|Crew||1 or unmanned|
|Maximum Speed||Mach 2.8|
|Weapons||Hyper Killer Claws (2), Homing Bomb, 145mm Laser Gun (2)|
|Equipment||Doppler Radar (2), Magnesser Wings, Infrared Scope|
Zabats are a type of Zoid, a race of mechanical lifeforms from the fictional Zoids universe.
The Zabat is a Bat-type Zoid created by the Guylos Empire. The Zabat's form is based on the smaller insectivore bats that are well-known for their large ears and sophisticated sonar.
Its body is compact, and has a pair of long wings. The wings are fairly articulate and can fold around it like an organic bat's wings. Its legs are short, and appear to only be used for 'roosting' (upside-down, appropriately).
The Zabat is a small and nimble aerial Zoid. While not outstandingly fast by the standards of flying Zoid, it is very agile, making it a rather hard target. Its main guns are powerful for a Zoid of its size, giving it a fair punch. Its main weapon, however, is a self-guided homing torpedo that it can use to attack ground and sea-borne targets.
While it is well armed, the Zabat is quite frail and easily destroyed. Its wings are quite vulnerable, and can be easily damaged, crippling the Zoid.
The Zabat comes in two forms, a piloted version and a remote-controlled “Drone” Version. The two versions are the same, save for the presence of a pilot. The drone versions have a decent artificial intelligence that allows them to be passably effective in a dogfight. They are often also used for kamikaze attacks.
Battle Story appearancesEdit
The Zabat was developed in the interwar period between the Western Continent War and the Second Invasion of the Dark Continent and was pushed into service on January, ZAC 2101. To prepare for the invasion, President Camford's Ultrasaurus the Destroyer had to be remodelled into Ultrasaurus the Carrier, and the Empire attempted to buy more time by deploying the Zabat. Using the drone technology, the unmanned Zabats were deployed from Moby Dick carriers and were sent to bomb the Ultrasaurus during its modification. The bombings are largely considered to be successful, prompting the Republic to re-enter the Salamander into service to counter them.
Zabats continued their service into the First Invasion of the Dark Continent, and were likely retired during the Neo-Zenebas coup of ZAC 2101.
Media appearances Edit
The Zabat initially appeared in Zoids: New Century. Zabats are the aerial shock troops of the Backdraft Group, and were never seen operated by any non-Backdraft pilots. When large groups of Zabats are released, there is often only one human pilot among them; the rest are remotely controlled, presumably by the single pilot. Their main advantage was their sheer numbers, and as they were airborne, they would be effective against land-based Zoids simply because conventional shelling was a relatively unreliable countermeasure. Their primary weapon would be their bombs, but along with conventional missiles or rockets, they also had a missile that could be dropped onto the ground and drive on wheels.
Zabats also appear in Zoids: Fuzors. A group of Zabats appeared in one episode, working for Marvis. It is unclear if these were piloted or remote-controlled. Unlike all other appearances of Zabats, in Fuzors, Zabats are shows flapping their wings to fly, much like real bats. Zabats had little effect in Fuzors, and several were seen simply exploding against the Liger Zero Phoenix, doing no damage to the Zoid.
In Zoids: Genesis, Zabats were used by the Sky People, helping the Digald Suppression Army to fight the Digald Empire's Bio Zoids. Armed with Metal Zi bullets, the Zabats were able to repel the initial wave(s) of Bio-Raptor Gui's. However, somewhat ironically (considering the Zabat was used en mass in previous series), the Zoids were quickly outnumbered and eventually defeated.
New Japanese Release EditThe kit comes as seven frames, a wind-up motor, two transparent green plastic pieces (the sensor unit and cockpit lens), two plastic missile release clamps, a small plastic pilot (in a lying-down position), 10 rubber caps, and a label sheet.
The Zabat model comes with two different head designs, 'Sensor Head Type' and 'Cockpit Type.' Switching 'modes' was accomplished by removing and replacing the face, and could be done at any time; it is unnesisary to remove the whole head or disassemble the body. The Zabat is fairly unique for a non-Blox model, as the included motor is used to make the ground-crawling missile it carries move, not the model itself.
The Zabat was released in 2000 and discontinued around 2002. The Zoid sold poorly.
New American ReleaseEdit
The Zabat was later re-released in North America by Hasbro as a Toys "R" Us exclusive. No changes were made to the model; the only changes being to the packaging.
New Pacific ReleaseEdit
The Zabat was released at the same time as the NARversion, as part of the New Pacific Release. The NPR Zabat was a general release, instead of an exclusive. This release of the Zabat was one of the poorest selling of the whole NPR line, with unsold Zabats lingering on shelves until late 2006.
New English ReleaseEdit
The Zabat was also re-released in England, by TOMY. There were no changes to the model; the only changes made were to the packaging.
The Zabat was re-released as a part of the Genesis line. The Genesis version has been recoloured in metallic grey and white, with orange transparencies.
Like all its other versions, the Genesis Zabat was a poor seller, one of the worst of the Genesis line.