It is certainly debatable (though I would personally find it hard to disagree) that this line contains not only some of the more rarerTransformers you can buy, but has some of the nicest artwork on Transformers packaging ever created.
joustra-diaclone.comNot an exciting figure….but a rare one indeed
Diaclone was the name of Takara's transforming robots that took Japan by storm in 1981. This is the same line that was exported in various means throughout the US and Europe.
The early line of Diaclone was more focused around space theme. As the toy line developed, its focus changed to a more robot theme who could change and disguise themselves as forms of "real-life" Earth vehicles and items. This in the end was more successful and more widely embraced by toy fans, thus encouraging Takara to move the line to the Western world.
The Italian toymaker GiG picked up the license to market the toys in southern Europe
The French company Joustra (sometimes referred to by their parent company, Ceji) followed suit for central Europe, although with a much smaller selection, and including some designs from Takara's Microman line.
Joustra Diaclones were only produced in France.
They not only were exact re-issues of the original Japanese Diaclone toys, but they also featured some amazing artwork.
Also included was a comic telling of their adventures which are quite different than the Diaclone or Transformers series.
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I've never seen the artwork before. That Trailbreaker artwork is awesome!ReplyDelete
All of the artwork certainly is breathtaking. I had never come across really seeing a good portion of it until I did some delving into the history of this particular "line".ReplyDelete
It's worth thinking about how Trailbreaker is on the cover despite the type of "minor" character he is. Obviously there are those that would disagree on this depending on their feelings for him, but nevertheless, he is certainly not a main figure compared to the other ones in the comic.