MicroSister series is the final year end
series for Microman 2005 Microman line and release by TAKARA in November
of 2005. MicroSister is the "all female" series and debut the new 36
points Full Action Sister Body. The series include four new characters -
MS-01 El, MS-02 Shion, MS-03 Ran and MS-04 Orga. The figures come
package in the standard Microman half-size reseal-able blister card.
FULL ACTION SISTER
MicroSister series introduce all new core
body for Microman line - the Full Action Sister Body. The new body
represents a teenage Micro girl. The body has been totally
redesign and use only a single screw on the main body which screw into
the 3mm back port. The joints connectors are now base on "pin" design and
the entire body can be taken apart with ease. The figure is quite small
and stand only 8cm tall in height. Overall the body is very well design
and open up many option for custom. There are several changes from the
old body including ball joint for head, removable feet and ankle (which
should help preventing the breakage and probably a necessity on
such small body) and new hand attachments. There are only four type of
hands (which I think is fine, the old body seven pairs of hands set is a bit
overkill). The hands are now connected at the forearm instead of wrist
(probably again due to the small size). The body is super-articulated
(36 points) and pretty amazing for such small scale figure. The figure
is pretty durable and there is no breakage but the some of the joints
are a bit loose and could use some more tweaking for future releases.
However overall this is an amazing core body with myriad of
possibilities especially for those doing custom action-figures.
The theme for MicroSister is, of course,
girl-powers and girl super-hero team. There are four members and each
fit into the stereotypical girl team. El, a leader who is a bit vain and
into fad and fashion but is friendly and optimistic. Shion, smart but
naive girl and everybody big sister. Ran, a fighter with super reflex
who is always on the move. And finally the outcast, Orga, the bad girl gone
good and also the big gun of the team. The concept behind the new Sister Body
and MicroSister seem to be slip on accessories. The figures heavily use
the slip-on vinyl and plastic armor pieces (remind me of those Polly
Pocket my daughter play with) instead of molded on armor like Road Force
or snap on armor like the past Master and X series. The new body design
make putting on these armor parts a much easier task and for the most
part they do work very well. Each figure also comes with oversize chrome
weapons and parts. The accessories for these girls are design for
maximum re-configuration, the 3mm port is now the de facto interchangeable port for
the modern Microman. The accessories for all four figures can be reconfigure into
various mode and give these girls tons of option for play and display. These
weapons are really big (common design for most Japanese super-hero) and
some are a bit too heavy for these small figure but thank to TAKARA
foresight, these figures come with new display stand that clip on to the
figure body and allow them to be easily display. While they can
stand without the aid, they are clearly designed with the use of the
stand in mind. The main gripes on this MicroSister seem to be the lack
of stiffness on some of the joints and the hand joints. I was hoping
TAKARA would move away from using PVC for hands with the new body since
the shrinkage cause some to fit poorly.
Ran is the martial art expert and the
"blade" master of the team. She sports blue metallic chromed body armor
with halberd weapon, and optional "helm". The only problem with Ran is
her chest armor which tend to fall apart easily since the two sections
are hold together by the collar piece. The design is clever way of
eliminating the peg but it just did not work very well for such small
intricate piece. Ran has the best joints of all the four MicroSisters in
my lot so the loose joints problem is not the design but the
manufacturing and quality control. The new body really require high
degree of precision due to the use of peg connectors and really small
scale body, so Takara really got to be even more mindful of the quality
control and plastic being used. Like the other three MicroSisters, Ran
comes with several accessories (and they are very sharp and small so
keep them away from little one). Her weapons and backpack can be
reconfigures using 3mm connections.
the martial art expert of the group. She wears heavy
armor and use purely hand to hand combat weapons. She
has optional interchangeable armored helm.
blister back has printed seal that can be cut out and
use to decorate the figure stand. (I wish Takara would
have include sticker instead and it would be more
fitting for "girl" series).
body came with three extra
pairs of interchangeable hands.
MicroSister Stand. The new stand come with two posts and
body clip that allow figure to be display in "flight"
mode. The stand even has small hold so you can use
push-pin to mount it the wall.
Infomercial Vol.08 Catalog and story booklet.
STORY (as translated by Tomoyoshi Araki, edited
by Paul L>)
Micro-humanoids are (Microman) now sharing the same
world ... but Microman has amazing power and some use
them to fight for peace. An international organization,
Microman Rescue Organization (MRO), is form for this
purpose. MicroSister are the cadet of this body.
MicroSister has both the good looks and the skills and
has become somewhat idolize by many, both the human and
the Micro-human. MicroSister's motto is always fight for
"peace on earth" but they are still young and
inexperience. However someday these young girls might
help erase any mistrust between human and Microman.