MICROMAN WECKER SIGNA
in 2007, announces new core Microman series. This new series
dubbed "Wecker Signa Project" is a big departure from the previous
Micro Force series. Instead of using comics and CG story, the line
is being combine with tokukatsu (Japanese live-action show) using young
Japanese teen idol girls as a way to attract interest (the show is
clearly gear toward young Japanese male. The heroes and heroines
in the show use Microman designs as inspirational and Microman toys even
appear in the series as prop. This new direction is most likely to
reduce cost and hope to take Microman to main-stream audience.
With TAKARA division of TOMY in disarray after the merger and
restructuring may be this is probably the best we can hope to get aside
from the line being cancel completely.
MICROMAN EXVERN & GRAN
MWS-04 is the 4th set in the Wecker Signa Project series.
This set include a Microman figure and a vehicle play-set. The set
is delayed from last year and this set along with MWS-05 appear to be
the last of Microman series. Both the figure and vehicle are repaint of
Microman Bio-Machine Xegu & Mirror from 2004. Exvern is repaint of
Microman Xegu with solid black body and slightly remold chest plate.
He has the same chrome metallic red color as Xegu. The often break
clear plastic ankle joints are replaced with chrome solid piece. The
heads are newly molded with Ultraman-looking head and Power Ranger-like
Wecker Signa Gran Mirror is repaint of
Mirror from Bio-Machine series. The clear blue parts have been replaced
with clear red (which look very nice). The vehicle is still mostly
chrome but with some painted red and black highlight to break thing up.
The mold is exactly the same as Mirror including the strangely out of
place head part of Bio-Machine Bio-Suit.
WECKER SIGNA REPAINT
Microman Wecker Signa although appear to
be more like Micro Action line is actually part of core Microman series
and a sequel to Microman Force series. The figures are essentially
repaint versions of previous Microman toys, so unless you are really
into color variants or hard-core collectors these Signa figures offer
nothing new to the line aside from the added live-action show featuring
young Japanese teen idols.