Microman package. Each figure came package in a nicely design removable
type blister card. The card basic look while attractive would
became indistinctive since all the toys came on the same looking card.
Back view of Magne Microman.
It's nice to see that Takara at least kept the familiar 5mm port.
The new figure only stood about 8cm
tall which was suspiciously the same size as Hoodman from late
1970's. It would later be reveal that they were actually the
descendant from one of the Micro Earth Colony build by Micro Hoodman. Since Hoodman
on their Hood armor for protection, so were these Magne Microman.
They appeared to be wearing some kind of "morphing" armors
which could later be upgrade. The 5mm was actually located on
their armor just like the old Hoodman's 5mm port.
(See also 1978
Magne Microman were the first new
Microman figure to be release by Takara in over 15 years. While
the new figures were sold briskly, many old collectors and fans were
disappointed at the smaller size and lack of articulations.
The reason for smaller 8cm size was not clear until Takara later suggested
that these new group of Microman did not came from original Micro Earth
but rather one of the colony start by Micro Hoodman.
Takara also took a new approach to the
story, the Magne Power story revolved around the five core characters (much like the
Power Ranger series). The new toy line was supported
by new Microman anime and also manga serial in BomBom comic.
Magne Power Microman Arthur &
Magne Microman had magnetic feet and also
magnet in their chest and left arm. The left arm on these figures
were mold in one piece with the Magne weapon and was the souring point
with many fans. The figures were mold in clear plastic with some
paint highlight. Another striking difference between the old and new line
was that each character came with distinctive head designs. Arthur
simply sport headphone-like gear while others wore complete helmet that
hide their face. Izam wear stylize helmet, while Walt wear
eagle helmet, Odin wear puma mask and Edison had grasshopper
head. Each figure also had distinctive color scheme that
they would later kept their basic color as they evolved.
Magne Power design was obviously a
homage to Microman Command 1 M15X Series.