One really neat bonus that comes with the Fanbook is the Custom Battle Case. A nice little collectors box that can fit most medium sized Zoids. Even older classics like Liger Zero or Saber Tiger. (I did try Zoids like Shield Liger, and they won’t fit due to their long tail. With some others of that size, if you can remove or push down the tail it might work out).
I’ve scanned the Zoids article from the Jan. 2020 Issue of Hobby Japan. It has some really neat customs and information. If we ever come across a translation I’ll update this section and credit the translator.
The Zoid known as Slash Liger, was a Zoid featured in the old Zoids Webcomic by Tomy back in the early 2000’s. Despite the old Webcomic having become a relic of of the NJR era, with little to no backups of it being saved, many Zoiders of my generation fondly remember the really cool motion and sound comic that featured some really unique Zoids that never made it as model kits. Among those, was the Slash Liger.
Slash Liger had been one those Zoids I had always desired as a kit. As a young teen with access to the internet, I would spend my days online looking up Zoids information, specially all the fascinating tidbits available only to Japan. And when I first saw this thing my mind was blown. It was a Blade Liger. But a Blade Liger with freaking BOOSTER BLADES. How cool is that? And my young mind interpreted its blades as this giant blades. So…GIANT BOOSTER BLADES! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?
How did this custom come about? It was a combination of things. That desire to keep obtaining Zoids I loved since childhood, mainly ones that didn’t have a kit of their own, and also the desire to keep improving as a customizer.
So, I decided to push forward, run the risk the project could crash and burn because of what at the time I thought would be to dificult. After running some tests on spare Blade Liger parts, I jumped the gun and ordered a cheap BT Blade Liger.
The first test where to see if I could make the head work somehow. The face blades, the more detailed cockpit, make a the head fins closer to the original’s.
After getting the BT Blade Liger and two sets of MSG Swords I thought got close to what I was aiming for, work began!
Then as the weeks went on and I had time to work on it, painting slowly got done and I started giving some of the parts shape utilizing parts from some Gundam kits I either owned or bought for parts.
Slowly the Liger was taking shape! Some pieces would change as the project went on. And since I wanted to make it a bit more unique compared to a normal Blade Liger, I gave it a new chest barrel cannon. And not any chest barrel cannon, but a big chest barrel cannon, cause why not. It already has giant blades! Might as well have a little more fun with it!
Unfortunately tragedy struck, in many senses. I had to leave on a family emergency back home for a week. And ironically it was the same week my apartment complex was getting the windows changed. The people that came to do my apartment weren’t to careful and while moving my stuff around lost some of the Liger’s pieces. When I returned from my trip I was to bummed to continue work on it..so I left it alone for about a month. When I came back to work on it I pretty much had to retool the whole waist. I used parts from Wild Zoids and Lego bits to do this.
I continued further work by finishing the remaining booster and retooling the connection system.
At this point all that was left was paint. Which due to work and other projects to me a bit to finish.
And then after some time, finally it was done! The way I see it, there’s still a lot of improving I can do as a modeler. Slash Liger was a great experience that showed me that with time and effort I can accomplish things I’ve always wanted. And it’s not a perfect kit at all in my eyes, it has it’s faults. To me it’s a great kit that celebrates my childhood, and I’m happy with it for it. It’s a fun project that showed me many new things that’ll allow me to do even better next time.
Surprisingly, the Flame Wolf armor matches the Japanese Fuzors Fire Phoenix armor really well. As of this writing, I am waiting for comparison pictures of the standard Hunter Wolf next to the blue Fire Phoenix, to see if that color combination works out. As Flame Wolf is a limited armor not everyone has access to. Unless of course, you want to paint the different parts yourself so the can match.
Here are the Fire Phoenix parts you’ll need.
Remove the cheek and back caps, as well as the shoulder armor from your wolf.
We are going to apply this little part to the cheek pegs. You may need to apply some force and play around with it a bit for it to fit correctly.
Try to make sure both sides align like this.
Insert the face armor parts into the pegs like this. Make sure the peg goes in to the front hole.
Now on the back pegs, insert the blox.
Connect the wings, and secure the connection with the grey piece.
As for the guns, make sure the peg is inserted into the upper hole.