Microman Action Figures or more commonly just Microman toys are a toy line created by the Japanese company Takara. They were first introduced to the public in 1974 as a miniature representation of another toy line by Takara called the Henshin Cyborg. The Henshin Cyborg was a 12-inch clear action figure often said to have been inspired by the G.I. Joe line of toys.
Microman action figures had a 3.75 inch frame and were well-known for having multiple articulation points. At that time 12 points of articulation were a lot and the only other toy line that can match it pose ability and flexibility was the G.I. Joe toys.
Because of its small size, these toys were less expensive to produce and therefore were sold to the public at a much cheaper price. Also, another advantage it had over its rivals, its small size allowed Takara to produce a line of vehicles and accessories that you can use while playing with the Micromen toys.
The success of the Microman toy line reached its peak in 1976 and was even marketed with interchangeable parts to further increase the customization of these toys. Any kid with a huge imagination made the most of the toys by customizing body parts, adding accessories and using vehicles.