This is long over due.
This was from a deal that Maz helped broker at the end of February '12. I remember when clearly because I had to fly to Beijing and then Shanghai for work for 2 very intense days and it was at around 5am on one of those days that another auction for a piece like this (but not unused) was due to end.
I remember telling Maz before I boarded the plane to China that he needed to be quite certain to get the deal through, otherwise I would be forced to bid on the auction. He then gave me his 101% assurance that the Diaclone Swoop was a done deal if I wanted it. Love the man!
Of course I wanted it. It is want of the last pieces toward cartoon accuracy that I needed.
So what are we talking about? We are talking about pre-Transformers Diaclone dinosaur robo no.5 (I'll call it "Diaclone Swoop" for easy reference). This was the mould that became Swoop and released as a Dinobot in 1985.
For some bizarre and unknowable reason, the USA cartoon's Swoop colours were based entirely on Diaclone Swoop's colour scheme - ie: blue chest, golden beak, golden missiles, etc. In my mind, it is the colour scheme that makes Diaclone Swoop the most desirable pre-Transformer Diaclone dinobot.
Like USA Swoop or Japanese box Swoop, the Diaclone Swoop also happens to be the hardest to find and rarest of the pre-Transformers Diaclone dinobots. For many of the reasons above, it is the crowning jewel in many a collection, the 'holy grail' to many.
To me, it is this piece's near 100% cartoon accurate colour scheme that is so alluring to me.
Here it is. First, photos of the box.
Top left hand side of the box, with the words "Diaclone adventure world".
"Takara Co. Ltd. 1980, 1984"
Side of box showing transformation sequence
Product ID number is "160102-7-1980". "1980" is the year? Very oddly, the number is stickered on. I wonder why.
Bottom of box
Back of box
Next - Diaclone Swoop out of box!
- G1 Slag - Canadian exclusive 'red faced' version
- Comparison between G1 variant "Canadian Slag" vs G1 regular release (USA) Slag
- Canadian red faced Slag with his fellow Dinobots!
- Diaclone Swoop MIB unused - Part 1 - Mint in box
- Diaclone Swoop MIB unused - Part 2 - Out of box, robot and dinosaur pics
- Diaclone Swoop MIB unused - Part 3 - The cartoon accurate Dinobots!
- Diaclone Swoop MIB unused - Part 4 - comparison between Diaclone Swoop and G1 Swoop