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 relaunch 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.
Micro Gander 3 & Microman M006
Micro Gander Series
Micro Gander-3 Box Set
Retail Price :
Micro Gander-3 box
set come in large silver trim box with the toys pack inside a
styrofoam tray. The box set include Micro Gander-3 robot and all
the parts to make the three Gander vehicles. The set however
only include one Microman figure (M006).
Cosmo Gander &
M008 (shown above)
Magma Gander &
M006 (not shown)
Air Gander & M007
Retail Price :
Takara also released
the three Micro Gander vehicles as individual set. Each of the
Gander vehicle come also pack in with different Microman figure.
The box is similar in style to the Gande-3 but the full robot
figure is partly black-out depend on the toy feature.
Instruction & Insert
The box set comes with
small color insert instruction along with three sticker sheets
(one for each of the Gander vehicles).
Gunder 3 & Magma Driver -
Micro Gander-3 Box Set
includes New Microman M006 Kamui. The figure is a yellow and black
version of Microman Police Keeper M23X type from the original series.
This is the only version of M006 released during New Microman. The same
figure was also included with Magma Gander vehicle set.
Air Driver - M007 Kiruku
Air Gander vehicle was sold
with New Microman M007 Kiruku. He is a white and blue version of Rescue
Team Microman M25X Type from the original series. This was the only
variant released during New Microman line. He was also sold individually
in the belt-clip style capsule.
Cosmo Driver - M008 Cleo
Cosmo Gander came with New
Microman M008 Cleo. He is also recolor version of Rescue Team Microman
M26X Type from the original Microman series. The figure also available
individually. There was also a blue color variant of Cleo that was sold
as pack-in figure for Cosmic Fighter vehicle.
(Note: the figures that came
with the box set and vehicle do not have the chest sticker, the chest
sticker only came with the figures that were sold individually).
Takara released Micro Gander 3 box set in
April of 1981. The box set was retail for 2900 Yen. Micro Gander 3 along
with Micro Robot 1-2-3 were the the very first toys in the New Microman
series. Microman figures and the single vehicle pack of Micro Gander
series were released a month after. Micro Gander 3 is the first
"combiner" robot for Microman. (Acroyear side has Giant Acroyear). The
robot is form from three vehicle (hence the "3" in the name). The
combination is not completely self-contain however the left over parts
from the vehicles can be combine together to form Drill Tank vehicle.
The combine robot form is not very large and stands only about twice the
height of Microman figure. The robot design is clearly similar to the
previous year Microman Punch Robo and Death King and the new Diaclone
line. Gander is mostly dark blue with yellow chest cannon and wing. He
has several spring-load shooting features, a chest cannon, two fist-missiles
and two launchers in his feet.
In vehicle mode, Micro Gander 3
splits into three separate vehicle - Magma Gander, Air Gander and Cosmo
Gander. Magma Gander is the body and head section and combine with the drill
part. The cannon section fold up to reveal 5mm port and double as a seat for
Microman figure. Air Gander is the arms section combine with the two wing
sections to form a jet. The yellow wing is mount to a fold out section and
provide 5mm port seat for Microman figure. The last vehicle, Cosmo Gander,
is the pelvic and legs section combines with the cockpit part from the Drill
Tank. Microman figure is then seat inside the cockpit. When in vehicle mode,
the missiles firing mechanism are all still functioning. Takara
includes three set of missiles, one set for each of the vehicle.
Micro Robot 1-2-3 Connection
If one were to look at the
vehicle mode of Micro Gander, one might notice a strange empty space on
each of the vehicles. The spaces are actually there for a reason, Micro
Gander-3 are designed to also interact with Micro Robot 1-2-3 figures.
M3 Flash (naturally the one with drill parts) can be mount onto the
front section of Magma Gander and provide even more drills. M2 Galac
attach to the nose section of Air Gander. M1 Gordon can be attach to the
rear of Cosmo Gander and give the vehicle rear fins. The blue and red
versions of Micro Robots are better match to Gander color scheme but
even the green one fit on nicely and the Micro Robots appear to have
been design from the beginning to be part of Micro Gander-3.
Micro Robot 1-2-3 (L-R: Galac,
Gordon & Flash)