Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sketch - G1 Wheeljack Fanart



Autobot Engineer Wheeljack
The Transformers, Hasbro Industries, Inc., 1984

Car Robot Lancia Stratos Turbo

Diaclone Real & Robo Series, Takara Co., Ltd., 1982


Italy 1985 Release

Monday, December 26, 2016

Quick Look - Diakron DK-1

In the later half of 1983 Takara had established a spin off of its Japanese Diaclone toyline in the United States through its subsidary Takara US (Takara Toys Corporation), based in New York. The toyline was called Diakron and featured a very limited number of toys from the Diaclone Car Robot series, Dasher series, as well as the multi-vehicle robot Guts Blocker. A Toys-R-Us exclusive, the toyline didn't do particularly well, ostensibly because Takara did not well understand the US market. Ultimately, Takara US's rights to market and distribute the transforming Diakron toys in the US were acquired by Hasbro Industries along with the rights to the bulk of Takara's transforming Diaclone and Micro Change toys in late 1983, to be released as The Transformers the following year. And so marked the the end of the very short and obscure Diakron toyline. Takara US would re-enter the US market with Kronoform, comprising various toys that Hasbro had not used for The Transformers, some featuring Transformers branding, but in the end another unsuccessful and obscure foray into the US toy market.

One of the featured toys, and sequentially the first, was DK-1. Fittingly, it is the same toy as the the first of the Diaclone series, indeed historically the first transforming car-robot ever, the Lamborghini Countach LP500S Super Tuning version. Like the Diaclone, DK-1 was released in red and is the only other release to have done so, making a red variant considerably rarer than it's yellow incarnation; typically G1 Sunstreaker; but also found yellow in the Italian GIG and French Joustra releases, as well as in the Milton Bradley Sideswipe box.


Diakron DK-1 (Front)
Diakron DK-1 (Back)

One of the interesting things about the Diakron release, is that though unsuccessful, many of its packaging details appear to have made it into The Transformers line. The box dimensions are identical in length, height and width to the G1 Autobot cars packaging. Only the height of the box flap differs, being 1 cm shorter on the Diakron. The window placement is identical from the bottom-left co-ordinates and is only slighter taller on the G1. The G1 adopts some of the grey bordering between the window and the character cut-out. And finally both share similar copy, where the Diakron's 'Changes from Racecar to Robot and back!' becomes 'TRANSFORMS FROM RACECAR TO ROBOT AND BACK!' on the G1 packaging.


G1 Sunstreaker (Front)

The internal packaging is quite horrendous. It is a soft, almost vinyl-like plastic tray. It engulfs the toy, making it difficult to see anything more than the side view. In this regard the clear blister arrangement of the G1 is superior. From the back you can see that the tray is in some places only as thin as a supermarket bag. For this reason I haven't dared to remove the toy, as I fear I will do irreversible damage to the tray.


Circle stamped figure with 'Diaclone' pilot
Back of tray

In an interview with Hasbro R&D VP at the time, George Dunsay (Source), he recalled that Diakron did not have many of the elements that made The Transformers successful as a brand - marketing, conflict, commercials. Certainly, the packaging is overloaded with copy, bombarding the viewer with messages about what is inside and how to enjoy it. It is evident that Takara didn't have a good handle on what was required for the market. Hasbro knew how to get people storming into the toy aisles. Diakron looked like a foreign curiosity that you'd be lucky to come across in the first place, let alone be compelled to buy.


Diakron DK-1 (Top)
Diakron DK-1 (Side)

If Takara had scant idea how to sell toys in the US, they certainly acknowledged they needed to find out. The toy was accompanied by a feedback card to ascertain some very rudimentary information about buyers and their impressions of the toyline.


Toy decal sheet and feedback card
Yes, they were really there.

The catalog that doubled as the instruction sheet interestingly didn't feature any other toys from the toyline. Instead, it featured a bunch of penny-racer pull-back cars, known as Choro Q in Japan. Catch some old school commercials for them here, and here.


DK-1 instruction sheet
Penny Racers. A whole different breed of speed.

Even as an example of a poorly executed campaign, the subsequent success and longevity of The Transformers as a global brand have elevated its Diaclone and Diakron predecessors to legendary status. For collectors, the scarcity of the red variant and its historical significance as the pioneering car-robot transforms this obscure piece into an unlikely holy-grail.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sketch - Diaclone Countach LP500S Fanart


Car Robot Countach LP500S Super Tuning
Diaclone Real & Robo Series, Takara Co., Ltd., 1982

1983 Takara Direct USA Release

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sketch - G1 Huffer Fanart


Autobot Huffer
The Transformers, Hasbro Industries, Inc., 1984

Micro Robot Car American Truck

Microman Micro Change, Takara Co., Ltd., 1983

Saturday, December 3, 2016

My Favorites - Autobot Fairladies


ダイアクロン リアル&ロボ シリーズ
Diaclone Real & Robo Series, Takara Co., Ltd., 1983

The Nissan Fairlady 280 ZX Turbo was the basis for three of the twenty-two Diaclone Car Robots. The No. 7 Fairlady Z had two versions, a blue-silver deco, and a silver-black deco. This model was the basis for Bluestreak, who oddly enough sported an entirely new all-silver deco as a Transformer. The No. 11, Fairlady Z Racing and No. 13 Police Car Fairlady Z were both almost identical to their G1 counterparts, Smokescreen and Prowl respectively. As such, the Diaclone-only Fairlady Z  decos are extremely rare, highly sought after and very expensive.The Diaclones had spring loaded launchers that fired their missiles a reasonable distance, and a small pilot for added play value.



Car Robot Fairlady Z Racing
Japan 1983 Release
(Front)
Car Robot Fairlady Z Racing
Japan 1983 Release
(Back)
Car Robot Fairlady Z Racing
Japan 1983 Release
(Contents)
Car Robot Police Car Fairlady Z
Japan 1983 Release
(Front)
Car Robot Police Car Fairlady Z
Japan 1983 Release
(Back)
Car Robot Police Car Fairlady Z
Japan 1983 Release
(Contents)

Trasformer, GiG, 1984

At around the same time that Hasbro struck a deal with Takara, GiG had done the same for exclusive distribution in Italy. GiG used a nearly identical packaging format to Diaclone until 1985, when arrangements were made to use the US style Transformers packaging, trademarks, factions etc. In the Fairlady space, this was the only toy-line apart from Diaclone to feature the blue/silver pre-Blustreak. Pre-Prowl was present, as well as Smokescreen. There was no black/silver pre-Bluestreak, only the full silver version as per the US line. As with Transformers proper, there were mold/stamp progressions spanning from the pre-TF circle stamp (see below), to the the Takara copyright with dates.


Auto Robot Fairlady Z Police Car
Italy 1984 Release
(Front)
Auto Robot Fairlady Z Police Car
Italy 1984 Release
(Back)

The Transformers, Hasbro Industries, Inc., 1984


Bluestreak and Prowl both made their G1 debut as series one cars in 1984. As such they can regularly be found with imprints harking back to their Diaclone days. However, even though Bluestreak's boxart suggests a blue G1 version, there was never any blue Fairlady sold in a G1 box. Both Prowl and Bluestreak were released again in 1985, alongside Smokescreen who debuted as a series two car. Smokescreen always sported a rubsign. The US versions had the springs removed from their launchers, rendering them nothing more than missile holders. As sentient robots in the Transformers mythos, the Diaclone pilots were no longer included.


Autobot Gunner Bluestreak
NGB, ™ box, © 1984 Hasbro Industries, Inc., 5755/5750 ASST
USA 1984 Release 
(Front)
Autobot Gunner Bluestreak
NGB, ™ box, © 1984 Hasbro Industries, Inc., 5755/5750 ASST
USA 1984 Release
(Back)
Autobot Strategist Prowl (Diaclone Hood)
™ box, © 1984 Hasbro Industries, Inc., 5755/5750 ASST
USA 1984 Release
(Front)
Autobot Strategist Prowl (Diaclone Hood)
™ box, © 1984 Hasbro Industries, Inc., 5755/5750 ASST
USA 1984 Release
(Back)
Autobot Strategist Prowl
™ box, © 1984 Hasbro Industries, Inc., 5756/5750 ASST
USA 1984 Release
(Front)
Autobot Strategist Prowl
™ box, © 1984 Hasbro Industries, Inc., 5756/5750 ASST
USA 1984 Release
(Back)
Autobot Strategist Prowl
® box, © 1984 Hasbro Industries, Inc., 5756/5766 ASST
USA 1985 Release
(Front)
Autobot Strategist Prowl
® box, © 1984 Hasbro Industries, Inc., 5756/5766 ASST
USA 1985 Release
(Back)
Autobot Tactician Smokescreen
® box, © 1985 Hasbro Bradley, Inc., 5953/5766 ASST
USA 1985 Release
(Back)
Autobot Tactician Smokescreen
® box, © 1985 Hasbro Bradley, Inc., 5953/5766 ASST
USA 1985 Release
(Back)

戦え! 超ロボット生命体 トランスフォーマー

Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers, Takara Co., Ltd., 1985

Bluestreak, Prowl and Smokescreen where all available in the Japanese G1 release. These releases sported spring loaded missile launchers like their Diaclone predecessors.



Cybertron Strategist Prowl
© TAKARA CO., LTD 1982.
Japan 1985 Release
(Front)
Cybertron Strategist Prowl
© TAKARA CO., LTD 1982.
Japan 1985 Release
(Back)

Timeline

The items featured on this page have been placed on the Timeline below. Treat it as relative rather than absolute.




Comparisons - Series One and Two Fairlady Zs

Below are Fairlady Z Car Robots and Autobot series one Fairlady Zs that I have photographed for comparison. The exercise is to look at the progression of changes and place the variants on the Timeline.


Typically, Bluestreak had red launchers, Smokescreen white, and Prowl gray. It is logical to expect that the chrome coated missiles and weapon are molded in a plastic matching the missiles. This was true for Diaclone, but the G1 weapons often did not match in this respect, and this can be seen inside sealed paperwork/weapons baggies. It is also possible to observe that the chromed wheels have an underlying color that doesn't correspond to the launchers. For instance Prowl sometimes has red plastic wheels under the chrome.


Three Fairlady Z molds we being used in parallel.


Type 1. The original Diaclone circle stamp can be observed on the early circle stamp Prowl and Bluestreak prerubs. The mold was updated to display a Takara-only copyright stamp on the opposite foot, within a newly added sharp rectangular border, and with the circle stamp text drilled out but still visible in its original placement. The final version has been updated with the Hasbro copyright beneath the Takara copyright. 
The type 1 mold has 2 circles present on each piece of rear bumper. It is usually visible from below, although when it cannot be seen, it is on the top. This means that for example, two right pieces are present and one was flipped to make it a left.


Type 2. The second mold introduced has with a Takara-only stamp on the left foot, with a ridge added to increase the real estate for the stamp. In this case, the ridge is rounded on the corners. There is no imprint on the opposite foot, however the molding seems imperfect, with a slightly angled edge where bevel begins. When the Hasbro copyright is added, this time it is added to the bare foot, so that now a marking is present on each foot. T
ype 2 molds have '2' part numbers stamped on the following places - the fists, the neck (beneath the screw hole that joins it to the roof), and the frame on the underside of the hood that encloses the head arrangement, the shoulders, inside the leg, inside the waist cavity, under the crotch, inside each die cast leg piece near the rear side window. There are no circles on the rear bumper.


Type 3. The third mold was also with a Takara-only stamp on the left foot, with a ridge added to increase the real estate for the stamp. However, the opposite foot also features the same ridge, unlike the type 2. The Hasbro copyright was later added to the right foot. Type 3 molds have '3' part numbers stamped on the following places - the neck (beneath the screw hole that joins it to the roof), and the frame on the underside of the hood that encloses the head arrangement, t
he shoulders, inside the leg, inside the waist cavity, under the crotch. There is no die cast leg piece with '3', some type 3 molds use the '2' piece, and some are stamped '4'. There are no numbers stamped on the fists. There is a circle on each rear bumper, on the short edge.


Top: Type 1 mold lineage from pre-TF to Takara-only to Takara+Hasbro stamp
Middle: Type 2 mold lineage from Takara-only to Takara+Hasbro stamp
Bottom: Type 3 mold lineage from Takara-only to Takara+Hasbro stamp

Notes on weapons


Weapons are a tricky thing to validate. There's plenty of mixing going on in loose collections, meaning good samples are reduced to that which remain in sealed baggies or unseen in sealed boxes. And then there is factory mixing as well!


Launchers: There are two distinct launcher molds covering Diaclone through to series 2 Smokescreen (ignoring springs). I currently hypothesize that as there are three car molds, there are also three sets of complete weapon molds, and the launchers pictured are types 1 and 3. I have found type 1 launchers in white, red and gray. So far I have only seen type 3 launchers in gray.



Launchers: Type 1 left, type 3 right.

Edit: After some hunting and intense comparison, I believe this is the type 2 launcher. It seems to transition features between types 1 and 3. I have only personally found type 2 launchers in red, though I have identified grey ones on ebay that I am yet to inspect in person.



Type 2 launcher.

Guns: There are three variants, types 1, 2, 3, based on the linear markings on the stock. Type 3 is the basis of the reissue gun as well. Type 2 and 3 feature an improved longer handle.








Missiles: A missile variant appears to have an extra ridge. Have seen this in sealed baggies, where the missile is type 3 - see below. Seen also in the Takara 'Book' Collection reissue, as this appears to use the type 3 mold for missiles, launchers, weapons and figure - however the reissue missiles are enclosed in a 4 sided tree for presentation. The third ridge is always accompanied by a circle mark on the shaft (but not vice versa), I have noted the extra ridge on the standard right angle tree missile (type 3), and also on a mysterious end to end tree missile similar to type 1, but with circle mark. I have not seen this type of missile attached to its tree yet, so this is something to stay tuned for more info.


Missile ridges.

There are three variants of missile tree.

Type 1. Straight - as seen on Diaclones and early G1s, even up to a transitional rubsign Bluestreak, this is a 3 sided tree with sprues connecting each missile tip to end only. This is the most common type as it was used before type 2 and 3 were created, and continued to be used in parallel. Has two ridges. No circle on the shaft.


Type 2. Right angled A - a 3 sided tree with sprues connecting straight to the end, and at right angles to the tip, but with the vestigial stub from the type 1, that no longer connects to the tip. Has two ridges. Has a circle on the shaft.


Type 3. Right angled B - a 3 sided tree with sprues connecting straight to the end, and at right angles to the tip. Has three ridges. Has a circle on the shaft.



Missile trees accompanying Fairladies
Type 1 and 3 found with ™ boxed Bluestreak 
2 found with ® boxed Smokescreen

Problems with matching weapon variants to figure variants.


It is not so simple that the weapon mold types matched perfectly with their figure mold types. See the following sealed baggies:



This accessories pack came from a type 3 mold rub Smokescreen in a ­® box.
Launcher is type 1. Gun is type 1. Missile tree is type 2.
This accessories pack came from a type 2 mold prerub Bluestreak in a ™ box.
Launcher is type 3. Gun is type 3 and gray plastic. Missile tree is type 3 and red plastic.
This accessories pack came from a type 1 mold prerub Bluestreak in a ™ box.
Launcher is type 1. Gun is type 1. Missile tree is type 1 and gray plastic.

Early type Fairladies would always be matched with type 1 accessories, as this was the sole mold in use. Weapons could have been a mix of gray or red plastic under the chrome. However, as the type 2 and type 3 molds came into use, weapons began to be mixed, both in terms of the figure type they were matched with, as well as the weapon types within a baggie. In the last quarter of 1984, when Smokescreen was undergoing production, white plastic parts were also reintroduced. It is a hypothesis that chromed weapons from all three molds may have been combined and then redistributed from the central source for baggie packing on the factory line. 


Exhibit 1A. Fairlady Z Racing



Imprint
Manufacturers stampCircle - TAKARA JAPAN
RubsignN/ABumperR 2 ○, 2 ○
F N/A
Other parts stamp
Features
MissilesStraight - T1Foot ridgeNone
Under chromeWhite weapon, missilesCeiling supportStraight
Notes: This specimen features a 'RR' sticker on the hood, the initials standing for Real & Robo. The spring loaded launchers and the missiles are white, and together fire very strongly. The roof aligns perfectly with the rear windows, due to friction of the piece where it fits into the hood, and has a tendency to slip beneath the rear windows especially as the toy gets loosened from play. There is a support for the ceiling, that in truth is not a support at all - in later G1 iterations a horizontal protrusion is added to hold the ceiling up, forming a right angle support. In the Diaclones it is a straight reinforcement for the side window frame. As a Diaclone, this is a type 1 mold.

Exhibit 1B. Police Car Fairlady Z



Imprint
Manufacturers stampCircle - TAKARA JAPAN
RubsignN/ABumper R 2 ○, 2 ○
2 ○
Other parts stamp
Features
MissilesStraight - T1Foot ridgeNone
Under chromeGray weapon, missilesCeiling supportStraight
Notes: The Police Car Fairlady features a red 'R' 'DIACLONE' sticker on the hood and doors. It sports gray spring loaded launchers.

Exhibit 1C. Autobot Strategist Prowl



Imprint
Manufacturers stampCircle - TAKARA JAPAN
RubsignNone (Prerub)BumperR 2 , 2 ○
2 ○
Other parts stamp
Features
MissilesStraight - T1Foot ridgeNone
Under chromeRed weapon, missilesCeiling supportStraight
Notes: The very earliest G1 variant of Prowl, it features a 'DIACLONE' hood sticker, however missing the red 'R' of on both the hood and door insignias. Being a USA release, the gray launchers have no springs. It retains the type 1 missile tree seen in the Diaclones. This circle stamped version was only found in straight tech spec boxes, including the NGB box.

Exhibit 1D. Autobot Gunner Bluestreak



Imprint
Manufacturers stampCircle - TAKARA JAPAN
RubsignNone (Prerub)BumperR 2 ○, 2 ○
2 ○
Other parts stamp
Features
MissilesStraight - T1Foot ridgeNone
Under chromeRed weapon, missilesCeiling supportStraight
Notes: The very earliest G1 variant of Bluestreak, it features the circle stamp of its Diaclone predecessors. This variant was only found in straight tech spec boxes, including the NGB box.

Exhibit 1X. Auto Robot 
Fairlady Z Police Car 


Imprint
Manufacturers stampCircle - TAKARA JAPAN
RubsignNone (Prerub)BumperR 2 , 2 ○
2 ○
Other parts stamp
Features
MissilesGiG rubber boppersFoot ridgeNone
Under chromeWhite wheels, white gunCeiling supportStraight
Notes: This is a GiG Italian release from the Trasformer line in 'Diaclone' style packaging. I place it later than the US 'Diaclone hood' variant, as the factory stickers (hood and door) do not feature any Diaclone marks at all. In fact there is a US circle stamp variant with identical factory applied stickers. The difference is that the GiG version still received a Japanese Diaclone pack-in sticker sheet, including the city names and the shoulder stickers with the red 'R' insignia (which this has).

Exhibit 1E. Autobot Strategist Prowl


Imprint
Manufacturers stamp創作 • 著作物 
© TAKARA CO., LTD. 

JAPAN. 1980. 1982
RubsignNone (Prerub)BumperR 2 ○, 2 ○
2 ○
Other parts stamp
Features
MissilesUnsure, probably straight - T1Foot ridgeLeft rectangular
Under chromeRed wheelsCeiling supportStraight
Notes: This variant of Prowl features the first stage update to the type 1 mold. The circle stamp has been drilled out, leaving only a circular protrusion on the right foot. The Takara copyright stamp has been added to the left foot, as well a rectangular ridge over the left bevel, to house the stamping.

Exhibit 1Z. Autobot Strategist Prowl



Imprint
Manufacturers stamp創作 • 著作物 
© TAKARA CO., LTD. 

JAPAN. 1980. 1982
RubsignNone (Prerub)BumperR 1 ○, 1 ○
3 ○
Other parts stampNone on fists, #3 neck, #3 hood frame
Features
MissilesRight angle - T2Foot ridgeLeft rounded, Right rounded
Under chromeWhite weaponsCeiling supportRight angle
Notes: This variant of Prowl is the first stage of the type 3 mold. The Takara copyright stamp has been added to the left foot, as well a rectangular ridge over both the left and right bevel. This variant has appeared in ™ boxes with the wavy tech spec.

Exhibit 1F. Autobot Gunner Bluestreak



Imprint
Manufacturers stamp創作 • 著作物 
© TAKARA CO., LTD. 

JAPAN. 1980. 1982
RubsignError sideways rubsign (Door)BumperR None
2 ○
Other parts stamp​#2 fists, #2 neck, #2 hood frame
Features
MissilesStraight tree - T1Foot ridgeLeft rounded
Under chromeGray weapons, red wheelsCeiling supportRight angle
Notes: This specimen caught my eye immediately and was an instant purchase. It is a USA release Bluestreak which appears to be one of the earliest rubsign variants released. What is interesting is the rubsign, which has been placed sideways on the door rather than upright. Now, it is well known that the Japanese 1985 release Bluestreak has the same sideways rubsign, but all Japanese releases had a Hasbro copyright, while this specimen has the Takara only copyright and came well before the Japanese toyline began. This is also no fluke - I have two specimens. This one comes in a ™ wavy tech spec box with ™ catalog, type 1 missiles, and an additional rugsign promotional paper. I have also seen photographs from 2010 of a sealed specimen in a ­™ box. I would never expect, under any circumstances, for a rubsign car to come in anything but a wavy tech spec ™ or ® box. Note that this variant also is the first of its mold to feature the right angled ceiling support, which looks like a little stub. This variant is the type 2 mold, with a rounded foot ridge, and an imperfect bevel. 

Though the first specimen of this type documented here, this mold variant had an earlier prerub release as well in a ™ straight tech spec box, which I did not photograph due to being sealed. The prerub variant does not have the right angled ceiling support. 

Exhibit 1G. Autobot Gunner Bluestreak



Imprint
Manufacturers stamp© HASBRO 
1980 1982

創作 • 著作物 
© TAKARA CO., LTD. 

JAPAN. 1980. 1982
RubsignRubsign (Door)BumperR None
2 ○
Other parts stamp​#2 fists, #2 neck (obscured by screw hole rim), #2 hood frame
Features
MissilesUnsure, probably right angle treeFoot ridgeLeft rounded
Under chromeRed wheelsCeiling supportRight angle
Notes: Here is a typical rubsign Bluestreak. Upright rubsign, with the Hasbro copyright added to the type 2 mold, on the right foot. This would have almost certainly come in an ® box with the series two releases. Note that the rear windows don't seem to fit flush with the ceiling, which appears to be a defect introduced with series two. 

Exhibit 1H. Autobot Tactician Smokescreen



Imprint
Manufacturers stamp創作 • 著作物 
© TAKARA CO., LTD. 
JAPAN. 1980.1982
RubsignRubsign (On ceiling)BumperR 2 ○, 2 ○
N/A
Other parts stamp
Features
Missiles treeRight angle tree - T2Foot ridgeLeft rectangular
Under chromeWhite weapon, missilesCeiling supportRight angle
Notes: Smokescreen debuted in series two. Early batches were produced while the type 1 mold was still Takara only stamped. Again, the rear windows fit poorly. 

Exhibit 1I. Autobot Tactician Smokescreen


Imprint
Manufacturers stamp創作 • 著作物 
© TAKARA CO., LTD. 
JAPAN. 1980.1982
© HASBRO 
1980, 1984
RubsignRubsign (On ceiling)BumperR 2 ○, 2 ○
N/A
Other parts stamp
Features
Missiles treeRight angle tree - T2Foot ridgeLeft rectangular
Under chromeWhite weapon, missilesCeiling supportRight angle
Notes: Again, this variant features rear windows that fit poorly. The stamping on this type 1 mold variant has been updated to a combined Takara + Hasbro stamp are on the left leg. There is a USA variant of Smokescreen with the type 2 mold, featuring the same stamping as the Prowl (1J) below.

Exhibit 1J. Autobot Strategist Prowl (Japan)


Imprint
Manufacturers stamp© HASBRO 
1980 1982

創作 • 著作物 
© TAKARA CO., LTD. 

JAPAN. 1980. 1982
RubsignRubsign (On hood centre)Bumper1 ○, 1 ○
3 ○
Other parts stampNone on fists, #3 neck (obscured by screw hole rim), #3 hood frame
Features
MissilesRight angle tree - T2Foot ridgeLeft rounded, Right rounded
Under chromeWhite weaponsCeiling supportRight angle
Notes: What I believe to be the final incarnation of the type 2 mold, this variant features matching foot ridges. The rear windshield issue has been rectified (as well as on the Smokescreen), and the numbered parts are now stamped with '3' where they used to be '2'. All parts are numbered '3' except the rear die-cast portion, stamped '4'. This variant has also appeared in US ® boxes.

Exhibit 1K. Autobot Strategist Prowl 


Imprint
Manufacturers stamp© HASBRO 
1980 1982

創作 • 著作物 
© TAKARA CO., LTD. 

JAPAN. 1980. 1982
RubsignRubsign (On hood front left)Bumper1 ○, 1 ○
3 ○
Other parts stampNone on fists, #3 neck (obscured by screw hole rim), #3 hood frame
Features
MissilesRight angle tree - T3Foot ridgeLeft rounded, Right rounded
Under chromeGrey missiles (T3), red gun (T2)Ceiling supportRight angle
Notes: Identical to the Japanese release above, except for the placement of the rubsign which on the front left of the hood consistent with the US releases. All parts are stamped '3' except the rear die-cast portion, stamped '2'. Noteworthy: It comes with T3 launchers without springs, expected as it is a non-Japanese release.

Have you seen/do you own a Japanese issue Fairlady with incorrect color launchers? Have you got reasonable confidence they haven't been swapped (first owner, verified vintage sprue markings, non-reissue firing launchers, etc.)? Let me know.