Diaclone

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Diaclone (ダイアクロン) was one of two Takara toy lines (the other being Microman Microchange) from which the earliest 1984 Transformers toys came. There are other non-Takara toyline that Hasbro brings over to Transformers, which was given the term Pre-Transformers.

The Diaclone toyline was first introduced in 1980, but it was not until March 1982 that toys with alternate modes based on realistic, then-present-day vehicles began to appear as part of the Diaclone "Car Robots" sub-line. The first one was the Diaclone predecessor of Sunstreaker, whom Hasbro now considers the first fully-fledged transforming car-to-robot toy ever designed. Its vehicle form was based on an older Takara toy, the "Cosmo Countach" from the Microman "Micro Command" sub-line released in 1978, which transformed into a half-robot, half-car hybrid.

Before the Transformers brand was introduced, Takara directly exported some Diaclone toys to North America under the brand names Diakron and Kronoform, but those lines met with very little success.

In 1983, Hasbro representatives discovered Diaclone and Microchange toys at the Tokyo Toy Show, and soon struck a deal to create the Transformers brand.

The 1984 and 1985 Autobot Cars, 1984 Decepticon Planes, 1985 Dinobots, 1985 Constructicons, Trainbots, Omnibots, Powerdashers, Jumpstarters, Blitzwing, 1984 Optimus Prime and 1986 Ultra Magnus toys all originated from Diaclone.

When Transformers proved an unqualified success, Takara plans for a 1985 and forward Diaclone line were scrapped, and Transformers was imported to Japan in its place. These aborted toys, which would have been part of a sub-line called Jizai Gattai ("Free Combination") were then incorporated into the Transformers toyline in 1986 as the Aerialbots, Stunticons, Combaticons, Protectobots and Metroplex.

In 2016, in celebration of 35th anniversary, Diaclone was revived with the reveal of Diaclone Reboot DA-01 Dia-Battles V2. The line seems to be going strong with the current line-up is up to DA-30 as of now (2018). Based on the story, it's a continuation of the vintage Diaclone line

Toy range

The main difference between Diaclone & Transformers are the human(?) pilots, in 1:60 scale, called Dianauts. Fans divided it into 3 main types, with the main difference is the head.

The vintage line features a chrome head (like Microman) & magnetic feet, with four point of articulation. Each robot/mecha will come with up to 5 Dianauts, with mix & match of limb & torso in mainly primary colors.

The Reboot line features the pilots, but with a normal human (helmeted) head & magnetic feet, but with 9 point of articulation (arms, legs, and abs). Reboot Dianauts are a lot more colorful, with a more Microman-like limb/torso color combination, without the chromed heads.

Vintage

The early waves mecha/robots are mainly Hero-Type colors (Red/Blue/Yellow/White/Black), invoking a very scifi theme. A realistic color scheme are normally called Real-Type, invoking a real-world theme (armies / real vehicles).

Early Wave

Most release are Hero-type colors, where some release as Model Kit features Real-Type colors

  • The Great Robot Base
  • Fortress Robot X
  • Dia-battles
  • Gats-Blocker
  • Powered-Suit
  • Big-Powered
  • Battle Buffalo
  • Twin Combat
  • Double Soldier
  • Sky Base
  • Cosmo-Roller
  • Dia-Train
  • Dia-Attacker
  • Drill Dasher
  • Sky Dasher
  • F-1 Dasher
  • Power Base

Car Robots

A sub-line called Real & Robo, naturally in Real-Type colors. The Dianauts are always in Hero-colors.

  • No. 1 Countach LP500S
  • No. 2 Onebox Cherry Vanette
  • No. 3 Countach Patrol Car Type
  • No. 4 Onebox Ambulance Type
  • No. 5 4WD Hi-luxe: Yellow Variant
  • No. 5 4WD Hi-luxe: Blue Variant
  • No. 5 4WD Hi-luxe: Black Variant
  • No. 6 Honda City R: Silver Variant
  • No. 6 Honda City R: Red Variant
  • No. 7 Fairlady Z: Blue Variant
  • No. 7 Fairlady Z: Black-Hood Variant
  • No. 8 4WD Wrecker Type: Red Variant
  • No. 8 4WD Wrecker Type: Blue Variant
  • No. 9 Honda City Hyper Turbo: Black Variant
  • No. 9 Honda City Hyper Turbo: Red Variant
  • No. 9 Honda City Hyper Turbo: Blue Variant
  • No. 10 Fire Truck (Long Ladder Type)
  • No. 11 Fairlady Z Racing Type
  • No. 12 J59 Jeep
  • No. 13 Police Car Fairlady Z
  • No. 14 Porsche 935 Turbo: Campaign Prize Gold Variant
  • No. 14 Porsche 935 Turbo
  • No. 15 New Countach LP500S: Yellow Variant
  • No. 15 New Countach LP500S: Red Variant
  • No. 16 F-1 Ligier JS11: Red Variant
  • No. 16 F-1 Ligier JS11: Blue Variant
  • No. 17 Battle Convoy
  • No. 18 Lancia Stratos Turbo: Marlboor Variant
  • No. 18 Lancia Stratos Turbo
  • No. 19 New Countach Police Car
  • No. 20 Truck Crane
  • No. 21 Corvette Stingray: Red Variant
  • Standard Powered Convoy
  • Giftset : Blue 4WD Wrecker Type & Silver Honda City R Two-Pack
  • Giftset : Mekki (Chrome) Powered Convoy with Red F-1 Ligier JS11 & Black New Countach LP500S

Mecha Warrior

Jet Robo

  • McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle: Fighter Jet
  • McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle: Acrobat Jet

Train Robo

  • Giftset : Train Robo
    • No. 01 - No. 06
  • No. 07 Tōkaidō 0 Series Shinkansen
  • No. 08 Limited Express EF76
  • No. 09 Doctor Yellow 922
  • No. 10 Yokosuka Line 113
  • No. 11 Sleeper Express 583
  • No. 12 DE10 Diesel Locomotive

Construction Robo

  • No. 1 Bulldozer (Yellow)
  • No. 2 Power Shovel (Yellow)
  • No. 3 Shovel-dozer (Yellow)
  • No. 4 Truck Crane (Red/Blue)
  • No. 5 Dump Truck (Red)
  • No. 6 Concrete Mixer (Red/Blue)
  • Giftset : Yellow with Red members, with Silver combiner-parts
  • Giftset : Yellow with Blue & Red members, with Chrome combiner-parts

Attack Robo

  • Drill Tank Type: Blue/Grey Variant
  • Drill Tank Type: Red/Blue Variant
  • Jet Type: Grey/Blue Variant
  • Jet Type: Red/Blue Variant

Triple Changers

  • No. 1 Jet Fighter Type
  • No. 2 Helicopter Type
  • No. 3 Space Type

Double Changers

  • No. 1 Savanna RX-7
  • No. 2 Ferrari BB
  • No. 3 Celica XX

Dinosaur Robo

  • No. 1 Tyrannosaurus
  • No. 2 Triceratops
  • No. 3 Brontosaurus
  • No. 4 Stegosaurus
  • No. 5 Pteranodon

Waruder

  • Walk Insecter Type-1: Red Variant
  • Walk Insecter Type-1: Green Variant
  • Walk Insecter Type-1: Blue Variant
  • Walk Insecter Type-2: Red Variant
  • Walk Insecter Type-2: Green Variant
  • Walk Insecter Type-2: Blue Variant
  • Giftset : Warudaros
  • Machine Dragon
  • Giftset : Insecter-Robo

Modern

Diaclone Reboot

  • DA-01 : Dia-Battles V2
  • DA-01EX : Dia Battles V2 Prototype (moonbase colors)
  • DA-02 : Powered Suit System Type A
  • DA-03 : Powered Suit System Type B
  • DA-04 : Dia-Nauts Set 1
  • DA-04-2 : Dia-Nauts Set 2
  • DA-04-3 : Dia-Nauts Set 3
  • DA-05 : Powered Suit System A & B Cosmic Marine
  • DA-06 : Dia-Battles V2 Cosmo Maneuver Type
  • DA-07 : Cosmo Battles V2
  • DA-08 : Powered Suit System Type C
  • DA-09 : Powered Suit System Type D
  • DA-10 : Powered Suit System C & D Cosmic Marine
  • DA-11 : Dia-Battles V2 Alpha Plus
  • DA-12 : Powered System Gyroseptor
  • DA-13 : Powered System Dart Loader
  • DA-14 : Big Powered GV (Powerd-01 - 05)
  • DA-15 : Big Powered Trooper Set
  • DA-16 : Powered System Space Marine Corps Armor Set
  • DA-17 : Big Powered GV I.M.S.
  • DA-18 : Dia-Nauts Troopers Set
  • DA-19 : Big Powered GV Renketsu Sentou Trailer (Powerd-04 Powerd-05)
  • DA-20 : Powered Suit System Type E
  • DA-21 : Powered System Maneuver Alpha
  • DA-22 : Powered System Maneuver Beta
  • DA-23 : Waruder Suit "Flinger"
  • DA-24 : Waruder Suit "Stang"
  • DA-25 : Maneuver Alpha & Beta Set
  • DA-26 : Waruder Suit Flinger & Stang Set
  • DA-27 : Powered System Maneuver Gamma
  • DA-28 : Powered System Maneuver Delta
  • DA-29 : Battle Buffalo Mk. IV (Dianauts Type-II)
  • DA-30 : Maneuver Gamma & Delta Set (Space Marine Corps / Aerial Tactics Unit Ver)