Takara Tomy’s Diaclone Vehicles Are Back!

Before the Transformers, there was Takara Tomy’s Diaclone toy line. Launched in 1980, the sci-fi toys included transforming vehicles. Some morphed into sentient robots, while others changed from one vehicle into another. Eventually, the figures got a makeover to become what we in the States now know as the G1 Transformers.

Takara Tomy has decided to reboot the Diaclone line with updated versions of the more well-known vehicles. First up is the Dia Fighter. In the early 1980s, the Dia Fighter was the most common Diaclone found among my friends. This blue and red spaceship could transform into the DiaTrain by smooshing it together.

When you’d press down on the silver air intake vents on the top of the craft, the spring-loaded mechanics inside would cause the wings to unfold and the craft’s body to extend. The downside? The figures that came with this toy were so small that they were effortless to lose. This updated version appears slightly smaller than the original, coming in at 4.7″x3.9″x1.5″. Also, unlike the ’80s toy, this one can only hold one figure in the cockpit. It is priced at $24.99 and listed for an April 2023 release via the Big Bad Toy Store.

No one I knew ever had the larger Diaclone robot or base. Thankfully, Takara Tomy is relaunching this giant playset, too! However, prepare to lay down $479.99 if you want to pre-order it from the Big Bad Toy Store. The Grand Dion is 20.47″ tall and comes with the following:

  • Vehicle mecha A
  • 2 Vehicle mecha B
  • 2 Vehicle mecha C
  • Vehicle mecha D
  • 4 Diaclone Ver. 2.0 members
  • Diaclone female member
Takara Tomy
Takara Tomy
Takara Tomy
Takara Tomy
Takara Tomy
Takara Tomy
Takara Tomy
Takara Tomy


Did you have any Diaclone vehicles or robots before the Transformers rebranding? Let us know in the comments section below.

[Source: Big Bad Toy Store] [Source: Big Bad Toy Store]

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