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1984 New Microman Series

Micro Change Series - Microscope Robo MC20 MicroScope (c.1984)


Micro Change Series 2

Microman Series



Microman Zone
First year of included the Founder Microman, Micro Kit Machines and 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 relaunch 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.

Microscope Robo MC20 Micro Scope was part of the last series of Microman toys to be released by Takara for the original Microman line before it was canceled. MC20 was part of the second series Micro Change toys (also known as Chameleon Goods) which featured Microman robots that disguised as everyday ordinary objects.  In the case of MC20 the robot disguised as a black microscope that transformed not only into a robot but also as a tank-like vehicle for Microman figure.  In the object mode, the toy was actually a working microscope (though not a very good one).  In this alternate mode the toy was actually quite realistic looking complete with magnification dial, fold-out sample tray with movable eye-piece.  From the object mode the toy could easily transformed into tank-like vehicle for Microman figure. The sample tray became seat, and the eyepiece became cannon.  In vehicle tank mode, the barrel and seat can raised up and turn the tank into AA cannon.


Takara marketed the Micro Change toys as "Chameleon Goods", a Microman robot that disguised as everyday object, so each toy came packaged in the alternated mode. Micro Change or Chameleon Goods was part of their "Real & Robot" lines which included the Diaclone Car Robot series.


Micro Scope came with spring-load missile launcher gun and three red missiles.

Micro Change Story


Microman Micro Change were robot and vehicles constructed by the New Microman to help fight against the Acroyears. Microman build Micro Change Robo using ordinary objects so kids could take these robots along with them without being noticed by adults, but when the Acroyears attacked the Micro Change would transformed and help protect the kids from the Acroyears.


Micro Change robots were slightly difference from Diaclone Car Robots as they were not "piloted" mecha but rather robots with their own Artificial Intelligences. However, the Micro Change Robo were not quite a full sentient beings as the later Transformers series would portrayed them.


Micro Scope Robo were later redeco in red an blue and sold as Autobot Perceptor for the Transformers series in 1985 by Hasbro.



To transform into robot mode, microscope legs became robot legs, the arms folded out and the head rotated out from inside the chest section. The scope sample tray became part of the robot chest which actually looked pretty good with the clear window and chrome frame. Micro Scope was pretty much self-contain without having to attach any extra parts, the fists were pushed out from the arm section. The eyepiece became shoulder cannon in robot mode. The only extra parts were the two accessories, a black plastic hand rifle and a spring-loaded missile launcher that fit into the robot hands via 5mm connector. The robot mode, like the microscope was mostly black with silver-gray legs and forearms. The foil stickers came pre-applied from the factory added nice accents to the toy in both the robot and object mode. All in all, Micro Scope was one of the better looking robot from the Micro Change line up. The mold for MC20 Micro Scope was later reused and released as part of 1985 Transformers line-up by Hasbro. MC20 would became the Autobot scientist named Perceptor. The toy was changed from black and silver to red and blue but otherwise pretty much identical to Microman version.