Rescue Servo Man came package in
window style box with artwork by Mr. Moritou which was very typical of
first term Rescue Microman toys.
M252 William (vintage)
M262 Adam (vintage)
In early part of the
Rescue Series, Takara had yet to use the exclusive Microman figure as a pack-in
tactic. The figures that came with play-sets such as these often could
have been bought separately. M252 & M262 were both sold
individually as single figure in a capsule case. (See also 1979 Rescue
Microman Series - M26X Type)
During the early part of 1979, Takara released two
unusual sets of Microman figures call the Rescue Servo Man. Each
Servo-man set came with a Rescue Servo droid and a Rescue Microman.
The first set came with M252 William and a red droid with drill head call
Missiler. The second set was a blue R2-D2 style droid call Data which
came with M262 Adam. During the first half of the Rescue Series,
Takara had yet to use the exclusive color Microman pack-in gimmick so this
two Rescue Microman were also available for individual sale in the Rescue
Missiler (with alternate head) and M252
Servo-man were droid companions build by Rescue
Microman to aid them in their fight against the Acroyears. The idea of
the "side-kick" droid was made popular by Star Wars and the many
of the subsequence sci-fi series that followed both in Japan and US.
After Star Wars it seems almost every sci-fi story must had some type of
droid in it. Microman, as it had done in the past, took whatever
concept or fad that popular at the time and made them part of the line so
these droids were probably Takara attempted to cash in on the droid-mania.
Data and M262 Adam
Missiler and Data both used 5 mm system as
connectors for their limbs. Missiler came with drill like head that
can be shot via spring load launcher. Takara also include extra
harpoon "head" for Missiler. Data came with spring load
missile launcher in his body. Both droids had several 5mm ports which
made them extremely versatile for interchangeable with other Microman
toys. Takara even had Missiler and Data combine with one another using
5mm connector on the box art.
*** SPECIAL NOTE ***
Bryan W. of Rescue
Secret Base informed me that Data was based on the design of robot from 1973
Renji Matsumoto Space Cruiser Yamato series (Star Blazers in the US) called
Analyzer. Several sources also reported that Analyzer inspired the
design of Star Wars R2D2 droid.
Note the two 5mm ports in his back and a
switch to fire off his drill head.
Note three 5mm ports and a hidden switch
inside the back compartment.
Takara included extra missiles for
both droids. Missiler came with extra harpoon head and Data came
with three chrome missiles. Takara
also included standard Rescue Microman Pulsar Shot gun with each