Battlesaurus is part of the Techno Zoids line that was produced by Kenner in 1994. Battlesaurus is an Ultrasaurus refinished in Techno Zoids colors. I have wanted to do an Ultrasaurus review for some time now, and finally got around to having the large amount of time required to dedicate to doing it properly. Enjoy!
I have always enjoyed the Techno Zoid boxes. Bright and colorful and boasting the infamous Kenner Zoids motto: "Dont just build 'em...Bring 'em to life!". The Battlesaurus box is large and does a very nice job of promising some very unique features as well as an action packed product. Tags lines such as: "Night Vision Eyes Light Up!" and "Mini Scout Ships Detach for Recon!" do a great job of drawing potential buyers in, and Battlesaurus does not disappoint
I am going to do this review a little different this time around. Below you will find the familiar steps of building this beast, but in addition I have decided to show the individual parts required for each step in the build as well. The first picture will show the parts required to complete the step, while the second will show the pieces assembled. I hope that this will make this more than just a "review" and perhaps it will be able to serve as a guide for those unfortunate enough to have the instruction book.
Inside the box we fin a massive array of parts.
The Battlesaurus is composed of:
11 Sprues (including the Smoke Grey canopy sprue)
2 Body Halves
1 Eye Flasher Unit
1 Instructional Manual
1 Sticker Sheet
6 Golden Pilots
64 (Bright) Orange Caps
We begin with attaching the first piece of the neck to the motor unit.
Next, we assemble the Terrain Attack Sleigh Launcher that will rest inside the chest cavity.
Then both body halves are placed as well as the main battery cover and chest cavity hanger cover.
Next 3 clips hold the body halves in place, and the front cover plate is positioned.
The front left leg is then started with three pieces that will form the upped leg.
The foot and foot cover are then placed on the front leg assembly.
The front leg unit is now complete.
Rinse and Repeat for the right front leg.
The legs are then placed on the body unit via 3 caps per leg for a total of 6.
Next we start work on the Rapid Fire Super Guns.
The Guns are then placed on the unit along with a bracket that attached to the back motor unit to allow for movement.
The same process is duplicated for the other side.
Next we begin work on the rear legs.
The lower portion of each rear leg is then built with the foot assembly as well as the foot cover.
The same is repeated for the other leg.
We then mount the back legs using 3 caps per leg for a total of 6.
The tail begins next with the first part being to assemble the first and largest section.
This tail piece is held on by 6 caps and also serves as the back battery compartment.
The next section is then assembled. It contains both a roller, and a peg.
This piece is then held in place with a large peg.
The final section is then assembled.
The final section also contains a cockpit.
It is affixed in the same manner as the previous piece, with the aid of a large peg.
Finishing the tail we begin the neck work. We start with two pieces and a hydraulic strut.
Next we use another neck piece to complete the lower portion.
The final phase of neck construction uses three pieces and a total of 6 caps.
Below the completed neck:
Next we start one of my personal favorite parts, the head unit. It begins with the lower jaw assembly.
Next, we use the eye flasher unit, the canopy, our previously assembled lower jaw, and each side of the head to form the cranial unit. This attaches to the neck section we finished previously.
The end result:
Next we use one clip to secure the head, we position the upper teeth, and insert the cranial hoeses.
The head unit is now complete.
Working back down we complete the canopy on the lower neck.
We then attach the neck to the body with two caps.
Four neck shield are up for attachment next.
These simply snap on. They also provide a place to hide the wire.
Next we place the battery unit in the tail.
We then attach a total of 5 hoses to the neck.
Next the Launch Deck is attached via pegs.
Next we begin work on the Launch Pad Uni-Fighter Bunker. The unit is formed from three main pieces, two sets of guns, a canopy, and a "U" bracket that stabilizes the entire unit.
The unit competed:
The unit is then fitted on the back of the Battlesaurus.
Next the battery cover is placed on the back battery unit.
The last step of construction involves placing several miscellaneous weapons, pilots, and terrain launchers.
The final step is placing the stickers on the finished Battlesaurus. The following are just some random shots of sticker placement. As with all of my Zoids I follow the arrangement shown on the box.
The finished product is truly amazing. The Techno Zoids Battlesaurus is a sight to behold. This is a large unit, and one of the better variations of the Ultrasaurus. Somehow the orange caps manage to tie this piece together very well. I know it is a welcomed addition to my collection, and I'm sure it will be to yours as well. The following are a few pictures of the completed unit.
I hope you have enjoyed this review. In conclusion, the Battlesaurus is a worthy addition to any collection. These piece are "space hogs" and DO require a lot of room to display properly. When switched on the unit stomps forward slowly, its neck and tail swaying. There is a second power switch that activates the eyes flasher, and when powered on it lights the cockpit with an red flashing light. Truly worth adding to any collection, I waited until I could scoop this piece up at far under current rate, but can tell you that I would not mind paying the $125 + that this pieces commands.
Until next time......
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