CATALOG SCANS
 
1982
1983 (small)
1983
1983-84
1984

 

1982 New Microman catalog
 
This is the cover of a Microman catalog from around 1982. I can't remember with which toy I got it, but I'm guessing one of the Microrobots. It features most of the New Microman toys that were released prior to the Microchange line.
 Display of an Acroyear, Microborgs etc.
The (New) Microman story.
The (New) Microman story.
The (New) Microman story.
The (New) Microman story.
These are the (New) Microman figures, released in 1981. They are from left to right: 001 Aromu,
002 Iria, 003 Uiri, 004 Eiji, 005 Oruga, 011 ?, 006 Kamui, 007 Kiruku, 008 Kureo, 009 Kenji
and finally 010 Korona.
These are the Microborgs. They came with exchangable arms and legs, and various add-on weapons etc.
No idea what these are called, but they're a type of powered armor for the Microman figures, which can transform into weapon systems.
This is the Cosmic Attack Fighter (prototype). This toy can transform into hundreds of different configurations, like a spaceship, helicopter, tank, etc. It transforms like the original Microman toys, which means breaking it down into it's basic components, and then building something new out of it (kinda like legos).
These are Micro Robots R9, R10 and R11 in the middle of the page can combine into a robot called Micro Robot W.
Acroyear, the adversary of the Micromen.
On the left is Microrider, a motorcycle for Microman figures which can transform somewhat similar to the Mospeada Ride Armors.
From top left to bottom right: the New Microman figures, some biosuit/rollerblade thingies, Microrobots R1, R2 and R3, Micro Gunder (3 vehicles, parts of which combine into a robot), and some Acroyears.
Back cover, showing various models of biosuits that were also available.


 

1983 New Microman (small) catalog
 
This small Microman catalog came with my blue MC-03 Condor (pre Laserbeak). On this side of the catalog you can see (from top to bottom): the New Microman figures (upside down), the Microman biosuits. The bottom half describes the Microman story.
On this page you can see the New Microman figures (for names, see the description in the catalog below), the Micro Cassette MC-01 to MC-03, the first three MC-04 Micro Robot Cars, MC-05 Microx, the Cassette Machines MC-08 BattleBike HG90 and MC-09 JetHeli XL120, MC-07 Browning and the MC-06 Watch Robo. These where probably the first Micro Change toys to be released, so that would make this (on of the) earliest Microman catalogs that show the Micro Change toys. However, the blue version of the MC-03 it came with was on of the last New Microman toys that were produced (late 1984 or perhaps even until early 1985) before Takara decided to drop the line to replace it with Transformers.

 
1983 New Microman catalog
 
This is the cover of a Microman catalog from 1983, which came with my MC-12 (pre Megatron)
These are the (New) Microman figures, released in 1981. They are from left to right: 001 Aromu,
002 Iria, 003 Uiri, 004 Eiji, 005 Oruga, 011 ?, 006 Kamui, 007 Kiruku, 008 Kureo, 009 Kenji
and finally 010 Korona.
The (New) Microman story.
The (New) Microman story.
The (New) Microman story.
Here you can see the MicroCassette Robo: MC-01 Micross, MC-02 Jaguar and MC-03 Condor (Microman versions of respectively Frenzy, Ravage and Lazerbeak)
These are the Microman Cassette Machines MC-08 BattleBike HG90 and MC-09 JetHeli XL120.
Gunrobo MC-07 Browning (copper color!).
This is the prototype of the MC-11 Magnum 44. It looks a lot like the production version, except that it has a different head and handgun.
  These are the prototypes of the MC-12 P38 and the MC-13 P38  U.N.C.L.E. 
  (pre Megatron).
This is the prototype of the MC-11 Cassette Man (pre Soundwave). It has a totally different head (Click here to see a close-up. Guess what, it's Trailbreaker's head!) and the legs are thinner etc. Although the prototypes look better than the toys in most occasions, I'm glad that they changed this one. Even though the prototype looks rather cool too.
This is the MC-05 Camera Robo.
This picture shows the MC-06 Watch Robo and the different colors in which it came. Interestingly, the Watch Robo originally costed more than the MC-11 Magnum 44!
The MC-04 Micro Robot Cars. The four robots on the bottom have some minor differences in their faces so I assume that these are prototypes as well.
  BS1 and BS2 Bio Suits. These were model kits of biosuits for Microman figures 
  (included). I believe that they had to be painted.
These are earlier released Micro Robots. On the left you can see the Micro Robots R1, R2 and R3. The Robots R4 to R8 on the right combine into a robot called Micro Robot V. The individual robots can transform into weapon platforms, which could be used by the Micromen. The three Micro Robots R9, R10 and R11 in the middle of the page can combine into a robot called Micro Robot W. The seven Micro Robots on the bottom combine into Micro Robot 7.
These are also earlier released New Microman toys. On the top right corner you can see Bull Sonic, which is an armored suit for the Micromen, which can transform into a spaceship. On the bottom left corner is a picture of the Cosmic Attack Fighter. This toy can transform into hundreds of different configurations, like a spaceship, helicopter, tank, etc. It transforms like the original Microman toys, which means breaking it down into it's basic components, and then building something new out of it (kinda like legos). On the right you can see two Acroyear figures.
Back cover.

 
1983-84 New Microman catalog
 
This catalog probably came out either late 1983 or early 1984. Page 2 to 14 are the same as in the catalog above, so I left them out.
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The story about the Meteor Robos.
Meteor Robos MeteorRobo MC-14 Metal Man ,  MC-15 Metal Hawk, MC-16 Metal Leo.
Some nice Microman art. In the top right corner a Watch Robo and the Cassette Robos destroy an Acroyear. The botom left corner shows the tree Robots that form Microx and in the bottom right corner Browning and two Micromen using the Cassette Machines.
More Microman art. In the top left corner Cassette Man perforates an Acroyear and in the top right corner an Acroyear tank gets scredded into pieces by a MC-11 Magnum 44. The pictures on the bottom left and right corner show a gold(?) MC-13 P-38.
A picture of all the Microman toys available at that time.

 
1984 New Microman catalog
 
Below you can find the scans of (probably) the last Microman catalog ever printed, dating from 1984.  It shows the entire Microman MicroChange series, except the MC-06 Watch Robo. The scans and info about the catalog and the Micro Change figures (in the MM toy list) are taken from Bryan Craig Wilkinson's Microman Page, where you can find lots of other Microman pictures and info.
 
This is the front and back cover of the catalog. On the front you can see MC-21 RadiCasse Robo (pre Blaster) amongst other MicroChange figures. On the back you can see every MicroChange toy displayed on the table.
Page 1 & 2: Page 1 to 4 tell the New Microman MicroChange story, which is a a somewhat simplified, revisionist version of the original Microman Story. At the bottom of page 1 you can see some Microman figures. The heading says: "Microman Experts (who) Protect Earth". On the top of page 2 you can see a picture of AcroDevil, leader of the Acroyears. On the bottom picture of page 2 you can see the Microman fight DeathSatan in their Cassette Machines.
Page 3 & 4: On the top right picture you can see GunRobo MC-11 Magnum 44 pulverizing a tank of the Acroyears. On the bottom left picture WatchRobo fights an AcroSatan with help of the MicroCassettes and on the bottom right CassetteMan fighting another AcroSatan.
Page 5 & 6: Here you can see MC-21: RadiCasse Robo (blue/gray Microman version of  Blaster)
Page 7 & 8: On page 7 you can see pictures of the KeyRobo MC-17: DialMan and MC-18 MagneMan. On page 8 begins Microman Secret File (SF) Plaza, the black- and white mid-section of the catalog. It's in three sections: Microman Encyclopedia, Microman Fan Bulletin, and a manga by the artist of the original 1976 Microman manga, "The Plot of Dr. Hydra!". The manga artist, Yoshihiro Moritou, also did the illustration on this page.
Page 9 & 10: The Microman Encyclopedia. Page 9 features info on how with a little subterfuge, you can get YOUR mom to let you buy another robot toy, because it's disguised as a working radio. Page 10 details the more "technical" data on RadiCasse Robo and features a cross-section.
Page 11 & 12: The Microman Encyclopedia. These pages explain the advantages of owning MicroScope and ScopeMan, as well as providing technical data and cross-sections.
Page 13 & 14: The Microman Encyclopedia. These pages explain the advantages of owning a KeyRobo or BeamRobo, as well as providing technical data and cross-sections.
Page 15 & 16: The Microman Fan Bulletin, where questions from fans are being answered. The first fan letter suggests making a working PC that changes into a robot. The answer is that it's a very powerful concept. The second letter asks for more Microman toys that change into actual functioning items, like the WatchRobo. The response points out that this is precisely what is being done with the very latest line of the MicroChange series (RadiCasse Robo, KeyRobo, BeamRobo, MicroScope, and ScopeMan). The third letter is the most interesting. This fan notes the lack of any recent new Microman and Acroyear figures, and as a fan of Acroyear figures, would like to see more. The answer is that brand new Microman figures will be "released next year"  and that while the release for new Acroyears has not been scheduled yet, it will be fun to wait and see what's next. (this implies that new Microman figure designs were already planned and would have been released in 1985!!). The Illustration Corner contains two nice pieces of fan art. Below it is the address to write to send fan mail to Takara. At the bottom left is an explanation of the "Chameleon Goods" label that appears on the last of the MicroChange series, which is to reflect the way the MicroChange toys camouflage themselves.
Page 17 & 18: Manga: The Plot of Doctor Hydra. Written by Yoshinobu Katou, art by Yoshihiro Moritou (creator of the original 1976 Microman Manga). The first splash page identifies the characters Takashi (the boy), Yuka (the girl), and Salam (the Microman in the center). Next we see the fiendish Dr. Hydra discuss with his mysterious collaborator his plans to take control of the world by using a gas he developed that turns humans into trees! However, Takashi, Yuka, and members of the MMC, a sort of Microman Boy's Club are out hiking, when Takashi spies something suspicious with his ScopeMan binoculars... (Note this manga reads left to right, like an American comic book. This is the opposite of normal manga (including the original 1976 one), so the panels were numbered to avoid confusion.)
Page 19 & 20: ...Takashi sees the AcroDevil leader through the binoculars, which penetrate his disguise as the doctor's collaborator. Yuka is surprised, having never seen an Acroyear disguised as a human being before. Takashi has RadiCasse Robo signal the other Microman forces to come in and kick some Acroyear booty, and the radio and binoculars transform and move into action! However, Takashi falls into a cavern, unnoticed by the others. He takes out BeamRobo in its flashlight form to see where the underground passage leads to... Meanwhile, Yuka has come across a horrifying sight: people that have been changed into trees! MicroScope decides to investigate...
Page 21 & 22: ...MicroScope discovers what is being done to the hapless victims of the gas... but Salam reports that the MMC members were captured! Meanwhile, Takashi discovers the heart of Dr. Hydra's operations, where he is about to try the gas on the MMC gang, when suddenly, the Microman "calvary" arrives!
Page 23: The kids escape Dr. Hydra's mansion as it begins to erupt into flames. Dr Hydra is left to suffer the fate of his victims, turning into a tree (surely to burn in the fire) as he gasps, "I don't believe it...!" AcroDevil flees for now... The kids and the Microman heroes have won this battle, but who knows what dark sorcery lies in wait in the hands of the evil Acroyears! "Fight, Microman!" 
Page 24: Here you can see MC-22: BeamRobo.
Page 25 & 26: On these pages you can find pictures of MC-20: MicroScope (the black colored forerunner of Perceptor) and MC-19: ScopeMan
Page 27: Here you can see the MicroCassette Robo: MC-01 Micross, MC-02 Jaguar and MC-03 Condor (Microman versions of respectively Frenzy, Ravage and Lazerbeak), MC-10 CassetteMan (Microman  version of Soundwave), Camera Robo MC-05 Microx consisting of : MicroWinder, MicroFinder, MicroShutter (the Microman version of  Reflector)
Page 28: Here you find pictures of the Cassette Machines MC-08 BattleBike HG90 and MC-09 JetHeli XL120 and the MC-04 Robot Cars (the Microman versions of the Mini Bots, under which a blue version of "Bumblejumper"!)
Page 29: On this page you can see the Gun Robo: MC-07 1910 Browning,  MC-11 S & W '44 Magnum, MC-12 Walther P-38 and MC-13 Walther P-38 U.N.C.L.E. (pre Megatron)
Page 30: Here you can see some great Microman designs: the MeteorRobo MC-14 Metal Man,  MC-15 Metal Hawk, MC-16 Metal Leo.