So for some reason I decided to revisit one of the most frustrating kits I’ve ever built:
Probably because a certain variant is coming out this summer, and I am powerless to resist those colors. Also, this kit has an extensive inner frame (at the time that was still pretty rare in HMMs… maybe it still is), and the red and “weird tan” colors used will make it look disturbingly like a skinned gorilla if it’s built without any armor. So, you know. Science!
I’m sure my jimmies will get thoroughly rustled by this kit (again), so I have prepared myself.
It’ll be a while before I get a full on review, but here’s the short one: VERY FEW COMPLAINTS, IF ANY.
All I have from the Japanese line is Mauses. I know nothing about him, except that he looks like a beefed up Hotshot, and there is no equivalent in any of the other toylines. He’s supposed to walk, but mine doesn’t. Probably why I got it so cheap.
I only have two of these, but they are definitely sweet.
These guys are tiny and cute, and have pull-back motors. They also have spring loaded claws, for the gripping of things.
These little guys have pull-back motors, for the zooming around. Note that the toys’ colors are different from their comic book depictions. Also, I have discovered my Thinktank has the wrong accessory colors.
I’m combining the regular post and the build review, just because. Is this one more fun to play with than the gatling gun? The answer may surprise you.
In which I post screenshots of almost every iteration of this site, all the way back to the beginning of time.
Being abandoned swap ideas, all I have are the crappiest pics imaginable. Actually, 6–14 aren’t totally abandoned. I’m hoping that posting these horrible ancient pictures of awesome swaps will shame me into taking better pictures. Seriously, my phone has a better camera than the one that took these.
I’m putting this up mostly for historical completeness. Anyway, the Hasbro one’s big difference was that spacers were added to make its body wider, I guess because of US safety standards or something. Eventually this bugged me enough that I sold it. I think I was going to put the money toward a proper NJR, (cont’d)
I have no idea where these came from or what the deal is. Someone sent me a few pages from an old (80s) Japanese magazine, and these were on one of the pages. I imagine it was some kind of contest. I also totally forgot to repost these when I moved everything to WordPress.
A motorized gatling gun with a totally hidden motor? How did they do it? The answer may surprise you.
This is from Kotobukiya’s M.S.G. (Modeling Support Goods) line of weapons and parts. While M.S.G. stuff is made for Giant Human Like Battle Robots, this one can (probably) be used on Zoids, so I’m including it here. Also, I have no other outlet for non-Zoid models. For now, check out the build review and this (cont’d)
I decided to use some of my fire sale profits to restore my NJR Zabat that gave up its life in a parts swap. This one is from Academy, which released Zoids in Korea. (The kit’s colors are identical to the NJR, and so is the packaging—except for Korean text instead of Japanese.)
Blast from the past! A guy named Card (from the Zoidfans Yahoo group made this back in 2003. I forgot about it until just recently (March, 2011) when it fell out of a Zoid I was about to sell. It looks almost exactly like a chrome pilot, but it has an actual weight to it. (cont’d)
This review has only one thing to mention, but it’s an important one.
Just making this post to show that I have two of these MIB, if anyone’s interested. I think they were the Pacific release, because they have a Tomy logo instead of Hasbro, and there is a sticker with Chinese writing on the back.
I have one of these MIB, if anyone’s interested. Fun fact: this almost always shows up on ebay listings as “Grachiosaur”. Hasbro font fail!
Dark Spiner’s crabby friend! Snappy claws and spinning dome can also be activated by rolling across the floor.
So far, all I have here is Dark Horn / Green Horn. I used to put the black parts from an NJR Red Horn on Dark Horn’s armor, but trying to get pictures was impossible. Not enough contrast. This would have also looked a lot better if the Dark Horn parts didn’t have those distinctive (cont’d)
I love everything about Elephander, except its size relative to other Zoids. The body’s about the size of a Redhorn—not too big. It does have a lot of nice movement and detail, and a ton of extra bits, so I guess I’ll just pretend it’s a 1/100 scale kit.