Phobos come package in the same
style box as Micronauts Biotron.
Phobos did not come with any sticker
but a few were ship with Biotron sticker sheet. The toy come with
an adaptation of Biotron instruction sheet and the connector pieces
similar to the one that came with Biotron.
Back view of Mego Phobos.
Another interesting thing about Phobos that was pointed out to me by Sam
Staley, a fellow collector, is that he has another face on the back of
While Takara attempt to rejuvenate
Microman line with MicroHoodman and Micro Knight, Mego was doing the
same with Micronauts line by introducing their own Micronauts Aliens
series along with re-paint of the old toys. Takara released a new
version of Robotman with new power-up parts call Robotman 2, Mego
decided to go with cheaper method to come up with new robot by simply
mold a new head and re-paint Biotron (Robotman) and make a
"new" robot call Phobos. Phobos was released during the third
series of Micronauts along with his sidekick Nemesis which was a
re-sculpt of Microtron (MicroRobot1).
The first time I saw Phobos (on Bryan's
Rescue Base Site), my reaction was simply "what a heck is that
thing". Phobos has a striking red and black color scheme and
a big saucer like head. The head while was trying to be menacing with
its twin horn often came across as silly due to the two round 5mm hole
eyes and big square mouth full of metallic teeth. The head gave one an impression it was drawn up by a kid. Though he is
pretty silly, Phobos does make a great evil counterpart of Robotman so I
decided to have him pilot by an Acroyear. He does
make an excellent addition to my Robotman collection. Beside the
new head and color, Phobos is exactly the same toy as Biotron
(See Also : MicroHeritage
(Also check out Sam Staley's Phobos