A38X Acroyear came package in box
design to match that of the Arden Series. Takara probably want to
change the package from the old A30X style which was quite dated by this
time to a new more stylize design.
A38X members all shared the exact
same package design.
Each figure came with the same
accessories as Acroyear 1 (A30X) which included roller wheels, roller
arms, Bazooka and Acro-wing. Takara also gave A38X black
vinyl cape similar to Arden.
Between the Police
Keeper Series and the Rescue Series, Takara released repaint versions of
A30X Acroyear 1 as A38X Acroyear. The figures were sold in new style
box so that they would be similar to the Arden package (Takara actually used
the same insert tray as the Arden series). Takara also retooled the body
slightly to make the limbs fit better and kept the figures from falling apart
like the A30X, however, this caused a gap between the body and pelvic
section since the 5mm hole was now
too tight for the slightly thicker chrome pelvic section.
A38X came in similar color assortment as their
predecessor. A381 was the same as A301 which was red color. A382 was
changed from the bare metal silver of A302 to bright yellow. A383 was still
blue but it was no longer metallic tone like A303. Takara also gave
these Acroyers new names based on the elementals - A381 Fire Star, A382
Earth Star and A383 Sky Star. It was unclear
if these A38X Acroyears were supposed to be brand new characters or if they
were "rebuild" from A30X like the A37X Amazon Acroyears (which
were rebuild from A32X President Acroyear). A38X were sold as
new series and not as variations of A30X. In any case A38X along with
A37X would be the last of the Acroyears to be released by Takara for the
Original Series. (Takara actually released A38X couple months before
A37X came out).
Replica Microman Series A38X
Takara re-issued A38X in 1999 as Toys R Us Exclusive
during the Replica Microman line. A38X were sold in a set of three
which included replica of A381, A382 and A383 all in the same box.
Takara also released exclusive A384 Iron Star with Microman Watch Set.
The vintage versions of A38X can be distinguish by the
slightly different pelvic section and minor difference in body
details. Also the body section of the vintage toys didn't fit too
well with the pelvic section and showed a slight gap.
(See also Takara Replica Microman Series - Toys
R Us Exclusive A38X Set)
(See also Takara Replica Microman Series - e-Hobby
Exclusive A384 Iron Star with Microman Watch Set)
A381 Fire Star (vintage)
A382 Earth Star (vintage)
A382 with his cape (vintage).
1979 it became trendy for bad guy to wear black cape.