First year included the Founder Microman, Micro
Kit Machines and the Conning Tower.
Second year saw more Microman and several new sub
series such as the Acroyears, Titans and Victory series.
line finally came into its own during the third year with new figures
and the classic Microman Transfer Fortress.
A watershed year for Microman series, this year
saw some of the best toys for the line.
tried new design and direction for the series with the released of
Hoodman and Arden.
Takara "rescue" attempt for the line
with the Rescue Team Microman. This year also saw updated of the old
favorite like the New Tower Base.
& Blizzard Man
The last year of the original series saw the shift
in the line to more robot like look and larger figures.
Takara reset the line and relaunch the series
under the New Microman banner.
Micro Robot series became the main focus of the
new line. Takara also tried to cash in on the "pla-mo"
popularity with Real Type and Micro Borg.
The "transformation" for Microman series
began with the Micro Change series.
continued with the successful Micro Change series but the
changing of the guard was inevitable.
Spy Magician M14X Type. Top - M142 Hudson (vintage) Bottom - M143 Holms
(vintage) & M144 Howard (vintage).
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 - orange
for M141, blue for M142, green for M143 and yellow for M144.
Thanks to Mr. Tomoyoshi Araki for pictures of the packaging.
figure came with three set of Spy Magician wands and bracelets.
Each figure also came with the "L" connector - white
for M141 & M143, black for M142 and yellow for M144. The
accessories came in small plastic bag.
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.
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.
Microman line was cancel in 1981, Spy Magicians M13X and M14X along with
Lady Command were the three Types that never got made into New Microman.
Microman M14X would never be produced again until Takara reissued them
in 2000 as part of Replica Microman series. The reproduction versions
were slightly smaller than the vintage figures. Beside the original four
M14X, Takara also released several exclusive versions along with new
member M140 Hawk Spy Magician leader who was featured in the early
Microman Spy Magician catalog.
Intelligence Section (formerly MCIA)
Henry - Naval and military scientist, make weapon design for
the benefit of information gathering activities. (naval
Hudson - Expert sociologist, gather information and profile study of
Acroyears. (terrorist psychologist and profiler)
Holmes - field medical expert, well aquatinted with emergency
procedures and poison sickness. (field medic and poison gas
Howard - teacher of infiltration methods. Expert in
insertion and extraction of Microman Spy Magician probe teams.
(probe team leader)
sport the unusual wrap around chest armor design. Beside these four
colors, Takara also released limited chrome plated edition of M141 Henry
in 1978 as a promotion item.
of the Trade
Wand: Teleportation device to help expedites spy activity.
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.
Will: by utilizing bracelet ESP function combine with the teleport
wand, the Spy Magician can merge his psyche with another Microman. For
this reason untrained Microman is excluded from wearing the Spy Magician
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.
manual also featured the pictures of famous prototype Microman Spy
Magician figures (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.