MC-08 & MC-09 in
cassette tape mode.
Takara included a
plastic case complete with label insert.
For Battle Bike set, Takara gave
Saram several accessories - backpack that also act as seat support while
he ride the bike, a black rider helmet and chrome machine gun. The
gun had 2mm peg and can be attach to the backpack.
For Jet Heli set, Takara
also gave Saram several accessories - backpack, flight helmet and
machine gun. These accessories made Microman more militaristic in
keeping with the 80's movement toward more realistic sci-fi theme and
Micro Change MC-08 and MC-09
were released in 1983 as part of New Microman - Micro Change Series.
MC-08 and MC-09 were a little difference from the other Micro Change toys,
instead of changing into robot these two Micro Changes transformed into
vehicles for Microman figures.
Machine MC-08 Battle Bike HG90
Battle Bike was a cassette tape that could transformed into motorcycle for
Microman Saram. The transformation was very clever and produce very
nice looking bike. However, like most early "transformers"
toys, they were not entirely self-contain and in the case of MC-08 a small
launcher unit had to be attach to the front of the "transforming"
cassette. Despite the fact that it was a transforming toy,
Battle Bike was one of the cooler looking vehicle for Microman. MC-08
came with exclusive red and white version of Microman M011 Saram.
(M011 Saram was the last New Microman figure released by Takara. He
came from Microman Command 2 molds)
MC-09 Jet Heli XL120
Jet Heli was also a cassette tape that could transformed into helicopter for
Microman Saram. Like, Battle Bike, MC-09 Jet Heli was a very clever
transformation toy and the operation was completely
self-contain. Jet Heli also came with exclusive version of M011
Saram. This time the figure was interestingly done in black and white
color scheme - the same color scheme as the elusive mail-away Microman
Egypton from 1977. While this probably wasn't intentional since Takara
most likely picked this color scheme so Saram would match the M004 Eiji that
came with 7-2-1 Formation. If one were to look at all the ex-Command
Microman in the New Microman line, it was clear that Takara tried to give
matching color schemes for M004, M005 and M011.
Both MC-08 and MC-09 came
with a set of chrome missiles for their launchers. MC-08 also came
with a kick-stand for the bike so it could stand without hand support.
In 1999, Takara reused the
molds from these toys for the Magne Power Microman line. Both toys
were retooled and released as Cassette Machine 031 Stealth Heli and 032
Sonic Bike. (See also Micro Millennium - 031
& 032 Cassette Machine.)
Exclusive Microman M011
Since the second half of
Microman Rescue Series in 1979, Takara began the trend of including
exclusive repaint version of Microman figure with a vehicle or a
play-set. This trend was heavily exploited during New Microman line
from 1981 up until 1984. Micro Change Series was no difference and
MC-08 and MC-09 both came with exclusive versions of Microman M011
Saram. (Microman Saram was of course repaint of the old Microman
Command 2 M16X from the Original Microman Series or Micronauts
Pharoid.) MC-08 came with red and white Saram and MC-09 came with
black and white version, both of these figures were only sold with the
vehicles. Like the rest of New Microman "command"
figure, all the glow-in-the-dark plastic parts had been replaced with color