New Conning Tower Base came in the
typical second term style Rescue packaging. (Without Moritou artworks
and featured kids playing with toys much like the package from early
The New Conning Tower came with the
same accessories as the original Conning Tower. Takara widened the
cockpit section but it still a very tight fit for the later Microman
Takara included this round platform
with "rev-up" motor unit inside which can be used as a rear
wheels for the plane (and gives it motorized power) or as hover board
for a Microman.
Here is a close-up look of the new
observation deck. Many parts of the New Conning Tower were
re-design to better suit the bulkier Rescue Microman.
Note the new ventral fin and
re-design engine ports. Takara also closed off the two rear seats
since they would be too small for the current Microman figures (they
were design for the slimmer Microman barefoot) and turned them into airbrakes.
(See Also - 1974 Microman Zone - M115
Takara released Microman New
Conning Tower Base during the second half of Rescue Series in 1979.
The New Conning Tower Base was a recolor and retool of the original 1974
Conning Tower Base (Micronauts - Mobile Exploration Lab).
The New Conning Tower retained the basic look
of the original 1974 version but with new color scheme of red, white and
blue. Takara gave the Tower Base a brand new plane section so it would
look more "modern" and also it needed a wider pilot cockpit for
the bulkier Rescue Crew Microman. Takara also replaced the
observatory dome with open style look. The New Tower, like the
original, must be assemble using small crews and nuts (provided).
The New Conning Tower Base came
with the same accessories as the original version. Takara also
included a new set of rear wheels for the plane section. The new
wheels came in a round platform and contained a "rev-up" motor
inside. The new wheel platform had 5 mm peg so a Microman could
ride on it much like a hover craft.
The plane section of the New Conning
Tower was completely re-design.
The New Conning Tower, while it was just
re-deco version of the old toys, gave the Rescue Series a sense of
continuity and also instant recognition. Microman line by this time
was pretty aging and Takara probably want a toy that would be recognize by
older fans and grab attention of the newer one. The New Conning
Tower made a very nice addition to any Micro-collection especially
next to the original Conning Tower Base.