Saturday 9 September 2023

Streak Anime Ver. 08 (Collectors Edition, 2002)


08 Cybertron Streak
Function: Gunner
Transformation: Supercar
Ability: Is the best Cybertron marksman. Fires 80,000 volt beams which illuminate the distance.
Character: Cheerful and although he hates fighting, he will do everything possible to eliminate the Destron threat of universal conquest.
STR...6; INT...6; SPD...7; END...9; RNK...5; CRG...2; FPR...9; SKL...7; TTL...51

The early 2000s witnessed the introduction of exclusive reissues dubbed "Collectors Editions" through the online e-Hobby store. During this period, numerous Diaclone colour variants were incorporated into the Transformers series. These variants sometimes appeared as new characters and at other times as different colour versions. Streak Anime Ver falls into the latter category.

In July 2002, the first two Transformers released as part of the Transformers Collection reissues were Meister (Jazz) and Prowl. In the same month, e-Hobby released Streak Anime Ver and Meister Gold Plated Ver, both of which featured colour schemes last seen in Takara's Diaclone series. Since Prowl lacked any other variants in the Diaclone line, Streak (also known as Bluestreak) was used as they shared nearly identical molds, differing primarily in their colours and the police light bar.

Within the Diaclone Car Robot series, the "No.7 Fairlady Z" made its debut in November 1982. However, this specific colour variant was the renowned and rare blue and silver version. Just a few months later, in January 1983, the second colour variant was released, featuring black and silver colour.

Interestingly, both Diaclone versions played a significant role in the Transformers line when the Fairlady Z was christened as Bluestreak. The blue Fairlady Z adorned catalogues, box art, and product photography, serving as the inspiration for the name "Bluestreak." The black and silver version, on the other hand, inspired the original cartoon colours, hence the name Streak Anime Ver.

In the Transformers line, Bluestreak was only released in an all-silver colour scheme, a variation exclusively available in GiG's Trasformer line. The timeline of their release is a subject of debate, as both were introduced around the same time in 1984.

Regrettably, as of the current writing, a blue version of Bluestreak has not been reissued. However, a version has made its way into the Masterpiece line. In fact, all colour variants of Streak have been released in the Masterpiece line thus far, and all four represent the same character.

When Hasbro reissued Bluestreak in 2003 under the Commemorative Series brand, they would rename him "Silverstreak" but retained the Streak Anime Ver box art despite the actual toy being all silver just like the original toy.

The Masterpiece Collection

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