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Phenotype's Zoids siteThis page has some interesting Zoids stuff.
Geez...$70 for a Spiderzoid. This way I'll never get it. :(
In other news, here's a site with a bunch of Zoid reviews, pictures, etc.
New Blox are coming up. Here's Cannon Diver (some kind of sea turtle?) and Diantler. I suppose Cannon Diver would be alright if not for the ridiculous guns (?), but Diantler looks just weird. A two-legged moose?
Heh(via Slashdot) Real programmers use this keyboard.
In other news, I actually got a refund from the Ebay seller that sold me fake Zoids. Very nice.
FakeI "won" (bought) 4 Zoids on Ebay a while ago. I received them the other day. Everything looked fine and dandy until I actually started building one (a Pteras). These Zoids are fake! Here's what's wrong with the Pteras, for example:
New Zoids coming outHasbro press release.
I'm not sure whether to stop collecting them now (because I'm running out of room), to collect them all (and damn the consequences :-), or collect just some of them. Experience learns that with Zoids there isn't really "let's get just a few". Sigh...
They're going to release interesting stuff, and instead of having to order them on Ebay, I can now (hopefully) go to Wal-mart, K-Mart or Target and pick them up. I want Nightwise, the only cute basic Blox. (In fact I already ordered it a while ago, but due to a misunderstanding it was sent to the Netherlands. So I never saw it...) Other promising, better Blox are Buster Eagle (ridiculously large guns though) and Fire Phoenix. I'm also interested in that Cannon Spider (what does it look like?). As for the regular Zoids, the Chameleon could be cute, and there are some beasties that were supposedly part of the OER release as well, but I missed them. Hammer Rock (OER name Zore) is one of them. (So is Atak Cat, OER name Helcat, by the way.) Then there's Gorhecks, Houndsoldier, Gojulas Giga...
ZoidsAlmost every weblog has sections that are probably uninteresting to casual readers. Mine will not be different. :-) Expect more on bettas, card games and such. But today's trivial topic is... Zoids!
What are Zoids? They're really nifty
Zoids made a comeback last year, and now they can be found on shelves at your local Walmart, K-Mart, Target, Toys-R-Us, etc. They originate from the early 80s though. The first models seem really primitive compared to today's products, barely more than a wind-up mechanism with a head, tail and some legs tacked on. Still, to many of us, they have a real old-school coolness to them.
Back in the day, I collected almost all Zoids known to man. I only missed out on one of the older models, or so I thought... turns out there were more, I just never saw them in stores. Unfortunately, Spiderzoid cannot be had for a few dollars these days...
I tend to frown on the current Zoid "movement". It's too commercialized and "kiddified". Nowadays there's even an anime series, which I find uninteresting. :-( Hasbro keeps on cranking out Zoids in ugly colors, with stupid names often different from the OER releases. (Some names don't make sense at all; the 2002 release of "Redler" is actually purple, for example.) I just wish they would rerelease that spider again... :-)