Transformers Bluestreak
Transformers Bluestreak
Transformers Bluestreak
Transformers Bluestreak

The Diaclone Fairlady-Z mould could probably have a website to itself, what with all the different uses and reuses. The toy was issued in late 1982, in either silver with black trim, or silver with blue trim (which, incidentally was used for the box art and some catalogue shots for Bluestreak, starting up the whole "blue Bluestreak" myth). In 1984, the mould was used for Bluestreak in the Transformers line, but a plain silver version was issued, while the animation model used the silver and black version, and the boxart, as mentioned above, the silver and blue version. The same pattern was retained in Japan in 1985, where the character was renamed Streak. Confusion isn't helped by the Marvel comics, which used all three schemes at various points. Got that? Talk about making things complicated...

The upshot, though, was in 2002 Takara reissued the silver/black version as a Premium for the #2 Prowl reissue, known as Anime Streak. Which is what we have here. As a side note, in 2003, Hasbro reissued the plain silver version as Silverstreak (renamed for copyright reasons), and Takara would do an all-chrome version known as Chrome Streak as a Premium for the #5 Smokescreen reissue.


The car mode is very nice, uncluttered without being bland like the original Bluestreak. The black/silver scheme works very well, though the different tones used on the diecast and the plastic jars a little, especially on the chrome rear windows. The 'anime' makeover also does Bluestreak a power of good in this mode comparative to Prowl and Smokescreen - the plain original always looked rather dull in contrast to the nicer recolours.

But this looks very swish, if still not quite as impressive as the retools. That said, the paint on the right side of my example could have been crisper... Annoyingly, the rubsign (never a favourite thing for me) is idiotically placed smack in the middle of his left door, a bit of an annoyance after the sensible position given to Prowl's (just in front of the windscreen).


The transformation's nice, interesting without overdoing it and leaving you irritated, a la Jazz. Thankfully, the stiffness from the Prowl reissue isn't transferred across to his Premium. The robot mode looks great, though you'd be wise to leave off a few stickers - those on his upper thighs just jam up when you transform the figure, and I've always found the 1984/85 cars to rather overkill on the circuits.

The colour scheme really works in this mode - the divergences in plastic colour aren't quite as noticeable, and the red breaks things up beautifully. Also if you position his doors just right, you can't see the rubsign. Poseability is minimal - like most Diaclone-originated Transfomers, the arms are fairly articulated, and the rest is all solid. Still, he's a great display piece, and a significant aesthetic improvement on the dour original Bluestreak.


Overall, I really like this version, if not as much as Prowl or Smokescreen. He can still be found at a fairly reasonable price, though unless the anime variant is issued in Takara's Encore series, that might change soon. He knocks spots off the standard version, and won't cost you much more than a Hasbro Silverstreak - if you hurry. Highly recommended.