come package in small window box. There were three different
variation packages. The other two earlier versions did not have
Acroyear logo, instead one had just black oval and the other one had
oval window to show the accessories.
The early box (zone &
victory project) the
Acroyear were designated as M-30X. These early versions do not have the
later MAT logo roundel.
Each A30X came with
Acro-Bazooka, roller wheels, two roller arms and two missiles to convert the figure into "bazooka
A30X also came with chrome wing call
fit into 5mm port in their backs.
Takara introduced the first
"enemy" of Microman during the second year of Microman
line. The first Acroyear was giving A30X designation and had three
members in the series. In the early prototype version shown in the
early 1974 Microman-Zone "catarog", Takara plan to give
Acroyear four members just like Microman.
Takara later drop the fourth member (Green Star, who ironically was the
one that was shown in early catalog) Early version of Acroyear were
designated as M-30X and they were sold as part of Microman Zone and
Victory Project series. When Takara began the MAT
(Microman-Acroyear-Titan) campaign in late 1975 they changed the way
Acroyear get designated and gave Acroyear letter
"A" prefix to distinguish them from Microman "M" designation.
In the early catalog,
Acroyears were unfortunate Microman whose capsules landed under the
seabed. Due to the lack of cosmic energy and sunlight, these
unlucky Microman slowly mutated with the influence of pollution and PCB
into evil grotesque beings. Actually the word "Acro",
roman-ji version of "Akuro", means evil in Japanese.
This concept that man was not born evil but rather influenced by the evil
of his surrounding was quite interesting concept for a toy line from
early 1970's. In
later Microman manga and catalog, however, Acroyears were portrayed as evil Microman that responsible for the destruction of
Micro-Earth. These evil Microman arrived on Earth and benefited
from Earth's pollution which greatly enhance their powers and at the
same time turn them even more mad and evil.
Acroyear figure was very difference than
Microman figure. The body of A30X was made of die-cast and
each limbs were connected via 5mm connectors. A30X Acroyear had a very simple head design
full of straight lines. The hands
consisted of two ball-like fists and they had bug-like feet. The
body style of first Acroyear would became hallmark for the bad guys in the
Original Microman line.
A302 Silver Star
(vintage - Takara)
Takara released three color variants for
A30X type - A301 red, A302 bare metal, and A303 metallic
blue. Green color was planned but never released when Takara
reduced the member to three from four. Acroyear A30X would later
became Acroyear II in Mego Micronauts. Early Micronauts Acroyear
II were repackage of Takara Microman toys. Mego would later
produced Acroyear II from the molds copy from Takara. These
figures had the Mego copyright 1977 on their back.
Microman whose crystal capsule
landed in polluted water body of Earth. Mind became evil and
A301 Red Star - revived in the
polluted Tokyo Bay. Scantly remember his former self as Microman
natural scientist. Can manipulate natural phenomenon such as
earthquake, tidal wave and storm.
A302 Silver Star - revived in River Thames
near London. Formerly a Microman who done research in
micro-organism. Now he used his knowledge to create
A303 Blue Star - revived in Naples of
Italy. Have no knowledge of former self as Microman. Cruel
and without mercy.
A301 Red Star (vintage - Mego)
Red Star appeared in early 1974
Microman catalog along with the unproduce Green Star. The
prototype of Red Star and Green Star were done in metallic color like
Blue Star. These prototype figures also had triangle badge sticker on
the chest (the badges can still be found printed on the box flaps).
A303 Blue Star (vintage)
Acroyear came with 5mm port in their
backs just like Microman.
Microman version of Acroyear had
"Japan" stamp on the back above the 5mm port.
Mego version of
Acroyear had the words "Copyright Mego Pat. Pend." and "Made in Hong
Kong" on the back.
In 1979, Takara released A30X
Acroyear with new colors and fitted them with vinyl cape. This
second version became known as A38X type.
(See also 1979 Rescue Series - A38X
Replica Series Acroyear
In 1999, Takara released
reproduction Acroyear A30X for Microman Replica Series. Along with
A301, A302 & A303, Takara also released A304 Green Star - a green
color Acroyear that appeared in 1974 catalog but never was released.
(See also Replica
Series A30X Acroyear)