Another I-can't-make-an-article-out-of-this Quickie! Impossible not to think of nacho cheese, it's the Diaclone No.5 Car Robot Hilux 4WD in yellow, otherwise referred to as "Yellow Trailbreaker". One of the most exotic original colours for the pre-Trailbreaker mould, and one of the toughest to find. Released in Japan (and Japan only) circa August 1982, he was also available in blue and black as a Diaclone.
|Diaclone "Yellow Trailbreaker"|
The Diaclone "Yellow Trailbreaker" comes in exactly the same box as the black and blue release, but you can see that the black version was used for the box artwork and photography, implying it was the primary release. While it's a fact that the yellow version is by far the most desirable, bizarre and representative of the appeal of Diaclone Car Robots, the blue Japanese - not Diakron or GiG - Hilux is a bloody tough toy. When was the last time you saw an unused one?
|Clear window version|
|Incredibly alluring colours|
This highly eye-catching scheme was of course totally unique to Japanese Diaclone, and despite multiple reissue Trailbreakers, we've never had a reissue exclusive yellow version of the mould, preserving the already considerable value of the original. Yellow and blue Japanese Hilux 4WDs have the same black side stickers as Trailbreaker, but interestingly the black version of this toy as a Japanese Diaclone had unique yellow side stickers. Also not an easy toy to find.
|With the Diaclone pilot, and of course missing a fist|
These Diaclone pre-Trailbreakers from Japan seem to come with intra-colour variations, some having clear windshields and rear windows, and some with translucent blue. All 3 colours of the Hilux have shown this variation. Like the "Red Hoist" - and also the "Black Skids" we looked at recently - this toy has unique accessories too, namely the yellow fists that come sprued in package. You can imagine how desperate a quest it is trying to find replacements.
On the subject of Red Hoist, here are the two most exotic Hilux-based Diaclones together, cutting quite the mirror universe look:
|Red hoist and Yellow Trailbreaker|
Can you imagine how successful an E-Hobby set of the above would have been? It would have eclipsed the popularity of the Clampdown and Deepcover set, as well as the Gold Jazz and Silver Streak in my opinion. If they could justify a black Ironhide reissue that barely sells nowadays, quite why these were off the table during Encore escapes me. I shouldn't complain too much, the lack of a reissue kept the value of my Yellow Trailbreaker high and softened the blow of saying goodbye. Hard to imagine I'll ever own one again though, so if you get an opportunity, grab it with both hands - even if Yellow Trailbreaker doesn't have both of his!
|Into the sunset|
All the best