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1977 Microman Series

Microman T49X Titan Command 5 - T491 Mires, T492 Cashias, and T493 Armis (c.1977)


Titan Command


T491 Mires, T492 Cashias  and T493 Armis


Takara released Titan Command 5 T49X Type in October  of 1977. T49X was the fifth and last of the Titan Command series and are among the rarest of the Titan Commands toys. Titan Commands were never as popular with kids compare to Microman Command 1 and 2 and being sold as part of Gimca line of die-cast slot cars probably lead to many confusions. Takara, in the end, marketed the Titan Command 5 solely as Microman toys with Magnemo-8 features and Gimca references were mostly removed from the packaging.


F5-SSS Pulsar, F5-SS Pulsar and F5-S Pulsar


Unlike the other Titan Commands, Titan Command 5 T49X consists of three members - T491 Mires, T492 Cashias and T493 Armis. The Titan Command 5 follow the same naming convention as the previous Titans by having Greek or Roman mythology sounding names. Titan Command 5 also comes with Gimca die-cast slot car accessory. T491 comes with F5-S Pulsar in metallic blue, T492 comes with F5-SS Pulsar in lime green and T493 comes with F5-SSS in bright orange color. Titan Command 5 retains the same blocky and robotic looks. T49X hands are molded as separate part which allow for some articulations (the hand is design with 5mm connector that plug into the arm and also features 5mm port as hand grip which allow Titan Command 5 to hold many of the 5mm accessories along with the chromed cannon that included with the figure.  Another change in the design is a much more elaborate head sculpt design and the figure is also taller due to lengthen torso section (which make the figure less blocky and more proportional looking than the first two Titan Commands series). While the Gimca slot car is no longer being market as the main part of the toys, T49X figures retain the same interactive features as the previous series and the figure can be combine with the Gimca cars just like the other four Titan Commands. 




Titan Commands Story


Titan Commands were originally living robots that were constructed by ancient Microman Command who came to inhabit Saturn long ago. These ancient Microman build Titan robots to help them with scientific research.  These living robots contained "cultured brain" (brain cloned from Microman) that contained brain wave of these Microman ancestors.  The culture brains were used as a control program and also gave these robots super Artificial Intelligence since the brain actually came from Microman-being. When these ancient Microman left, the robots were put in suspend animation state.  When modern Microman arrived on Earth following Micro-Earth explosion, the alpha H-7 wave also triggered the program and began to awaken these robots and started the automatic evolution process.  Microman Titan 1 & 2 and Microman Spy Magicians discovered these robots while they were investigating the anomaly around planet Saturn. The robots were eventually revived from their suspended animation using Spectrum MX ray. However these robots were no longer just robots, their brains had developed and the robots have became ego of Microman from whom their brains were cloned from. The robots called themselves the Titan Commands.  Titan Commands build Titan Gimca cars using the same cultured brain technology, they were able to transplant their brains to these cars which allowed them to be telepathically link to one another. This very advance concept of cloning the brain to create super AI and then stored it inside a robot which in turn produce a robot that would evolve into a sentient being is quite far reaching especially for kids toys from 1970's.


Titan Commands and Titan Gimca

Titan AI Brain- advance "cultured brain" that house consciousness of ancient Microman Command (#1)

Magnetic Globe - enable Titan to break apart their bodies and reattach them at will. (#3)

Photon Energy Gathering Device - trap photon energy but unlike Microman, Titan Commands have Magnetic Converter that convert Photon Energy into magnetic energy. (#5)

Magnetic Energy Transfer - allow Titan Command to exchange energy with Titan Gimca and vice versa. (#6)

F5 Pulsar uses Gimca frame with modified rear section that now house a twin "magnemo-8" connector and chrome 5mm connector for Titan (or other Microman) body. (This is one of the reason for Titan blocky body so they can appear to be "engine" for their slot car counterparts. Titan Gimca cars have clear plastic canopy that slide over to cover the connectors.

The Arrival of Blitzkrieg Brigade - Microman Titan Commands


Titan Commands act as lighting attack force or Blitzkrieg Brigade (from German WW2 term Blitzkrieg or Lighting Warfare).   They perform this maneuver by combine their attacks with their Titan Cars and used the speed and combine arms assault to stunt the opponent defense.

Titan Commands Checklist

T45X Type T451 Jupiter F1-S Cosmo Rod (Red)
T452 Poseidon F1-SS Cosmo Rod (Light Blue)
T46X Type T461 Tyros F2-S Ti-Bird (Yellow)
T462 Hercule F2-SS Ti-Bird (Dark Blue)
T47X Type T471 Phios F3-S Apo Rod (White)
T472 Apollo F3-SS Apo Rod (Light blue)
T48X Type T481 Neptune F4-S Magma  Rod (Blue)
T482 Alphas F4-SS Magma Rod (Brown)
T49X Type T491 Mires F5-S Pulsar (Dark Blue)
T492 Cashias F5-SS Pulsar (Green)
T493 Armis F5-SS Pulsar (Red)



Microman Titan Command Series

T49X Titan Command 5

Released : 10/1977

Retail Price : 850 Yen




T491 Mires with Gimca F5-S Pulsar. The packaging for Titan Command 5 is a big change from the previous Titan Command series. The package now feature Microman figure prominently on the front with Microman Titan Command logo display prominently on the top section. The Gimca car is now a small part and relegate to the background. The box art is also changed back to the previous series style with the toy being feature in action scene using backdrop of painted artworks. 






T492 Cashias with Gimca F5-SS Pulsar (green). The toys are packaged inside styrofoam tray. There was a rumor that many of the Titan Command 5 toys were damage in Takara warehouse flooding which lead to make the already low production toys being even more rare. Many of the Titan Command 5 that I came across seems to suffer from water damage.





T493 Armis with Gimca F5-SSS Pulsar (orange). The back of the packaging show the toy combining with the Gimca car accessory along with pictures of the other Titan Command 5 in the line up. Not the absence of any Gimca reference even on the back of the box.


Instruction & Stickers

Stickers for T491 & F5-S Pulsar


Each toy comes with sticker sheet to decorate both action-figure and die-cast car. The stickers are not as elaborated as the previous four Titan Commands.



The catalog for Titan Command 5 revealed the upcoming Command 3 Microman and the prototype Cosmo Cars


Double Cannon Engine


Titan Command 5 is one of a few Microman figure to include weapon as accessory.


We are Microman Toys!!


TAKARA vision of "unified toys line" or some might see it as a marketing ploy  makes Titan Command line to be Microman toy with the most lineage since the toy is part magnemo-8, part Microman and part Gimca slot car. However the multiple identities probably confuse kids and parents alike, so in the end Titan Command was marketed solely as Microman toys. T491 Armis comes with metallic blue Gimca F5-S Pulsar 


with Magnemo-8 magnetic features


T492 Cashias comes with Gimca F5-SS Pulsar in green color 


and Gimca accessory!


T493 Mires comes with Gimca F5-SSS Pulsar in bright orange color.







Takara Gimca System


Gimca was TAKARA line of scale die-cast slot car produced in late 1970's. (above is box art from Gimca F103 scale die-cast of Toyota 2000GT)  Slot car racing was a very popular hobby back then and Takara market a line of die-cast slot cars under Gimca system where various components can be purchase separately and then combine together (same concept uses by scale model train hobby) Today, TAKARA still have a division that produce scale slot cars.