Spy Cars were sold in black box with
yellow bands much like the box design of Microman Spy Magician
figures. The boxes came in various sizes depend on the
vehicle. There was no Microman figure pack-in for the Spy Car
Spy Car series were not particularly
rare and were probably not very popular when they were originally
released since many could be found in dead-stock or mint condition.
Mego released Spy Car #1 Marine
Condor as Micronauts Aquatron, however the toy lack the secret features
and was change from green to yellow color. Mego also used Drag Tiger and
Jet Mirror as basis for Micronauts Neo Orbitor and Thorium Orbitor.
(See also MicroHeritage
- Mego Micronauts)
Below are beautiful side views of
these often neglect Microman toys. The Spy Car series was the last of the old Microman Zone
style vehicle design and signaled the change from the
late 60's sci-fi look to a more modern design.
Spy Car Series was introduced in 1976 as part
of Microman Spy Magician line up. Spy Car Series was the third in the
"Car" series, a successor to Cosmo Car and Machine Car from the
previous years. Like the previous two Car Series, Spy Car came unassembled
and must be put together by kid (or parents). Unlike last year Machine
Car line, Spy Car were not motorize, though they were design to be able to
use motorized parts from the Machine Car or the Mecha-Cosmo toys.
Takara originally planned to release a total of seven Spy Cars but only six
were produced and sold.
Spy Car #1 - Marine Condor
Marine Condor was design as water
vehicle for Spy Magician. Marine Condor was originally design to be
able to seat Microman. The toy can be use as a bath toy. Marine
Condor also double as secret radio and also as a roulette game.
Spy Car #2 - Sea Spider
Sea Spider, like Marine Condor, was also
design as a water vehicle for Spy Magician. Also like Marine Condor,
it too can be use as bath toy. Sea Spider had hidden magnetic wand and
a mini-pachinko game.
Spy Car #3 - Racing Wolf
The third vehicle in the Spy Car series
was a formula one race car. Racing Wolf had hidden disc launcher and a
spinning top game. Racing Wolf came with cardboard targets.
Spy Car #4 - Drag Tiger
The fourth vehicle was a tri-cycle
called Drag Tiger. Drag Tiger had a cool hidden crossbow which also
double as target shooting game. Like Racing Wolf, Drag Tiger came with
Spy Car #5 - Gyro Panther
Gyro Panther was a small helicopter for
Spy Magician. Gyro Panther had hidden secret telescope and a flying
spinner. This flying Spy Car also had a working crossbow and a ballistae.
Spy Car #6 - Jet Mirror
Jet Mirror was the last of Spy Car to be
released. Jet Mirror was a jet plane with hidden kaleidoscopes and a
wand. Takara also plan another jet Spy Car call Sky Shark which
would had been the seventh Spy Car toy, however the toy was cancel by Takara.
** Special Thank to Rescue Base
Seattle for the re-deployment of Spy Car #1 , #3 & #5 to Microforever
** Spy Car #2 & #4 came from
Felix of Fantasia Toys, they were among the earliest Microman toys I