The Barigator is a Crocodiletype Zoid, one of over 200 species of fictional biomechanical lifeforms depicted in TOMY's Zoids model, toy, and media franchise.
The Barigator is a Crocodile-type Zoid used by the Helic Republic. The Zoid is amphibious, and succeeds in swamp, marsh, and shallow aquatic operations. It can be used elsewhere, but a lack of flat ground will restrict the low-slung Zoid. Relatively slow on land, the Barigator is rather well armored for its size. Its powerful fangs are capable of crushing similarly sized Zoids in a single blow; a favored tactic is for the Zoid to remain hidden then strike at an unsuspecting opponent. The Zoid does have one weakness, however; when its jaws are open, the cockpit is relatively open and exposed to enemy fire.
Battle Story AppearancesEdit
The Barigator design first appeared in the late 2030s ZAC, as a replacement for the Aquadon and Furolesios. The Zoid proved to be effective in supporting the Helic Forces as they advanced on the Zenebas capital, allowing the Helic army to launch amphibious assaults.
The Barigator remained a part of the Helic army following the disaster of ZAC 2056. Initially the Republic's only aquatic Zoid, the Barigator was outmatched by the combination of the Guylos Sinker, Brachios, Warshark, and Heldigunner. Only with the development of the Hammerhead was the Republic able to achieve naval superiority.
The Zoid does not appear in any anime series. It has appeared in the various Zoids Saga games, as a common wandering monster.
UK Zoids Comic Edit
The Kroc Zoids were used by the Blue Zoid army to fight against the Red Mutants naval forces, specifically the Z-Ray. The Krocs exhibited animal-like traits, often remaining by rivers or other bodies of water.
The Barigator made a minor appearance in the Zoids Saga series, where it appeared as a wandering monster. It could commonly be found in shallow water regions and in some caves, but it almost never appears in deep sea or land terrains.
The Barigator was featured in the first two Zoids Trading Cards releases; the Original Battle Game and Trading Collection Cards.
The Barigator was released in the Zoids (1983) line. It comes on four frames, along with 8 small rubber caps, a chrome gold pilot figure, a wind-up motor, a translucent cockpit hatch, and a label sheet. The model is white and dark blue/green, with the cockpit hatch being translucent orange. When wound up, the Zoid walks while swinging its head and tail from side to side. The weapons can be manually positioned, along with the Zoid's jaw. The Zoid's body is rather fragile, the model having a tendency to fall apart easily after assembly.
The Zoid was released in August 1985.
The Barigator was the first small Helic Zoid to not possess the standardized "whitehead" cockpit. Instead, a head was specially designed for the Zoid.
Spider-Man and ZoidsEdit
In 1986 the Barigator was released in Europe as part of the Spider-Man and Zoids line. It bore the name Kroc. The model was coloured in flat black and light grey, with blue caps.
The Zoid was released in the United States as Chompz as a part of the Robo Strux line. The Zoid was colored with dark green and tan components, red caps, and a translucent green cockpit.
The Zoid was released in the US, as part of the Technozoids line in the mid 90s. The model's name was changed to Armored Gator, and the was Zoid recolored in bright orange and tan.
Released as part of the Zoids (1999) line, the Barigator was colored in dark green and light grey. It had black caps and an orange translucent cockpit. The Zoid's mould was also altered to a degree, being far more stable and less prone to falling apart.
Several additional weapons kits were produced for the Barigator. Some of these were also designed for use with other Zoids.
The Zoid's type was changed from Alligator to Crocodile, which would be carried through to later releases.
Zoids: Build Customize MobilizeEdit
An upgraded version of the Barigator, called the Barigator TS, was released as the eighth Zoid in the Zoids: Rebirth Century line, with the designation number of HRZ-008. It features a weapon pack on its back, holding two sets of two missiles, along with a golden pilot.