Zoids (Japanese ゾイド (zoido)), short for Zoic Androids, is a franchise based around a series of plastic toy models designed and produced by Japanese toy company Tomy (now Takara-Tomy). First released in 1982, the models resemble a range of creatures including mammals, dinosaurs, and insects. The majority are in 1:72 scale with a wind-up or battery-powered motor to power moveable features, and feature snap-together construction and precolored parts. The original line of toys was released in Japan, Europe, and the United States in the 1980s.
Model Kit lines
Main article: Zoids Model Releases
There have been a number of different Zoids model lines over the years, both in Japan and other countries. Between these lines, over 200 different designs have been released, some several times over.
Main article: Battle Story
Battle Story is a narrative portrayed solely with released Zoids models. Specifically, Zoid Boxes and promotional media included in model kits have had a "Battle Story" attached to them. Not all model kits have a Battle Story included with them (notably, international releases had plain boxes without any battle story printed on them).
Main article: Anime
The four anime series pertaining to Zoids are: Zoids: Chaotic Century, Zoids: New Century, Zoids: Fuzors, and Zoids: Genesis. All of these series take place on the planet Zi. Note, on this wiki, Zoids: Guardian Force is used to refer to the second half of Chaotic Century, and "Guardian Force" is an umbrella term for all events that happened after the time skip.
Zoids Print Media
Main article: Zoids Print Media
Zoids have appeared in numerous publications, including Japanese Manga, Western Comics and magazines.
Zoids Video Games
Main article: List of Zoids Video Games
Zoids games have been released for nearly all major consoles. Most games have only been released in Japan, with the USA receiving the majority of English-language games. Few games have been released into PAL regions.