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Diaclone Catalog Scans

November 28th, 2009

I’m home for Thanksgiving, and so this weekend I have access to some of my old TFs and TF-related items from back in the 80s. One of the oldest items that I still have in my possession is a Diaclone catalog. This catalog came with the Dinobot Slag, or to be more accurate, the Dialcone toy that would eventually become Slag. I was already living in the United States at the time, and my aunt bought me the toy during one of her trips to Asia. I loved the toy of course, but I had no idea that he would eventually become part of the Transformers cast. And so I was pleasantly surprised the first time I saw him in War of the Dinobots and thinking, “Yeah! He’ll be a Tranformer and I already have him!”

All true TransFans know that the Dialcone toys made up the majority of the TF cast in the first two seasons. I’ve had some other Diaclones from those days, but this is the only catalog that survived. As you can see from the scans, this catalog is pretty wrinkled. As a kid, I used to look at this thing day and night, wishing I had every single one of these. Now that I’m a grown man I’m still kinda wishing for the same thing 🙂

Behold the awesomeness of a 80s Japanese catalog and witness these images for yourself below. oh, this catalog reads from left to right (like an American book).

This is the cover. Other than the title, everything’s in English. The Constructicons were to “rescue” and “keep peace” in the Diaclone line? That’s a trip.


I guess the opening pages goes into some back story. I can only read the Kanji, but that alone makes little sense.


Here we have Optimus and all the Autobot cars. In the Diaclone line, I have the red Tracks and red Sunstreaker shown here. Tracks is still in decent shape, but I have no idea what happened to Sunstreaker.


Jumpstarters are featured on the left page. The toys kinda sucked after you get past the gimmick. Also, they did not at all appear in the G1 cartoons, but it’s nice to see them get some love in the War Within series. On the opposite page we see a graphic introducing the combiner toys.


The Constructicons have a very different color scheme in the Diaclone line. Devastator’s head looks different too. The 6 trains combiner team never made it to the TF universe. That’s a shame, but trains are not half as interesting has construction vehicles, so I guess Takara/Hasbro made the right choice.


Pics of the Constructicon toys, and a graphic introducing the Dinobots. Go Dinosaur Robo!


All 5 Dinobots are featured here. Colors in robot mode looks slightly different. Notice Slag’s chest is blue, which is what I had. In the TF version he is red. I’m hoping that the Encore series would re-release all of these. I get them all. Come and think of it, I like to see Encore versions of the Constructicons also.


These “Double Changers” became Omnibots. They were special mail-in only TFs in the Hasbro line that required you to pay money and collect those special Hasbro points on the box. I don’t know anyone that had these, probably because getting them was such a pain in the ass. Plus they were never featured in the cartoons. I don’t think War Within mentioned them either.


This is the back cover. Here we see some Seekers and the Insecticons in their Diaclone colors. Don’t recognize the rest.

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. Transform and Roll Out!

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  1. :D
    November 28th, 2009 at 11:45 | #1

    These transformers are so expensive now. xD That’s cool that you still kept it!

  2. November 28th, 2009 at 23:32 | #2

    😀 :

    These transformers are so expensive now. xD That’s cool that you still kept it!

    yeah I’m glad I still have them 🙂

  3. November 29th, 2009 at 03:58 | #3

    I remember you showing me the catalog when we stayed at your place for botcon. You should post up pics of the G1 toys you showed me. That would be awesome.

  4. November 30th, 2009 at 07:52 | #4

    yeah I thought about taking pics of my G1 toys but didn’t get around to it. maybe when I go home again for xmas

  5. October 1st, 2010 at 01:05 | #5

    “The 6 trains combiner team never made it to the TF universe.”

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but in case you haven’t already discovered this, that’s actually incorrect. The Diaclone Train Robo toys were released exclusively in the Japanese Transformers range in 1987 as the Cybertron (Autobot) Trainbots, both individually and as a set, and were reissued individually a few years after that. Their names are Getsuei, Kaen, Seizan, Shouki, Suiken and Yukikaze, and the combiner is named Raiden. 😉

    That aside, keep up the good work with the blog, and feel free to take a look at mine sometime soon. 🙂

  6. October 1st, 2010 at 16:32 | #6

    hi Eamon, thanks for the info. I’m always pleased to meet other TransFans, especially the ones that know more than me. 🙂 I’m glad you like my blog and I will be sure to check out yours too.

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