First year included the Founder Microman, Micro
Kit Machines and 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 series
with the Rescue Team Microman. This year saw updated of old
favorites like the Tower Base and Robotman 2.
Punch & 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 re-launch the series
under the New Microman banner.
Micro Robot series became the main focus of the new
The "transformation" for Microman series
began with the Micro
Takara continued with the successful Micro
Change series but the changing of the guard was inevitable.
toys were first released in 1974 by a Japanese toy company TAKARA as a
smaller 10cm version their popular 8" & 12" fully
articulated doll line - the Henshin Cyborg which was debuted in 1972.
Takara's Henshin (Transforming) Cyborg was actually a spin off from
Takara Combat Joe line, which interestingly was a licensed product from
another popular well known dolls for boy - the GI Joe.
Henshin Cyborg was Combat Joe body molded in clear plastic to expose the
gleaming inner cybernetic implants and the "atomic
engine". (This was mainly the reason for the clear plastic body,
chrome head and chest plate on the first series Microman figures.) The
original marketing concept was to make Microman a miniature version of the
Henshin Cyborg so this way variety of playset and vehicles could be
produced for them at reasonable price, since the cost to design and
produced vehicles and playset for the 12" dolls was very
prohibitive not to mention would not be very practical for Japanese market where
living space was a premium and parents were never too keen on large
size toys that take up a lot of room.
manga was one of the main driving force behind the
popularity of Microman line. Mr. Moritou's works, not only
brought Takara then little known sci-fi toys line to life but also
introduced them to a whole generation of kids growing up during
the late 1970's.
most other Japanese toys lines, Microman series was not based on a
particular TV show or anime. The story for the line at first was
mainly provided by the mini-size "catarog" that came with the
toys. Microman "catarog" became the source of information for
kids and many spend hours looking at all the Microman toys and read the
story in these tiny micro catalogs. It was not until 1976 that Takara
commissioned comic serial for the line that ran in "TV
Magazine" (a Japanese comic magazine). Microman comic
(manga), drawn and written by the late Mr. Moritou, became very popular
with kids and Microman toys became one of the most successful toy line
The first series Microman, Microman
Zone, included four Microman figures and several vehicles
in kit form that must be assembled. Microman Zone proved to be
popular and by its second year Microman line began to take on its own
identity and separated itself from the influence of the Henshin Cyborg
line. The bare feet were soon replaced with cybernetic looking
feet. And several new Microman types were released that had very
little resemblance to the Henshin Cyborg. Microman popularity was, of
course, due to their size. Takara, long before Kenner Star Wars
line, pioneered the concept of small plastic action-figures. Also
unlike other toys line at the time, Microman figures were the
"actual" size of the real thing. Microman figures were market as
a real cyborg being from planet Micro Earth that disguised themselves as
toys. Kids not only played with Microman figures but they became
part of Microman world. Another reason for Microman popularity
was the interchangeable concept. Because all Microman toys used 5mm
standard for connectors and ports, parts from one toys could be attached
to another toys to form brand new toys.