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US Edition of Microman Machine Force were sold in the same packaging design as the Japanese version. US versions had several added warning label stickers along with US Exclusive sticker. The inner packaging was the same with exception of MF3-04, an extra plastic insert was added to protect Machine Kong vehicle.




Exclusive Microman DVD

US Edition of Machine Force came with special promo DVD that basically a short promotional advertisement for the new Microman Force series.


At 2005 San Diego Comic Con, Broccoli USA store - Anime Gamers, (www.animegamers.com) were selling US Edition of Machine Force for $35.00 which was a good price but they also included special Microman Promotion Poster. (Broccoli was recently purchased by Takara)

Machineforce assortment case. The toys were clearly produced for USA consumption and not the left over Japan stocks.


TAKARA at 2004 San Diego Comic Con announced the plan to bring over several of their popular toy properties including Microman line to US and North America markets. TAKARA-USA, a subsidiary of TAKARA Japan, would be handling the promotion and sale of Microman in the US. At that time Microman were being sold in the US by small local importers and by Diamond Comics Distributor who often have arrangement with TAKARA Japan to bring Microman overstock and solicit them in their Previews catalog. This news brought much hope to Micro fans and collectors in the US. TAKARA even commemorated the announcement by selling the first ever Exclusive Microman at SDCC 2004.



After SDCC, TAKARA-USA began to look for Microman distributor for US market. The Batman Micro Action line was being handle via DC Direct (to avoid licensing issue with Mattel) but the rest of Microman line was left looking for distribution channel.  TAKARA finally settle on a small US toys company to do promotion and distribution but at the last minute the plan was cancel and Diamond became the exclusive distributor of US Editon of Microman toys. The first series to be sold officially in the US was to be the Biomachine (Machine Force) Series, however by the Fall of 2004 the plan for new English language packaging was scrap and much of promotional plans were abandoned. It was unclear what caused the change of heart by TAKARA. Could it be the recent acquisition and merger by TOMY? or could it just simply be the lost of interest by TAKARA Japan in pursuing the US market? Some who had past dealing with TAKARA often suggested the reluctant on TAKARA Japan part to allow property to be handle by outsiders.




TAKARA-USA finally released the USA Edition of Machine Force in early 2005. By this time the Biomachine series was over six months old and to make the matter worse, there were several reports of broken and defective products being ship by TAKARA-USA and Diamonds. It appeared that the plastics used to produce some of the early US Edition are defectives and cause the ankle joints to disintegrate inside the packages. This is very unfortunate as it brings more bad publicity to Micro toys. The later runs seem to not suffer from this problem. (The full case I got from Broccoli booth at SDCC appears to be fine, and so is the one lone Godoh I purchase at Kay Bee Toys). The US Edition is a new production run and not left over products from Japanese market as some had thought. US Edition Microman also come with DVD that contains promotional video of Micro Force line. It is unclear at this point what TAKARA-USA plan will be for Microman series, the latest news does not bode well for the line near future with Diamond already canceling both the X-2 and Military Force series and put off the Magne Force line to early 2006. I have to said however that it is nice for US fans to finally be able to walk into Kay Bee Toys stores and find Microman again sitting on the shelves next to other US toys.