TF-1.com - Joustra Diaclone WHEELJACK! (Lancia Stratos)

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  1. Maz

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    Hi guys,

    I've been looking forward to this for ages. It's been a long time since I wrote an article this long about an item so special. This is the first and only packaged (or loose for that matter) example I or anyone I know has ever seen of the 1985 Joustra "Diaclone" Lancia Stratos (Wheeljack) sold in Europe. If there are more, posting on these forums should help uncover them!

    I fully believe this to be amongst the world's rarest mass-release, non-prize, non-store-exclusive, internationally sold pre-Transformers/G1 Transformers item. Rarer than Marlboor Wheeljack, Blue Bluestreak, PCDX, Finnish Black Tracks or any of those other hyped and scarce expensive Diaclones, I genuinely believe this to be a world premiere for this item!

    It's very long with many pictures and an enormous and humbling number of contributions, but I think it's one of the best I've produced in a long time. I hope you agree:

    Article joustralan <- CLICK


    In addition to that, it gives me great pleasure to also present the simultaneously-released 4th installment of the article series by the quite incredible 20th Century Toy Collector on the fascinating link between Joustra Diaclones and Milton Bradley (MB) Transformers in Europe. This is one of the very best TF-related articles I have ever read, the research and information is simpy unmatched anywhere in the world when it comes to TF writing, and it ties in beautifully with the Joustra Wheeljack article. Mijo and I have timed the release for extra exposure and a real treat for anyone who's interested in this field of collecting or generally as mad as us about European Transformers and Diaclones. There are some real revelations and excellent graphics work. You may never read a better summary of what happened in Europe between 1984 and 1985:

    http://20thcenturytoycollector.com/mb-transformers-part-4/ <-CLICK

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    All the best
    Maz
     
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  2. Satomiblood

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    I really dig these articles/reviews.
     
  3. Gen. Magnus

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    That is a truly impressive piece, mate. Excellent read as always. Thank you.
     
  4. Mastodon

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    I seriously love these articles Maz for the unbridled passion that you write with. Keep up the excellent work!
     
  5. Nevermore

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    Mijo's article made my brain explode.

    Seriously, I have to pull my hat at this amazing detective work.
     
  6. EightiesKid

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    Excellent stuff. I actually remember seeing that toy catalog back in the day where Jetfire was the autobot leader. That always stuck with me because it was obviously different from the US version. I can't remember where I saw it, maybe a friend had it. Very interesting stuff!
     
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    :bowdown:  <Maz>
     
  8. jasonmako

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  9. Superquad7

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    I read the MB article earlier today, and I'll be reading the "Wheeljack" article later. I can not express how much I enjoy these.
     
  10. Satomiblood

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    Sure you can.

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  11. Cax6ton

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    I do agree. Congratulations, that is the find of a lifetime. It's unbelievable that it took over 25 years for one to turn up.

    Besides seeing the glorious pre-TF artwork and packaging, I love the fact that you and Mijo (and others) are making the effort to preserve the information and history behind the franchise - I only wish there was more :D 
     
  12. Superquad7

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    Thank you all for the kind words, I have been passing on the compliments to Mijo as well.

    I hope you have all bookmarked 20thcenturytoycollector.com :) 

    I do wonder how many more years I must wait for the next wave 2 Joustra to surface, my heart tells me it will be Sunstreaker. It is time. ;) 

    All the best
    Maz
     
  14. Superquad7

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    I got another chance to fully read over this article (I did a semi-skim the first time), and . . . WOW. Wow, congrats, buddy. That's such an awesome find for an already awesome collection! I'm also so very glad that this acquisition is so special to you. Thanks so much for writing such a great article and sharing it here with us :thumb 
     
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    Great writing and great pictures. Superb.
     
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    Fascinating read, and always a genuine thrill to see a passionate collector find something that clearly has so much meaning. Congrats :) 
     

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