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.
Secret Base Story
Amazon Acroyear was found to be responsible for the depletion of
resources in the Amazon Rain Forest. Microman Police Keeper found
that the Amazon monsters were Acroyear Presidents that were modified by
Satan Arden. Microman began to expedite the plan to build
the Secret Base in Mt. Fuji. The Secret Base was divided into three
different sectors each with four subsections. They are known by
their acronyms as CRIM, SHED and GLFT.
"alarm" light and spinning turnstile that can store Microman
ready for action.
Secret door launch
Microman MB-1 Rescue Base vehicle.
secret hidden wall on the right spin open to reveal secret gunner
station. While the Secret Base didn't appear to have flight mode, it was
portray in several drawing flying through the air via rocket booster
under the base much like a flying mountain fortress.
Base or Rescue Secret Base had clear dome design and sit in the rock of
Mt. Fuji. Rescue Base had many play features pack into its compact
size. (The Secret Base was much smaller than last year Build
Base). The base had series of radar dishes that when
trigger would activate the one of the Secret Base's features. The main
lever radar dish (on the left side) activate the light and rotate the
large chrome antennae, the back radar dish (back side of base) launch
secret MB-1 vehicle and the front radar dish spin the hidden secret wall
to reveal secret gun station. Rescue Base even came with Amazon
Cannon spring loaded missiles that can be used to shoot the radar dish
to activate the base secret features. Beside these mechanism
features, the base also had several static feature such as missile
launcher, open able dome top, observation post, sentry post and computer
station for Microman figures.
good old day when battery was included but unfortunately this one was over
20 years old. The base required 1.5 Volt C-size battery for the flashing
light and turnstile feature.
Rescue Base had very
beautiful design with the dome-look of the old sci-fi design combined with
the modern (then) array of radar dish. The clear red used for the
radar dish antennae and the computer screens really well accent the gray
fortress-like look of the Rescue base. Though not as large as the
Build Base and not as exotic looking as the Conning Tower Base, the Secret
Base compact design and play features captured much of the original
Microman theme and design trend. However, it must be note that the
old exploration base from the early 70's series had clearly changed into
militaristic base by the late 1970's. Rescue Base toy came
out at the wane of Microman series, and many "dead stock" can easily be found at reasonable price in secondary market.