TF-1.com - Joustra Diaclone Jeep (Hound) article

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  1. Maz

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    Hey guys,

    I'm really excited about this article, the second series Joustra Diaclone Hound, which up until Summer of last year I had no idea even existed!

    Some fantastic extras in there courtesy of Paul Hitchens, Jeroen Blok and Ben Munn.

    http://www.tf-1.com/articles/pretf_frame.php?art=joustrajeep

    Hope you enjoy it, all the best
    Maz
     
  2. Gen. Magnus

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    Great read, as always. Thanks for such wonderful information!
     
  3. Boardwise

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    Excellent article as always.

    Brought back some fond memories of me playing with my original Hound when I was a kid.
     
  4. Golden Age

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    will read shortly.
     
  5. puffmarko

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    great work. really useful.
    maz,you have a pm
     
  6. 03Mach1

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    Awesome pictures and information as always. Thank you.
     
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    Just can't get enough of that boxart! Sweet that you can display it two ways. Great article as always.
     
  8. Octane

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    So, where does a Takara in a circle stamp fit in?
     
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    An incredible find, Maz. Thank you.

    A few things,

    -What an absolute brilliant idea to have one side covered completely in artwork depicting the toy in some sort of action scene, while showing off the real thing on the other side.

    -Oh how I wish, how. I. wish. Hasbro would use compact boxes for their smaller classes. Cardbacks are so forgettable and there isn't much room for creativity. Displaying boxes is also much easier.

    -"The missiles fire extraordinarily far from the launcher on this Joustra release, and yet the toy is rated as suitable for children aged 3 years and up. As we all know, Hasbro soon sorted that out!"

    Indeed, but the price would've probably forbid any parents from buying it for their 3 year old anyway. Looking at that Germany price, and assuming it didn't have the massive inflation that the United States did(Japan didn't), that 35DM is about 23USD. That is roughly the same range as America and Japan for Car Robots toys.

    Maz, looking at Joustra packaging as compared to GiG, is it fair to say they were marketed towards older kids? The awesome artwork and detailed pictures indicate that to me, as opposed to the simpler GiG "buy this car that is also a robot". Not to mention those damn rubber missiles :lol 
     
  10. Golden Age

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    imagine if Takara would include different sticker sheets in the reissues represneting different releases of the molds. Anyway thanks for the great read, vibrant photos, and analytical eye once again.
     
  11. Maz

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    The Original Japanese Diaclone would have had this stamping, as well as the very first Transformers Hounds released in 1984. "Early pre-rub" if you will, as opposed to standard pre-rub.

    All the best
    Maz
     
  12. Maz

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    Well, the price tag could well have been much more recent, and not an original one. It could have been bought in a collector's store at some point in the early 90s for all we know and that might explain the higher price because there's no way this thing originally cost $23 when in Japan Diaclone car robots were sold for 1500 to 1800 yen.

    Also, I don't think they were marketed towadrs older kids, just that they wanted to do their own thing and maybe gave more thought to its presentation. The entire GiG line is slightly mish-mash, with them putting their badge on KOs as well as licensed Takara items. Some GiG preTFs had Diaclone stickers, some had TF stickers. Just all over the place :p 

    All the best
    Maz
     
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    *Bump*

    This article is well worth a read!
     
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    Man, I love Joustra Diaclone box art. The best one was Mirage, but they're all awesome. Great article as always.
     
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    Totally agree. I prefer Jazz's art, but yes they are all good. Kick ass article as always Maz
     
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    According to FXHistory the conversion rate for DEM to USD was an average 0.353 in 1984, making this toy a little over 12 dollars at that time (assuming the price tag is from 1984 as well of course)
    Still a bit high, but not totally unreasonable anymore.
     
  17. Golden Age

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    Doesnt the box art for Mirage resemble the "Classics" Mirage figure?
     
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    Great article, and a non TF fan who is a Jeep fan saw it and said, "That thing is fucking bad-ass, I want one."
     
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    Fantastic research! I enjoyed that a lot.
     
  20. Sol Fury

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    Awesome read. I really like the box art.
    Look at the price on that Ratchet! £5!!! (and why is Gears or someone that looks like him shown there?)
     

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