Back in 1984, Takara, in a last
ditch attempt to rejuvenate New Microman line introduced a new type of
Microman series called the Real Microman. Real Microman Series
was basically a plastic model kit of Microman series. Takara had
previously try to incorporate the concept of model kit into the New Microman
with toys like MicroBorg and Armored Suits because of the shifting interest
of kids in the early 80's from toys to plastic hobby kit. Beside
these hybrid model kits-toys, Takara also produced several plastic kit
versions of New Microman toys like model kits of New Acroyear, Micro Ridor and various
MicroRobot mecha. Real Microman however would be entirely
new Microman line consisted solely of new model kit designs. The
new Real Microman took the idea from then popular plastic kits base sci-fi
lines like the SF3D and Dougram. However unlike other lines,
Microman kits would be in 1:1 scale. (SF3D was a series of armor suit kits
designed by famous Japanese modeler Kow Yokohama. His early designs
were produced as illustrations for Hyper Hobby magazine. These early
designs were interestingly kit-bash from various Microman and other
toys. SF3D kit were reissued in 2001 as Mashinen Krieger or MA.K).
Gray Hyper Microman 01 and Green Hyper Microman 02
Real Microman Bio Mechanic Suit was the first
in the series of models kit plan by Takara but the plan was cut shot when
Transformer became popular and Takara decided to do away with the Microman
line altogether. Bio Mechanic Suits would be the last Microman
products released by Takara for the old line. This was pretty ironic
considering the very first Microman toys were also a plastic kit-like toys
call Micro-Kit Machines.
Back view of Hyper Microman
In 1997, Romando released the reproduction of
the Real Microman Bio Mechanic Suits BS-1 and BS-2. Both BS-1 and BS-2 came
with two different color variations. Romando also reproduced the
limited clear edition of BS-1 & BS-2,that Takara gave away as premium in
as 1997 Summer Wonder Fest exclusives.
The BS1 and BS2 were basic snap tight model
kits. Each suit also included a model kit of Microman that must be put
together. The figure can be painted to make him look "real".
(I painted these two to look like Rescue Microman.) BS1 came with a pale gray Hyper Microman and BS2 came with a pale green
Hyper Microman. The Hyper Microman figure was design to be place
inside the Bio Mechanic Suits.
BS-2 Deep Sea Operation Type
BS-01 Heat Resistance Shield Reinforced
Type. Shown here without any stickers. The kits were snap
together type and do not required any glue.
BS-1 Mineral Searcher Type &
BS-2 Dustproof Filter Reinforced Type
Back view of BS-2 and BS-1. Note the
5mm port on their backs.
Romando's Bio Mechanic Suits appeared to
come from the same molds as the original versions.
Bio Mechanic Suit Variants
BS-1 Heat Resistance Shielding Type -
BS-1 Mineral Searcher Type - Green
BS-2 Dustproof Filer Reinforced Type -
BS-2 Deep Sea Operation Type - Blue
Exclusive Bio Mechanic Suits
BS-1 Night Operation Response Prototype
- Clear Purple with metallic Hyper Microman. (Wonder Fest)
BS-2 Twin Super High-Temperature Nuclear
Custom type - Clear Red with metallic Hyper Microman. (Wonder Fest)
Microman (Shining Tector style) by Peter Lauro from NY. Sharp looking!