Spy Magicians were sold in small
black with yellow stripes card board window box. Unlike the
reproduction version, each box was unique to each member of the series
with their name and designation printed on the box. The insert
trays were also unique to each one. The tray came in four colors -
green for M131, yellow for M132, blue for M133 and orange for M134.
Each figure came with three set of
Spy Magician wands and bracelets. Each figure also came with the
"L" connector - white for M132 & M134, black for M131 and
orange for M133.
The accessories were packaged in a
small plastic bag.
Takara released Microman Spy
Magician as a follow up series to the Second Microman Zone
line. There were two distinctive types of Microman Spy
Magicians - the M13X type which used several parts from the last year M11X
and M12X and the M14X type which used M11X head design but had a completely
new body design. Unlike the previous year, Microman Spy
Magicians were sold in small window box and not in the capsule
chamber. Takara marketed Microman Spy Magician as a
"spy-kit" that can be used to "train" and upgrade"
other Microman. Each Microman Spy Magician came with Spy Magician
figure, a spy manual and a set of three Spy Magician wand &
bracelets. The wand and bracelet were unique equipment that
only given to Microman who had completed the Spy Magician training.
Spy Magician Story
Microman Spy Magician were revived near
the beach where the Acroyears first emerged from the polluted ocean
depth. They are the expert in intelligence gathering and fight against
the Acroyear by using their spy ability. With the growing power of the
Acroyears, Microman Spy Magician form MCIA (Microman Central Information
Agency) to train other Microman in the art of spy.
Microman Spy Magician M13X Type.
M13X sport the chrome chest plate design that was missing from both the M11X
M131 Dick - tactical
expert, leading authority of spy field. Responsible for tactic
M132 Dan - expert in decoding the
encryption. Extremely intelligence. (Dan was depicted as leader
of Spy Magician in Microman manga and he was the only Spy Magician with M13X
style body, the rest of the team had M14X body style)
M133 Danny - explosive expert and
M134 David - excel at wire tapping
and eave dropping on the enemy.
Tools of the Trade
Teleportation device to help expedites spy activity.
Spy Bracelet: By
altering the ESP wave randomly it allow the Spy-Magicians to communicate
with 5 other members simultaneously without interference by Acroyear.
The bracelet also maximize the ESP power of Microman to allow him to use
United Will: by
utilizing bracelet ESP function combine with the teleport wand, the
SpyMagician can merge his psyche with another Microman. For this reason
untrained Microman is excluded from wearing the SpyMagician Bracelet.
The Spy Manual
One of the unique feature
for the Spy Magician series was the fact that each figure came with Spy
Training Manual. The manual was basically a Microman catalog with Spy
Magician story and their special powers along with a special training section. The
training section featured thing like how to encrypt and decode message,
basic magic trick and how to amplify one ESP energy.
The manual also featured
the pictures of famous prototype Microman Spy Magician figures. (NOTE:
Takara later released these two prototypes in 2001 as Spy Magician Leaders
M130 & M140. (See also Replica Series - Spy
Leaders Set) which were sold as Takara e-Hobby exclusive. There were
also metallic editions of these two figures). The Spy Magician Manual
also had a section on Spy gadgets that were suppose to be sold by Takara as
part of the Microman Spy Magician line but they were cancel and never got
pass the design stage.
Above are the various Microman Spy
Magician "Manual" Catalogs from 1976. So far there appeared
to be three different covers.
M131 Dick (vintage)
M132 Dan (vintage)
M133 Danny (vintage)
M134 David (vintage)
Beside these four colors, Takara also
released limited gold plated edition of M133 and M134. Takara also
sold M132 with black shin guards and pelvic. These three figures were
sold as promotional items around 1978-79. They were packaged in
Microman capsule instead of the cardboard window box.
After the cancellation of Original
Microman line in 1980, Microman Spy Magician series were the only types
beside the M18X that were not sold as New Microman. It was not until 1997,
when Romando reissued several Microman figures during Microman Two-One line
that the M13X Spy Magician was re-issued. In 2000, Takara also
re-issued reproduction version of M13X as part of their Microman Replica
Series line. The vintages can be distinguish by their shaper chrome
details on the chest plate and the head.
(See also Romando
Microman Two-One and Replica Series - Spy