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Main article: Zoids Battle Story
Rather than being a story told on a single piece of media, the Battle Story was a series of events told on the back of most Japanese Zoids model kits, as well as in pamphlets, magazines and internet sites.
A book describing the history of Planet Zi and the Central Continent War. It was released by TOMY in 1985 as a mail-away item and is therefore extremely rare. It comes with a sticker sheet enabling readers to reproduce some of the custom Zoids appearing in the book.
A series of five magazines released by Shogakukan from 1987 to 1990. They were a compilation of short stories from Shogakukan's School Grade Magazine, and told of the war between the Helic Republic and the Zenebas Empire (absorbed by the Guylos Empire in the final volume, called the "New Battle Story") from the perspective of one or two characters per issue, illustrated by custom diorama artwork. The Battle Story magazines often conflict directly with other Battle Story material (e.g. saying Zenebas had no children) but are generally treated by later sources as the official version of events (the main exception being the existence of Elena).
A series of four magazines released by Shogakukan from 2000 to 2004. Like the Battle Story magazines, they are a compilation of stories and diorama artwork (this time from CoroCoro Comics) telling of the war between the Helic Republic and the Guylos Empire (later replaced by the Neo Zenebas Empire).
These were pamphlets included with NJR Zoid kits from Gojulas Giga until Brastle Tiger. 16 volumes exist, and they tell of the final battle for the Central Continent and the later Three Tigers storyline.
A collection of various old and new Zoids material, released by TOMY in 2003. The box includes a Mammoth kit, all 5 issues of the Battle Story magazine, a new Fan Book called The Avenge of Proitzen (later released as Official Fan Book 4), a set of 35 informational cards called The Zoids Bible: Zi History File, a DVD of old Zoids commercials called Perfect Visual Clips, a set of 3 badges with the OJR faction logos, and liner notes.
A set of 10 windup models, plus 2 limited edition battery-operated models, re-released from the OJR line. First released in 2007, the Zoids came in a book-shaped box with an information booklet attached to the front cover. These booklets contained reprinted information from the Zoids Bible, as well as details on OJR Zoids, timelines, concept art and the Rebirth Century storyline.
In 2008, TakaraTomy began to upload the Rebirth Century story from the Monthly Graphics booklets to its website as a series of Flash slideshows. They also published three "extra" chapters that were never seen in the Graphics booklets. The Rebirth Century storyline stars a young Republic officer called Will Craig, and focuses on the return of the Helic/Guylos war shortly after the Grand Catastrophe of ZAC 2056, spurred on by forbidden gravity "supertechnology" used in the King Gojulas. The story was cut short by the cancellation of the Monthly Graphics and the Rebirth Century line, leaving more open ends than before.
A manga released in 2 volumes in 1989 by Shogakukan. It is set on Earth and follows a group of young model fans known as the Zoids Boy Corps. The second volume introduces a facility where full-scale Zoids are produced.
Released in 1999 by Shogakukan, the Machine Beasts New Century Zoids manga followed the adventures of Van Flyheight and the mysterious girl Fiona. Although it is almost identical to the Chaotic Century anime to begin with, it quickly goes in a very different direction. Major differences include the appearance of huge, immobile Zoids (such as Wendine and Oruga) used as power sources and protectors of entire towns, the introduction of characters from the Battle Story such as Tommy Paris, and the Zoids used by the main characters. The Death Saurer, Hiltz, Rease, Rudolph and the Guardian Force do not appear, while the Arcobaleno gang is now a group of ocean-going pirates. The manga was translated into English and released by Viz as Zoids: Chaotic Century, divided into 14 volumes rather than the original 5. In both languages, the story is cut short. Since the Japanese read right-to-left, the English release was mirrored by Viz Media to read left-to-right. This has no impact on the story, however it means some features (notably facial markings) appear on the wrong side when compared to the Japanese version.
The author (Michiro Ueyama) unofficially continued the story on his website and in book form. Known as Zoids Chaotic Century EX, it has 7 extra chapters, and two side-stories. This extension does not reach a conclusion, and the story is still cut short even after reading this continuation.
Released by Shogakukan in 2001, the New Century manga followed Bit Cloud in a story similar to the Zoids: New Century anime series. The single volume condensed the series into four chapters, with one battle (and one new Zero armor) per chapter. As such, there are many plot holes, such as the way the Blitz Team's Zoids change between chapters to match the anime series.
Zoids Battle Card Warrior: Commander Teru was released in 2 volumes by Shogakukan in 2001. Set on Earth, it follows the boy Teru as he plays the Zoids Battle Card Game and meets some of its developers at TOMY. An English translation titled Zoids: Commander Teru was released in Singapore.
A 2001 manga released in 3 volumes by Shogakukan. Again set on Earth, the story follows Ken Raiga through a series of Virtu-Battles, competitions where custom models are scanned into a simulator that then allows the user to "pilot" their creation.
Zoids: Galaxy Quest Planet Zi was released in 3 volumes by Shogakukan in 2002. The story centres on Kugo, a space pilot from the Earth organization Galaxy Quest, who crash-lands on Planet Zi after receiving a distress signal and must search for a way back while fighting against the evil scientist Ema. An English translation titled Zoids Zi was released in Singapore.
A 2004 manga released in 3 volumes by Shogakukan, Iron Soul follows a baseball-loving boy named Tekkon (the kanji mean "iron soul") who is introduced to the Zoids models by Commander O and comes to participate in speed-building and custom contests.
Also known as Spider-Man and Zoids or the UK Zoids Comic, it was produced by Marvel in 1986 and followed an original plot on the planet "Zoidstar". It features a remarkably different setting to the more well known Zoids media (such as the anime series), and ran for 51 issues as Spider-Man and Zoids after 8 stories appeared in Secret Wars. It was cancelled before the main story was concluded. A book of comics, puzzles and short stories, titled the Zoids Annual, and a cassette with read-along booklet called The Legend of Heroic Combat were also released. A monthly, black-and-white continuation to the UK comic was planned but never released, although scans can be found (along with the rest of the UK comic) here.
Main article: Promotional Zoids Prints
Various media was produced to advertise Zoids. Known promotional material includes 16 OJR catalogs, the NJR Fan Book and Graphics pamphlets, and the Neo Blox Graphix pamphlet. See the main page for details.
Many of the stories and custom Zoids published in Shogakukan's School Grade Magazine between 1983 and 1990 never made it into the Battle Story magazines, including a different ending to the OJR Battle Story where a King Gojulas duels with Emperor Guylos' personal Gil Saurer.
Not to be confused with the Z-Knight toy line, Z-Knight Battles was a four-part story told in the Hobby Japan EX magazine supplements in 1989 and 1990. It follows Guy Grambar as he participates in various Z-Knight (custom OJR Guylos Zoids) tournaments.
A five-part series published in Dengeki Hobby Magazine in 2000, depicting small skirmishes a decade before the war of the NJR Battle Story broke out. It was followed by War Record: 2102 Chaotic Century, a story involving the same main character and a Stealth Stinger.
A magazine released by Shogakukan in 2000. It retells the story of Chaotic Century up to early Guardian Force using custom dioramas, and also includes a sticker sheet (for Blade Liger and Geno Saurer) and a gallery of custom Zoids, some of which appeared in the Silver Zero video game.
An artbook released by Dengeki Hobby Magazine in August 2007. It contains the Generations stories that were published in the magazine from 2005 to 2006, as well as information on the characters and Zoids that appear. The Generations story is similar to the Zoids Genesis anime, but follows a girl called Midori and her Liger Blue Souga as she meets new friends and battles evil Bio Zoids.
Released by TakaraTomy in August 2010, the Zoids Concept Art book contained artwork of many types of Zoids (many of which are either greatly modified versions of existing designs, or are original designs unique to this book) and featured an original story with some similarities to the Battle Story. A second Concept Art book was released in July 2011, a third released in July 2012, and a fourth released in August 2013.