In 1976, a US
toys company call Mego licensed Microman toys from Takara and marketed
the toys to the US (and the rest of the world) as
Micronauts. Early Micronauts toys were basically Microman
toys repackage in Micronauts packaging. Later Mego copied
Takara molds and produced Micronauts toys themselves in Hong Kong.
Mego Micronauts molds were difference in many way from Microman
counterparts. Mego also substituted and changed some of the
colors and parts to reduced cost
Mego later produced their own original
Micronauts toys called the Aliens series. The aliens basically shared 5mm
compatibility with their Micronauts cousin but were design with glow in
the dark brains instead of the chrome heads. Mego also
produced several vehicles for the aliens. By the time Mego
released the second series aliens the company was on the brink of
bankruptcy. After Mego went bankrupt, the molds were sold to
another company call Hourtoy which marketed the toy as The Inter-Changeables. Micronauts
were also distributed with different packaging for Europe and Canada. The
line was call "I Micronauti" in Italy. The Italian I
Micronauti line had several toys that were never release in the
Links to Micronauts Web Sites
Erik Larsen's The Micronauts Homepage
- this site has
all the basic Micronauts information, and the site also has the distinction of being the
first US Micro web site.
Dave Waugh's Inner Space
On-line - this site features an in-depth look at Mego Micronauts
line complete with excellent pictorials. Also check out his MicroWha???
- a sister site about the unusual and rare Micronauts merchandise.
Early Micronauts toys were simply
repackage of Microman toys. Mego later produced their own version using
their own molds but they generally kept basic Microman design.
Toward the end of the line Mego
started to produce their own new design such as the alien series.
They also repainted and retooled several Microman toys to produce new
designs such as the opaque version of Time Travelers, Galactic Defender,
By the time of The Inter-changeables,
Mego and its successors (Hourtoy and M&D Toys) had produced many interesting new variations
that were quite differ from Microman toys.
Cosmic Warp Chamber from The
Inter-changeables produced by Hourtoy and Cosmo-Man from second series
of The Inter-Changeables produced by M&D.
***Special Thanks to Dave Waugh
for helping with Micronauts chronology listing***