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- RMZ Bladey and Geno Videos!



 Two new videos dropped for the RMZ Blade Liger and Geno Saurer, featuring voice overs by Zoiko. If you've already seen the earlier RMZ videos that introduced the articulation, you've probably already seen most of this, but it never hurts to get more coverage.

- Blade Liger


- Geno Saurer



Realize Models Official Model Kits2024-07-12 06:33:09

- Hobby Search RMZ Interview With Shuu Katayama!



 Hobby Search has posted a new product interview with Katayama, a major player in the Zoids franchise, and Naito, who's in charge of marketing! They brought up a lot of interesting details about the development of the Realize Model line, and some insights about their choices on it. I highly recommend giving it a read. Here are some of the key talking points.

  • Planning for RMZ began around winter 2021. They surveyed fans from all eras, finding an even split of older fans who wanted motorized kits and younger (anime) fans who wanted poseable kits. Though they tried to combine motorized actions into a movable kit they found that trying to do both eliminated the best aspects of both.

  • Geno Saurer and Blade Liger were chosen as the first kits to honor the 40th Anniversary's focus on fans who entered during the anime phase.

  • Realize Models focus on making the kits simple, requiring only the number of parts needed for all of the articulation points. The RMZ Blade Liger has around 200 parts.

  • The series is named "Realize Models" with the hope of bringing fan's dreams for their kits to reality. They want the model kits to closely resemble the anime they remember, expressing all of the gimmicks from the series, while even including effect parts that compliment what people imagine when they think of these Zoids, such as the Blade Liger's blade effects.

  • 1/100 scale was chosen to better suit Japanese residential environment, making these kits small and easy to collect without having to worry as much about space. Compared to 1/72 kits, Realize Models aim to fit several kits in the same amount of space while being able to assemble and even detail them in the same amount of time. Their goal is for RMZ to be assembled in less than an hour.

  • Because they want to keep these kits as affordable as possible, they've currently opted not to include display stands, but they're hoping to release them at a later time.

  • Gimmicks have a focus on being functional even at this small scale, without the need of replacement parts. (The obvious exception being option parts like Geno Saurer's nose guns, of course)

  • They've already planned this line out fairly far into the future, mentioning that they do indeed plan to release kits of the silhouettes displayed in teasers before now. They also hope to release more kits that never got to be made into poseable models.

  • They hope to be able to release something almost every month.

  • Though the series starts off with anime-specific kits, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Zoids, they're also looking to include products for people who got into the franchise through the Battle Story, Games, and Zoids Wild.

  • They've contemplated releasing Customize Parts such as Iron Kong SS's gatling gun, but haven't yet decided if this'll be doable. It would, however, allow them to bridge the gap for anime-specific variants that may not be worth releasing a whole new kit for, but could be sold as option parts. One example given is the Command Wolf Urban Warfare Spec.

  • They mused at someday even dreaming of releasing anime scale Zoids such as Ultra Saurus and Death Saurer, sold as separate parts such as the head or torso. This is not confirmed for the series.

  • Other Zoids that they'd like to eventually release include different scale kits that could be displayed (in scale) alongside the original Zoids, such as Zoids Wild or 1/24. A couple names dropped were Wild Liger and power up forms such as Murasame Liger's evolts.


- RMZ-01 Blade Liger Info!



 Pre-orders for the first two RMZ kits are up, starting with the RMZ-01 Blade Liger! Bladey here is scheduled for February 2025 for a retail price of 4,950 yen (tax included, about $30 USD.) You can find these on all your typical pre-order sites. AmazonJP, HLJ, AmiAmi, USA Gundam, and more. The official page for this kit (linked above) contains a couple pieces of concept art and a heaping ton of images. Blade Liger will come with effect parts for the Dual Laser Blades. It'll also come with sitting pilot figures of Bang (Van) and Fine (Fiona) as well as a general pilot figure.

 They've also released a video on the RMZ Blade Liger narrated by Bang's VA, detailing its various points of articulation. This stood out as an especially cool video to me. Moveable gimmicks tend to be broad stroked, focusing mostly on a few key poses and the actual equipment. After all, covering all moving pieces would take forever. Seeing a video that puts the articulation itself on display is a breath of fresh air and makes me nostalgic about doing Zoid kit reviews. I look forward to seeing more of these going forward.

Zoids Waiting Room
 About a month ago they also held a Zoids Waiting Room discussion corner where people involved in the Zoids series got together and talked about the new line. It shows off a lot of stuff, such as staff members interacting with the AZ-07 Death Saurer and size comparisons of the RMZ kits with the traditional motos. Prototypes of the next 3 RMZ Kits, RMZ-003 Command Wolf, RMZ-004 Helcat, and RMZ-005 Molga also get shown off in the video.

- Preview Video


- Zoids Waiting Room



- RMZ-02 Geno Saurer



 The next up in this 1/100 scale poseable model kit line is the RMZ-02 Geno Saurer. Scheduled for February 2024 alongside the Blade Liger, its got a retail price of 6,600 yen (about $41 USD.) The Geno Saurer's page has two pieces of colored concept art, comparisons of movable gimmicks to the anime, and a ton of pictures. The kit will come with effect parts for both the Charged Particle Cannon and the Long Range Pulse Laser Rifles. It'll also include a seated Raven figure and a generic pilot figure.

 Honestly, this may be the best-proportioned Geno Saurer we've ever gotten. The poseability of this kit is something else. The joints are so well hidden, and the tail movement in particular looks so fluid with no unsightly gaps. The tail vents are also a neat design, and its good to see this often-forgotten feature included on a smaller scale product. The video is likewise narrated by Raven's VA.

- Preview Video



- Realize Model Size Comparisons!



 Zoids Official has posted some new images of their upcoming Realize Models, including a size comparison with the original Tomy motos and a battle against the AZ Death Saurer! This seems like a fun play size for these kits, and they're still more than hefty enough to have good detail and articulation. Looking forward to more!

 As a minor aside the Links page (up at the top) has been updated to switch to a new format and now includes all of the new official websites. There's a lot to keep track of, but you can now watch news and other upcoming events through the Zoids Official website!


Realize Models Official Model Kits2024-05-12 00:07:48

Realize Model 1/100 Scale Model Kits!



 The second brand launched under the T-Spark label is the Realize Model series, a series of highly poseable 1/100 scale model kits with a huge potential lineup for Zoids. Unlike the Adamas Machina brand, this one seems focused on the Zoids series. Two painted samples (Blade Liger, Geno Saurer), three prototypes (Command Wolf, Helcat, Molga), and a variety of other Zoids have been teased, including Shield Liger, Command Wolf LC (Irvine?), Saber Tiger, Great Sabre / AT, Iron Kong, Red Horn, Dibison, Hel Digunner, Red Horn BC, Lightning Saix, Storm Sworder, and most excitingly, Trinity Liger.

 These silhouettes are at this point just teasers. We don't know if these are final decisions for the line (after all, we saw other silhouettes that never manifested as kit products before, such as Command Wolf being teased at the start of Zoids Wild.) The potential of getting game Zoids is a thrilling possibility, and with enough support for this series, we may just get there!

 For those curious about the size, 1/100 is the same scale as Kotobukiya's (not Supernova's) Zoids Aggressive (ZA) action figures.


Realize Models Official Model Kits Events2024-05-08 19:00:50

- RMZ-01 Blade Liger!



 The first model kit teased is the RMZ-01 Blade Liger, with pre-orders opening in Summer 2024 and the finished product expected to release in 2025. The Blade Liger is the first Zoid to introduce Effect Parts in this series. It'll come with optional energy effects for the Laser Blades. I like how true these are to the show, increasing not only the length of the blade but fitting over top of it instead of replacing it outright. These kits exhibit a higher level of detail than the old kits, focusing on poseability. One thing that's shared between the products thus far is the ability for the legs to lean inward under the body, a more natural pose for animals.


Realize Models Official Model Kits2024-05-08 19:00:31

- RMZ-02 Geno Saurer!



 The second kit lined up is the RMZ-02 Geno Saurer. Genos can be a challenge, and we've seen no shortage of funky proportions on Geno products in the past. I feel like the RMZ series strikes a great balance, giving the Zoid the bulk it deserves while still keeping its stance raised up for natural standing poses. It has lots of the typical part functions and newly designed tail vents, which are an interesting take. Like the Blade Liger it'll come with effect parts for a orb to go on the end of the Charged Particle Cannon. We've been asking for particle effects for decades, so it's awesome to see this come to fruition! Like the Blade Liger, pre-orders are expected for Summerr 2024 with a release in 2025.


Realize Models Model Kits Official2024-05-08 19:00:13

- RMZ-03 Command Wolf!



 Three prototypes of additional kits were shown at the Shizuoka Hobby Show, starting with the RMZ-03 Command Wolf. This guy looks quite tough. Normally Command Wolves are more slender, but this guy looks like he's ready to brawl. It's a cool take.


Realize Models Official Model Kits2024-05-08 19:00:00

- RMZ-04 Helcat!



 The fourth kit is the RMZ-04 Helcat. There are a lot of Helcat fans out there who've been waiting for an HMM for a long time, and now we finally have a new, posey Helcat! This product looks amazing. Helcat isn't an easy design to articulate. There's a lot of points where you have to make hard choices on where to cut, and divide the design, but I think they did an amazing job. The first two kits had effect parts, but I'm not sure if that's feasible for every kit. Many of us are waiting to see if the stands displayed (and seemingly cast from the same plastic as the prototypes) will fill that gap for these smaller kits.


Realize Models Official Model Kits2024-05-08 18:59:48

- RMZ-05 Molga!



 The fifth kit in the series, and the final prototype shown off in Shizuoka is the RMZ-05 Molga! Articulation is fun, especially with smaller kits like this. If the stands are included it adds a lot of fun play possibilities for display. The rearing up pose is cool. The third Molga prototype, displayed in front confirms that we'll have pilots even at this scale. It also shows off the classic "clamshell" or "whitehead" cockpit of many older Zoids.


Model Kits Realize Models Official2024-05-08 18:59:33

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