Kiguru-Microman series makes a surprise
return in 2006 Microman line. The first series of Kiguru-Microman was
debuted in 2004 for the 50th Anniversary of Godzilla but the line did
not do well with collectors. Kiguru Microman has very unique concept of
using Microman Full Action Body as micro-size "actor" for the rubber
suit monster just like in real life. While the series idea is very
interesting (using Microman as core body for rubber suit), the execution
is far from perfect. The first series, the Godzilla suits are so small
and it is almost impossible to get the figure inside. The figures became
an exercise in frustration. Later releases has bigger suits but
the figures are more or less a gimmick than an actual usable core body
that can fully articulate the rubber monster.
MICROMAN INSIDE A
Each Kiguru Microman comes with real
Microman figure and not just Material Force. Each figure has unique
color scheme and head design. The figure come in plain body and has to
be decorate using provided stickers. The first series the stickers are
very difficult to apply and Takara seem to make some improvement for the
2006 series. The stickers for Ricky and Vain are much easier to apply
and go on very easy, still a small tweezers and may be magnifying glass
are probably helpful. Ricky and Vain is much more colorful than the
first Kiguru Microman. The bodies are now all clear (instead of having
opaque chest). Ricky is clear blue with red joints (a nice contrast)
with yellow body stripes and silver Gamera-like shell for their chests
symbol. Vain is clear red (almost pinkish) with pale red joints. Vain
comes with metallic pink stripes and orange chest symbol. The two new
Kiguru-Microman are quite colorful when fully decorated with stickers.
GAMERA The 40th
2006 mark the "official" 40th anniversary
of Gamera. Gamera is a live-action monster along the same concept as
Godzilla. He is a giant size radioactive turtle and a creation of Studio
Daiei. The first Gamera appear in 1965 during what is now known as the
"Showa" period of live-action monster movies. Gamera arrived a full ten
years after the debut of Godzilla. Like Godzilla, Gamera was revived in
1990's during the giant monster cinema revival period (known as the
Heisei era). The new Gamera has more modern look and bulkier than
the original. For 2006, Daiei introduce a new Gamera
movie for the Millennium age (follow Godzilla) and to celebrate the 40th years of this
fire-breathing, flying hard shell monster.
Takara improve on much of the original
Kiguru design and the new Kiguru Gamera figures are far superior to the
first series and the special two-pack series. Unlike the first Kiguru
Godzilla, the Gamera use larger scale suits which make it a lot easier
to insert Microman figure. But unlike the larger size Kiguru Godzilla
and Ghidrah from the two-packs, the suits are much better engineer and
the figures fit in nicely with the seams well hidden and the hands and
feet joints are well connected. The molding and paint job are also very
nicely done on both Gamera suits. If you are fans for giant monsters
then the Gamera set will make excellent and unique addition to Gamera.
For Microman collectors, the two new Kiguru-Microman have very nice
unique color scheme with cool head sculpts. Without the stickers, the
figures are essentially clear Material Force body and with them the
figure actually do look very nice (and the stickers are much easier to
apply this time around).
Vain is part of Microman Kiguru team. He is the eighth
Kiguru Microman figure. Vain is a costume actor for
Gamera (Heisei Version). Unlike other Kiguru Microman, Ricky and
Vain has greenish tint chromed head. Below is his alter
ego, Showa era's Gamera.
comes include standard interchangeable hands in matching
previous Kiguru Microman, Vain comes with set of
sticker to decorate his plain Microman Full Action Body.
The stickers are use instead of normal paint application
probably due to the paint having potential to react with
the rubber suit.
Microman Vain comes with standard Microman figure stand.