I prefer lizards, dinosaurs, and mammals to bugs in Zoids. The ZW-04 Scorpear is a bit of a drag. It has a big sticker reading "Penney" on the side if you like, and a wind-up motor powered by a removable key. With eight legs, it walks forward in a fun dancing pattern in which it wiggles the pinchers, while any and all tail movement must be done manually. It assembles in under 20 minutes.
There have been numerous scorpions large and small over the years, with names ranging from the thoroughly boring "Evil Scorpion" in Techno Zoids to the utterly sublime Japanese moniker "Guysack," which also was used in some other markets too.
The 4-inch tall 1:35 scale creature has a clear frosty colorless driver on the back, which connects with two pegs and two slats. It works. The toy is adorned with clear twisty caps, or twistbolts, or whatever you want to call them, which adds some color to an otherwise black and red creature with shiny metalized blue eyes.
The black stinger tail doesn't move, but the red armor is strangely articulated. You can sweet it forward and twist sharp stingers forward, however those aren't connecting so well and come off a bit as you rotate them. It's nice to have the option for moving parts, but it's kind of ugly and doesn't make the toy a lot more fun.
I assume we're going to get specific driver upgrade kits later, as this whole line relies on exposing the rider to the elements (and weapons) rather than merely encase it in the tank-like enclosure of a creature's head. This changes the personality of the toy, as the first several generations were usually light on eyes and heavy on weapons. There are 3mm hardpoints on which you can add even more vehicles, but no such weapon upgrade kits are available at this time. If this shows up for ten bucks or so, you should totally get one. With international shipping, I can't say I'm thrilled with it. It's fine. But it's not great.
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