First year included the Founder Microman, Micro
Kit Machines and the Conning Tower.
Second year saw more Microman and several new sub
series such as the Acroyears, Titans and Victory series.
line finally came into its own during the third year with new figures
and the classic Microman Transfer Fortress.
A watershed year for Microman series, this year
saw some of the best toys for the line.
tried new design and direction for the series with the released of
Hoodman and Arden.
Takara "rescue" attempt for the line
with the Rescue Team Microman. This year also saw updated of the old
favorite like the New Tower Base.
& Blizzard Man
The last year of the original series saw the shift
in the line to more robot like look and larger figures.
Takara reset the line and re-launch the series
under the New Microman banner.
Micro Robot series became the main focus of the
new line. Takara also tried to cash in on the "pla-mo"
popularity with Real Type and Micro Borg.
The "transformation" for Microman series
began with the Micro Change series.
continued with the successful Micro Change series but the
changing of the guard was inevitable.
ARMORED SUIT DX3 BULSONIC
Microman Armored Suit DX Bulsonic was packaged in blue color box with painted
artwork and clear die-cut windows. This style of package was
common with most of the larger New Microman toys. By 1981,
Takara had returned to using painted picture for box art and
clear cellophane die-cut window to display the box content and
For 1981 New Microman series, Takara began to release toys with
alternate color scheme. The secondary color or alternate color
for Bulsonic was the Red Type which is the red version of
Bulsonic. In 1982, Takara also added third variants to most of
the toys dubbed the "Real Type". The Real Type used the
"realistic" color scheme for the toys in the case of the
Bulsonic, the Real Type was military green. (Shown below - I
actually found this picture of Real Type Bulsonic on one of Yahoo
Japan auction. That was the only time I had ever seen the Real
Type version up for sale).
& Sticker Sheet
Bulsonic came with
instruction sheet insert. The toy
also came with a sticker sheet. (not shown).
Microman Pilot Included
Armored Suit DX3 Bulsonic comes packaged with Microman M009 Kenji. (M009
is reissued of Rescue Microman M27X Type from the Original series). By
1982 Takara began to release play-set and vehicles with special
alternate color versions of the figure. In the case of Bulsonic, beside
the alternate color version, the toy also comes in the "Real Type"
version. The blue version of Bulsonic comes with yellow M009. The
alternate color Red Type Bulsonic was packed with light blue color M009
Kenji and the Real Type Bulsonic came with dark green M009. (The dark green
was also sold as individual sale figure in the capsule. The capsule
versions have chest sticker which are often omitted from the pack-in versions).
interesting note about yellow version of M009 Kenji is that the figure
is not the same figure as M274 Carlton from the original series. M009
Kenji has a darker tone yellow color (similar to M262 Adam). Above is
the picture showing the two side by side. Left is yellow M009 Kenji and
the right one is M274 Carlton. Unlike the original series, each variant colors in
New Microman do not represent another character but rather the same
character in different color armors.
ARMORED MACHINE COSMIC FIGHTER
Microman Armored Machine Cosmic
Fighter was released to be companion set to Armored Suit DX3
Bulsonic. Part from the Cosmic Fighter can be interchange and
combine with Bulsonic toy.
By late 1982, Takara start to
promote "Real Type" and "Remodeling Project" series to tap into
the new emerging market of pla-mo (plastic modeling hobby). The
popularity of animation series such as Gundam, Macross and even
Takara own Votoms series in which the mecha (robots and armored
suit) are being portray as realistic fighting machines instead
of fantastic have completely change the robot toys market.
Takara scrambling to adapt Microman to this new changing scene
had decided to include "plastic add-on kit" with several
Microman toys so they can be kit-bash and "re-modeling" into
Bulsonic was no exception, Takara
included extra landing gears and shield that can be used to make
Bulsonic plane mode more realistic looking. (Most likely to
capture the Macross looks).
Takara released Microman Armored Suit DX3 Bulsonic toys in January of
1983 as part of the 1982 New Microman series. Armored Suit DX3 is the
third armored suit toys released for 1982 line up (the other two are
Double Cannon and Galac Sniper). Bulsonic as the DX suffix in its name
might have suggested, is the "deluxe" version of the armored suit. Not
only is the suit larger than the previous two suits, it also has ability
to transform into a jet. Takara release three version of Bulsonic, the
Blue Type, standard version, the alternate color red version or Red Type
and the newly added "Real Type" with military green color. Bulsonic has
the distinction of being the last old school Microman toy release by
Takara, since in 1983, Takara revamped the Microman series and introduce
the Micro Change line which eventually became the Transformers series.
By 1982, the toy market in Japan was going
through a dramatic change and Takara was struggling to adapt Microman to
the new environment. The super combining robots play style was deem
obsolete and childish with general public embracing the realistic
looking robots and mecha. Takara decided to borrow from their own Votoms
line, adapted armored suit theme to Microman series. Bulsonic is the
largest of the three armored suit in 1982 line, the suit also has one
interesting gimmick, the ability to transform into jet mode much like
many of the popular mecha of the times. (Actually the Bulsonic toys
remind me a lot of mecha from Genesis Climber Mospeda series, many of
the mecha designer from that show also freelance as Takara designers).
Bulsonic has a mixture of die-cast part and plastic parts with very nice
design features such as smoke clear chest and face plate, spring-load
missiles and self-contained transformation. Bulsonic also has the good
old interchangeable feature and the toy is designed to interact with
Cosmic Fighter toy. (Released also in 1982).