I had a passing knowledge of Diaclone that I had picked up over the last few years. By that I mean that I knew that Diaclone was a thing and that the Transformers came form this line. But I knew more than my friends, so there was that. After I decided to start this blog two years ago, my knowledge of Diaclones expanded greatly. Thanks to Heroic Decepticon's blog, Maz at the TFSource blog, and the TFWiki, my knowledge both increased and felt pitiful at the same time. I had no idea that there were so many variations of early Transformer releases that I had loved as a kid. A police car version of Sunstreaker? A red Hoist?
Then Heroic Decepticon had to run across a figure that still floats into my head from time to time: the heretofore unknown Black Diaclone Sideswipe. After reading about it and seeing the glorious pictures of black Sideswipe, my mind wouldn't let it go. Will I ever own such a rare figure? No, not ever. I could, however, own the eHobby version. I've been thinking about a owning Deep Cover ever since I learned about HD's find. The price; the price just always seemed too steep for some reason. Finally, I just couldn't stand the thought anymore and decided to pull the trigger.
discussion between my wife and myself over whether or not I should open him, but since he's mine, I opened him. He is stupendous. First, the box is pretty. The G1 grid coupled with the nice big window just looks gorgeous. The tech spec card being so prominent is a first for me. I'm used to seeing those bagged with the instructions.
Deep Cover is a figure that I didn't necessarily need; if I had skipped him, I would have been fine. My collection wouldn't feel incomplete with the omission of a Japanese exclusive figure that is a homage to a Japanese precursor to the Transformers. Especially since the focus of my collection is the US run. Still, having him makes my collection feel more robust. Certainly I'm happier for having him.