The Valga is a state of the art mecha, which was developed and deployed as the main force of the Guylos Empire's army after the Grand Catastrophe. Made using the analyzed super-technology from the wreckage of the recovered King Gojulas, it's said to be a mecha of many mysteries. Its special move, "Gravity Attack", is [...]
The Fuzors line was...well, a whole lotta recolor, thrown out there to go with Fuzors, which was treated with almost apathy. But oh maaaaan, the metal flake plastic. The metal flake plastic. It also had, in my opinion, the most appealing and stylish boxes in the newer Zoids line...and the Japanese DVD release is the best of the anime ones in quality and extras. I wish I'd bought more of the kits.
It came, it went, it...didn't do very well. Alas for you, Genesis! The Genesis line was part recolor and reissue (including the most awesome Gilvader recolor ever and Cannonfort/Houndsoldier in more sensible colors), part new kits. The new kits...well, they were either prebuilt Ligers (two of which had perpetual parts/quality issues) or Bio Zoids.
Short for "High-End Master Model", the HMMs are Kotobukiya's highly-detailed and posable Zoids kit line. I'm more about the motors, but if you're after more Gundam-style or proper model-style kits with less toy, they'll be right up your alley. They're also the only still-running line in the franchise.
Zoids sold under some kind of limited edition banner, be it "you must order from this magazine, limit X pieces total" or "we'll call this limited and then do another run of it anyway", which seems to happen to Command Wolves and Ligers.
Sorta overlapping with Rebirth Century, the Monthly Zoids Graphics line brought us reissues from the 80s (well, and 1990), pacakged with cool booklets and bonus pieces. Like Rebirth Century, it didn't last long. On the other hand, it still managed to release Orudios and Gungyarados. And Lidier.
Short-lived and actually...not really that much like the Blox line, the Neo and Legend Blox featured a cool jointing system (with none of the Blox floppy issues) and were easy to customize/combine. Sadly, they had two major problems: uninspired new designs and a very short run. Which is a pity, as imo they had the potential to be pretty fun.
The largest Zoids release since the 80s. I'm counting the Fuzors and Genesis lines separately and lumping all the battle story-tied stuff here until Graphics/Rebirth Century, but a lot of fans also count anything from Japan and not the 80s as part of this. Yeah, toylines are fun that way.
As championed by Hasbro. They did some things wrong (odd distribution and some weird assortments that stuck stores with too many unpopular Zoids) and a lot of things right (some really awesome exclusives, some Japanese limiteds as regular releases). Whatever you think of them, theirs is the only recent non-Japanese release that actually managed to last a good amount of time...and they may well have designed a number of Zoids themselves or alongside Tomy.
The battle story came back, briefly, in 2008 (the 25th anniversary of the line). Containing some long-awaited reissues and some very interesting new designs (including some of the first new windups since 2001), Rebirth Century was over far too quickly. Its story was set in the period between the meteor disaster of the old Japanese Zoids line and the war restarting for the new releases in 1999, but sadly didn't last long enough to fill all the gaps...such as how Elena came to be president, or where the hell Rosa went.
Toy's Dream Project produced a number of Zoids limited editions, with a focus on reproductions of older kits that hadn't seen rerelease. Most were recolors (like the assorted Mk.II Zoids), but they also did a few 1/24 Zoids and a Deadborder possibly salvaged from Hasbro's attempts to revive the mold as Battle Rex.
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