forerunner of Microman toys. Henshin Cyborg was based on Combat
production of Microman toys released by Mego and its successors.
Takara decided to make bigger 8" version
of Microman toys. The line only had nominal success.
Takara introduced Diaclone in 1981 along with
the "New Microman" series as part of the new marketing plan to
revamp their sci-fi series.
Takara building block robot toys based on
Microman 5mm system released in 1984 as an extension line to Diaclone
& New Microman.
Transformers was probably the most well known
of all Microman spin-off toys. Many Diaclone and Microman toys
formed the basis for the early Hasbro Transformers line.
Takara took Hasbro concept and imported
Transformers for Japanese market in 1985. The line eventually replaced
both Diaclone and New Microman. Japan Transformers followed its own
history and had its own series separated from the US series.
Choro Q was not truly a Microman spin-off toys
but came about via Takara Gimca (Microman Titan) cars line. Also
Microman Micro Change Mini-CAR are based on these Choro Q toy cars. (Choro Q were sold as Penny
Racer in the US)
Choro Q Robo
This was an
off-shoot of Choro Q line. Choro Q Robo
featured deformed robots that transform into Choro Q vehicles.
Takara recently revived the line with new robot characters including the
Choro Q Robo Transformers.
In 1996, a small
company called Medicom began to license Combat Joe body from Takara and
produced 12" costume figures much like the old Henshin Cyborg
costume line but with modern style and realistic looks. RAH series
became very popular and numbered into several hundreds figures.
The line is still going strong today.
RAH 220 was smaller 8" Shonen Cyborg size
(220 mm) version of the RAH series. RAH 220 concentrated mainly on
characters from Masked Rider TV shows.
RAH 100 was 10 cm tall "micro"
version of Medicom RAH. So far the only series produced was
Disney's Tron RAH100.
Beta Midget was series of capsule (gashapon) toys designed by
long time head of Microman MAFF fan group and produced by Bandai in 2002. The figures
were clearly influenced by Microman series right down to the 1:1 scale
concept and chrome head.
toys line actually originated from another Japanese toy line by Takara called the
Henshin Cyborg. Henshin Cyborg was clear 12" action
"cyborg" doll based on GI Joe body. (Takara was
producing a licensed GI Joe toys called Combat Joe for Japanese market
at that time)
The early Microman was supposed to be a miniaturized version of these
Cyborgs. During the height of Microman line in 1976, a US
toy company Mego, licensed Microman and distributed them worldwide as
the Micronauts. In 1979, Takara tried to spin off another
toy line called the Timanic but it did not gain much popularity. By 1980, Mego had almost gone out of business, Takara decided to market
the Microman toys themselves in the US and took part of the New Microman
line and combined it with Diaclone (a spin-off line from Microman) and released them in the US as the Diakron and later as Kronoform.
Cyborg & Double Nine
Takara revived the Henshin Cyborg
series with Neo Henshin Cyborg in 1997 and later with Cyborg Double Nine in 1998. The
new series met with only limited success.
VS KW Jr. Series
Takara began another Henshin Cyborg reissued with reissued of Shonen Cyborg
(Cyborg-2) along with 8" version of King Walder called KW Jr.
2003, Takara finally reissued Cyborg-1 as part of the new "Henshin
Collection" line. Each figure was sold with reissued Henshin
Another attempt by Takara to cash in on
collectibles craze in Japan. This time with the popular brick-style
figures. The series included characters based on Cyborg, Microman
With the big interested in reissue of old toys,
Micronauts also made the return in 2002. Palisades produced
"retro" version of Mego Micronauts toys.
Seeing the popularity of reissued toys, Takara
began to reissue vintage Transformers toys in 2000 to commemorate the
15th Anniversary of the Transformers. In 2002 the series became TF
"Collector's Edition" series and concentrated on new color
variants and characters.
In 2002, Takara launched
the "Collection Series" as a new official Transformers reissued
released US versions of
Takara Reissued Transformers
under "Transformers Commemorative Series" banner. The toys
were sold as Toys R Us Exclusives.
& Masterpiece Series
2003, Takara launched new line of Transformers called Binaltech. The new
series aimed more at older collectors featured licensed realistic
Transformers Alternators Series
Hasbro released a plastic version
of Binaltech series as Transformers
With the popularity of PVC figures and capsules
toys as collectibles, Takara produced PVC figures of Transformers and
later figures from Takara other SF series such as Microman, Cyborg and
Diaclone. The line would later be expanded to include larger size
version of SCF call MEGA-SCF.
Cool Girls/Cy Girls
Takara and bbi
12" female action-figure dolls in original and TV shows inspired
sci-fi costumes. The line was probably the closest thing to a
female Henshin Cyborg.
X (Cross) Borg was
Takara Cool Girls spin-off series of 12" androids that were based on
the modified Neo Henshin Cyborg figures. bbi sold the line in the US as
Cy Com, also as a spin-off series of their Cy Girls line.