While Claw is more classy (as far as the bright-colored Zoids2 schemes go), Sabre is probably best described as though the early 90s exploded on a cat. Every frame is a different color, and those colors are chrome lavender (making up the body, and shown as pale blue on the box), black (the legs), slightly [...]
Unique among non-Japanese releases, the original European version of Zoids got its own unique story and background, as told in a Marvel comic released alongside Spiderman. The Zoids were piloted by androids (explaining the chrome pilots) and divided into blue Zoids, red mutants, and (later on) Krark's army and assorted renegades, and while the red/blue divide was obviously based off the Empire/Republic one in the Japanese releases, not all the Zoids followed it, and thus the line sported unique recolors like Krark (a red Salamander), Mammoth the Destroyer (a er...red Mammoth), Gore (a blue Zoids Iron Kong), and Zabre (a blue Zoids Sabre Tiger).
...aka what most fans call the OJR. These Zoids range in date from 1983 to 1990, and were marketed mostly with the battle story, as the anime wouldn't exist until 1999. Being 80s toys, they come complete with nostalgia power, better plastic, and nasty prices on eBay. The OJR is the way to go if you want Zoids at their finest in molding quality and don't care about your credit card...unless you'd prefer a more European take on their story and colors.
It's kinda like the original Japanese release, but with more America and less story. Technically, the US got the name "Zoids" first, though!
Robostrux was the line the US got after the really early stuff, and while some Zoids in it stayed their Japanese colors, a lot didn't—most were split between one of two color schemes, blue and green with red motors/silver chrome guns, and an odd better-than-it-sounds green/red/brown with green motors and gold chrome guns deal.
The Technozoids were a 90s US/Canada Zoids release with some good and some...interesting ideas on color schemes. They varied from quite sensible to "neon orange an sparkle gold totally match!", and pretty much the only one anyone remembers is Evil Pegasus, because it allows them to like a mecha horse while pointing out it's in very serious, manly colors. Like black and grey.
How can we make Zoids even cooler for a new line of recolored kits? ADD MORE CHROME.
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