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Transformers G1: Beachcomber (MB)

Beachcombeis another one of those Autobot mini-vehicles who was endowed with a cool character. As a geologist, Beachcomber doesn’t really like warfare and prefers to just cruise around coast lines and deserts and simply chill out. Beachcomber is a laid-back Transformer that turns into one very laid-back dune buggy. Yeah. img_2778 I remember one of my best buddies had his mother buy him Beachcomber somewhere in early 1986. It was probably one of the first Transformers that me or any of my friends got back then (the first official Transformers toys were introduced here in late 1985 by MB). I even remember that my buddy put Beachcomber inside his chest pocket just before we took our 1986 class school picture. I also remember we thought it was fucking awesome that Beachcomber ended up on our class photograph. I really should try and dig out that picture and post it here. UPDATE: I found the photograph during a recent visit to my parents! Check it out:But back to Beachcomber! Beachcomber was released as part of the second series of Autobot mini-vehicles in the US, and part of the first series in the European countries that were covered by MB. He suddenly, without any real explanation, made his first appearance in the second season of the Sunbow cartoon, voiced by Alan Oppenheimer, who also did Seaspray and perhaps more famously, Skeletor in Filmation’s Masters of the Universe. Here are a few screen caps of Beachcomber from the Sunbow cartoon. img_2795 img_2812 So because of all this, Beachcomber has a special little place in my heart. I finally got my own loose Beachcomber a couple of years ago. Being an MB (Milton Bradley) Transformers collector I also thankfully managed to track down a MOSC (mint-on-sealed-card) MB Beachcomber not too long ago which is pictured here. Enjoy the photos!
Beachcomber is another one of those Autobot mini-vehicles who was endowed with a cool character. As a geologist, Beachcomber doesn’t really like warfare and prefers to just cruise around coast lines and deserts and simply chill out. Beachcomber is a laid-back Transformer that turns into one very laid-back dune buggy. Yeah.
I remember one of my best buddies had his mother buy him Beachcomber somewhere in early 1986. It was probably one of the first Transformers that me or any of my friends got back then (the first official Transformers toys were introduced here in late 1985 by MB). I even remember that my buddy put Beachcomber inside his chest pocket just before we took our 1986 class school picture. I also remember we thought it was fucking awesome that Beachcomber ended up on our class photograph. I really should try and dig out that picture and post it here. UPDATE: I found the photograph during a recent visit to my parents! Check it out:
Looks like your average group of Dutch kids from 1986 having their class picture taken, right? Wrong!! This particular spring afternoon in 1986 is being blown away by the awesome presence of one Autobot mini-vehicle called Beachcomber inside the chest pocket of my best buddy. Check the close up:
But back to Beachcomber! Beachcomber was released as part of the second series of Autobot mini-vehicles in the US, and part of the first series in the European countries that were covered by MB. He suddenly, without any real explanation, made his first appearance in the second season of the Sunbow cartoon, voiced by Alan Oppenheimer, who also did Seaspray and perhaps more famously, Skeletor in Filmation’s Masters of the Universe. Here are a few screen caps of Beachcomber from the Sunbow cartoon.
Like all of the Autobot mini-vehicles the toy and its transformation were very simple. That doesn’t take away from the fact that Beachcomber looked very nice in both his robot mode as well as his vehicle mode! Most of the first waves of Transformers were based on Takara’s Diaclone and Microman/Microchange series molds. Beachcomber happens to be one of the first toys that were designed specifically for the Transformers toyline. As such, it’s quite a relief to see Beachcomber still having rubber tyres instead of the boring, all-plastic Transformers that followed later. Just check out some of these close ups of the toy. Doesn’t it look great?!
So because of all this, Beachcomber has a special little place in my heart. I finally got my own loose Beachcomber a couple of years ago. Being an MB (Milton Bradley) Transformers collector I also thankfully managed to track down a MOSC (mint-on-sealed-card) MB Beachcomber not too long ago which is pictured here. Enjoy the photos!

Beachcomber is another one of those Autobot mini-vehicles who was endowed with a cool character. As a geologist, Beachcomber doesn’t really like warfare and prefers to just cruise around coast lines and deserts and simply chill out. Beachcomber is a laid-back Transformer that turns into one very laid-back dune buggy. Yeah.

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I remember one of my best buddies had his mother buy him Beachcomber somewhere in early 1986. It was probably one of the first Transformers that me or any of my friends got back then (the first official Transformers toys were introduced here in late 1985 by MB). I even remember that my buddy put Beachcomber inside his chest pocket just before we took our 1986 class school picture. I also remember we thought it was fucking awesome that Beachcomber ended up on our class photograph. I really should try and dig out that picture and post it here. UPDATE: I found the photograph during a recent visit to my parents! Check it out:

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Looks like your average group of Dutch kids from 1986 having their class picture taken, right? Wrong!! This particular spring afternoon in 1986 is being blown away by the awesome presence of one Autobot mini-vehicle called Beachcomber inside the chest pocket of my best buddy. Check the close up:

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But back to Beachcomber! Beachcomber was released as part of the second series of Autobot mini-vehicles in the US, and part of the first series in the European countries that were covered by MB. He suddenly, without any real explanation, made his first appearance in the second season of the Sunbow cartoon, voiced by Alan Oppenheimer, who also did Seaspray and perhaps more famously, Skeletor in Filmation’s Masters of the Universe. Here are a few screen caps of Beachcomber from the Sunbow cartoon.

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Like all of the Autobot mini-vehicles the toy and its transformation were very simple. That doesn’t take away from the fact that Beachcomber looked very nice in both his robot mode as well as his vehicle mode! Most of the first waves of Transformers were based on Takara’s Diaclone and Microman/Microchange series molds. Beachcomber happens to be one of the first toys that were designed specifically for the Transformers toyline. As such, it’s quite a relief to see Beachcomber still having rubber tyres instead of the boring, all-plastic Transformers that followed later. Just check out some of these close ups of the toy. Doesn’t it look great?!

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So because of all this, Beachcomber has a special little place in my heart. I finally got my own loose Beachcomber a couple of years ago. Being an MB (Milton Bradley) Transformers collector I also thankfully managed to track down a MOSC (mint-on-sealed-card) MB Beachcomber not too long ago which is pictured here. Enjoy the photos!

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Joustra Diaclone comic #8

Diaclone toys were the actual predecessors to the Transformers. Made by Japanese toy company Takara, the Diaclone toys were also exported outside of Japan in the first half of the 1980′s. In Europe a French company from Strasbourg, called Ceji Joustra, released the Diaclone toys in some countries, most notably in Germany, France and the Netherlands. The most interesting aspect of the Joustra Diaclone releases is that they went through the effort of creating new artwork and a back story to the Diaclone toys, instead of simply copying the Japanese packaging artwork. Joustra had special artwork created for the packaging of all their Diaclone releases and also had a mini-comic created that was included with all the boxed, series 1 Joustra Diaclones. All this artwork was created by artist twins Paul and Gaetan Brizzi.

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I have most carded and boxed Joustra Diaclone items in my collection, but nearly all of them have their mini-comic missing, except for one. My Joustra Diaclone Robocolt has the original mini-comic still included, which I have scanned and posted here for you to enjoy! Judging by the text inside the comic this is the 8th and final part of the mini-comic series. It is not exactly clear to me which comic was included with which toy (if there was a pattern there at all), but this mini-comic happens to feature the robot it was included with, being Robocolt.

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Wow! Very cool artwork, right? Another noteworthy fact is that this comic is in French, but I have seen scans of the same comic in German. Given that the languages on the Joustra Diaclone packaging were French, German and Dutch, I suspect that all 8 mini-comics must have been released in all 3 languages. I’ve never seen a Dutch Joustra Diaclone mini-comic, but would love to have one! As far as I know, there has never been an English Joustra Diaclone translation. I might try and post an English translation of the current comic one of these days, but for now please enjoy the great artwork of the Brizzi brothers and check out some more Joustra Diaclone here. More Joustra Diaclone pages and photographs from my personal collection are coming soon to this site! Check all the pages of the mini-comic included with my Joustra Diaclone Robocolt below!

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