More of Microman line review, it will discuss another vintage toy of Microman Magne Powers series by Takara, it’s all about their vehicle of Micro Machine Series Spy Heli with Microman Magne Kirk. The name of “Micro Machine” was a homage to the original micro machine line from the original series. Spy Heli is one of Edison’s micro machine creation to help him & his fellow Microman to fight Acroyear, it’s ability was able to fly like a helicopter, secret base & of course combat copter! As for Magne Kirk, I can’t seem to find any of his information who he is & what part of his role in Microman since he never make any appearance in Microman anime. Alright, enough for them now as for the toy, my Spy Heli was produced by a different company, which is Sonokong Toys. Sonokong is the official Korean licensor for Takara Microman Magne Powers Toys. The box even stated “made in Korea”, I think this is my first Korean toy eventhough, the franchise was originally Japanese made. Unlike the Japanese version, the Korean version has the contents packaged with a thick box instead of MOC which gave them better protections on the toys. Unfortunately, I completely blank by this packaging since the box was written full in Korean language… Well, I understand Japanese a little but, this… I don’t understand Korean at all, not even a bit of the writings I can read. So… To all readers especially to any of you which is more experienced than me in this line feel free to notify me, if I miss something on this review. Okay, now we shall see the contents looks like!
Coming from their names, the packaging comes up with Spy Heli & part of it’s accessories, Cup-Noodle can, Magne Kirk & Exclusive Korean Microman Magne Powers Card! Nice one, I have to admit that!
The Korean Version also comes with their own booklet featuring many of the Microman Magne Powers products with their own features either magnets/change/combination. The booklet even contains featured products that haven’t been introduced in the early Magne Microman book like Robotman Dean & Endeavor, Giant Acroyear, Micro-Kit, Microstation with Magne Conan, Micro Zen-Mine, Acro Zen-Mine, Mr. Grey & Power Drink with Magne Cyber & Magne Titans. Strangely the booklet doesn’t feature Demon Acroyear, Acro Change, Magne Arden even Super Microman products which only appeared in Micro-Kit products. Well, I only heard that Demon Acroyear series didn’t get Korean release but, I don’t know for the others.
The Korean version also includes exclusive trading card, there are 5 cards included in the box. Each card shows the featured products from the booklet, they even got the exact printed photo from it, well… The cards that I got are Magne Arthur, Robotman Ace combined with Magne Animal, Magne Animal Hurricane Bird, Robotman Cross & Microman Kit-Machine Earth Jetter with Super Magne Izam. The back of the card shows Microman anime artwork with the Korean writings of “Microman” title & the description, unfortunately all artwork on the back wasn’t printed nicely….
The Micro Machines series for Magne Power line features vehicles that can hide inside food can. Spy Heli was a Helicopter that able to hide inside a cup-noodle can. Spy Heli was multi functional machinery, it can transform into a vehicle for Microman to ride and the noodle can works as their secret base. Spy Heli came with exclusive color Magne Power Microman toy Magne Kirk. Kirk wear black and clear purple armor with his own helmet. As for the quality regarding the Microman toy since I don’t have the Japanese release of Spy Heli, Magne Kirk Korean version appeared to have slight differences to my other Microman Magne Powers toys. The materials of the toys are mostly plastics but, there are also a little diecast (on Spy Heli) & magnetic iron (on Magne Kirk).
Like all regular Microman Magne Powers toys, Magne Kirk’s head was also colored in chrome style & he wear winged pilot helmet, kinda resembles to Izam but, it’s completely different. His helmet actually reminisce me about Patlabor Type-J9 Griffon & Ingram AV-X0, just look on that protruding front helmet, visor, wings & that screw styled ears lol… Nothing is known about Magne Kirk since he’s an exclusive toy for Spy Heli, he didn’t appear at all in the anime.
Magne Kirk is just an alternate variant color based from Magne Microman body build, so nothing fancy about him except the coloring & the helmet. His purple body was made using clear purple material, while his blue & golden Magne weapon part was painted & the black part of his body used simple black plastic.
Magne Kirk’s articulations works the same way as his predecessors but, he has better movement for his head which we can make his head bend up/down & the joint wasn’t super tight as the 5 regular Microman Magne Powers. He also got magnetic features on his left arm, chest & 2 feets.
Spy Heli can transform into 3 forms, it can be a helicopter with or without the cup noodle can & it can also transform into a ground turret for battle. Articulations consists to movable half body (for ground mode), propeller & turret. Well, it’s pretty pleasuring so far, the quality is also good & I like the idea of making it into a ground mode. Most of Spy Heli’s coloring was red & blue & there are also yellow, grey & black part. Hmm… Not quite fond with red though but, not bad. The details on the sculpt work is pretty amazing, I like how they sculpted the propeller with “MICROMAN” word in English.
Well, since Spy Heli was included with exclusive Microman Magne toy, Kirk can ride the Spy Heli as well but, it appears that the hole of Kirk’s back didn’t fit enough for the peg. I tried very hard to attach it but, no good result… However, Kirk can still atleast sit & ride the Spy Heli perfectly. Unfortunately, when Kirk’s on the Spy Heli with cup noodle, the can couldn’t withstand the balance as they’re easily fall down.
Cup Noodle can works as their secret base, we can open the can to reveal their base which inside of the cup sculpted with machine feels but, completely unpainted. The can itself was printed with decal stickers, it’s mostly written “Spicy Soy Sauce Noodle Pepper” but, I kinda loled they even put a barcode number on it… The Noodle can was referenced from “Nissin Cup Noodle” brand, maybe? & since the Micro Machine introduced them being able to hide into the food can, Spy Heli can be put inside the noodle can perfectly fine & interestingly Magne Kirk also fit enough to be put inside together with Spy Heli inside the noodle can. Interesting but, it’s funny they hide in the food can because hiding inside the food can may distract people if they saw it, since most people actually likes to dig on instant cup noodles lol. The anime counterpart appeared to have a very different interior which has computer & even a feature that can split to the side while the toy only split upward, seems to me that the computer interior would only be able to carry 1 or 2 person.
The vehicle can be split in half.
The propeller is removable when the body was split half, & it may remain unused because there’s no other option to use anymore aside for combined body.
Hinge joint also removable & can be attached in the noodle can but… I have no idea what’s the purpose of this hinge joint to be attached in the noodle can….
The turret can also be split in half & interestingly, Magne Microman’s right hand can hold the weapon. Unfortunately, since the regular Magne Microman’s left arm was molded 1 piece with magnet weapon, the other split turret remain unused but, you can also use another Magne Microman to hold it. But, shame… I’m still wishing 1 Magne Microman wields 2 heavy gun, though….
Spy Heli was also compatible with the Magne Robotman, it acted as wings for the Robotman. However, I don’t have my own Magne Robotman so, I can’t show them attached to the Robotman… But, it’s pretty cool that even Spy Heli was split, it still can fly.
COMPARISON BETWEEN JAPANESE VERSION
Comparing between Edison, Kirk appeared to have the same body proportion like other regular Magne Microman toys but, in Korean Ver. there are indeed some differences that I noticed:
- Kirk’s head articulation moves better than Edison, you can see his neck articulation on my pictures above. Edison’s head couldn’t even move pretty well since the joint was too tight & he can’t even bend his head up & down. Yeah, in terms articulations Sonokong did better job than Takara.
- The shape of Kirk’s shoulder rivets are slightly different, they’re now flat rivet while the Japanese Ver. was rounded top. Yeah, I like the flat one better, more anime accurate.
- The coloring of Kirk’s golden chest is paler than Edison. Ugh, don’t like that pale version….
- Kirk’s left arm is slightly smaller than Edison which appeared to be bulged, on the contrary Edison’s right arm is slimmer than Kirk one.
- Kirk’s right arm’s bracelet was painted in awkward paintjob but, more like they didn’t paint it to me. Now, this is a let down….
- There are few plastic traces left on Kirk’s right hand which looks ugly but, it can be cut.
- Kirk’s back was fully painted while the Japanese version had the 5mm port and the panels left clear. Hmm, personally I like the clear panels better than fully painted.
- Kirk’s butt had “© TAKARA 99” stamp while Edison had “© TAKARA 98” with “CHINA” stamp.
- Edison’s paintjob is much better than Kirk… I hate the large paint transfer on Kirk’s magne weapon…
- Kirk’s feets had larger hole for the magnetic material compare to Edison’s.
Well, to think comparing Japanese Ver. VS Korean Ver., I still prefer the Japanese one better because the paintjob & material is alot better than Korean one but, handling the Korean Ver. is much easier since the articulations aren’t too tight as the Japanese Ver. So, both version still got their own pros & cons.
Surprisingly, Edison’s hole joint is much more fittable to the saddle’s peg so, he can ride Spy Heli perfectly comfortable.
We also transform the Spy Heli whatever we like to create our own form of Spy Heli but, so far I only created 3 variant form of my own….
Ah, yes… Edison is the one who invented Spy Heli…
Not bad so far, although I’m expecting to create more variant form but, I lost idea to create more & there’s some part that confuses me to use them since they’re not fully stated in the instruction manual. I don’t feel any regret on Spy Heli, except on Magne Kirk’s disappointing quality & my obstacles on Korean language. But, I don’t actually bother much because I bought Spy Heli for only like $7.65, & surprisingly it’s legit according to FB group of Microfans – Micronauts & Microman. Because, there’s no bootleg of the Korean Ver. found so far, yeah it’s too good to be true because in many online stores, they worth for like $10-$20-$30. Well, eversince not many people in Indonesia knows Microman Magne Powers so, they’re not sell really well. Also, Spy Heli with Kirk never make any appearance in Kinoman so, it makes this toy became even strange for Indonesian people. As for recommended or not, I say for this is depending on where you live.. If you live outside Indonesia & found this for only less than $10, I think you better grab it because, not many outside sellers may sell on that super cheap price. I bought this up because I’m curious reading people’s review about Korean Ver. of the Spy Heli having the same or better quality as the Japanese Ver. Maybe, yes on the Spy Heli because the peg joint of the saddle was fit enough for my Magne Edison but, as for Magne Kirk himself… I’m not happy with the quality but, I’m a bit relieved by the better articulations.
- Spy Heli got very nice finishing, the details & paintjob are perfect enough.
- Spy Heli got alot of gimmicks & features that allow us to create our own version of it’s form.
- Kirk got better articulated joints compare the Japanese Ver.
- The super cheap price!
- Nicely printed booklet & front cards.
- Spy Heli’s red & blue paint suffers paint transfers, this is shown on the white blister.
- Spy Heli with attached cup noodle is easy to fall when the Microman ride it.
- Kirk’s hole joint on the back didn’t fit enough for the peg joint of the saddle.
- Some of Kirk’s material quality is quite poor.
- Magnets aren’t strong enough to maintain extreme pose.
- The back of the cards were printed poorly.
Small Parts: 1/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
Small Parts: 1/5
Accuracy sculpt: 3/5
Wait a minute?!
A Pokémon Battle parody?!
Owh, I see now…
Oh, no no no no no no…..
With that Thunderbolt of course you win lol….
Well, you’re both a winner so both of you get the prize….