DATE : 3/26/2006
RETAIL PRICE : 1,300 Yen
DATE : 3/26/2006
RETAIL PRICE : 800 Yen
Micro Action Series is essentially a licensed character using
Microman Full Action Body format with no real tie to regular Microman
line. (Unlike Kiguru and Material Force series which are somewhat part
of the main line). Micro Action series have been very popular with
action-figures collectors who otherwise do not collect Microman series.
The characters for Action Series have been very diverse from Devilman to
Superman Returns and with nice good mix of live-action, comic and anime
TAKARA JOIN TOKUSATSU
However, one of the genre that would be
perfect for Micro Action format, tokusatsu, is
largely missing. (Tokusatsu is a term for Japanese
live-action super hero TV show, usually gear toward kids but recently
are becoming popular with adults). The only tokusatsu character so far
for Action Series
is Casshern from the movie "Casshern". One of the reason is the
fact that most of the popular tokusatsu series (Kamen Rider and Sentai
series) are produced by Toei which co-own partly by Bandai so naturally
all the toy properties go to Bandai. In 2006, Takara begin to enter this
segment of the market long dominate by Bandai and sponsor a new tokusatsu show call
Ryukendo. (Probably something they learned during their short stint as
part of Konami). Ryukendo is produced by Studio Shochiku (same one that
produce Casshern movie). Takara has the right to produce merchandise for
Ryukendo series which mainly gear toward kids, this include the usual
tokusatsu toys - 5" action-figures, vehicles and role-play (cosplay)
accessories. It is not a big surprise to see Ryukendo characters show up
under Microman Micro Action series banner.
MADAN KNIGHT RYUKENDO
Ryukendo is typical live action series,
the designs overall is like a mixture of the recent Kamen Riders with
some of the Sentai designs. (So it is hardly original). The premise of
the story is the usual tokusatsu plot, secret evil organization (in this
case the demons) are planning to take over the world and our hero with
magic device (or sometime techno gadget) then transform into super-hero
to fight these bad guys.
RYUKENDO FULL ACTION
Micro Action Ryukendo is basically
Ryukendo using Microman Full Action body. The final product look much
better than the prototype shown several months earlier. The figure has
very nice details, though the paint job is still a little sloppy. The
bracers are removable so they can be replace with the fist weapon so
they tends to fall off easy. The head is a bit small for the body (which
seems to be problem with many Micro Action figures). The joints however
are nice and tight and thus far no report of broken parts. The figure has
a lot of sharp edges (due to the design and the use of hard ABS plastic
for the molded on armor pieces). Which bring us to the strange reason
that Takara is trying to market this figure to older collectors.
Ryukendo already has a full toy line dedicate to the series so Micro
Ryukendo is then mainly aim at adult collector crowd. One can see figures like Goa Gai
Gar or Batman being market as Micro Action due to their nostalgic
element, but for a brand new and very
kid-oriented TV show to be made into Micro Action just seem somewhat
opportunistic on the part of Takara. I would think 12" Henshin
Cyborg version of Ryukendo would have made a better supplemental to the line. However, if you happen to be fan of
tokusatsu genre or fan of the show itself, then this figure is a nice
addition, since it is unlikely we will get Microman versions of Kamen
Riders or Sentai characters, short of doing our own customs. Takara plan
to release additional characters from Ryukendo in the coming month.
TSUKAIMA - CANNON
FODDER MICRO ACTION
Aside from Ryukendo, Takara also release
Micro Action version of Tsukaima (demon). Tsukaima are the cannon fodder
peons from the series. The figure is Full Action Body with added
shoulder rubber piece and head sculpt. The shoulder piece makes the
figure a little taller than normal, so the Tsukaima stands strangely taller than our
hero Ryukendo. The figure comes with demon dagger, hands set and figure
stand. Takara clearly intends to market these guys be use as
army-building figure, and as such, Tsukaima is sold in less expensive small box instead of the
half-size blister card.
Narukami is a small town police officer, who by chance
comes across the magical sword "Geki-Ryuken" that allows
him to transform into Madan Knight - Ryukendo.
Action Ryukendo comes with his sword and his fist weapon,
the Dragon Knuckle.
(It also with interchangeable parts).
figure include a standard set of Microman Full Action
which mean demon, is the cannon fodder bad guy in
comes with demon dagger.
include is the standard Microman hands set.
figures include a standard set of Microman Full Action