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| series      = [[Micronauts]]
 
| series      = [[Micronauts]]
 
| image      = [[Image:biotron-box.jpg|240px]]
 
| image      = [[Image:biotron-box.jpg|240px]]
| caption    = Biotron toy box
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| caption    = Mego Biotron toy box
| first      = Micronauts 1, January 1979 by Marvel Comics
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| first      = ''Micronauts'' volume 1 number 1, January 1979 by Marvel Comics
 
| last        =  
 
| last        =  
| creator    = Mego Corp.
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| creator    = Mego  
 
| portrayer  =  
 
| portrayer  =  
 
| voice      =  
 
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| nationality =  
 
| nationality =  
 
| lbl1 = Japanese name
 
| lbl1 = Japanese name
|data1 =  
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|data1 = Robotman
 
| lbl2 = Release number
 
| lbl2 = Release number
|data2 =  
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|data2 = 71053
 
| lbl21 = Abilities
 
| lbl21 = Abilities
|data21 = * [[Oxygen independence]]
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|data21 = * Energy blasts
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* Flight
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* [[Oxygen independence]]
 
* [[Shapeshifting]]
 
* [[Shapeshifting]]
 
* [[Superhuman durability]]
 
* [[Superhuman durability]]
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* Telescoping arms and legs
 
* Telescoping arms and legs
 
| lbl22 = Affiliation
 
| lbl22 = Affiliation
|data22 = Micronauts
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|data22 = Micronauts (Marvel Comics)<BR>Baron Karza (Image Comics)
 
| lbl23 = Alternate mode
 
| lbl23 = Alternate mode
|data23 = Biotronic tank
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|data23 = Biotronic tank and 2 vehicles
 
}}
 
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'''Biotron''' is a [[fictional character]] from the [[Micronauts]] series introduced in 1977. He is a heroic robot character.  
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'''Biotron''' is a [[fictional character]] from the ''[[Micronauts]]'' series introduced in 1977. He is a heroic robot character.  
  
 
==Micronauts==
 
==Micronauts==
Biotron is a heroic robot member of the Micronauts.  
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Biotron is a heroic robot member of the ''Micronauts''. He can turn into a tank (and sometimes his legs become additional vehicles). He can fly, has superhuman strength, can stretch his limbs and fires energy blasts.  
  
 
===Development===
 
===Development===
According to [[Bryan Wilkinson]] on [[Facebook]], when [[Palisades Toys]] was first planning on Micronauts toys to release they had hoped to release Biotron. This toy was never released by Palisades Toys.  
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The Biotron toy was designed by [[Iwakichi Ogawa]] and was filed for US patent in 1976.<REF>https://www.google.com/patents/US4095367</REF>
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Biotron was released by Mego in 1976. He was also released by Airfix.
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According to [[Bryan Wilkinson]] on [[Facebook]], when [[Palisades Toys]] was first planning on Micronauts toys to release they had hoped to release Biotron. This toy was never released by Palisades Toys.
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ATR Hobby released Roboid, a 3 3/4 inch tall figure inspired by Biotron.
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In 2018 several parts for Biotron were released on Shapeways by Mathew Robert Ignash.
  
 
===Reception===
 
===Reception===
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===Comics===
 
===Comics===
 
====1979 Marvel Comics====
 
====1979 Marvel Comics====
[[image:Micronauts002-cover.jpg|left|thumb|120px|Micronauts 2 by Marvel Comics]]
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[[image:Micronauts002-cover.jpg|left|thumb|120px|Micronauts volume 1 number 2 by Marvel Comics]]
Biotron was one of the main cast in the Micronauts series by Marvel Comics. Biotron is a robot from the planet Homeworld. He has a telepathic link [[Space Glider|Commander Arcturus Rann]].
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Biotron was one of the main cast in the ''Micronauts'' series by Marvel Comics. Biotron is a robot from the planet Homeworld. He has a telepathic link [[Space Glider|Commander Arcturus Rann]].
  
 
Commander Rann's roboid copilot during his 1,000 year sojourn through the Microverse, Biotron served as Rann's telepathic eyes and ears while his physical body was kept in stasis. Biotron continued to serve as Rann's copilot aboard the HMS Endeavor in their war against [[Baron Karza]]. Biotron was an unflappable foil for Commander Rann. Biotron's model series had long since become obsolete and, of course, he took this in stride with his trademark dry, erudite wit. Tragically, Biotron was the first major casualty among the Micronauts in the Karza War, killed in issue 27  
 
Commander Rann's roboid copilot during his 1,000 year sojourn through the Microverse, Biotron served as Rann's telepathic eyes and ears while his physical body was kept in stasis. Biotron continued to serve as Rann's copilot aboard the HMS Endeavor in their war against [[Baron Karza]]. Biotron was an unflappable foil for Commander Rann. Biotron's model series had long since become obsolete and, of course, he took this in stride with his trademark dry, erudite wit. Tragically, Biotron was the first major casualty among the Micronauts in the Karza War, killed in issue 27  
  
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[[image:bioship.jpg|left|thumb|120px|The Bioship in Marvel Comics]]
 
Biotron was somewhat reborn as the Micronaut's second ship, the Bioship, in issue 46. This Bioship's personality was based on [[Microtron]], [[Nanotron]], and Commander Rann's memories of the original Biotron.  
 
Biotron was somewhat reborn as the Micronaut's second ship, the Bioship, in issue 46. This Bioship's personality was based on [[Microtron]], [[Nanotron]], and Commander Rann's memories of the original Biotron.  
  
A second Biotron was later created in issue 58 to accompany the Micronauts on their new voyages, though it had none of the original's personality or memories.
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A second Biotron was later created in issue 58 to accompany the ''Micronauts'' on their new voyages, though it had none of the original's personality or memories.
  
When Marvel lost the license to Micronauts it included losing the rights to Biotron, and he has not appeared again the Marvel Universe.
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When Marvel lost the license to ''Micronauts'' it included losing the rights to Biotron, and he has not appeared again the Marvel Universe. His place was taken by a new character named Photon appeared as a member of the Ant-Men.
  
 
====2002 Image Comics====
 
====2002 Image Comics====
Biotron appeared as a regular character in the 2008 Image Comics reboot of the Micronauts. In this series he is depicted as a large and powerful cyborg created by Baron Kaza who turned against his creator.  
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Biotron appeared as a regular character in the 2008 Image Comics reboot of the ''Micronauts''. In this series he is depicted as a large and powerful cyborg created by Baron Karza who turned against his creator.
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====2004 Devil's Due Publishing====
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The Devil's Due Publishing ''Micronauts'' stories continued those from Image Comics with Biotron continuing as a regular character.  
  
 
====2016 IDW Publishing====
 
====2016 IDW Publishing====
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===Toys===
 
===Toys===
 
*'''''Mego Micronauts'' Biotron''' (1976)
 
*'''''Mego Micronauts'' Biotron''' (1976)
:A robot toy by Mego Corp. Based on the Takara Microman Robotman toy.
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:A 1:18 scale robot toy by Mego Corp. Based on the Takara ''Microman'' Robotman toy.
:The Biotron toy was designed by [[Iwakichi Ogawa]] and patented in the USA in 1976.<REF>https://www.google.com/patents/US4095367</REF>
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:Came with 2 white wheels and a set of green adapters for alternate modes.  
:A recolored Biotron toy with a new head was used to make [[Phobos (Micronauts)|Phobos]].
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:A recolored Biotron toy with a new head was used to make [[Phobos (Micronauts)|Phobos]], recolored into Cosmobot and given another new head as Terrobot.
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*'''''Airfix Micronauts'' Biotron''' (1978)
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:A released of Biotron by Airfix.
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*'''''Hasbro Revolution''''' (2017)
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:A box set of figures appearing in the Hasbro stories by IDW Publishing comics.
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:Includes tiny figurines of classic characters of Acroyear, Baron Karza and Biotron. There is an Antron called Xant, a female Space Glider named Phenelo-Phi, a Time Traveler named Quin-Tillus and new characters using the classic Micronauts names Oberon, Betatron and Gammatron.
  
*Biotron inspired the [[Microborgs]] character Bioguy.  
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*Several [https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/games/toys/?tag=biotron parts for Biotron] are available on [[Shapeways]].
  
*Several parts for Biotron exist on Shapeways.
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*Biotron inspired the [[Microborgs]] character Bioguy and Biomaster.  
:[https://www.shapeways.com/product/WFBGSSFS3/micronauts-biotron-bopper-fists Fists, New]
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:[https://www.shapeways.com/product/WLW7GU62R/micronauts-biotron-head Head]
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:[https://www.shapeways.com/product/JMBYRRTKE/mego-micronaut-biotron-treads-for-static-display Treds]
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{{seealso|Robot V2}}
 
{{seealso|Robot V2}}
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*[http://marvel.wikia.com/Biotron_%28Earth-616%29 Biotron by marvel.wikia.com]
 
*[http://marvel.wikia.com/Biotron_%28Earth-616%29 Biotron by marvel.wikia.com]
 
*http://idwhasbro.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Biotron_(Micronaut)
 
*http://idwhasbro.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Biotron_(Micronaut)
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*http://innerspaceonline.com/bio.htm
 
*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAsh1rLUtSk Biotron commercial on YouTube]
 
*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAsh1rLUtSk Biotron commercial on YouTube]
 
*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bzeDc_wShE Biotron commercial on YouTube]
 
*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bzeDc_wShE Biotron commercial on YouTube]
  
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[[Category:1:18 scale]]
 
[[Category:5mm peg compatible toys]]
 
[[Category:5mm peg compatible toys]]
 
[[Category:1976 toys]]
 
[[Category:1976 toys]]
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[[Category:1978 toys]]
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[[Category:2017 toys]]
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[[Category:Airfix]]
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[[Category:Fictional characters who can fly]]
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[[Category:Fictional characters who can project energy]]
 
[[Category:Fictional characters who can stretch themselves]]
 
[[Category:Fictional characters who can stretch themselves]]
 
[[Category:Fictional characters with oxygen independence]]
 
[[Category:Fictional characters with oxygen independence]]
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[[Category:Fictional characters with superhuman durability]]
 
[[Category:Fictional characters with superhuman longevity]]
 
[[Category:Fictional characters with superhuman longevity]]
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[[Category:Fictional giants]]
 
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[[Category:Mego]]
 
[[Category:Mego]]
 
[[Category:Micronauts]]
 
[[Category:Micronauts]]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 01:59, 19 February 2019

Biotron
Micronauts character
Biotron-box.jpg
Mego Biotron toy box
First appearance

Micronauts volume 1 number 1, January 1979 by Marvel Comics
Created by

Mego
Japanese name

Robotman
Release number

71053
Information
Species Robot
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Micronauts (Marvel Comics)
Baron Karza (Image Comics)
Alternate mode

Biotronic tank and 2 vehicles

Biotron is a fictional character from the Micronauts series introduced in 1977. He is a heroic robot character.

Micronauts

Biotron is a heroic robot member of the Micronauts. He can turn into a tank (and sometimes his legs become additional vehicles). He can fly, has superhuman strength, can stretch his limbs and fires energy blasts.

Development

The Biotron toy was designed by Iwakichi Ogawa and was filed for US patent in 1976.[1]

Biotron was released by Mego in 1976. He was also released by Airfix.

According to Bryan Wilkinson on Facebook, when Palisades Toys was first planning on Micronauts toys to release they had hoped to release Biotron. This toy was never released by Palisades Toys.

ATR Hobby released Roboid, a 3 3/4 inch tall figure inspired by Biotron.

In 2018 several parts for Biotron were released on Shapeways by Mathew Robert Ignash.

Reception

Comics

1979 Marvel Comics

Micronauts volume 1 number 2 by Marvel Comics

Biotron was one of the main cast in the Micronauts series by Marvel Comics. Biotron is a robot from the planet Homeworld. He has a telepathic link Commander Arcturus Rann.

Commander Rann's roboid copilot during his 1,000 year sojourn through the Microverse, Biotron served as Rann's telepathic eyes and ears while his physical body was kept in stasis. Biotron continued to serve as Rann's copilot aboard the HMS Endeavor in their war against Baron Karza. Biotron was an unflappable foil for Commander Rann. Biotron's model series had long since become obsolete and, of course, he took this in stride with his trademark dry, erudite wit. Tragically, Biotron was the first major casualty among the Micronauts in the Karza War, killed in issue 27

The Bioship in Marvel Comics

Biotron was somewhat reborn as the Micronaut's second ship, the Bioship, in issue 46. This Bioship's personality was based on Microtron, Nanotron, and Commander Rann's memories of the original Biotron.

A second Biotron was later created in issue 58 to accompany the Micronauts on their new voyages, though it had none of the original's personality or memories.

When Marvel lost the license to Micronauts it included losing the rights to Biotron, and he has not appeared again the Marvel Universe. His place was taken by a new character named Photon appeared as a member of the Ant-Men.

2002 Image Comics

Biotron appeared as a regular character in the 2008 Image Comics reboot of the Micronauts. In this series he is depicted as a large and powerful cyborg created by Baron Karza who turned against his creator.

2004 Devil's Due Publishing

The Devil's Due Publishing Micronauts stories continued those from Image Comics with Biotron continuing as a regular character.

2016 IDW Publishing

Biotron was constructed at a Yomi Factory on Micropolis-10 for use by the Ministry of Science. After his pilot died, he was left in a storeroom on Valtricos Research Station, dormant but still activate. He was still able to monitor the Ministries activities, including the destruction of Biotrons on Saqqura by the Entropy Cloud.

2018 Micronauts Protectors of Inner Space

Biotron appeared in the 2018 art series Micronauts Protectors of Inner Space by Brian Vox. He formed the Rescue Pod with the Astro Station and Microtron. He appeared on the cover of issues 11 and 19.

Toys

  • Mego Micronauts Biotron (1976)
A 1:18 scale robot toy by Mego Corp. Based on the Takara Microman Robotman toy.
Came with 2 white wheels and a set of green adapters for alternate modes.
A recolored Biotron toy with a new head was used to make Phobos, recolored into Cosmobot and given another new head as Terrobot.
  • Airfix Micronauts Biotron (1978)
A released of Biotron by Airfix.
  • Hasbro Revolution (2017)
A box set of figures appearing in the Hasbro stories by IDW Publishing comics.
Includes tiny figurines of classic characters of Acroyear, Baron Karza and Biotron. There is an Antron called Xant, a female Space Glider named Phenelo-Phi, a Time Traveler named Quin-Tillus and new characters using the classic Micronauts names Oberon, Betatron and Gammatron.
  • Biotron inspired the Microborgs character Bioguy and Biomaster.

Gallery

References

External links

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