The Diaclone 1:60 Scale Adventure World was resurrected by TakaraTomy in 2016, to the delight of fans in Japan and abroad. The toyline purports to pick up where the original Diaclone series left off. Featuring new adult collector-oriented designs in 1:60 scale, the series kicked off with sets inspired by original figures from 1980 and 1981. The mecha fit stylistically with the early sci-fi mecha of the original series, eschewing references to the now-dated cars and other real vehicles featured from 1982 onward.
Each of the sets include one or more Diaclone personnel, using the now-canonized fan term “Dia-Nauts”. The highly poseable figures feature rare-earth magnets in the feet to allow them to walk on ferrous surfaces, including ferrous stickers that can be installed on some of the mecha figures. The figures are nominally compatible with the origina sets (and, by extension, Generation 1 Transformers), but their wider ball-jointed hips make proper seating impossible on some older toys. The new mecha designs are highly modular, using combining components that are compatible across sets, including many interchangeable accessories. The designs allow collectors to assemble a number of different mecha or vehicles from the larger sets, including the ability to custom build various robots using parts from multiple sets.
TakaraTomy’s marketing was carefully designed to appeal to the adults who played with Diaclone in the 1980s. The packaging features a flat red and black-striped theme that closely matches the earliest toys that have been re-interpreted in this line. Further, the storyline provided both in pack-in materials and online portrays itself as a sequel to the stories told in the original series’ catalogs. (A full translation of each original catalog is available on the TFL Blog via the Diaclone page!) The modern chapters of the Diaclone story have been translated by Bryan Wilkinson at the Crew of Spirited Boys Microman Club.
At present, the series is mostly comprised of variants of the Dia-Battles V2 design, with several extensive retools unveiled but not yet announced. New designs included a revamp of the Powered Suit System, and a redesign of Big Powered has been teased. The series will continue for the forseeable future, releasing a handful of new figures each year at a pace similar to Transformers Masterpiece.