Just like their Inter-changeables
counterparts, the Italian Nuovi ("new") Micronauts were shrouded
in mystery. And the similarities didn't end there...as a matter of fact,
this set of 6 Magno only Micronauts were pretty much...the same thing.
From the cheap quality plastics used to the almost identical packaging,
it begs the question; were these releases related in any other ways
besides in name only?
Those questions will
probably never be answered, but looking at the figures themselves only
confirm that which is obvious. Whomever worked the deal to produce the
Inter-changeables was probably the same person responsible for this
GiG deal as well. Just like the Inter-changeables, the Nuovi magno figures
utilized the "HK" figure molds for Karza, Force Commander
and Emperor (the heads are the same HK style heads) while using the
"Japan" molds for the steeds (the pointed tails and numbered
leg pieces, etc.). And just like the other Inter-changeables figures,
the large rubber tipped safety missiles replaced the smaller pointed
Even the photography
on the packaging was the same, except for the new "Nuovi"
logo replacing the Inter-changeables one. Yet there were a few differences
that were quite obvious...like the names of those Inter-changeables
characters switched back to their rightful Micronaut identities. This
was probably due to the fact that GiG had no need to change or "hide"
the names of the Micronauts they had already produced from anyone, they
being just a continuation of the same series they and already released...and
were probably cheap stock bought, slightly changed visually, and then
sold. The other major difference was that Emperor's steed Megas was
reintroduced, replacing the Inter-changeables Metallion...the same Metallion,
which used the strange Italian GiG Micronauts Lantaurion and Pegasus
head...what an interesting back story if it were ever revealed...