- EZ-072 Energy Liger
Energy Liger is a kit that I overlooked for a long time, because the faded reds of the online photos and box art never appealed to me. It always looked dull and desaturated compared to the sleek black armor of the NAR/Fuzors Liger. I finally decided to pick mine up when I found it for a discounted price on toy-wave, and was amazed by how much better the Zoid looked in person. The box art, too- crisp, clear, and somehow with an entirely new impression. The Liger, though, that was the real shocker. The Liger is not the dull desaturated red that it appears in photos, but rather a deep, metallic fleck maroon, that glitters in the light. I tried to capture this the best that I could.
Coming in the later part of the NJR Line, the NJR Energy Liger is also one of the first Zoids to feature full-color instructions on magazine-grade paper. The instructions are in the form of a large book, and contain battle story images and info bits to associate with the Zoid.
When switched on, the Zoid walks, the gun barrels on the left side push in and out, and the gatling gun spins. The wings will also move with the air pump, and the Zoid has two different modes. I'll elaborate on this at a later date, since I haven't tested mine in a while.
As a small added bonus, the Energy Liger also comes with a stand. Personally, since the Zoid is already fairly large, I choose not to use the stand. It makes it a bit too tall to fit into tightly fit shelves.
Beautiful design. Deep red armors do not show flash hardly at all.
Unique magazine-style instruction book with crisp diaroma images.
Durable plastic compared to most red kits, with smooth, easy cut trimming.
Several new features using the air pump system on the back.
Not many gimmicks without batteries. Wings flush shut, but that's about it.
Has heavy marbling on the pale yellow parts, and marbling on the dark red.
Horn and X-blade can be dislodged fairly easily.
-Box and Inserts
Energy Liger has a very nice, and very large box. Large enough, in fact, that I sadly can't get it to scan very well, so images are spliced together and not of perfect quality.
2 Dual Charger Cannons (Right Side)
AZ X-Blade (Anti-Zoid) (Head)
Charger Gatling (Left Side)
Energy Claws x4 (Feet)
Energy Wings x2 (Back)
Gungnir Horn (Head)
BZ-017 Laser Storm / BZ-016 Scissor Storm = Energy Storm
BZ-015 Stylu Armor = Stylu Energy
Realizing the astounding performance of the Gairyuki, the Empirical Army developed the Energy Liger as an extremely powerful guard of the Seismosaurus. It is a next generation high speed zoid fully loaded with a wide array of the latest equipment researched and developed by the empire's technological division over many years. Its greatest characteristic is the "energy charger" mounted to its back. It is comprised of a ground-breaking system that motorizes the zoid by accumulating tachyon particles found in rich abundance in the atmosphere of planet Zi and circulating them at intense light speeds throughout the body of the zoid. Because of this, the Energy Liger can reach extraordinary speeds upwards of 660 kilometers per hour. That aspect combined with its energy wings and heavy artillery like the twin-barrel charge cannon and charge Gatling gun powered by the tachyon particles makes this a hand-to-hand combat zoid that boasts unmatched fighting strength as of the year Zac 2107. Its only weakness is that the time it can operate at maximum output is extremely short.
Wild Liger Image Translation:
The Energy Liger is a battle zoid created from the same wild model as the Liger Zero. In response to the Republic's arming themselves with Changing Armor Systems that utilize the efficiency of the Zero design, the Empire determined that there was room to make further developments based on the Zero model. They knew the core of that powerful zoid could withstand the load from high output external power engines, so they devised the Energy Liger which houses two high power engines, its core and the Energy Charger. Along with its overwhelming increase in output, the Energy Liger has become an unusually large heavy armor zoid in the form of a lion.
Frame Explanation (Upper left):
The Seismosaurus that rolled out before the Energy Liger is a Zoid that's purpose is to destroy heavy Zoids that specialize in close combat, such as the Gojulasgiga, by bombarding them from a very long distance. Naturally weak at close combat, it's supported by Chimera Blox such as Scissor Storm, Laser Storm, and Stylu Armor. But, presented with Gairyuki's astounding abilities, more and more they had no choice but to throw the powerful Zoid in as an escort.
And then the high-speed Energy Liger was hurriedly developed, derived from the Liger Zero X.
Additional Information (Lower Right):
The Energy Liger has a lot of new equipment built in from before that's being researched by the Empire's engineers. One is the "Energy Charger" jutting out from its back. It's a ground-breaking power system that doesn't rely on a Zoid core;
the tachyon particles that planet Zi's atmosphere is rich with are collected, stored and circulate inside the body at the speed of light to convert into power. Using this system and the Zoid cores at the same time, Energy Ligers can move at astounding speeds of up to 660km/h, even though they have the same wild body as the Zero.
It's main attack is "Wing Slash", where the Energy Charger accumulates thermal energy in the wing blades, and releases it while slashing at the target. The power exceeds the Blade Liger's Laser Blades. Moreover, 2 Charger Cannons and Charger Gatlings can be equipped on the armor; it can fire acceleration beams because of energy from circulating tachyon particles.
As of ZAC 2107, the Energy Liger was unrivaled in close combat. But, the Energy Charger was still in its prototype stage, and the operating time for maximum output is a short 5 to 10 minutes.
- Battle Story
Fan Book EX Image 17-18 Translation (Lower Left):
The year is Zac 2107. The "Plot to Capture the Fortified City of Chimera in the Neo-Zenabas Empire" by the Helic Republic's army is continuing to see success due to the relentless surprise attacks by the Liger Zero's Phoenix Unit. The Zero Phoenix Unit has destroyed the enemy's chimera Blox Unit control system. They have also paralyzed the stronghold's defense facilities. The only obstacle now is the Seismosaurus, the single monster that completely annihilated one of the two Zero Phoenix Units.
The Gairyuki that succeeded in penetrating the stronghold has now fallen under attack by the Seismosaurus, who is counter attacking with its zenebas cannon. It's at point blank range. A direct attack. The blinding flash envelops the Gairyuki. But the Gairyuki endures the same intense energy that evaporated the Zero Phoenix and pierced the heavy armor of Gojulas Giga. 11 condensed panels absorb the majority of the energy. But not without blemish. The particle energy that couldn't be absorbed melts part of the Gairyuki's armor and burns part of the internal circuits that become overloaded. Because of that, it can't return fire on the zenebas cannon.
Still, cheers erupt from the Republic's warriors. It wasn't perfect, but at last they have obtained the power to withstand the Seismosaurus.
Fan Book EX Image 17-18 Translation (Upper Right):
The trailing Gairyuki #2 and Gairyuki #3 as well as Gojulas Giga penetrate into the fortified city one after the other. The helpless Seismosaurus no longer has any chance to win. "Seize the Seismosaurus!" the command comes down from the frontline headquarters to the warriors of the Republic. Capturing the Seismosaurus unblemished is a military gain equal to that of capturing the fortified city, and right now, that's entirely possible.
With no chance of winning, Seismosaurus turns his nose around. The trailing Gairyuki and the remaining Zero Phoenix begin their pursuit. Regarding the mobility of the Seismosaurus, even speaking nicely one can't really say anything flattering. There is no way for it to escape. The Republic's pilots must have been thinking the same thing. But they didn't know. There is one more terrifying zoid lurking in the city...
Fan Book EX Image 19-20 Translation (Top): Energy Liger (Battle Story 2)
The lead Zero Phoenix suddenly collapsed like a marionette with severed strings. Some kind of shadow attacked the Zero Phoenix like a gust of wind. The subsequent pilot wasn't visible at those speeds. "Be careful! Something..." before he could finish speaking the shadow went by again, and the 2nd Zero Phoenix stopped moving. "Dodge it! It's above!"
The third Zero narrowly dodged the shadow because of the shout from an ally behind them. But, the shadow turned around with unbelievable speed, chased it and easily exterminated the 3rd as it frantically tried to reorganize.
Finally, the shadow stopped moving. It was a lion-type Zoid that the Republic soldiers didn't see but what was that speed? If the monitor's display was correct, the maximum high speed was 600km/h or more. The rotation speed was also twice as fast as the Zero's. The difference in speed in the grappling was decisive. It looked as if the Zero's were stopped. The new model Zoid, the Energy Liger, roared to intimidate the pack of Zeros.
Fan Book EX Image 19-20 Translation (Bottom):
The Energy Liger is the Empire's next generation experimental high speed machine, which successfully applied tachyon particles to its motive power system. With a conventional high-speed Zoid it's like the difference between a propeller plane and jet plane. In addition to that, it can deal a blow that can bury a Zero with one hit. In a grappling fight it's a Zoid that has strength on another level.
The Energy Liger retreated slowly, staring at the Zeros and Gairyuki that couldn't move, like they were frozen. On that day before dawn the fortified city Chimera fell into the hands of the Republic Army. But, rather than joy, fear of the fathomless technology of the Empire held the hearts of the Republic soldiers.
Translations are hidden inside spoiler tags due to the excessive amount of space they take up.
One of the most appealing features I found with the Energy Liger's extras is the magazine style booklet. This includes quite a bit of story information, and also some very nice diaroma style images. The paper is pretty nice and high quality, and the book itself is very large compared to normal books.
The cockpit is set pretty far into the Energy Liger's head, underneath of the armor that holds the X Blade. This whole piece flips forward to show the pilot. I can't help but feel that this is one of the most heavily armored cockpits of almost any Zoid, which is suitable for the emperor.
If you have the air tubes hooked up, they function and move when the Energy Liger is switched on. The gatling ggun (on the right shoulder for mine) will begin to spin, and the energy cannon on the left will shift the barrels in and out (similar to recoil from firing). You can still spin the gats if you're bored, but the weapons otherwise have no additional features.
The wings are the really cool feature of the Energy Liger. I always felt that Phoenix' looked sort of strange, but the Energy Liger makes the wings work quite a bit better. They're an awesome translucent blood red; not quite as bright as pictured. They're best visible in the pictures that show them overlapping the armor or black frame.
Both wings are connected to the air pump system. When the Liger is activated, depending on the mode, these can open and close. Alternatively, you can pull them open. They won't stay open entirely, but they'll still fan out. When they're in this position, you can press the button on the Energy Liger's back (near the tail, it says "Push") and the air will be dispersed, pulling them back shut.
Energy Liger's tail has a slight range of movement. It's not much, just a slight swivel up or down.