First year of included the Founder Microman, Micro
Kit Machines and 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.
1980 marked the last year of
the original Microman line before the "reset". The
theme for this year was the new Microman Blizzard and Microman Punch
fighting the newly arrived villains, the Interstellar Emperor Death King, and
his minions, the Death Marcks. Both Blizzard and Punch
figures were very differences from the previous Microman figures not
only in size but also in styles and designs. The main gimmicks for this
year were magnet power toys and vibration motors.
also released the remnants of last year Microman Rescue figures and
vehicles. The two vehicles released were the Black Tiger Tank and the
Rolling Thunder. Besides being harder to find
these two vehicles were quite impressive. They both were had battery
power motorized and very big. Both vehicles came with exclusive Rescue
Microman figures both of which were not given any names, a sign of
Takara decision to abandon the old series. Beside these two Rescue
vehicles, Takara also released two large size robots - one was the new
enemy Death King and the second one was another retooled of Robotman toy
- the God Fighter Robotman. Both toys featured a definite changed in
styles and designs from the 70's series. Takara also released two smaller playset for
Punch Microman Punch Robo and Punch Jet. Again, both of the designs were
prelude to the upcoming New Microman series and the Diaclone line.
1980 "catarog", Takara attempted to attract younger customers
by recap all the Microman series from 1974 in an easy to follow and
recognizable manga style
look (as oppose to the usual story board-like style found in previous
Blizzards were Microman that escaped to Gauss Star after Micro Earth
explosion. Microman Blizzard are encased in strong armor that can
withstand the Super Plasma Ray blast from the Emperor Death King.
Blizzards come equip with Cyclone Cannon that can chilled object to 270
times below the freezing point.