Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 8:32AM CDT

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Since Transformers partly come from the Japanese Diaclone line, the Diaclone reboot featuring a new Masterpiece-style Dia-Battles was followed by many Transformers fans. Seibertron's own Cobotron has gotten himself a copy and offers a pictorial review below which gives the best idea yet on what to expect from this set and the myriad of ways you can play with its modular system.

Take it away Cobotron:


I'm huge fan of what I recently learned is called Takara SF Land. This is a collectors term that encompasses the rich history of all the science fiction toys Takara has designed over the last 40 plus years. The turn of the century was an awesome era of re-issues, and reboots from Takara. The reboots included Henshin Cyborg, Microman, and we could even consider Car Robots(RID) a reboot, as it was Transformers return to Earth based vehicle alt modes. It was a great time to be a TSF Land fan.
Well the ol' boys at Takara are at the reboot biz again, and they haven't missed a beat.

Diaclone Dia-Battles V2 is a fresh breath of old air. This figure captures everything that was great about the original Diaclone toys, but in a seriously updated Masterpiece level package. What we now refer to as "parts forming" had it's origins back in the Microman line. Modular vehicles that could be combined to form bigger ones, or even robots to some extent. They stepped it up a notch with the Diaclone line. By re-adjusting the scale to be smaller they could take that same modularity, but focus more on the detail of the combined forms.
This new Dia-Battles does that to a T, but with all the bells, whistles, grace, and style, We've come to expect in the modern engineering, sculpting, and articulation from our contemporary robot toys. Dia-Battles V2 is the ultimate parts former, and the bar has been raised.

Let's have a look.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

The three main vehicle components that make up Dia-Battles.

Battles-01
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Battles-02
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Battles-03
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2


Let's make a robot!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2


Hello you handsome devil.
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

The robot mode is absolutely fantastic! The articulation is top notch, and the connectors are amazingly well engineered, as some even double as articulation points. His pose-ability and balance are off the charts. Indeed making him a Masterpiece of a new kind.


Scout mission!

Road Viper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

The small ship is called Bullet Fighter.
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

But WAIT! There's more modes!

Scramble Mode
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Manual Mode
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Both these modes can be achieved by transforming directly from robot mode.


More modular modes.

Battles Triser
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

This beautiful star cruiser leaves no unused parts.

Crawler
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Hopper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Glide
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

This mode is one of my favorites. What? You need a flying-monkey-dragonman mode with Gatling gun fingers? Sure! We can do that.

Last, but certainly not least.

Fortress
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2


And of course what would Diaclone be without the pilots?

Dia-Nauts
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

These guys are amazing. For mini-figures an inch tall, they are articulated to the nines. They're rocking ball socket shoulders and hips, elbows and knees, and even have an ab crunch!
This initial release of the toy is a limited edition, and includes a fourth Dia-Naut.

PARTY!
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Meet and greet.
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2

One last shot just to give a sense of the scale of Dia-Battles.
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2
Credit(s): Cobotron
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Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795477)
Posted by Randomhero on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:02am CDT
I watched Benscollectibles last week over this, it a pretty cool figure. It's not for me, I have no need for this but I will say it's pretty awesome. Surprised how small it is.
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795479)
Posted by william-james88 on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:06am CDT
Randomhero wrote:I watched Benscollectibles last week over this, it a pretty cool figure. It's not for me, I have no need for this but I will say it's pretty awesome. Surprised how small it is.

Same here. While its gorgeous, I am not that much into the modular system. And I do find it very small too. Cobo, its as big as the Biomachine Exo skeleton right?
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795480)
Posted by Cobotron on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:08am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I watched Benscollectibles last week over this, it a pretty cool figure. It's not for me, I have no need for this but I will say it's pretty awesome. Surprised how small it is.

Same here. While its gorgeous, I am not that much into the modular system. And I do find it very small too. Cobo, its as big as the Biomachine Exo skeleton right?
About an inch shorter.
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795481)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:12am CDT
You guys had to go and news this thing, didn't you? YOU'RE ONLY MAKING ME WANT IT MORE :MAXIMAL:
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795482)
Posted by william-james88 on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:21am CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:You guys had to go and news this thing, didn't you? YOU'RE ONLY MAKING ME WANT IT MORE :MAXIMAL:

Want me to help dissuade you? It costs 160$ and is as big as CW Longhaul. Would you be cool with that? Are you that passionate about this toy?
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795483)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:22am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:You guys had to go and news this thing, didn't you? YOU'RE ONLY MAKING ME WANT IT MORE :MAXIMAL:

Want me to help dissuade you? It costs 160$ and is as big as CW Longhaul. Would you be cool with that? Are you that passionate about this toy?

But..b-b-buuut....but.... cool little partsforming mech of awesome stature, flexibility, trio-con, and so much more.....

$160 is enough to dissuade me yes, but everything else is like =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ :MAXIMAL:
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795484)
Posted by Cobotron on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:25am CDT
It cost $132.00 shipped from Amiami.
But hey, this kind of thing is my JAMM!!! ;)
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795486)
Posted by william-james88 on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:34am CDT
Cobotron wrote:It cost $132.00 shipped from Amiami.
But hey, this kind of thing is my JAMM!!! ;)

The reason I didnt bring it up is because it is no longer the case, Amiami now has it priced at 1600 yen(and its sold out), so I wanted to be as realistic as possible for peopl wanting this set.
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795487)
Posted by william-james88 on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:40am CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:$160 is enough to dissuade me yes, but everything else is like =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ :MAXIMAL:

I know, me too, but hey if thats what you like, there are a bunch fo other takara toys to experience as well that are cheaper and could give you an idea of this without spending the big bucks. The only thing is that you wouldnt be one of the Jones' and I dont know how much that factors into everyone's want of this right now (including mine).

For instance, this is what I got for 80$ when I wanted to try out Microman (still available for that same price).

Its 4 vehicles with 4 of the most articulated figures ever. They are the size of G1 Joes and the armour on the vehicles can turn into weapons and armour for the figures:

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And here they are combined (and one inch taller than Diabaltles)

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Cobotron made a review of that as well: viewtopic.php?f=206&t=103137&p=1743380&hilit=kong#p1743380
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795492)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on June 7th, 2016 @ 10:10am CDT
weird as this might seem, i kinda want to see a version of this repainted as bw neo magmatron
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795498)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on June 7th, 2016 @ 10:25am CDT
new coats of paint and a new head, and this could make an amazing Prebeast Magmatron.
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795502)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 7th, 2016 @ 10:33am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:$160 is enough to dissuade me yes, but everything else is like =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ :MAXIMAL:
Tons of cool stuff that is shiny and awesome

Well, That was an experience. I can dig that. These piloted mech things are turning out pretty sweet. :MAXIMAL:
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795504)
Posted by william-james88 on June 7th, 2016 @ 10:52am CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:$160 is enough to dissuade me yes, but everything else is like =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ :MAXIMAL:
Tons of cool stuff that is shiny and awesome

Well, That was an experience. I can dig that. These piloted mech things are turning out pretty sweet. :MAXIMAL:

I recomend everyone give toys like this a try, but start off slow. I myself realized that I actually don't like partsforming at all through this, nor do I like Gerwalks. I do much preffer the idea of transforming sentient robots over mechs, and the disguise aspect. I always preffer having a really nice distinctive alt mode more than having a bunch of modes that look like rearanged parts (which is why I am not the biggest fan of RID 2001 Megatron). I also guess its because I am not too imaginative with modular toys. But I am still happy with my purchase of Micromen and its a great display piece and I didnt have to break the bank to get better aquainted with toys like this.
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795509)
Posted by shajaki on June 7th, 2016 @ 11:27am CDT
I've never understood the... I dunno, non-appeal(?) of parts-forming. To me, a robot is a robot is a robot. Whether they transform, don't, have pilots, are sentient, ect. I guess that's why I like TF's, Eva's, Gundam's, and so on.

As for the price, sure he's small but if you handle one and experience the complexity and obvious parts count, its easy to understand. And he's not sold out everywhere!

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Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795614)
Posted by dragons on June 7th, 2016 @ 5:52pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:I watched Benscollectibles last week over this, it a pretty cool figure. It's not for me, I have no need for this but I will say it's pretty awesome. Surprised how small it is.


I saw this on be collectibles last month but didn't watch video have no interest in this thing prefer video review first over picture review as much time it takes to make picture review it is shorter time to make video review no typing required takin pictures required
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1795634)
Posted by shajaki on June 7th, 2016 @ 7:06pm CDT
Maz has posted a great article, y'all should give it a read ;)^

Return of Diaclone - Dia-Battles V2 (TFSource Article)
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1796538)
Posted by fenrir72 on June 10th, 2016 @ 7:21am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:$160 is enough to dissuade me yes, but everything else is like =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ :MAXIMAL:

I know, me too, but hey if thats what you like, there are a bunch fo other takara toys to experience as well that are cheaper and could give you an idea of this without spending the big bucks. The only thing is that you wouldnt be one of the Jones' and I dont know how much that factors into everyone's want of this right now (including mine).

For instance, this is what I got for 80$ when I wanted to try out Microman (still available for that same price).

Its 4 vehicles with 4 of the most articulated figures ever. They are the size of G1 Joes and the armour on the vehicles can turn into weapons and armour for the figures:

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And here they are combined (and one inch taller than Diabaltles)

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Cobotron made a review of that as well: viewtopic.php?f=206&t=103137&p=1743380&hilit=kong#p1743380



Very different animal. Not even a fair comparison. >:oP
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1796546)
Posted by william-james88 on June 10th, 2016 @ 8:30am CDT
fenrir72 wrote:Very different animal. Not even a fair comparison. >:oP

Where did I write they were the same? I was just talking about the bang for your buck.
Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1796698)
Posted by shajaki on June 10th, 2016 @ 8:44pm CDT
Evenin Seibertron! We have a pretty big update for you on TakaraTomy's Diaclone Reboot line, starting with reveals at the Tokyo Toy Show. First up, we have a pair of colored prototypes named Destruction and Assault *AND UPDATE* Dia-Battles "Scan the Universe Riot Type". Not much is known on these three, but the following small grey prototype is called the Powered Suit and is shown off with his pilot and in various stages of transformation (and in this video!). And lastly is a teaser for the upcoming Big Powered GV. Sharing some characteristics with the Reboots first figure (Dia-Battles) having similar modes, and the vague release date of summer 2016. Have a look at all the images below, and at the bottom a great video of Dia-Battles transformation. Stay tuned to Seibertron.com: home for the best Galleries and Conversation around!

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Bad Google Translation wrote:Founder Powered Suit
Powered Suit is a diaclone members of the combat enhancement clothing that has been developed for a pair Waruda Mobile infantry troops.
Usually it has about 10 servings of forces in the activity possible and compact while 1 aircraft in any environment is operated by troops units of three to five-body organization.
Powered Suit troops have the achievements that led to the winning strategy exerts its excellent mobility in Ragnarok strategy that ended the first-order pair Waruda defense.

New Powered Suit
State-of-the-art power suit of which is designed to machine the imposition of neo-attack system.
Basic performance and mobility with the latest technology of Gigazon is remarkably improved, and has a next-generation model of a more elevated variable function equipped with a lifting resistance and transportability.
In addition there is a limited link is possible and become the Boretto module system, but cooperation with the MEC mode of die battle scan series, etc. of other models also a possible.
Powered suit has a to further expand amplifies the ability. Its strongest position is large heavy fighting machine's .


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Bad Google Translation wrote:Primary Big Powered
Powered Suit transport function three aircraft powered machine "Mach powered" provided with a "land-powered" "Earth Powered" is a large-sized heavy fighting machine to be completed by collecting coalesce.
Powered suit as is its name by being fused to the chest connector mighty in power amplification, figure to blow up the Waruda corps would just say that combat guardian deity of the P / S (Powered Suit) troops.
It should be noted, has become a foundation of which is mounted to die Akron machine after the design structure that reconstruction of the maneuver unit separated from the combat support machine powered machine that is deployed at the time of set coalescence

It was coined after the neo-attack system triggered a heavy armored machine of big powered series latest version.
Installation of variable function to the series a basic function is P / S unit of transport function and battle modes, making the fully the of course, inherit the new power suit by mounting a large number of it's ....


Re: Pictorial Review of Diaclone Reboot - Dia-Battles V2 (1796699)
Posted by fenrir72 on June 10th, 2016 @ 8:48pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:Very different animal. Not even a fair comparison. >:oP

Where did I write they were the same? I was just talking about the bang for your buck.


So why compare them then? The product isn't a part of the Diaclone reboot line. Now if there was another product of the same line you position would be valid.

Bottom line is, the discussion is about Diaclone and not Microman....off topic already

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