Each Command figure came package in their
capsule and was sold directly out of the display box. Each
capsule was wrap with a rubber band and a small identification tag.
Sample tag from Command
3 M173 Tatsuya.
Takara also sold M18X in blister
package together with Zero-Zero magazine.
Microman Command 3
& Lady Command mini-catalog from late 1977
Each figure came with silver Lady
Command Angelic Wings.
Back view of M181
Ann. Note the two 2mm holes above 5mm hole for her Angelic Wings.
Takara released Microman Command Series in April of 1977 after the released of
Titan Command Series. Microman Command
would became the pinnacle of Microman figure design. Each Command
types were base on Earth historical objects, with the premise that they were
ancient Microman that came to Earth in the distance past to instruct Earthling
with Microman technology.
Microman Commands possessed very beautifully design
body and each came with trademark capsule that based on their geographical origin. Microman Commands also came with small wings
accessories for their legs call Anti-Gravity wings or Anti-Repulsion wings which
would made them stood out from the rest of Microman series. Microman
Command 1 or M15X type were released first along with Command 2 M16X type
and then followed by Command 3 M17X and Lady Command during the second half of
1977. Each Microman Command type had distinctive
design and look that set them apart from other series since they did not
shared parts with other types. Takara sold Lady Command as individual
figure in a matching color capsule. The figures were also package in
blister card with Zero-Zero magazine.
Lady Command Ann as angel
Lady Command was the first and only female Microman
released by Takara in the entire run of the original series. Lady
Command was not very popular with kids (boys) nor parents who tend not to
buy female figure for boys so very small numbers were produced. These
factors coupled with the fact that Lady Command were released late into
Command Series year made them at one time one of the most sought after
Microman figures. Even with the re-issue of these figures in 1999,
vintage Lady Command was still very hard to find and seldom appeared on the
collectible market scene.
Lady Command has very beautiful design. The
body is very petite with round hoop-like mini skirt. (The prototype
was shown with no skirt and was probably added to make the figure more
feminine). Lady Command came with Angelic Wings that can be attach to
the legs like all the previous Command figures, however the wings can also
be attach to their back and turn them into angel like being.
While the other Commands were based on ancient ruin,
Lady Command was based on Statue Liberty. This probably because, there
was really no ancient ruin in North America and Takara designer was probably
looking for something in this geographical area to base the figure on.
The reasoning was that many UFO believers theorized that angel sighting in
the past was actually sighting of visitors from another planets. Since
Statue Liberty symbolized freedom, liberty and love, she was perfect for
Lady Command Story
Microman Command searched of Earth
ancient ruins led them to sky over New York. The alpha H-7 detector
unit inside their Surveyor 1 detected unknown Microman signal.
Microman Commands were surprised because there were no ancient ruins in the
area. They began to investigate and discovered the signal came from
Statue Liberty. They switch the main cannon on Surveyor 1 to high
output Spectrum MX mode and fired it at the statue. New female
Microman emerged as streak of light from Statue of Liberty.
M181 Ann: Expert in
medical treatment for injure Microman, especially in emergency care.
M182 Alice: Expert in
math and complex calculation. Excellent at providing backup
M183 Annie: Excellent
knowledge of herbs and plants in making medicine and remedy to cure illness.
M184 Ai: Expert
psychologist and has superb telepathic ability. She can read mind and
can even take over another mind momentarily.
M181 Ann (vintage)
M182 Annie (vintage)
sample was missing her mini skirt. In the prototype design drawing,
Lady Command was shown without the skirt.
M184 Ai (vintage)
The vintage versions of Microman Lady
Command can be distinguish by better head details especially the top of the
head. The vintage figures also had much better fitting parts than the re-issue
(See also Takara 1999 Replica Microman Lady