The Big Zoids Expo 2023
is shaping up to be the largest Zoids event in history, and merchandise announcements have been rolling out non stop. There's a lot to cover, so I'll try to itemize things the best I can, but first lets cover the details of the event itself! The event will begin from October 7th
and run until October 22nd
, held in Tokyo, with some exhibits set to swap out on October 16th
Ticket sale prices are 2,200 yen for one visit or 3,200 yen for two. Elementary and junior high school students get in for 1,000 yen, and free for preschoolers and caregivers, up to one per person. We mention the tickets because, for each ticket purchased, participants will receive 1 random Battle Card Game Card-style card. Those who enter during the first phase (before October 16th) will receive a random card from Republican Set
while second phase participants will receive a random card from the Empire set
Though not necessarily expo specific, IT Media also posted an article
discussing the 40th Anniversary, which looks over the history of Zoids leading up to now.
The exhibit itself will have over 500 Zoids toys on display over the course of the event! In addition, over 100 concept art and prototypes
will be shown at the venue, giving a look into the development process of Zoids. One example given so far is the Starfish
, shown off in beautiful quality. The venue will also include a Blade Liger photo spot
where people can take photos as if they're riding inside of the cockpit, a diorama spot
to take photos of your own Zoids, new dioramas, and more. Large art exhibits will also be there, such as this HMM Gojulas MPV
The 40th Anniversary Zoids Exhibit
, which was previously traveling around Japan, will also be present. This means a resale of traveling exhibit goods, such as standees and mugs. Great news for those who missed items the first time around!
We've also seen our first preview
of what the venue is going to look like. A new diorama even includes references to the Official Fan Books
, complete with customs from it.
Bub, a Japanese company selling products such as bath salts, will have their own corner at the venue, featuring a custom Bub Liger
- Exhibit Goods: Model Kits
Wow there's a lot to unpack here. Many of these Zoids have been teased on Twitter, but since they'll be hitting sales and pre-orders at the venue first, I'll be listing all of their news and updates in this post. For general goods, please see the new Big Zoids Expo
page, where I've put a list of the items and their price. This post
shows off the two gorgeous pendant necklaces that'll be available.
For the model kits themselves, the most important thing to know is that some kits that were announced earlier have been said to be event exclusives
, meaning they'll only be available for purchase / pre-order at the event. Only extras that didn't sell at the venue will be available for later purchase, but if they sell out, there will be no later sale.
AZ-04 Shield Liger
The AZ-04 Shield Liger
, which is modeled after Van's Shield Liger from Chaotic Century, will be available for pre-order at the exhibit for 11,000 yen. This Liger includes Van, Fiona, and Zeke figures, and those who pre-order the kit will also receive a Battle Card Game style Shield Liger card
as a special bonus. This bonus is only available for pre-orders placed at the venue. General pre-orders will open up after the venue, with the scheduled release date being in late June 2024
Hunter Wolf Metropolitan Police Department Spec.
The Zoids x Patlabor collaboration kit, the Hunter Wolf Metropolitan Police Department Spec.
, will be available for pre-order at the venue for 4,950 Yen. People who pre-order through the venue will receive this special postcard bonus
. There's also been a preview
of it at the expo. As you can see, this wolf sports a number of cool unique parts. A custom of it will be shown off by SigemikanZ
Gatling Fox Shirakami Fubuki Version
The Gatling Fox Shirakami Fubuki Version
will be available for purchase at the venue for 6,050 yen. Today's the first time we're seeing what this Zoid actually looks like. For this kit, however, the only sale that will happen after the event is excess stock. If it sells out at the venue, no further kits will be released afterwards. The fox features white armor with a black-tipped tail and faded-blue accents and caps. The kit comes with an acrylic standee of Fubuki in a Byrne Blood
costume, referencing the Gatling Fox's pilot in Zoids Wild Zero.
Wild Liger Kokuoh
Wild Liger Kokuoh, or Black King, has finally been teased
and will be exhibited at the venue starting on October 7th. This Liger features black armor with gold and red accents. We don't yet have sales information on it.
40 Troopers of Horizon
This series of blue-themed Zoids Wild kits
features Rising Liger (4,950 yen), the leader of the platoon, Dimepulsar (4,400 yen), who specializes in electronic warfare, and Catalga
(5,500 yen), who specializes in transport and demolition. They will be available for purchase at the venue, and if sold out, will not have a later sale. Excess goods will be dumped into Takara Tomy Mall.
HMM Gojulas Marking Plus Ver.
The HMM Gojulas, which released during Zoids' 30th anniversary, is getting an MPV version
with new parts included! These include the clear colorless parts and new decals that've become known for MPV Zoids. Everyone who pre-orders this kit at the venue will receive an HMM Zoids Special Emblem Decal set
, the same as the one distributed in the summer of 2020. The kit itself is scheduled to release in April of 2024. Pre-orders will also become available through Kotobukiya's stores after the exhibit is over. The price is 27,500 yen
. Last but not least, Mercy Rabbit's amazing box art
for this kit has been published, and will be on display at the venue!