Diaclone is the Toy Reboot We’ve Been Waiting For 


How a small transforming toy became “Big Powered”

Before there were Transformers, there was Diaclone. Takara Co. launched the Diaclone toy series in 1980. The toys were only around for a mere five years, and yet their influence has stood the test of time.

Now after 35 years in robotic hibernation, the Diaclones are back, thanks to a merger and continued interest in these collectibles. 

Here’s a look at the original toy line and it’s mighty come back. 


When Takara Co. launched Diaclone they were already a thriving business. They were founded by Yasuta Satō in 1955 and their motto was “playing is culture”. Their first major hit came in 1967 with the Licca-Chan dolls. These dolls are still wildly popular in Japan and over 53 million of them have been sold to date. 

The level of notoriety Takara Co. had helped set the Diaclone toys up for success. Takara Co. brought on Shoji Kawamori and Kazutaka Miyatake as lead designers. Both of which are now famous not only for Diaclone, but their part in the anime Macross franchise. Together, this dream team created a line of spectacular toys. 

Not to mention their memorable commercials. DI-A-CLONNNNE!

Diaclone toys were scaled and known for their transforming qualities. Each toy originally looked like a vehicle, but when its part were moved, revealed it to be a robotic suit. The back story of these robotic suits is that they were used by humans against their enemy (aliens from the planet Waruder). 

The most popular line was the 1982 release of transforming car robots. 

Only one year later while Takara Co. was approached after the Tokyo Toy Show by Hasbro. The two companies soon struck a deal and Diaclone, for lack of better words, transformed into The Transformers

Transformers is now a household name and highly lucrative toy line. To date, there have been six full-length Transformers films. Whether each was worth its weight in salt is for another discussion.  No matter how popular Transformers became, though, there were always a few loyalists asking the same question:

What about Diaclone?

It took over two decades to get a response, but for many, it was worth the wait. 

Merger and Eventual Return of Diaclone

In 2006 two giants of the toy world collided and merged: Takara Co. and Tomy. The company became known as TAKARATOMY or Tomy Co. 

Tomy was a proven hitmaker with products like the horrifyingly cute Furby. Since Diaclone, Takara had shifted their focus to video games such as Penny Racers and Seek and Destroy.  Both companies were considered giants in their own rights. 

The two companies were perceived as rivals, and while fans were shocked to see them join forces, many were excited to see what was next. Specifically what this might mean for the Diaclone figurines.

In 2015 TAKARATOMY announced the long-awaited return of Diaclone. Their first release remained very true to form with a Dia-Battles V2 reboot. The toy comes in three sets that can be combined and configured to creator a larger vehicle and robot. 

Those that remembered the original Diaclone toys may have been 35 years older but were as excited as ever about the reboot. Diaclone also had a full army of new fans. The reboot wasn’t just a one and done though, since 2016 we have seen a steady release of Diaclone collectibles. 

These releases have remained popular but none more so than the DA-14 Big Powered GV. The Big Powered figurine is creating with a set of four parts and in its final form stands at 16 inches tall. Which, may not sound like much until you remember that Diaclone figurines boast a scale of 1/60 making Big Powered 80 feet tall in canon. 

The most recent related to date was the May, 2020 release of Takara Toy Masterpiece Spin-Out MP-39+. The figurines can be found on Big Bad Toy Store and will run you $114. It’s a price many fans and collectors are more than happy to pay. 

Diaclone Car

Diaclone is officially back and one thing remains clear. Diaclone is more than the origin of The Transformers, it is a standalone brand.  Even if it only stands at 1/60th of its actual height. 

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