released second series of Microman Zone toys in August of 1974 following
the release of the debut series Micro-(Kit) Machine. The second series
was called Cosmo Car and consisted of three small un-powered vehicles
MIC-01 Space Buggy, MIC-02 Bulk Lifter and MIC-03 Sky Roader. Unlike the
first series Micro-Machine, these toys did not come with Microman figure
and was sold in small box. Cosmo Car toys were originally retailed for
about 700 Yen back in 1974. (In comparison, Micro Machine toys were sold
for 750 Yen and Micro Base M115 Conning Tower was sold for 2500 Yen).
original marketing idea for Microman Zone was build around small size
cyborgs with underlying theme of scientific exploration and construction.
Following this theme, Cosmo Car toys were sold also as
"construction" toys and required some minor assembly. Cosmo
Car MIC-01 Space Buggy was the first vehicle in the series. Space Buggy
(The sticker on the toy, however, had the the toy name as "Space
Bogey"). Space Buggy was futuristic trike with missile launcher on
top. Space Buggy (or Bogey, if you prefer) came with two missiles (with
the nosecone painted red, a commonality for missile rocket back in
1960's and early 1970's). The missiles were spring loaded design and
this was one of the gimmicks of the Cosmo Car series (Air Roader had
spinning propeller gimmick). The second selling
gimmick was the interchangeability of these Cosmo Car toys. This feature
would later became one of the main selling point for later Microman
line. Space Buggy featured standardized 5mm port and peg and the toy can
be reconfigure in various ways or even combine with other two Cosmo Car
toys for even more playability.
Car toys were designed exclusively for the early Microman Zone figure. At
this early point, Microman were mainly sold as miniature or "micro"
version of their Henshin Cyborg line. These Microman figures did not yet incorporate
the 5mm standardized port. The seat for Cosmo Car toys, like that of the
Micro Kit-Machine toys were fitted with small clip to hold the figure in placed.
When Mego licensed Microman toys from Takara, Space Buggy along with Bulk
Lifter, were sold
as part of the early Micronauts line up. Bulk Lifter became Micronauts Hydra
and Space Bogey became Galactic Cruiser. The third vehicle Sky Roader was never released as part of the Micronauts toys. Microman Space
Buggy toy was slightly retooled for the Micronauts line (which debuted in 1976).
The Micronauts version replaced
the missiles with safety style "rubber tip" design that would
became common with all the Micronauts toys that featured missile firing
Zone toys came packaged in black color box with the
"rainbow atomic ring" design. During the first year,
the boxes had beautiful painting of the toys as box arts (common
practice for toys from late 1960's and early 1970's). The
painting box arts were later abandoned in favor of the
photograph of kids playing with Microman toys.
back of the box depicted the toy in various configuration (one
of the selling point for the original Microman line). The back
also show other toys in the series including two other Cosmo Car
toys and the Kit-Machine series.
Car toys came with B&W instruction sheet with details drawing
of how to assemble the toy. This particular Space Buggy was a loose
sample and did not come with box or instruction. The sticker was
already applied by previous owner of this toy.
Driver Not Included
the Cosmo Car toys did not come packaged with Microman figures, the toys were
design especially for these early Microman Zone Microman. The figures
were sold with Microman Kit-Machine toys and later as individual figure
inside white capsule case. (Shown above is a reproduction Blue Microman)
of the selling point for Microman Zone toys was the emphasis on
"construction" skill so many of the early toys came totally unassembled
and must be bolted together by the included nuts & bolts and
No safefy rubber for
Microman. (Above is a comparison between Micronauts
rubber tip missile and all plastic Microman version)
Buggy was one of the many Microman toys that were licensed by
Mego and sold as part of the Micronauts line in the US. Mego
changed the name to "Galactic Cruiser" and the toy was slightly
retooled with new safety tip missiles. (Above picture
courtesy of Dave W. of Innerspace Online) For more
information about Mego Micronauts version of Bulk Lifter please
check out Dave Waugh excellent Micronauts website -
Online - Galactic Cruiser