ZOIDS! Raise your hands, those of you who sometime in your youth
(or even adult days), have at least assembled ONE of these fantastic
spring-powered or battery operated semi-kits. I can still remember
the awe when I flipped the switch on my RED HORN and watched it
come to life :)
change and kids, well..., kids grow up. At a certain age, I started
losing interest in things that moved on their own, seeking out instead
toys that involved my participation in the playing. ZOIDS fell out
of favor in my collection and were relegated to a dinky little box
in a corner. All was forgotten until an article in Dengeki Hobby
caught my eye - poseable ZOIDS without motors? Sacrilege! Wait-a-minute...
DIECAST armor?! Where can I get one?
In my case,
it was HLJ that came through with the goods. Before long I had my
spanking new King of Flexible Mobile KZ-01 Liger Zero all
laid out and ready to go.
package comes with a very well made basic Liger body, onto which
you attach various armor pieces. The amount of diecast is decent
and well thought-out - the face plates and all four shoulders are
metal. But the star is definitely the superb base figure. Featuring
detented joints in the knees, tight ball joints in the hips, multi-jointed
neck and torso, plus spring-tensioned ball joints for the ankles,
you can achieve some pretty impressive, life-like poses that no
traditional ZOID could hold a candle to... even on just TWO legs!
Once you put
on the armor, the majesty of the design shines through. Sleek,
wild and aggressive, it is the embodiment of a true mecha-beast.
I swear the eyes seemed to glow on their own sometimes!
And the armor,
for the most part does not interfere at all with its poseability.
Perhaps the only quibble I have is with the two small flip-down
stabilizer wings on its flanks. They tend to get in the way of the
legs... so I usually leave them folded up on the sides and focus
on what the main toy can do instead. And MAN, can it do some amazing
To start the
battle here's Liger Zero facing off its nemesis... the lilac terror