Replica H70X type case
Replica H71X type case
Replica H70X and H71X actually came
in the later Police Keeper and H72X series style case. The vintage
case for H70X and H71X had silver Hoodman lettering embossed in place
of the sticker on the upper left corner. Also the lid had
MicroHoodman engrave on it (the replica version has clear sticker to
simulate the lettering). Takara probably used the later case to
save cost of actually reproduce the vintage style case and this
particular case can be used for Police Keeper and H72X type.
Each figure came in plastic baggie
seal with white label. The label had the company information,
barcode and the figure name and designation. (Similar to Replica
Each Hoodman came with Hood armor
and wing. H70X came with yellow Hood and H71X came with blue hood.
The two Hoods, like the figures, appeared to came from old molds which
made them nearly identical to the original vintage version.
The Hood armor was inspired by
Takara, regrettably, did not include
figure stand with Replica MicroHoodman.
Takara re-issued MicroHoodman series as part of
Replica Microman line in spring of 2001. H70X type and H71X type were
together in April and H72X would be available in late May or early June.
Takara's decision to re-issue MicroHoodman came as a
bit of a surprise because Hoodman was never deem
to be on top of the Replica Series wish-list. The main factor
for the re-issue of Hoodman was probably because Takara still had most of
the original molds to produce the figure. Replica Series Hoodman were nearly
identical to the original and appeared to came from the old molds. The
only part that was slightly difference was the ankle piece. The
body, head, arm and both Hoods seemed to come from the same mold as the vintage
toys. The colors were very closed to the original with slight
variation on some parts.
The Right Stuff or just Short Stuff?
Hoodman are not particularly
popular with many US
collectors due to their small size and painted face (which made them almost
out of place standing next to Micronauts or even Microman.) These
figures, however, are actually very beautiful and offer a nice diversion
to the usual chrome head Micro-figures. Also at the Replica Series price
point, these figures, which are almost exact replica of the original, are
quite a steal. With these Replica Hoodman, one basically get the
figures that are identical to the vintage figures but in brand new
conditions and at a mere fraction of what vintage one would cost.
would also make a nice addition to Mange Power and LED Power collection since they are
somewhat related to Microman Arthur and the gang. Hoodman
Hans (H701) was shown on anime series and introduced as mentor to Microman
Edison. Magne Microman actually came from one of the Micro Earth
colony build by MicroHoodman and not the original Micro
MicroHoodman Arrival from Space
MicroHoodman as space-faring explorer that set out from Micro-Earth long ago
before the catastrophic explosion. Hoodman traveled through space in
their giant space ship named RCB Noah. They soon discovered that they
were running out of foods and resources so they shrunk themselves down to
8cm size from the normal human size (about 1/20 scale). (Remember all
Microman were, at one time, the same size as Earth human before the
explosion and alpha H-7 radiation) Hoodman were normal
"(micro)-man" and did not undergo the automatic evolution like
those that escaped from Micro-Earth after the explosion. Hoodman build
Hood armor to allow them to function in hash environment of space and also
act as protective gear. MicroHoodman build several space
colonies (called Micro-Earth X where X is the number of the colony) during
their travel. They later detected the alpha H-7 Radiation Wave travel
through space (from Micro-Earth explosion) Hoodman plotted the course of the
radiation which led them to Earth. MicroHoodman then joined force with
Microman on Earth to fight against Acroyears and newly arrived Satan Ardens
(whose world was also ravaged by alpha H-7 that headed for Earth).
(See Also MicroDesign 1978 MicroHoodman
(See also MicroMillennium 1999-2000 Magne
Powers and LED Powers Series)