Status: SOLD, summer 2007
Last Modified: 2011-03-22
First Posted: 2008-04-22
Released in 2000, one of the first brand new designs since the OJR days, and sadly it’s a turkey. The main problem is the poor molding, which pretty much ruins ol’ Gunsnipey. A year later, this was one of the first Hasbro releases, which meant it could be purchased right off a shelf, instead of paying an arm and a leg for shipping from overseas.
And no one seems to like poor Hammer Head (inexplicably renamed “Sledge Head” by Hasbro) either! Well, I do. I took the bar that controls the “swimming” movement out of mine, so I could do a “circling around for the kill” pose. This is about as articulated as the poor guy can get.
The hero of the /Zero anime, and probably Tomy’s biggest cash cow, what with all the variants and CAS (changing armor system) units that have been made. I originally amassed four ligers—one for each CAS, and one to be “stock”—but the thought of building four sets of those complex legs (with individual claws) was too much, and I sold off the extras.
Spinosapper is a utility zoid and chock full of accessories. I like the saws the best, but the excavator isn’t bad either (although walking is impossible when it’s deployed). This was known as Spinosnapper in the NAR, since they probably thought kids couldn’t look up “sapper” in a dictionary (combat engineer). It was called Spinosappa in the dub of the anime, because… zuh?
People seem to either love or hate this woof, but it has a special place in my heart, since it was the first zoid I got after a zoidless year of abject brokeness. For silliness, see the Hasbro box: no umlaut, and “fart cannons” facing forward! Semi-silliness: why does a giant mechanical wolf need giant “night vision” goggles? Night jiggling? I guess because of the cardinal rule of anime/mecha: it looks cool!
Having a name that is also a description for the side-effects of chili, Mad Thunder is from the golden age of ginormous zoids, reissued for the NJR in early 2002. Having the same colors as the OJR, there was much rejoicing in the land. The computer screen was made from part of a Zoids 2 sticker.
I mainly got this one for the swapping potential. When it first came out, I saw the box before the actual kit, and was in a state of panic until it was confirmed that the orange parts were actually clear, the way the Good Lord intended.
Update, 01/2010: A fellow zoider was saddened that I raided this guy for parts, and sent me a spare. And here it is! A lot of people complain about the colors, but they do look a lot better in person. Thanks, zoidmagnite!
This is one of the odder zoids out there. It’s a pillbug that pulls two trailers, for carrying other zoids, or spare parts, or smeat. The armor contracts as it rolls, and the radar dish spins. The kit comes with a sprue of anime characers, but you have to paint them yourself. Or get the gashapon figure set!