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Revision as of 13:22, 9 July 2019

Micronauts are a toy line made by Mego starting in 1976.

Micronauts

Micronauts is a toy line started in 1976 by Mego. It was primarily made up of toys originally released by Takara under the Microman line, with some remolding and recoloring. It also included some remolded and recolored toys from Gowapper 5 Godam, Machine Saurer, Steel Jeeg and many original designs.

Design

Micronauts toys were mostly 1:18 scale space figures and vehicles which features 5mm pegs and port designs. The majority of the initial toy design was done by Iwakichi Ogawa, who would go one to design some Transformers figures.

Licensing

Mego licensed several other toy companies to release Micronauts. These include Airfix, El Greco, Gig, Grand Toys and Pin Pin Toys.

Toys

1976 toys

Micronauts Time Traveler toy
Toy Name Original mold use Release number Notes
Time Traveler Microman M10X figures 71000 Released in four translucent color variants and with one of four different chest pieces.
Space Glider Microman Super Steel 21x 71001 Released in three color variants.
Galactic Warrior Microman Super Steel 22x 71002 Released in three color variants and with one of four different chest pieces.
Acroyear Microman Mad Acroyear 71003 Released in three color variants.
Galactic Cruiser Microman Space Buggy 71020
Hydra Microman Bulk Lifter 71021
Ultronic Scooter Microman Auto Buggy 71030
Crater Cruncher Microman Bull Crane 71031
Photon Sled Microman Super Jet 71032
Warp Racer Microman Formula Z 71033
Microtron Microman Micro Robot 71050
Hydro Copter Microman Marine Copter 71051
Gyrotron Microman Escargo n/a (71052?) Although advertised, this toy was never released in the Micronauts line.
Biotron Microman Robotman 71053
Mobile Exploration Lab Microman Conning Tower 71060
Stratastation Microman Road Station 71062
Astro Station Microman Connig Station 71061

1977 toys

Micronauts Pharoid toy
Toy Name Original mold use Release number Notes
Pharoid Microman Command 2 M16x 71004 Released in three color variants.
Baron Karza Steel Jeeg Steel Jeeg 71005
Andromeda Steel Jeeg Panzeroid 71006
Acroyear II Microman Acroyear 71015 Released in three color variants.
Oberon Steel Jeeg Panzeroid 71034
Force Commander Steel Jeeg Steel Jeeg 71035
Rhodium Orbiter Gowapper 5 Godam Gesomachine 71036
Thorium Orbiter Microman Jet Mirror 71037
Neon Orbiter Microman Drag Tiger 71038
Aquatron Microman Marine Condor. 71040
Battle Cruiser Microman Transfer Fortress 71054
Giant Acroyear Microman Giant Acroyear 71055

1978 toys

Micronauts Alphatron toy
Toy Name Original mold use Release number Notes
Alphatron 50336-1 Contains parts from the Microman Road Station.
Betatron 50337-4 Contains parts from the Microman Giant Acroyear, Road Station and Titan Command Base.
Gammatron 50338-7 Contains parts from the Microman Bull Crane and Road Station.
Galactic Defender Microman Command 3 M17x 71016 Released in three color variants.
Nemesis Microman Micro Robot 71049
Phobos Microman Robotman 71056
Star Searcher Microman Surveyor-1 71063
Satellite Survey Station 71070 Contains parts from the Microman Build Base and Robotman. A Montgomery Wards catalog exclusive.
Interplanetary Headquarters 71071 Contains parts from the Microman Build Base.
Galactic Command Center 71072 Contains parts from the Microman Build Base.
Monorail City 71073 Contains parts from the Microman Build Base and Road Station.

1979 toys

Micronauts Antron toy
Toy Name Original mold use Release number Notes
Time Traveler Microman M10X figures 71000 Released in four solid color variants and with one of four different chest pieces.
Kronos 71017
Lobros 71018 Also released by Gig.
Centaurus 71019
Antron 71022
Repto 71023
Membros 71024
Taurion 71041
Solarion 71042
Hornetroid 71057 Contains parts from the Microman Beam Tripler and Transfer Fortress.
Terraphant 71059
Star Defender 71064 Remolded from the Microman Surveyor 3. Contains parts from the Solarion.

1980 toys

Micronauts Ampzilla toy
Toy Name Original mold use Release number Notes
King Atlas Steel Jeeg Steel Jeeg 71007 Never released by Mego, but was released by El Greco and Gig.
Lantaurion Steel Jeeg Panzeroid 71008 Never released by Mego, but was released by El Greco and Gig.
Green Baron Steel Jeeg Steel Jeeg 71009 Never released by Mego, but was released by El Greco and Gig.
Pegasus Steel Jeeg Panzeroid 71010 Never released by Mego, but was released by El Greco and Gig.
Emperor Steel Jeeg Steel Jeeg 71011 Never released by Mego, but was released by El Greco, Gig and Lion Rock.
Megas Steel Jeeg Panzeroid 71012 Never released by Mego, but was released by El Greco, Gig and Lion Rock.
Red Falcon Machine Saurer Death Cross 71014 Never released by Mego, but was released Gig.
Ampzilla 71044
Sharkos 71045

Reception

The Retro Robot Radio podcast for May 3rd, 2014 did a spotlight on Micronauts.[1]

References

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