M10X came with a detachable chest piece. The chest pieces were the same
as the "barefoot" series. The chromed chest pieces were
carry over legacy from the Henshin Cyborg. Microman M10X chest pieces
were not randomize but specific to each member.
Microman M10X Type had several
variations and production run changes.
1974 Release 1 - Founder
Series or First Series Microman. These early Microman figures were
similar in many way to M10X but they did not have 5mm port and they came
with barefoot design. The first version had metal tab instead of the
rubber tube to hold together the arm sections.
1974 Release 2 - Takara replaced
the metal tab design with the rubber tube. The first two released were
sold only as part of Microman Kit-Machine toys.
1974 Release 3 - Takara sold the
figure separately in white capsule. The early capsule was similar to the
later 1975 capsule but the lid had extra engrave details and the bottom
capsule tray had two plastic tabs to hold the figure in place.
The first three releases actually were
sold as Clear Microman, Yellow Microman, Blue Microman and Orange
Microman. These naming convention came from the Cyborg since Takara
would called each Cyborg by their inner part color such as Silver Cyborg 1 or
Gold Cyborg 1 etc. Microman naming and numbering convention were not
introduced until the re-launch of the line in 1975 in which Microman became
their own toy line and no longer just miniature version of Henshin Cyborg
1975 Release 4 - Takara
introduced 5mm port to the original series Microman and replaced the
barefoot with M11X style cybernetic shoe. The short cuff style was also
change to the common long cuff style.
1975 Release 5 - By mid 1975,
Takara also changed the short shoe to the longer type just as they changed
the M11X type shoe to the longer type. The early version shoes were
too short and made the figure difficult to stand and pose.
1976 Release 6 - Takara added the
word "Japan" to the back just above the 5mm port. This was
probably done to distinguish M10X from Mego Micronauts version. Takara also
changed the design of the capsule sticker from the green badge design to the
Microman Command style logo.
1978 Release 7 - In 1978,
Takara began to use semi-opaque white shoulder part for the
figures. Some of the early Microman figures that became out of
stock in 1978, like the M10X, M11X and M12X, were produced with the new
semi-opaque part. The semi-opaque shoulder parts would became
common for most of the New microman figures. Takara also changed
the color of M103 from dark cobalt blue to lighter sea-blue color.
Also added to 1978 version were
the small holes on each side of the legs. The hole was design for the Rescue
Power Up Accessories. Takara released two set of Rescue Power Up
accessories in 1979 and one of the set even came with two new members of
M10X (in smoke clear and clear green). Takara planed several more
Power Up accessory which would take advantage of the holes now common to
most Microman figure since Command series but the Power Up Series was cancel
along with the Original Microman line in 1980.
In 1976, Mego licensed Microman toys
from Takara and released copy version of M10X as Micronauts Time
Traveler. Mego version had few differences from Takara Microman
version. Mego Micronauts came package on a blister card without the