Zoids (ゾイド, Zoido) is a science fiction media franchise created
Tomy that feature giant robots (or "mecha") called "Zoids". A Zoid
is essentially a large mechanical animal, with designs being based on
animals such as tigers, lions, or various dinosaurs.
The franchise started with a model-kit-based toy line and includes
four main anime
TV series (Chaotic Century, New Century, Fuzors and
Genesis) as well as several video games and manga products.
1 Model kit lines
1.3 Original American release
1.4 Original Japanese Release
1.5 Original European Release
1.6 Robo Strux
1.7 1:24 Scale Zoids
1.11 New Japanese Release
1.12 Customise Parts
1.14 Toys Dream Project
1.15 Zoids: Build Customize Mobilize
1.20 Academy Zoids
1.21 High-end Master Model
1.22 Evo Drive Zoids
Zoids 25th: Rebirth Century
Anime 10th Anniversary
1.26 Revoltech Zoids
1.27 Yamato Zoids
1.28 Modeler's Spirit Series
2 Battle story
2.1 Original battle story
2.2 New battle story
2.3 Three Tigers
2.4 Rebirth Century
3.1 Chaotic Century
3.2 New Century Zero
6 External links
Model kit lines
There have been a number of different
Zoids model lines over the
years, both in Japan and other countries. Between these lines, over
200 different designs have been released, some several times over.
Several companies outside of Takara-
Tomy have produced
This has led to
Zoids being made as die-cast figures, highly detailed
posing kits, smaller action figures and even PVC figurines.
The predecessors to Zoids. Released in 1982, Mechabonica was
technically not a
Zoids line, but is counted as such by collectors as
it consisted of three models that would later be re-released as the
Zoids (Garius, Elephantus, and Glidoler). The line was not
very successful and was quickly dropped by TOMY.
Starzeta was the Spanish version of the Mechabonica line. Since Tomy
had no direct marketing power in Spain during the 80s the models were
released under licence by a smaller company (Feber) but unfortunately
the line performed even worse than its Japanese counterpart. The same
3 models were released but bizarrely they were given new color
schemes; grey parts became silver and the dark blue caps became bright
blue. The models were not given names but are listed as Starzeta I, II
SZ IV (Garantula), SZ V (Aquadon) and SZ VI (Gorgodos) were supposedly
planned as a continuation of the series but their release status is
The models are incredibly rare (even more so than the Japanese
Mechabonica) and demand is boosted even further by their unique color
Original American release
TOMY sold the Mechabonica line in the United States and Europe in late
1982, under the name Zoids. The line was far more successful than
Mechabonica, which led TOMY to reintroduce the line in Japan under the
Later, a pair of original Zoids, the Power
Zoids Tank and Serpent,
were created exclusively for the European and North American markets
and were never released in Japan. Other
Zoids like the Bigasaur
(renamed to Giant ZRK) were also released.
Radio Shack released the
Mammoth Zoid in the US at the same time. While not a part of the
release, it is generally counted with them. The Original American
Release is commonly abbreviated as OAR by fans and collectors.
Original Japanese Release
In 1983, following the success of the OAR, TOMY reintroduced the Zoids
line in Japan. The relaunched Japanese line, now entitled Zoids, was a
success, running from 1983 until 1990. The
Zoids line had its own
"Battle Story" that was told serially on the backs of the model boxes
and in catalogues.
Zoids were divided into two distinct factions, the
Helic Republic and the Zenebas Empire. In 1989, the Zenebas Empire was
replaced with the Guylos Empire.
The Original Japanese Release is commonly abbreviated as OJR.
Original European Release
Zoids were also released in Europe, (and to a limited extent in
Australia and South-East Asia), from 1984 to 1987 by TOMY. The models
in this release were a mixture of ones directly ported over from the
OJR, as well as recoloured Zoids, including the rare Ghost
Additionally, the Tank and Serpent Power
Zoids from the OAR were
released. Most of the
Zoids in the line were renamed.
Zoids in the release were divided into two distinct factions, the
Zoids and the Red Mutants. The line had its own story, told in
The Original European Release is commonly abbreviated as OER.
Robo Strux were released in the US and Canada by TOMY, in 1985-86. All
Zoids in the line were OJR Zoids, however, some versions of the
same model retained their original (OJR) color scheme, whereas other
versions of the same model received a distinctive Robo Strux color
scheme. Thus, the Robo Strux line had two differently colored releases
of several models. Based on their color schemes, the
divided into two factions, the heroic Blue Guardians and the evil Red
Mutants. However, there was no accompanying story or media.
Due to the lack of marketing and the relatively high prices of the
models, Robostrux was rather short-lived.
Robostrux is commonly abbreviated as RS.
1:24 Scale Zoids
In 1988, TOMY launched a sub-line of the OJR, featuring larger-scale
Zoids. The 1:24 line featured
Zoids of similar size to existing ones,
but scaled for larger pilots. Each kit came with a 3 inch tall action
figure of the pilot. Like the regular
Zoids line, the
divided into Helic and Zenebas factions.
Zoids were not a success, and were discontinued after a year.
In 1990, TOMY re-released several of the 1:24 scale
Zoids in a new
line called Zevle. The
Zoids were recoloured from the OJR versions,
and came with detailed, 3 inch tall action figures of the pilot and
crew. The pilot figures were unpainted and on sprews, much like a
model kit, and had to be assembled. The crew figures also came with
accessories of guns and beam sabers. Zevle featured its own "Battle
Story" on the boxes, but while it was similar to the
Story, it was unrelated to it.
Like the 1/24th Zoids, Zevle was a commercial failure and was
Kenner acquired the rights to release
Zoids in North America,
releasing the Technozoids line in 1995-1996. The
Zoids in the line
were all recolours of earlier
Zoids released in the OJR, although some
were directly imported from the Zoids2 line. There were no distinct
factions for the Zoids, and no backstory was given.
The Technozoids line was a failure and was discontinued after one
year. A number of
Zoids were left unreleased at the end of the line.
Technozoids is commonly abbreviated as TZ.
TOMY released another line of
Zoids in the UK and Europe (with a
re-release in Australia and South-East Asia) in 1996. The
Zoids 2 line
featured very bright colour schemes, with all the
Zoids having at
least some chromed parts. The
Zoids also had unique stickers with odd
swirling designs. The
Zoids 2 line did not feature distinctive
factions for the Zoids, but did have a backstory loosely based on (but
not a continuation of) the UK Zoid comic, with the
Earth and humanity's last hope being to turn the
Zoids against each
Zoids 2 was eventually discontinued.
Zoids 2 is commonly abbreviated as Z2.
New Japanese Release
In 1999, TOMY relaunched the
Zoids line in Japan, with subsequent
releases elsewhere in Asia. Initially, the line consisted of
recoloured re-releases of older Zoids, but TOMY quickly began
Zoids designs. The
Zoids were divided into Helic and
Guylos factions, with the Zenebas Empire returning later. The OJR
battle story was continued on the NJR boxes, with the
Manga drawing on alternate versions of the New Battle Story's events.
The line was abruptly discontinued in August 2004. By the end of the
line, there were still thirty-three
Zoids from the OJR line that had
yet to be re-released.
The New Japanese Release is unofficially abbreviated as NJR.
Along with the re-launch of the
Zoids line, TOMY also launched a line
known as Customise Parts or simply CP. The line consisted of
additional weapons and equipment that could be added onto Zoids
models. The line was a mixture of new parts and re-issues of parts
originally included in various OJR models (as well as the Empire and
Republic Customization Kits).
The Customise Parts line was discontinued in 2002.
In 2002, TOMY introduced a new line of non-motorised
Blox, which featured flexible construction. Blox
Zoids can be easily
disassembled and combined with each other, as well as with regular
Toys Dream Project
In 2002, Toys Dream Project began a line of limited
The line consisted of a mixture of new recolours of existing
re-releases of older versions of some
Zoids in their OJR colours, as
well as kits paired with uniquely colored customize parts.
Zoids: Build Customize Mobilize
Following the launch of the NJR,
Zoids for release in
North America and South-East Asia in 2001. Like the NJR, the line was
divided into Republic and Empire factions, with the
the backstory. Initially, the
Hasbro line consisted of just
Zoids from the NJR. However, they later began
developing their own Zoid designs, as well as co-developing others
with TOMY. Additionally,
Hasbro had planned to re-release several OJR
Zoids that had not been released in the NJR.
Although it was initially successful,
Hasbro suspended the line in
2004, due to poor sales. The cancellation of the line left a number of
Zoids unreleased, including most of those not yet re-released by
TOMY. Much of the leftover stock was later released by
Australia and the UK.
In Australia and South-East Asia, these
Zoids were released by TOMY.
These countries were identical to Hasbro's Zoids, but featured TOMY
branding on the box. In the UK the
Zoids boxes featured slightly
different logos to both Australia and the US. The UK release featured
Zoids designs and colour schemes that were not available in
Zoids that were released by
Hasbro were sold as part of the
line known as Z-Builders. Most of the Z-Builders were re-releases of
the NJR Blox line, but the line included several Hasbro-designed
Zoids, as well as individual releases of Blox
Zoids that did not occur
in Japan. The Z-Builders line was suspended alongside the motorized
models. Z-Builders was released in Australia and the Pacific featuring
TOMY branding instead of
In late 2004, TOMY launched a new
Zoids line to tie into the Zoids:
Fuzors anime that was then showing on Japanese TV. The line was
composed entirely of recolours of older Blox and Zoids. Some models
were altered slightly, or packaged with additional parts, mainly to
Zoids to connect (or "fuse"). The line also featured a
Zoids that were previously only released in North America.
The line was abruptly halted in early 2005, with several items
Fuzors is commonly abbreviated as FZ.
In early 2005, another new Zoid line was launched, to tie into the
Zoids: Genesis anime. The line consists of a mixture of old designs,
new designs and older designs with new parts. The line is most notable
for the much-anticipated reissues of Houndsoldier and Gilvader.
Reactions to the line were mixed; the re-releases of older designs
(which included several OJR
Zoids not previously re-released) were
well received. The new designs, namely the Bio-
Zoids which had rubber
armor, did not do so well, having been plagued by quality control
issues and production errors.
Genesis is commonly abbreviated as GZ. An alternate abbreviation, GB,
is used for the Bio-
Zoids released as part of this line.
Released in May 2006, the Neo-Blox are an improvement on the previous
Blox line, primarily due to the greater range of poseability the 'Blox
and peg' connection system has.
Two sublines have also been released. The first is the Legends Series,
Zoids from previous releases, but redesigned to be the
same size as the Neo-Blox Zoids, and modified to use the same
connector system. The second are the Custom Blox; s]n line appeared to
be on hold, with
Tomy instead focusing on the Legend Blox sub-line.
With the cancellation of all unreleased Neo-Blox in early 2007, the
line was effectively dead.
The Neo-Blox is abbreviated as either NBZ or NB. Alternate
abbreviations are used for the Legends Series (LB) and the Custom Blox
Academy, a company from Korea better known for model airplanes and
ships, re-released many of the NJR Zoid models, as well as some Zoids
from the Customize Parts, Fuzors and Genesis series. In most cases,
Zoids have nearly identical packaging to their Japanese
predecessors save for the Korean language and a sticker bearing the
Academy logo. Though the quality of the Academy
Zoids were on par with
their Japanese counterparts in the early 2000s, the age and repeated
use of some molds, such as Command Wolf and Liger Zero, has caused
degradation in the line. The line continues to sell
in Korean markets.
High-end Master Model
Starting in late 2006, the High-end Master Model line, commonly
abbreviated HMM, is a joint effort between
Tomy and Kotobukiya. The
line advertises high-quality, highly detailed, pose-able model kits
based on designs of existing Zoids.
Evo Drive Zoids
Zoids that are either wind-up or motorized. There are only
two different molds, the Red Horn and Gojulas, with a total of four
kits being released.
Released in Summer 2007 onward, the Graphics line are reissues of the
OJR model kits released in the 1980s. They feature the model kit in
special windowed packaging along with bonus parts or miniature figures
and a booklet with early battle story information.
Zoids 25th: Rebirth Century
Starting in 2008 as part of the line's 25th anniversary, this new
Zoids line contains both re-releases of 80s
Zoids and entirely new
designs. The backstory is set between the end of the original line and
the start of the new Japanese release, covering the Zoidians' efforts
to rebuild after the meteor disaster and the conflicts that come with
Anime 10th Anniversary
Starting in 2009, as a tribute to both the NJR
Zoids Release and the
Anime series, the
Anime 10th Anniversary is a limited
line of correctly colored model kits based on those piloted by
characters in the
Anime series. The line abruptly stopped after just
two of the kits were released. Zoids: Chaotic Century is what this
10th anniversary is based upon. It was only ended in 1999.
A company called
Kaiyodo released four
Zoids as Revoltech figures
under the Yamaguchi line. Two Zoid types, the Blade Liger and the Geno
Breaker, were produced with the Liger coming in three different
Zoids were made to be highly pose-able, having more
joints than any Revoltech before. These
Zoids are smaller than the
motorized Zoid models but larger than the
Hasbro action figures.
Yamato released two Shield Ligers and a set of Beam-Cannons for the
Zoids between 2010 and 2012. These
Zoids had die-cast metal parts as
well as fine details and many points of articulation for movable
parts. The action models dwarfed their predecessors in size and
weight. The first Shield Liger was colored like the hero Zoid of the
Chaotic Century series and included three small character figures. The
second was painted black and silver and included the Beam Cannon like
the limited NJR model, the Shield Liger DCS-J, it was based on. The
Yamato Shield Liger was released in the United States and is the only
line to be sold in the U.S. since Z-Builders.
Modeler's Spirit Series
For the 30th anniversary of Tomy's main
Zoids line, the franchise was
treated to a new line of
Zoids kits. Abbreviated MSS, the Modeler's
Spirit Series were produced by TOMYTEC at a 1:144 scale, much smaller
than previous lines. These
Zoids are not motorized but do feature
posing gimmicks similar to Mobile Suit models, which have used the
word 'gimmick' for movable parts longer.
Zoids in the MSS line also
include a display base. The first MSS Zoids, released in January 2013,
were a Shield Liger and Hammer Rock.
Another event for the 30th anniversary was announced on Takara-Tomy's
Zoids web page. Titled
Zoids Original, the line features
redesigned motorized kits. As with other core
Zoids lines, the new
series includes a tie-in Battle Story. A model called the Mirage Fox
was the first kit to be released in the new line.
"Battle story" is a fictitious timeline of events that features on the
boxes, manuals and cataloges of some Zoid model kits. Battle Story
allows collectors to piece together information about the Zoids
universe from the perspective of certain Zoids, and their roles in the
various timelines. None of the English-language model kits feature
Original battle story
Beginning fairly early after the start of the original Japanese Zoid
releases, the battle story first introduced the conflict between two
rival nations: the Helic Republic and Zenebas Empire. Their main
weapons were Zoids, living war machines built from metal-based
lifeforms native to planet Zi. The Zenebas
Zoids were mostly red and
silver and more armored, the Helic more skeletal and favoring blue and
The line expanded and drew in fans, and was thus given a proper
ongoing story, with the creators wanting to appeal to fans of science
fiction and animation. The two nations' conflict turned into an
ongoing series of stories included on the boxes and published in
various magazines and books. History of Zoids, published in
1985, covered Zi's history as a planet wrecked by natural disasters
and conflict, King Helic's uniting the original tribes and formation
of the Republic, the Empire's bitter splitting off after his son Helic
II took over and the younger Zenebas was betrayed by the era's
politicians, and much of the earlier battles in the resulting war over
territory on the Central Continent.
As more advanced model kits were added to the line, a human element
was added to the story: mainly, a ship from Earth (the Globally 3)
crashlanding on Zi. Earth technology made its way to both sides,
accelerating the arms race and making for many stronger Zoids.
In 1986, the Ultrasaurus was released, and billed in-story as the
machine that would defeat the Empire. It nearly succeeded, but Zenebas
and his forces fled to the Dark Continent Nyx, soon returning with
Zoids like the Death Saurer. The Republic was driven back
and forced to hold the Empire off with guerrilla warfare in the
mountains, paving the way for the brief 1/24 scale line (notable for
featuring the Battle Rover as the winner of a fan design contest).
The Republic's counterattack came in the form of the Mad Thunder, and
as Zenebas again turned to the Dark Continent for help, he was
betrayed by Guylos, whose new "Dark Army" Zoids attacked and
absorbed the Empire Army.
1989 thus marked a drastic change in the line's focus, the first
catalogue even calling it "
Zoids New Century" (a title unrelated to
the anime series
Zoids New Century /Zero). The more ambiguous conflict
became more "good versus evil", with Guylos described as having a
"merciless, cruel fighting style [...] beyond imagination" in Tomy's
material, and Shogakukan's version of the battle story abandoning
telling things from both sides to give only the viewpoint of a
Republic soldier portrayed as a hero. There were no windup kits
released after the Cannonfort in April 1989, the toys instead focusing
on "Gradeups", curvy techno-organic designs with vacuum metalized
parts, build-it-yourself motor boxes, and interchangeable custom
The line ended in the late months of 1990, King Gojulas and Descat
marking the final designs. Battle story Zi came down to a final
showdown between the nigh-unstoppable King Gojulas and various Dark
Zoids (including Gilvader), only to have the conflict cut short
as a comet struck Zi's third moon, raining down meteor destruction and
leaving the entire planet in disarray.
New battle story
Zoids revival in 1999 included both an anime and a new battle
story. After decades of peace, the current Emperor died, leaving only
the young Rudolph as his heir. His regent, Prozen, took the
opportunity to resume the conflict between the Guylos Empire and the
Republic. Early on, both sides used their past Zoids, the model line
focusing entirely on reissues of popular past kits.
As technology advanced, entirely new designs were produced, the first
being the Rev Raptor and Geno Saurer. Many of them were also tie
ins to the Chaotic Century anime, including special pilot figures of
characters who used them while the
Zoids did different things in the
battle story. The accelerating arms race came to a head with the
Death Stinger, which proved an uncontrollable berserker and only
served to further the Guylos Empire's gradual loss.
Their retreat to the Dark Continent was not as it seemed, and in 2004
(four years after the first anime series finished its run), Prozen was
revealed to be Zenebas' son...and the current ruler of the Republic
his daughter under the alias Louise Elena Camford. The entire war
until now had been a ruse to weaken both nations, and in a bitter coup
ending with his own death Prozen engineered the rise of Neo Zenebas.
His son took over the reins, driving the Republic forces back to the
The toyline shifted to match, introducing the new posable "Blox" kits
(first sold in 2002) as the creation of humans who had fled
there to remain neutral in the original conflict. They sold their work
to both sides during the Republic's bid to regain their homeland. The
ensuing battles—and the battle story portion of the toyline—ended
with the Republic reclaiming their capital, forcing the Zenebas Empire
back to the western half of the Central Continent.
Providing a glimpse into Zi's future and released in 2004, the
Tigers line consisted of all of six kits: three legendary
Zoids (one formed via a combination of two separate kits)
and the Dekalt Dragon (also a combination). It was very closely
followed by the Fuzors line and its direct anime tie-in (also in
2004), and featured a similar setting:
Zoids are owned mainly by
private citizens, with fightworthy ones restricted to peacekeeping
forces and licensed sports battlers.
Two large Zoid manufacturing corporations, ZOITEC and Zi-Arms, became
considerable powers on Zi. Discovering the cores of ancient tiger
Zoids, they set out to create their own versions. Part of Zi-Arms
proved to have an ulterior motive: seizing power and reviving the
glory days of the Empire with the Dekalt Dragon, Brastle Tiger, and a
Mega Death Saurer. The two ZOITEC
Tigers (Whitz and Rayse) team up
with a rebelling Brastle to stop the Saurer, however...and then
vanish, the story booklet included with the Brastle Tiger kit
describing them as "disappearing back into legend".
While the old battle story and the 1999 revival left nearly thirty
years post meteor disaster undetailed, Tomy's Rebirth Century
revival (2008–2010) picks up where the old story left off. After
retelling the final battle with King Gojulas, it moves on to a Zi torn
by magnetic storms and faction tensions, using it as a reason to
rerelease both old kits (Gilvader and King Gojulas included) and
For the 30th anniversary of the OJR line, Takara-
Tomy revived the
Battle Story on the main
Zoids website. Prior to the anniversary, this
story was released as a book series titled
Zoids Concept Art in 2010.
Though the overall plot is the same, some differences between the OJR
and the Onslaught version occur. Also, the new version of the Battle
Story is digitally illustrated with highly stylized
Zoids instead of
featuring pictures of the actual
Zoids models like the older lines
did. Episodes of this story can be viewed on the Tomy's main
The five anime series pertaining to
Zoids are: Zoids: Chaotic Century,
Zoids: New Century Zero, Zoids: Fuzors, Zoids: Genesis, and Zoids
Wild. The first four series take place on the fictitious planet Zi.
Zoids Wild does not have a confirmed setting yet.
Main article: Zoids: Chaotic Century
Zoids: Chaotic Century is the first
Zoids anime series. Its setting is
loosely based on that of Battle Story, and follows Van Flyheight as he
meets an amnesiac girl called Fiona and an organoid called Zeke. As
the series progresses, Van meets various opponents, such as Raven, and
friends, like Moonbay and Irvine, and eventually ends up helping Fiona
in her quest to regain her memory and to find a mysterious entity
called the "Zoid Eve". Their quest takes them into the thick of an
ongoing war between the two factions of the Helic Republic and the
The story of Chaotic Century is split into two seasons, with a time
skip in the middle. Three to four years after the initial arc
("Chaotic Century"), the second story (Guardian Force) begins. The two
warring nations seen in the first arc have made peace, and to ensure
it remains, they establish a joint military task force called the
Guardian Force. Van becomes a part of this force, and after some time
again goes searching for the elusive Zoid Eve. On the way, he meets up
with both old and new friends and foes.
Despite being the first series created in Japan, Chaotic Century was
the second series to be broadcast in English, following New Century.
As well as the anime series, there was a Chaotic Century manga
published in Japan. It was later reproduced in English in North
America by Viz Communications, and in
Singapore in English by Chuang
Yi. There are significant differences between the anime and manga,
becoming more striking in the later issues.
New Century Zero
Main article: Zoids: New Century
Zoids: New Century Zero takes place some time after the events of
Guardian Force, however, aside from a few cameo appearances, there is
no direct relation to the past series. In New Century Zoid battles
have become a tournament-based fighting competition. The main
character is Bit Cloud, a junk dealer, who forms part of the Blitz
Team. He becomes a pilot of their Zoid, the Liger Zero, a
temperamental Zoid that previously had been unpilotable. Bit and Liger
form a partnership and end up joining the Blitz Team in their various
league matches. He is aided by his teammates, Leena Toros, Brad
Hunter, Jamie Hemeros, as well as their leader, Dr. Steve Toros.
Along the way, Bit's unique Zoid gets the attention of the Backdraft
Group, an organization who is trying to take over Zoid battles and
make them more "interesting" by using illicit battles, often with no
rules or regard to pilot safety. The Backdraft attempts to acquire the
Liger Zero by any means possible.
New Century Zero has a number of animation cameos with
Chaotic Century and Guardian Force, which are the cause of much fan
speculation but not explained. Moonbay's Gustav can be seen in the
background in one of the later episodes, the Backdraft shoots judge
satellites down with a Death Stinger tail, the Death Saurer appearing
as a model and in a background TV show, the three Geno Saurers that
attack Berserk Fury, and the Ultrasaurus wreck on which Bit Cloud
claims victory carries the Gravity Cannon on its side.
This was the first
Zoids series to appear on American television,
airing in Cartoon Network's
Zoids: Fuzors follows the adventures of team Mach Storm and RD, a
novice Liger Zero pilot. They live in the technologically advanced
Blue City, competing in Zoid battles. When a top team is wiped out
by a pair of
Zoids able to combine, it leads to a series of
discoveries relating to special "Fuzor"
Zoids and combinations: RD's
Liger Zero ends up partnered with the Fire Phoenix and later the Jet
There's something more sinister lurking behind the sports battles and
RD's rivalry with team Savage Hammer. As the series unfolds RD and his
friends Helmut, Sigma, Hop, Sweet and Matt get caught up in a plot to
take over the city. Eventually RD discovers the secret behind the
mysterious "Alpha Zoid" and with the help of pilots from all over the
city, defeats the Seismosaurus holding it under siege.
About half-way through the series, the show was removed from America's
Cartoon Network, ending on a cliffhanger. This was most likely a
result of flagging ratings and toy sales, although its timeslot did
not help matters. However, the full series aired in Australia and was
later shown in Japan, getting full DVD releases in both countries.
Main article: Zoids: Genesis
Zoids: Genesis aired in 2005. At a certain point in time, there was a
great quake on Planet Zi. An enormous crack ran through the planet,
stretching as far as the seabeds to the high mountains. Volcanoes
erupted with fire, and the sky was covered in darkness. Many cities
were destroyed as they were swallowed in large areas, sinking
underwater. This was known as "Gods' Fury."
Before this large series of natural disasters, all civilizations were
at their peak. All were destroyed by the disasters, and it was several
thousand years before the inhabitants of Zi were able to re-establish
themselves in any meaningful form. Survivors of the disasters gathered
together and formed new civilizations; these groups searched for Zoids
that are buried underground for human use.
The story begins in a village whose most precious item, a giant blade,
is worshipped as a holy symbol. Ruuji, a teenage boy, discovers an
ancient Liger-type Zoid, the Murasame Liger, while on a deep water
salvage operation. His village is suddenly attacked by skeletal
"Bio-Zoids" intent on securing the powerful Generator located in the
village. During the attack, Ruuji awakens Murasame Liger and fends off
the Bio-Zoids, however the Generator on which the village depends
becomes damaged in subsequent attacks. Seeking to repair it, Ruuji
sets off on a journey to find a mechanic capable of fixing a
Zoids Wild is the newest
Zoids anime series. In summer 2018 it will
begin airing on Mainichi Broadcasting System. Little has been
announced about the series, but it is notable that characters are
depicted riding on top of
Zoids rather than within an enclosed cockpit
as in previous
In the 1980s, a
Zoids tie-in strip was published in the Marvel UK
title Secret Wars. On the back of this, it gained its own weekly
title, Spider-Man and Zoids. This story has no continuity with any
Japanese anime (which didn't exist at the time) and it was created to
go along with the original UK (and subsequently Australian) release of
model kits. The comic is notable for featuring early work by Grant
Morrison, including the epic and apocalyptic Black Zoid storyline.
^ Early Japanese catalogue dividing the factions with simple story
^ Info about the line's creation, 1984 Archived April 28, 2009, at the
Wayback Machine. (in Japanese)
^ Publication dates for OJR Japanese Zoid books
^ Publication dates and brief summaries of Zoids-related books, all
lines, Xrea.com (in Japanese)
^ Text from History of
Zoids (partway down the page, under
ヒストリー・オブ・ゾイド) (in Japanese) Main.jp Archived
May 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
^ Rough fan translation of part 1 of History of Zoids
^ Zoid Graphics volume 14, under 第5回Ｘ-ＤＡＹ計画 Archived
April 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (in Japanese)
^ Rebirth Century prologue with summary of the Dark Army's attack, (in
Japanese) Takaratomy.co.jp Archived October 24, 2008, at the Wayback
^ Rough fan translation of Graphics volume 16 Archived January 7,
2009, at the Wayback Machine.
^ Japanese fansite listing products from 1989, showing the Gradeups
and weaponry, Main.jp
^ Catalogue scans of King Gojulas and Descat as "new"
Zoids timeline (in Japanese)
^ ShoPro's official site for the first anime series (in Japanese)
^ Japanese fansite showing the product line for 1999
^ HLJ product page showing the Rev Raptor as "all new" for 2000
^ HLJ Blade Liger product page, showing the anime character figures
^ HLJ product page for DA Lizards, released to promote the line
^ Downloadable copy of Blox promotional video with 2002 copyright date
Archived July 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
^ Rough English translation of the Jet Falcon Fanbook Ex Archived June
26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
^ Japanese fansite listing products for 2004, including Three Tigers
and Fuzors, Main.jp
^ Official ShoPro anime site showing Fuzors as 2004
^ Japanese text for Liger Zero Phoenix box
^ Rebirth Century official site Archived October 24, 2008, at the
Wayback Machine. (in Japanese)
^ Product page for King Gojulas Archived November 2, 2008, at the
Wayback Machine. (in Japanese)
^ Official Fuzors story summary, Japanese only
^ Chapman, Paul (27 February 2018). "
Zoids Wild TV
Anime Runs Rampant
in Summer of 2018". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
^ Cover of first appearance in Secret Wars Archived October 11, 2007,
at the Wayback Machine.
Zoids site (in Japanese)
Zoids site (in Japanese)
Zoids anime site (in Japanese)
Kotobukiya's Zoid site (in Japanese)
Zoids by Tomy
Zoids: Chaotic Century
Zoids: New Century
Zoids: The Battle Begins
Spider-Man and Zo