- Official Fan Book Volume 2 Update!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:54:58

 A new chapter has been added to Official Fan Book 2. This Chapter, Super Scoop!!, discusses the next generation Zoids, including the birth of CAS-focused units like the Liger Zero, as well as products leading up to it, like the Elephander, one of the first Zoids to introduce CAS-like gear. It also goes over some of the products released during that time, such as the large DX playsets.

- Zoids Generations Prologue? Chapter!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:54:46

 The little additional side story from the Zoids Generations book has been added! You can now view the (Prologue?), which follows Raetelme on her adventure into the Generations timeline. The chapter includes pirate crew Flying Fish Pirates and their low-flying transporter, the Whale Queen. This is the last actual story chapter, but there's plenty of lore stuff coming up in the profiles.

 A page for That's Zoids "First Story" has also been added, which goes over some of Raetelme's interviews from Dengeki Hobby Magazone and the amazing art drawn by Mercy Rabbit that went along with it!

- HMM Manual Translations!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:54:33

 Automatic translations have been added to the HMM 030 Liger Zero Jager and HMM 046 Shield Liger DCS-J model kit pages. Kotobukiya has gone through a lot of trouble to expand lore and specification details for every Zoid in their lineup, and these two are no exception. Packed with tons of technical info, you can use the HMM-universe lore to fill out your headcanons about these unique Zoids!

Tagged:  HMM Model Kits Site

- Dengeki Hobby Magazine!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:54:22

 Scans have been added for Dengeki Hobby Magazine May 2004, May 2005, February 2006, and July 2011 issues. Articles of note include a look at some Panzer Tier artwork including an interview, Brachios kit overview, some assorted Genesis goods that haven't really been documented much before, Mugen Liger concept art, and a look at the unreleased Zoids One BLOX Iron Kong, Gairyuki, and Seismosaurus.

- Burning Liger Vs. Xenorex Super Showdown Campaign!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:54:10

 TakaraTomy has announced a rather large campaign, with four entirely unique items up for grabs! From December 26th ~ February 28th, participants who purchase selected products (ZW45 Burning Liger, ZW47 Burning Liger CDW Impact Gatling Set, and ZW52 Xenorex) can remove the barcodes from the box and mail them in to the campaign address to participate in a special raffle that'll award 600 lucky winners with unique prizes.

 The campaign includes brand new Burning Liger Legend Blue (100 available), Xenorex Death Red (100 available), Z-Cap Republic Clear Purple Version (200 sets available), and Z-Cap Empire White Version (200 sets available). Winners are drawn at random, and the Burning Liger and Xenorex kits are sold separately. The prizes are armor parts. This campaign is limited to residents of Japan.

- ZW51 Zoids Random Kit Vol. 1!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:53:57
 The identity of ZW51 has been debated for a while, and it seemed odd to see releases up to ZW53 before ever catching wind of it. Now we know why. As it turns out, ZW51 is a blind kit box featuring one of 6 random kits! That's a lot of Zoids to squish into one number. The kit is scheduled to release on January 30th for 1,000 yen. Buyers will get one of the 6 following Zoids at random. Kuwaga SS (Sky Stealth), Gosock HA (Heavy Armed), Spideath NA (Ninja Attacker), Kuwaga FB (Fire Bomber), Gusock IC (Ice Commander), or Spideath Zi (Zi Model), which seems to be a shout out to the original Zenebas color scheme!

- ZW52 Xenorex and Evolutions!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:53:43

 The hype train for Xenorex has been steamrolling ahead, with tons of stuff to cover. A basic walk cycle was shown on Twitter, as well as a walk cycle featuring the Impact Gatling. Hobby Watch posted an article showing off the evolutions, and Zoids Official posted one of the CoroCoro images with CoroCoro posting the other.

 From the Hobby Search article we learned of two evolution forms of the Xenorex, the ZW57 Xeno Evolution Arms "Buster Unit", scheduled for Spring 2021, and the ZW54 Xeno Evolution Arms "Scissors Unit", scheduled for February 2021. The build review video of this kit shows off the two evolutions, and a rather interesting gimmick. Not only do they have larger foot parts, but they also have additional segments for the neck and tail, which makes the Xenorex considerably larger than it would be in base form. It's almost like the base Xenorex is a younger form, growing up into the two adult forms. Another build review video by TT showed off some of the concept art.

- ZW53 Ignition Booster!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:53:31
 The ZW53 Ignition Boosters are finally up on the TT Mall! You can view several images of this new Core Drive Weapon there. Zoids Official also posted a video showing off its motorized functions. The entire booster assembly moves forward and the panels on the top rise up for the booster configuration. This weapon works with any Zoid that has a compatible rail.

- HMM Shadow Fox And HMM Rerelease Dates!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:53:17
 Kotobukiya has released a LABO article discussing the upcoming Shadow Fox Marking Plus Version. The kit shows off new decals, including Ray Force and Team Shadow decals, and as usual, will come with clear colorless parts, which were first released with the chrome CP unit for the original fox kit. The article announced that it will be released in May 2021, with pre-orders open now.

 For other kit releases, we have the Liger Zero Schneider Marking Plus Ver. and Iron Kong PK coming up in March 2021. Liger Zero Panzer Marking Plus Ver. and Berserk Furher Repackage Ver. are scheduled for April 2021, and last but not least, the Gojulas Gunner is currently undergoing a rerelease! This massive kit is a Koto Direct exclusive, so you'll need a proxy to order. It is being rereleased in May 2021.

 The blog warns that just because they rereleased it this time, does not mean that they'll rerelease it again! Koto Direct rereleases are extremely rare, so if you want one, you might want to jump on this opportunity.

- HMM Wild Liger Guren!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:53:04
 The HMM Wild Liger Guren Version has finally released. This Kotobukiya Shop Exclusive has chrome plated parts, purple blast effects, and some of the most amazing box art. The kit is based off of the CoroCoro 100 limited.

Tagged:  HMM Model Kits Official

- Zoids Wild Senki Episode 3!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:52:52

 Zoids Wild Senki Episode 3 has been posted to youtube, and you can view the video down below! This time we finally get introduced to the upcoming Xenorex, as well as getting to see the brand new Ignition Boosters and upcoming weapons in use! Senki continues to impress with its amazing animation style.

- Episode 3

- Zoids Wild Infinity Coliseum!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:52:39

 Zoids Wild Infinity Coliseum continues to pit people's unique Zoids creations against one another in battles to win unique prizes! Episode 13 discusses Senki Episode 3 and the ongoing MoFA art exhibit. Episode 14 discusses the My Zoids Contest 2021. Episode 15 gets into the holiday spirit while discussing the upcoming Burning Liger Vs. Xenorex competition mentioned above.

- Zoids Concept Art Exhibit!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:52:27

 The Concept Art Exhibit is well underway, and man, is there a lot to cover about this. I'll go ahead and start with links to all of the images posted on twitter through official channels since our last update down below. Akiba Souken posted an article with a couple images, and Dengeki Hobby also has an article, with many photos from the venue. GoFA's website also posted a page for tons of merchandise!

 GoFA has also posted their Virtual Gallery, which is currently viewable for free.

World Exploration 1
World Exploration 2
World Exploration 3
World Exploration 4
World Exploration 5
World Exploration 6
World Exploration 7
World Exploration 8
World Exploration 9
World Exploration 10
World Exploration 11
World Exploration 12
World Exploration 13
World Exploration 14
World Exploration 15

General Overview
Imachorii's Wild Liger image from the anime title screens.
General Overview
Wild Blast Concept
Instinct Release
Forced Release
Quiz 5
Death Stinger
Blade Liger
Death Saurer
Planet Zi
Shield Liger MPZ
Mad Thunder
Iron Kong

- Infinity Blast Manga!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:52:11

 There's a few more pages of the Zoids Wild Infinity Blast manga posted up on Twitter! File-16, File-17, File-18, File-19.

- Zoids Wild Battle Card Hunter!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:51:58

 Zoids Wild: Battle Card Hunter has released a few more cards! Sonic Bird Phoenix and Bazootle Noir can be picked up as boss cards. The Zero Grizis Dark Form was also given away as a special limited card for CoroCoro January 2021.

- Zoids Wild 2 and 2+!

Posted: 2020-12-26 16:51:43

 The final volume of Zoids Wild 2 has been posted to AmazonJP for 670 yen! If you weren't able to collect the earlier CoroCoro volumes and would like to check out how this story ended, this is a great and affordable option.

 Moritya has also posted some teaser images and main image art over on twitter of the upcoming Zoids Wild 2+! A new manga beginning in CoroCoro, which features Xenorex as the main character's Zoid! Moritya's art is so nice, it's excellent news to hear of another manga coming out! There's also a nice Christmas Image based on ZW2.

- Official Fan Book Volume 2 Update!

Posted: 2020-12-08 16:04:28

 We've already covered the Zoids of the Republic, but now you can read all about the Empire Zoids that featured in Volume 2 of the Official Fan Books! This also includes some Zoids that didn't feature, like the Empire's Command Wolf, and some information on the hierarchy of the Empire troops. Also fixed the broken links on the main OFB page. The next sections won't take long to address, since they're relatively short.

- Part 1 of CC Manga Chapter 13.5!

Posted: 2020-12-08 16:04:11

 We've added the first part of the extra Chaotic Century chapter that featured in CoroCoro Aniki! In this part of the chapter, Van and Irvine face off in some basic training. We're actively working on the second half of the chapter and will have it to you as soon as possible. There are big plans for expansions to the CC section!

- Zoids Wild EX-ZERO Chapter 4!

Posted: 2020-12-08 16:03:43

 Chapter 4 of Zoids Wild EX-ZERO has been added to the books and articles directories! In this chapter, Cutter wakes up in a strange village, with an even stranger artifact nearby. Soon he meets the village guardian, a Zoid that has been appearing in his dreams. Why does the elusive Kagura Fox seem so familiar?

- New Social Media Accounts!

Posted: 2020-12-08 16:03:27

 For the last decade the site has always been fairly self contained, but I've often contemplating making a social media account for it. A place to just ramble about assorted Zoids topics, something I don't really have a spot for on the site. I likely won't be posting about these much, if at all, so follow if you'd like to stay up to date! I don't know how often I'll be updating these places, but hopefully it'll be enjoyable for those who spend more time on social media~

  I've created an Instagram though it doesn't have any posts yet. This page will be dedicated to small Zoids doodles that illuminate lesser known facts about individual Zoids or parts of the franchise! It may also contain random fan art and lore stuff. I've also created a Facebook Group called Zoids Archives, which'll be focused on posting assorted lore facts, references, and sharing general franchise ponderings. If you're interested in learning more about Zoids, give it a look!

Tagged:  Fan Content Site

- Zoids Concept Art Exhibit Updates!

Posted: 2020-12-08 16:03:04

 The Concept Art Exhibit is coming up soon, and there's been a decent number of twitter posts on the topic. The most notable, at the moment, is a twitter campaign where users can follow the zoids_official account and retweet this post for a chance to win a special autographed T-Shirt featuring the main graphic for the event. This is for residents of Japan only. For the rest of us, there's a ton of concept art to look at!

 Zoids Official has posted one of the Death Saurer and Saber Tiger while the GoFa account posted the Saber Tiger CA, which will be featured as a print card at the shop. T2Event, which is TakaraTomy's twitter account for event announcements, posted several as well. Red Horn, Mammoth and Gordos, a random sauropod, and the logo for the event.

Tagged:  Events Official

- Zoids Infinity Coliseum!

Posted: 2020-12-08 16:02:41
 More episodes of Infinity Coliseum, where hosts pit user's ZiNA customs from Infinity Blast against one another, have been posted to youtube! Here's Episode 11 and Episode 12. A Twitter Post also shows off the gold chrome cannons that'll be given away through this event!

- Zoids Wild Infinity Blast Manga!

Posted: 2020-12-08 16:02:23
 The Zoids Official twitter account has kept up with posting the IB manga, so here are the latest files! File 6, File 7, File 8, File 9, File 10, File 11, File 12, File 13, File 15, and File 16.

Zoids Wild Battle Card Hunter Updates!

Posted: 2020-12-08 16:02:10

 The BCH site has updated with their 5th bulletin of the second expansion! There are so many beautiful cards in here, including a few brand new color schemes, so check it out! Clean digital images have also been posted for the Liger The Arthur and Zero Grizis.

- How To Price Your Zoids?

Posted: 2020-11-23 19:59:34

 So, as some of our visitors are aware, we have a little infoblurb on the Names page, which discusses how to price Zoids. I wanted to make a dedicated post discussing this matter in more depth. Both because of recent events, and because of the global shipping complications. Not to mention insane claims of value like that absurd article! This is going to be a long post, but if you buy lots of Zoids, and aren't using Yahoo Japan, please consider reading.

Services Taking Advantage Of Buyers

 Lately there have been a lot of "hobby hunting" services popping up online, claiming that they can help you find any Zoid for a nominal fee. Now, this would be a fair service. The problem is, they're hiding their real fees behind heavily inflated prices. They take advantage of people unfamiliar with international markets. The buyer thinks they're finding super rare kits, and have no idea how common (or cheap!) they actually are.

 The other half of this problem is Ebay, which has had such inflated prices for so long, that many YJ sellers are now listing their products for two or three times as much on Ebay. There's a market for it, because pricing resources can be hard to find. To people unaware, these look like the normal prices, and they'll pay them.

- How Expensive Are We Talking?

 To address this question I'm going to look at Ebay. I'll provide the Zoid, its lowest sold price (including shipping) and then a comparison. The comparison will be based on YJ sales within the last 3 months, and what you'd be paying by using Buyee. They will be based on DHL shipping, a fast, reliable, and expensive shipping service. You can save more by using slower, uninsured shipping methods. The buyee price is an average, not lowest.

HMM Death Stinger Hiltz: $748*
  Buyee Estimate: $430 + $3 service fee + $2 payment fee + $60 shipping fee
  You Would Pay: $495 (Saving $253)

HMM Geno Breaker Raven: $393
  Buyee Estimate: $200 + $3 service fee + $2 payment fee + $50 shipping fee
  You Would Pay: $255 (Saving $138)

HMM Blade Liger AB Bang Ver: $303
  Buyee Estimate: $150 + $3 service fee + $2 payment fee + $50 shipping fee
  You Would Pay: $205 (Saving $98)

HMM Storm Sworder Ala Barone Ver: $340**
  Buyee Estimate: $200 + $3 service fee + $2 payment fee + $45 shipping fee (estimated)
  You Would Pay: $250 (Saving $90)

Tomy Konig Wolf: $97
  Buyee Estimate: $30 + $3 service fee + $2 payment fee + $40 shipping fee
  You Would Pay: $75 (Saving $22)

Tomy Berserk Furher: $126
  Buyee Estimate: + $3 service fee + $2 payment fee
  You Would Pay: $84 (Saving $42)

Tomy Death Saurer: $379
  Buyee Estimate: $250 + $3 service fee + $2 payment fee + $50 shipping fee
  You Would Pay: $305 (Saving $74)

Tomy Geno Breaker: $174
  Buyee Estimate: $75 + $3 service fee + $2 payment fee + $4 shipping fee
  You Would Pay: $84 (Saving $90)

 * Had no recent sold Ebay listings, so going with lowest available price.
 ** I do not have an item weight estimate, so shipping may be slightly off.

Note: Shipping fees are based on the Zoids weight, and may be higher depending on the seller's packaging. These prices were also calculated over 2 weeks ago, some may have changed since then. For example, when I made the images, the $140 (Sold) Konig Wolf was the most recent one.

Breakdown: For this example I chose popular Zoids that I often see people requesting price estimates for. I chose Zoids both from the rarer end of the spectrum (like the Hiltz) to the more common (like the Konig Wolf). If you purchased all 8 of the Zoids above from Ebay, you would pay $2560. If you purchased the same items yourself, through a proxy like Buyee, you would pay around $1753. You would save almost a thousand dollars by buying them direct from Yahoo Japan, and that $1000 could buy you at least another 5-10 rare Zoids.

- But the service does the work for you!

 Factually correct. The service goes through the trouble of setting up the deputy service account and finding it for you. This is worth a small fee. My problem is that they are giving you a "modest" service fee and then putting an enormous price hike on the item price to cover how large their fees actually are.

 So why are these items so expensive? For one thing, you're paying the cost of importing on top of importing it again to your location. So let's say the dropseller imports the Konig Wolf for $75 after all is said and done. They're in the US, and sell it to you for $140. Let's assume domestic shipping to you is then $25. That's a $40 profit before you pay any additional service fees for their time and effort. If their service fee is 10%, you should be paying $82.50 for that Konig Wolf before domestic shipping. Is it becoming more clear? They are actually charging you almost 60% service fee, most of it is just hidden in the 'rare' item price.

- Importing Is Pretty Intimidating, Though!

 True, but please believe me when I say importing services aren't as scary as they look! It basically boils down to, you enter the item URL, click bid/buy, and they handle the rest. Then when the item arrives at their warehouse, you select your shipping method, and you're done! The scary part is the fees. You should definitely research and understand the fees before buying. Learn everything you need to know in our Buying & Importing Zoids article. Contact us for any additional questions!

 Now, it's true that you have less seller protection overseas, but if you buy many Zoids, you'll still save more than you've lost. For example, if you bought the above Zoids over a few months, and you lose the Geno Breaker Raven, it's a tragedy. But, you still saved $654 with the other Zoids. You could buy another Geno Breaker Raven for $255 and still have saved $399. If you buy a lot of Zoids, it will always be worth it to import yourself. Actual loss is also extremely rare. I've only lost a couple items in the hundreds that I've purchased.

- So how do I price my Zoids?

 Check out our names page! Copy the Zoids Japanese name, click the Yahoo Japan link at the top of the page, and paste. Then click the link on the upper right (there's an image to show you where) to see sold listings. You can get a rough idea by just taking off the last couple digits. So if it is for 1500 yen, it is around $15, give or take a few dollars for more expensive items.

 After that you can use Buyee's fee calculator to get an estimate on cost. CAUTION! Buyee keeps the box in the seller's packaging, so always allow for around 400-500 g for packaging. Also be sure to keep your consolidated boxes under 3.5 kg. At that point, DHL shipping shoots up to over $200.

What if I'm buying locally? Then it's fair to include all costs of importing, because they had to pay those prices to get the item to you. They'll probably want at least a few dollars for their trouble, just make sure that they aren't hiding the actual cost! A % fee can be fair, as long as they're honest about how much it is.

Final Notes

 I know it took a long time to get to the point. I've been seeing people taken advantage of left and right, and it's hard to see this happening to other fans. I'll put it under the unique "Pricing" tag so you can easily find it again. You should all be getting a fair price on your items. I hope this helps, and Happy Zoid Hunting!

 The folks over on the Zoids Reddit / Discord also have a convenient price guide for Zoids before shipping & fees. If you want a more updated price, contact us! I'd be happy to help you get an updated price.

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