MICROMAN MAGNE POWER (TAKARA)
While I’ve touched on its American cousin, Micronauts, a number of times for this site, I’ve only actually looked at the original Microman line twice before. The line initially began as a 3 3/4-inch-based line, and has mostly lived on in that fashion. However, for a brief period of time in the late ‘90s, Takara attempted to mix things up, rebranding the line under the Magne Power banner and shrinking the basic figures down to 2 1/2 inches. Though ultimately short-lived, it’s an interesting cross-section of the line. Today, I’ll be looking at one of its figures, Microman Izam!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Izam is figure 002 in the Microman Magne Power line, the second member of the main team of Micromen from the launch of the line. The figure stands 2 1/2 inches tall and he has 12 points of articulation. Izam’s sculpt is largely identical to that used on all of the main Magne Power team members. It’s sort of rudimentary, especially when compared to some of the more recent Micromen. It’s certainly a product of its time, and possesses some strong ‘90s vibe. That said, compared to the Demon Acroyear I’ve already looked at, he’s definitely got more reserved proportions. Also, for whatever reason, all of the early figures had this weird magnet attachment on the left arm, which removes the elbow joint. Odd choice, but he’s still got the swivel, so it works out alright. His one unique piece is his head, which is a pretty fun sculpt. He’s wearing a helmet, which has a bit of a Wolverine vibe to it, because hey, it was the ‘90s. It’s really angular, and definitely fits well with the body. Each of the initial figures had their own distinct color scheme to help keep them separate from each other. Izam is purple and grey, with a predominately clear body. It’s more reserved than you tend to see from this line, but it is certainly pleasing to the eye. He’s got the standard chromed head, which clashes ever so slightly with the gold sections, but it’s decent enough looking. There were no accessories included with Izam, but he does have four magnets built in: one in his torso, one at the end of his left arm, and two in his feet. It makes him rather handy for sticking to fridges and the like, which is certainly nifty.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I missed this whole thing when they were new, since the line was exclusive to Japan. However, I came across the line during my freshman year of college and ended up tracking down a whole assortment of them. Izam was amongst those. I wasn’t really expecting much out of Izam, but he ended up being one of my favorites of the basic line.