Status: SOLD, 03/2011
Last Modified: 2011-03-30
First Posted: 2008-06-17
This wasn’t an official Hasbro release in the US (though a few people have ultra-rare prototypes), but did make its way to the New Pacific Release. I ordered mine from the Philippines. I stole one of the gunner seats for my Helcat custom, but it’s otherwise complete. The tail mechanism is quite clever, with a string/pulley system. I have no idea how to take good pics of this one. For not having much bulk, it still manages to be the longest zoid ever at well over 30″. This is probably a job for joiner stylee (see #16)!
This is my first paint/bash custom, and I call it Scout Tiger. I didn’t like the color or lack of decent gun that Guntiger had, so I got to work. I’m going to say that it has battle damage, because the damn metalizers kept coming off on the edges (probably overzealous buffing).
I went the longest time not liking Geno Saurers, but then I finally came to my senses. I got this one about a year after it came out, when they miraculously became affordable to the masses (Thanks, Toy-Wave!). These guys aren’t really white, but more of an off-white “bone” color that my camera—awesome as it is—can’t seem to capture. This was part of the limited set for the 2005 Dinosaur Expo at the Tokyo Science Museum.
Here, I have “corrected” the odd wide stance that the front legs had (pic). I did this with much hacking and slashing. As a result, it is permanently in dragon mode, but I didn’t like deathraser/parablade in these colors anyway. Also, I replaced the blox pieces in the neck with some better matching ones from the limited translucent blox set.
Thousands of years ago, a prophecy foretold of a “holotech” Liger Zero. Some even claimed to have seen them in stores, or even to have purchased one, but in the absence of photographic evidence, such people were branded as liars and heretics. Then, in late 2007, Liger Red Hiou was revealed—a holotech liger, but the armor was clear PINK! I think this could be the best Liger Zero ever.
This was part of a set of limiteds sold at Wonderfest ’08. The other was Molga, which I
desire greatly straight-up HAVE. These sold out in seconds, and hit obscene prices on Yahoo Japan (made even more obscene with the Dollar being down the crapper). BUT, Toy-Wave had the Gator on sale a few weeks ago, so patience and despair won out, for once! Since Gator’s legs and inner frame are on the same sprue, they included an extra of that sprue for the dark legs/green frame combo.
Another bonus from brother WIKD, thanks! Lighting was against me with these pics. The background is all weird, but the Gator’s colors are pretty spot on. Which is frightening. The upper parts do have a nice metallic sheen to them, though.
I’m going to try a swap with my other ’gators, because I think either of this one’s colors would work with a more neutral one to contrast.
Back when Zoidfans was THE place to shoot the breeze, a bunch of us got together and made a custom order to Leoshop. There was a run of the black chrome shown here, and also a blue chrome one, which I passed on. Black chrome is hard to photograph, so it’s taken a while to get good pics (4 years!?). The last three were done in my apartment with a long exposure, to show the weird purpleness that “black” chrome really is.
To get this guy, you had to buy each of the three Genesis DVD box sets (which each came with a clear hero liger, and cost around $300), then send the proofs of purchase off. Or wait until they hit Yahoo Japan (much cheaper!). The best part of this one (for me) is the clear pilot. I’ve wanted one of those forever! I also got some fun night/blacklight shots.
Despite my initial hatred of all things Blox, I had to get this one right off, on account of my undying love of aquatic zoids. It sat in storage for years, until I dug him out with plans to raid his parts for my Killer Bee custom. Lucky for Mosasledge, his parts were not right, so he lives on. This one would look a million times better with panel lining and details painted on.
I am adding that to my eternally long zoids to-do list.
CP-22: Dual Sniper Unit / CP-23: AZ-5 Missile Unit
I somehow lucked out and got the two CPs right before they disappeared. The secret was getting them the DAY they were released. I usually just have CP-22 applied, because both is overkill. I do want to paint the missiles in CP-23, though…
I got this when it came out, way back in 1994! Identical to the OJR Heldigunner, except that DL doesn’t glow in the dark. I got an NJR Heldi in 1999, and within half a year of display, the rubber hoses were broken in many places. I saw on a Japanese site where someone had replaced them with coilsprings, and thus was inspired… to wait damn near four years before trying it myself. I replaced the Demon Lizard’s hoses (which are still fine after 159 years, thank you), because this variant looks cooler than the NJR.
OMG the pilot doesn’t ride in the head!? I thought I lost the chest gun pictured on the box, but apparently it was never included. Phew! I seem to see the “newtype” variant on auctions more often than the “regulartype”, which has silver armor and dull red underbits—like the NJR, but then the gun and cockpit are black.
For some reason, my Pegasus sheds armor like a bio zoid. This color scheme is much better than the OJR Orudios, unless you’re really PROUD TO BE AN AMURRIKAAAAAAANNNNN… (ahem) Anyway, I was mad that I had to pay $30 for one of these back in 1999, until a couple years ago, when I saw what they’re going for now.
When this one came out, it was good news for everyone who had missed out on CPs 22 and 23. I originally only got it for its swapping potential, but recently a lack of new kits drove me to revert this one to its stock configuration. If you like colors, this one has them. All of them! I took these pics with the flash on, which really shows how insane the colors are.
Of interest: the “fart cannon” pieces have a slight mold change from the NJR version. The mount’s hardpoints were changed to be the standard blox hardpoint size, to aid in “fuzing” possibilities.
Identical to the NJR version (RZ-070), with the addition of two new guns. The fuzors version also comes with an incredibly rubbery (yukk) anime pilot figure. Alteka from kitty-bot sent me some extra “new” guns, so I could double up the firepower! Also, I took off the “opposable thumbs” and bulky forearm armor, because I think it looks much better that way.
The armor can separate to form blox support units, and leave poor Gary naked, save for one piece of tail armor and a sheepish grin. From left to right: Hien (swallow type, with guns from Gravity Saurer), Gekkou (horseshoe crab type), and Raiden (warthog type, made from the Shin-added guns).
Before the Bio Zoids, I would have been annoyed at something that didn’t have a motor and didn’t even look like a zoid, but this was too cool to pass up. #7 was done with a laser pointer. #8-9 are of the handy display stand. Last six (added June 2006): I messed around with some new poses, finally taking advantage of Bio zoids’ flexibility. This one is based on a pose my “special lady” made, which worked out well since this guy’s legs are totally loose now. For a while he sat atop my monitor at work.
This was one of the uber-baddies of the anime. For having the same understructure as Bio Kentro, Tricera is a lot bulkier. The armor is so thick that it’s hard to get good leg movement. It’s not apparent from my crappy pics, but the armor actually has a brownish tint to it. Chocolate Hell Armor™, people!
Char Aznable’s Zairin’s mid-season upgrade. It has the same frame as Bio Megs, but the armor is a lot thicker, so it looks beefier and three times more intimidating. All the “crystal shards” don’t hurt either. I can almost never get this guy posed without the assistance of the display stand.
Decalto Dragon, the Genesis recolor/repackage of Deathraser/Parablade. I didn’t like the orginal’s colors that much, but these new ones really work, since they seemed to have the dragon mode in mind when they picked them. (As such, the separate kits don’t look so hot, but that’s ok.)
The reissue no one thought would happen. The stickers were a lot higher quality than usual—very thin and nicely trimmed. That didn’t stop me from messing up the cockpit one TWICE, though. Check out my cat Dora hanging out on Gildy’s shelf.
Last 4 pics: While most people prefer the original Gilvader’s colors and horns, I really like the white/blue. Just in case anyone hasn’t seen Gildy with the old horns, here ya go.
285 pieces, how!? I decided to detail this one as I built it, but after all that work (15 hours building and panel lining), I have no energy left for the application of stickers. I’ll wait a while for that. Best thing about this kit is the choice of canopy colors: orange for the newschool fans, and smoke for the oldsters. Take your time deciding, because prying apart these pieces is nearly impossible without casualties. Worst thing about this kit is the minimal jaw movement. I modified mine based on this guy’s work, and got a bit more movement (enough to make me happy, at least).
One year later, and I’m finally finished. All the time I was putting off doing stickers, I was also bothered by the ham-fisted panel lining job this poor guy got. My previous gold and silver markers were a piece of crap, so I redid the teeth and hydraulics too. Either this project was cursed, or HMM kits really don’t stand up do disassembly, because I broke three pieces AND lost one. I replaced the lost one (a cap-like piece that holds the shoulder armor on) with a leftover Armored Core weapon. Just what the crap it’s supposed to be, I don’t know.
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.
The Leostriker says: “Just what the heck am I supposed to be???” I didn’t build mine in either of the “standard” configurations, because those were both hideous. This one’s at least presentable. Also: worst limited edition box art ever, except for the plain white boxes that the crystals came in!
I’m not sure why they didn’t make the body armor chrome too, but oh well. I love the orange wings on this one. Though the box shows black under-parts, and my model has them, the standard issue was grey. I gave away my gray parts, thinking I had spares, so for these pics I raided the under-bits off an NJR Redler. (Some Redwings did have black parts, but those were factory escapees and never officially released.)
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!
This funny looking lion type used to be rarer than rocking horse poops until now. These Graphics kits have been pretty limited, though, so it could return to such rarity soon. The “present” for Vol. 10 is the two sprues from Figure Set No. 2 (Empire Soldiers). Empire soldiers are giants among men.
It’s not just an inter-net browser, it’s a (sweet) recolor of RZ-046, Shadow Fox (NJR). For this series, it has changed factions, which means evil green eyes! Pics #7 and #8 show the “hidden” windup key and where it goes, and #11 shows the weapons mount, which is adaptable enough to accept almost any other zoid’s guns. Whoever owned this before me had some interesting theories on panel lining, but thankfully they left the stickering to me.