released Cosmo Porsche toy in 1977 as part of Microman Command series.
Microman Cosmo Porsche, along with the Cosmo Countach, were the third and
last of the Cosmo Car series of toys. Like many of the toys in the
Command line, Cosmo series was influenced by the "super-car" craze
of the late 70's. During the later part of 1970's
"super-cars" concept was very popular with kids and pre-teen and
Microman cashed in on this trend, which explained the reason for all the race cars
inspired Microman vehicles for 1977 line-up.
Command Series Cosmo Cars were also influenced by another late 1970's phenomenon - the
explosion of model kits
as hobby. By late 1970's model kits became a very popular hobby with
kids which let Takara to market the Cosmo Porsche as a pseudo model kit.
Cosmo Porsches and Cosmo Countach were sold in boxes that resembled car modeling
kit made by plastic model company such as Tamiya. The toys required some assembly (which was typical of most Microman toys
at the time) as a snap together model kits (using, of course. the 5mm
Microman Cosmo Porsche comes with
"whale-tail" spoiler just like the real Porsche
There is no missile shooting gimmick for the Cosmo Porsche since the toy
is supposed to be "realistic" model of Porsche.
However, Takara did include a transformation feature which allows Cosmo Porsche to transform into a drag
racer. Cosmo Porsche can seat one Microman figure (not included) and the car also has a
"rev-up" motor feature.
Beside the blue color, Cosmo Porsche also
came in white and red colors. The blue seems to be the most commonly find
as "dead-stock" item.
Reverse side of the
instruction is a full color information sheet, including Cosmo Porsche
story and cross-section.