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1982 New Microman Series

Microman Micro Robot Series - Micro Robot 7    "7-2-1 Formation" Box Set with M004 Eiji (c.1982)




Microman Series



Microman Zone
First year included the Founder Microman, Micro Kit Machines and the Conning Tower.



Project Victory
Second year saw more Microman and several new sub series such as the Acroyears, Titans and Victory series.



Spy Magician

The line finally came into its own during the third year with new figures and the classic Microman Transfer Fortress.



A watershed year for Microman series, this year saw some of the best toys for the line. 



Police Keeper

Takara tried new design and direction for the series with the released of Hoodman and Arden. 



Rescue Team
Takara "rescue" attempt for the line with the Rescue Team Microman.  This year also saw updated of the old favorite like the New Tower Base.



Punch & Blizzard Man
The last year of the original series saw the shift in the line to more robot like look and larger figures.


New Microman Series



New Microman
Takara reset the line and re-launch the series under the New Microman banner.



Micro Robot
Micro Robot series became the main focus of the new line.  Takara also tried to cash in on the "pla-mo" popularity with Real Type and Micro Borg.



Micro Change
The "transformation" for Microman series began with the Micro Change series.




Takara continued with the successful Micro Change series but the changing of the guard was inevitable.



Micro Robots 7 R12-R18. These little Micro Robots are definitely the forefather of the upcoming transformable Microman Micro Change toys that would become the Transformers.


Microman Micro Robot 7 Gift Set was packaged in blue color box with painted artwork of 7-2-1 Formation Battle Suit. This style of package was common with most of the larger New Microman toys. By 1981, Takara had returned to using painted picture for box art and clear cellophane die-cut window to display the box content and toy colors.


Instruction & Sticker Sheet

7-2-1 Box set came with instruction sheet and several accessories such as fist missiles for Micro Robot 12, guns for each of the Micro Robot 7 members (each with individual unique design!). The toy lay out nicely inside the large box which feature cellophane windows to showcase the content.




Microman Pilot Included

Microman Micro Robot 7 Box set came with one of the most striking looking M004 Eiji. The version of the special box set was a black and white with chest sticker badge that pay homage to the early prototype of Microman Command series.

The two smaller "Walker" Sets, each also came with exclusive colors New Microman figure. 3-Walker came with orange and black version of M002 while the 4-Walker set came with blue version of M003.


Micro Robot 7 was the last of the new Micro Robot Series. Micro Robot series was a sub group of New Microman line consisted of small scale robots that can transform into vehicles or weapons for the New Microman. Micro Robot 7, like Micro Robot V, was a "combiner" type toy. As its name implied, Micro Robot "7" consisted of seven Micro Robots (R12-R18) that combined to form battle suit for Microman. The set was called 7-2-1 Formation because the toy can transform from 7 Micro Robots to 2 separate battle vehicles which then can also combine into 1 big battle suit. The box set was the largest and most expensive toy in the New Microman series. The set was not particularly rare and many "dead-stock" can often be found.



3-Walker consisted of R12-R14 and the tractor unit. In this formation it look somewhat like Robotman in his "walking" mode, especially with these chrome "claw" attachments.

R-13 Micro Ranger, R-12 Micro Centurion and R-14 Micro Guyana




Beside the large gift set, Takara also sold Micro Robot 7 as two separate smaller play-sets - 3 Walker Type and 4-Walker Type. The 3 Walker Type included the tractor and Micro Robot R12, R13 and R14. The set include exclusive color version of Microman M002. The 4 Walker Type included the hover jet and the remaining four Micro Robot 7 members, R15-R18. The set also came with exclusive dark blue version of Microman M003. All three Micro Robot 7 sets went on sale in August of 1982 with the 7-2-1 Formation retail for 4,980 Yen, and the 3-Walker for 2500 Yen while the 4-Walker was sold at 3000 Yen. So back then if you went for the 7-2-1 Gift set you would save about 500 Yen.




4-Walker consisted of R15-R18 combined with the hover jet to form "EXO-suit"

R-15 Micro Leone & R-16 Micro Savanna

R-17 Micro Tornado and R-18 Micro Pulsar


Micro Robot 7 Members - Checklist



7-2-1 Formation


Micro Ranger

dark green body

left shoulder


Micro Centurion

light green body



Micro Guyana

dark blue body

right shoulder


Micro Leone

red body

left arm


Micro Savanna

blue body

right arm


Micro Tornado

dark green body

left leg


Micro Pulsar

blue body

right leg