June 21, 2012

Artefacts: Finnish Diaclone Corvette Stingray

The legendary Finnish Diaclone Corvette Stingray AKA "Black Tracks"

What to say..

This, simply, is a stunning artefact to behold.

Released in Finland, and sold exclusively at R-Kioski stores for a short period in the mid 1980s this holy grail among collectors was one of 5 Diaclone Car Robots to be released by Takara in Finland and was the only one which sported a colour variation previously unseen anywhere else.

Vehicle mode: Finnish Corvette Stingray

It was not until 2002 that Takara released a lucky draw version as part of a book campaign that we saw an homage.

Left: original Finnish Diaclone. Right: lucky draw reissue

There's just something about seeing the Finnish Diaclone Corvette Stingray for the first time....and the second....and third and....

It visually puts paid to the mythos that surrounds this piece both in terms of collecting and factual release.

Enough words. Ok, one more: Beautiful.

That turquoise face....marvellous

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