Each 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.
Here is sample tag from Command
3 M173 Tatsuya.
Takara also sold M17X in blister
card package attached to Zero-Zero magazine.
This figure was actually an anomaly
since it came with Command 2 pelvic. (The figure was seal in a blister
card so it was an actual factory error)
Microman Command 3
& Lady Command mini-catalog.
Each figure came with chrome Command
3 Rocket Wings and Death Cutter bracelets.
Takara released Microman Command Series in April of
1977 after the released of Titan Commands 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
bodies 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 followed by Command 3 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 Command 3 as individual
figure in a matching color capsule. The figures were also package
inside blister card and sold attach to Zero-Zero magazine.
Microman Command 3 design was based on ancient clay
statue found in northern Japan. Microman Command 3, like the rest of the Command
series, were based on the idea of alien visitors from outer space that came
to instruct Earth's early civilization. Takara seized on this idea and
implied that Microman Command were such aliens from the past.
(Many UFO believers theorized that the clay statue was model after alien
astronauts in flight suit.)
Command 3 came with leg wings call Rocket Wings and glow in the dark chest
piece like the previous two Commands. Command 3 also came with
bracelets call Death Cutter that fitted over the wrists. Command 3
design took on more curve look than the previous two types. The chest
also featured prominent figure-8 or goggles like design made from
glow-in-the dark plastic.
Mego released Command 3 as Galactic Defender as part
of the Micronauts line in 1978. Galactic Defenders did not come with
the capsule, instead they came with Hoodman-like helmet and a pair of weapon
(gun and sword). Mego Galactic Defender came in mono color body of
either gray, white or yellow, also the chest part was not a
separate glow-in-the dark piece but was mold into the body.
Takara reissued M17X series in 1999. The vintage
figures can be easily distinguish by better detail chrome heads.
The vintage versions of Microman Command
3 can be distinguish by the much more details head especially around the
eyes area. As you might have noticed, the Command 3 head was
base on the original Henshin Cyborg (Cyborg One) head.
(See also Takara 1999 Replica
Microman Series - Command 3 M17X )
Microman Command 3
M171 Takuya - he is the leader of the
group. His brain contain the universal Super-scientific data circuit
M172 Tetsuya - has great knowledge of
ancient Japan ruins and Microman activity in the past.
M173 Tatsuya - his body contain super
energy data circuit and he is active in the construction of power for
M174 Tsuyoshi - research on theory
regarding the origin of life and has great passion for preserving natural
Microman Command 1 initiated second
investigation of ancient ruins to make the most of the new Command
Cars. They soon discovered new alpha H-7 radiation reaction. The
area was northeastern area of Japan. Microman dispatched Transfer
Fortress Mobile Base to the local sky. There was earth movement and
ancient clay statue emerged from the ground. Inside the statue was outline
of a body cover in pale flame. Microman aimed the portable Spectrum MX
cannons on board Transfer Fortress at the statue. New companion of
Microman Commands emerged from the statue and call themselves Microman
Prototype of M171
originally planned for M171 to have red and white color scheme but the plan
was change and M171 was released with red and black color instead. If
you look at old catalog picture of Command 3 or picture in Legend of Victory
Mook, you can spotted this early version of M171 in these pictures.
Actually in one of the Command catalog Takara superimposed black color print
on top of the white part of M171. In 1981, Takara released the
red and white version of M17X as M005 Oruga. Ironically, in the early
catalog of New Microman M005 appeared in red and black colors since Takara
was using M171 figure for the photo shoot.