M111 Bobson Toy Review

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Name: Bobson
Allegiance: Microman
Series: Original Microman
Designation: M111
Accessories: Stand, L-Connector, Wings, Capsule


   A mid blue figure with white groin, hands, cuffs and shins along with the standard chrome silver head. Bobson sports a white sticker on his chest with the letters "BS" and a red crest, along with blue and red stripes on his cuffs. There are two blue stickers on the shins rounding out Bobson's sticker details.

   The figure itself is slightly shorter than the new Microman figures and lacks the complex sculpt of the modern toys. He's also notably skinnier than the newer toys. Bobson is typical of the original Microman series. He dates from 1975, and is part of the second wave of the Microman line. The toy I have is a reissue, although it's a pretty faithful reproduction from what I understand.


   Standard for the original toys, Bobson comes with a capsule-case, a small transparent stand and a white L-Connector which plugs into the 5mm port on his mid back. The L-Connector helps Bobson plug into Microman vehicles, which weren't part of the reissue series.

   The reissue also comes with a blue wingpack that plugs into his back, giving Bobson a reason for his socket (if not the L-Connector). There's a keychain hanging off this backpack, allowing it to double as a keyring - the wings bear the word "MICROMAN" on them, and there are moulded rockets on the bottom of the wings. I actually prefer the wings pointing up (which I suppose would make it upside down).


   Bobson's head turns, his shoulders rotate and lift out to the sides, his elbows are hinged while his cuffs turn and his wrists are ball jointed. His waist and hips are ball jointed through a metal T (in the same fashion as a GI Joe toy). His knees and ankles bend while his ankles also rotate. By my count this gives Bobson an impressive twenty points of articulation - which is fantastic for a toy that's thirty years old.

   Compared to a modern Microman toy Bobson is relatively unposeable but he's more poseable than a lot of other modern toys. The stand, with two 5mm posts, gives Bobson a useful anchor for more dynamic poses, although his feet alone can support him in a wide array of poses - even with the wings on his back.


   I only picked up Bobson so I could compare the modern toys with an original, but I have to say I'm quite impressed. For it's age this is an impressive toy and there's an elegance in the design, even now. The blue and white works well, too. From pictures I've seen the early Microman toys are all very similar to Bobson - the M11X series are pretty much repaints of the same figure. I can't say I want more of the older toys, but I can see their appeal.


   Considering his age, Bobson is a great toy and there's an elegance about the design that many newer toys lack. While he lags behind modern Microman toys in terms of articulation (and in many cases, accessories), Bobson still has something to offer. I'm glad I picked him up, and not just as a sample. The older accessories are dated and don't offer much but the wings are a nice touch in keeping with the feel of the mould - 7.5/10 (c) Darren Cilenti
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