with the use of the included figure stand).
FINAL VERDICT ...
I have to admit I never was a big fan of the
EXO series since TAKARA began showing them on promotional materials. The
clear plastic, the heavy Microman Magne Power-like designs and the reuse
of Military Force just do not seem all that exciting especially after
the excellent Magne Force series earlier in the year. However to my
surprise, the EXO really has a lot to offer and the big saving
grace for EXO series is their EXOFUSE armors set. While the reference to
the old President Acroyear series is great, what really wonderful about
these armors is their interchangeabilities. The armors set have so many
ports and pegs that can be configure in various way just like the old
Microman toys. I was not too thrill with the clear plastics but I can see the designer's intention on these Neo
Acro Navy robots. The clear plastics give these robots the illusion of
mechanical creature encase inside clear outer "exoskeleton" shells. It
is really unfortunate that this series suffer yet another defective plastic
which will most likely drove many collectors away from discovering the
wonderful interchangeability and nice play-set that the EXO has to
from an unknown space with Emperor. He is the second
member of EXO and a leader of the EXO squad.
comes with interchangeable hands.
figure came with roller foot with die-cast wheels.
Infomercial Vol.07 Catalog and story booklet.
STORY (as translated by Tomoyoshi Araki, edited
by Paul L>)
years passed since we came to this beautiful planet with
know...I know this planet desire destruction and be
under our domination...the planet has only lower grade
of living things...how easy for invasion...Optom, Stera
and other members should have finish the task easily
until we met the Unknown living Thing.....why? why do
they have amazing power just when we about to start the
invasion. I had face these being...they have high
intelligence that is not possible consider such low life
form that inhibit this planet. The low life being call
these being their "Gods". What strange and mysterious is
that they have similar body to us.
we lost battle to the Unknown Living Thing, and your
Majesty fell down before their powers, but they did not
steal the Majesty's soul. He only went into a long
sleep. And now the time has come, the seal is broken and
your Majesty will soon wake up.
feel that this planet no longer has the power of unknown
living thing to protect it. We now have our best chance.
Why these low life forms have not yet evolve they still
like a child. Why did they not evolve, they have so much
times to advance. This planet has degenerate and these
living being are just parasite that need to be
join us fellow supporter and wipe these parasites off
the planet so we can make utopia for Your Majesty!