Last Modified: 2012-01-03
First Posted: 2008-07-25
A 1/144 Saber Tiger, yes! I think this was an NJR candy prize, but I have no idea past that. I got it for cheaps off the ebay. It’s a neat little kit. Decent articulation, detail’s not bad, and the tiny guns are removable. I want to do a better touch-up job on the head. My gray gundam marker is too bluish, and I need to paint the lower jaw “cap” in something that matches.
These were released in the US during the 80s, and also in Europe (where they were known as Zany—that’s the product name AND the description). They are recolors of the famously rare “Zoicoro” SD pullbacks from Japan. The googly eyes are a nice touch, I think. I lucked out finding a whole set of these several years ago on fee-bay.
I know nothing of this bootleg’s origins. The box paper and instruction booklet are very thin, compared to normal ones. I don’t know about plastic quality, because I haven’t built it. I got a mess of them for cheap in 2000, sold a few when I was unemployed, donated one as a prize for a contest on Pheno’s forum, and kept the last one for myself.
Geno Breaker, in mini form! I don’t normally get into the action figures Hasbro made, but I got this one accidentally, plus I’m on a Geno kick, so here he is. I actually like him better without all the extra equipment, and the head spear reminds me of a cockatiel. Pics 1–4 are right out of the package. Pics 5–8 are after a much needed touchup paint job. #9 is of the whole “family”!
Too bad this line died so quickly and so hard, because this guy is actually pretty cool. It would have been nice to see other zoids done in this style, or even a Storm Unit for the Führer here, but oh well. It does have the one shortcoming of super-articulated figures: the more points of articulation, the harder to get a stable pose.
I almost sold this, until I came back to my senses. WHEW! The last two pics show why I will never part with this wee beasty.
So I’m probably the last person on earth to post pics of this guy. I took most of these a month and a half ago, when my special lady was doing some tiny gardening. I also wanted to test the camera on my new
pocket computer phone.
Quick review, because I’m, like, busy and stuff: Nice details (painted parts are done well), but a little fiddly.
I have no idea what the deal is with these, or even where I got them. I think a seller threw them in as a freebie. I asked Lionel if he knew anything about these guys, but all he knew was that they were OJR. He did have a picture saved that I think is from the auction I won (small world). I had a Merda one previously, that I actually put on my jacket’s zipper, but the ring wore down, and I lost it. I was 24 years old.
These came out at the end of 2004. So named because they consist of pvc rubber bits surrounding a single core blox. Unfortunately, the blox(es?) they used are knockoff-quality, and not as secure as the regular ones. A set called “The Gacha” (which I don’t have) came out at the same time, consisting of repaints of Vol 1. Pic #9 is Victory Liger, which was a limited edition piece that came with a video game.
Gashapon set from around 2000. If you were as bad at painting the tiny pilots as I was, this set was your only hope. Too bad it’s so flippin’ rare. The only downside: no sitting Van and Fiona figures (but they were in one of the “Battle Collection” mini sets that came out later).
One of the highly sought-after mini pullback zoids. I’ve wanted a super deformed Molga for a while. I got two of these in an auction. They were a steal because the motors were busted. My friend calls these “silly deformed”, because they are. This one and the Glidoler are a lot easier to find than most of the rest of them (you don’t even want to know what the Barigator goes for).