Iguan was part of the OJR release back in 1984, released a year later in OER land this model was known as "Zillion". Iguan was produced until 1986 and 1987. Production was picked back up for the NJR and Hasbro releases back in 1999, and Iguan lay dormant once again until august of 2008 when we were presented with the Wonderfest edition of Iguan in Dark Zoid colors.
Iguan is a Iguanodon type Zoid, based on the ornithopod genus of dinosaurs. Featuring large thumb spikes for defense, Iguanodon translates to mean "Iguana Tooth". Iguan was originally created by the Zenebas Empire and was the standard infantry unit used. Like other early Zoids, Iguan was designed to be used alongside other Zoids like Malder and Molga. Iguan was unique in it's two legged or bi pedal design which allowed greater range of movement when compared to it's fellow four legged (or wheeled) counterparts. Iguan was reinstated years later by the Guylos Empire. Iguan made a good choice for many reasons including its ability to be mass produced easier than other units, its freedom of movement, and it's natural choice for a standard infantry unit. We can only assume that the 2008 Wonderfest release represents the true form of the Guylos resurrection of Iguan in which they used Deochalcum to considerably boost both it's attack and defense capabilities.
The "Cult of Iguan" as so dubbed by good friend of Zoid.US, Smeat's Zoido must be mentioned. I have heard several variations on this, but Iguan had become the staple answer on various Zoid forums when users would ask vacuous questions pertaining to Zoids superiority, Zoid capabilities, and in general asinine questions. A variation on this is that a Zoids video game featured Iguan with highly unrealistic statistics in game making it one of the most powerful Zoids in the entire game. Now that the Iguan cliché is all cleared up, lets get onto taking a look at the authentic specifications of Iguan:
Weight: 23.6 Tons
Depth: 34.12 Feet
Height: 26.90 Feet
Max Speed: 124 mph
Weapons: Crusher Vice, Four-Barreled Impact Gun, 2 x Small-Bore Anti-Aircraft Laser Machinegun, 2 x Small-Bore Particle Beam Cannon, Double-Barreled Anti-Zoid Laser
Equipment: Flexible Thruster Binder
With quite an array of weaponry it becomes clear that Iguan is a solid choice for a basic infantry unit. Also taking into account that it only takes one pilot for each unit, the Pilot to Zoid ratio is very reasonable. The flexible booster system enables Iguan to make sizeable leaps, increases speed, and is reportedly even able to allow the unit to utilize the ability of its leg for a kung fu type kick attack. Iguan as a standard unit is lightly armored, which was a significant downfall. As a Guylos Specification unit, it's armor would have increased and its booster system would allow even more mobility increasing its versatility exponentially. Let's take an in depth look at building this unit.
Iguan consists of:
2 Cockpit pieces
1 Sticker Sheet
1 Small Wind Up Motor
1 Instruction Sheet
Uniquely, the build begins with assembling the tail. The tail consists of two halves which fit together. Also during this step the neck is formed. The neck consists of two pieces and a back plate.
The inner frame that houses the motor is then built around the small, classic wind up motor. One back plate solidifies the frame.
Next both feet and arms are constructed. Each foot has two pieces that snap together. Each arm has an extension that simply pops into place.
The arm frames are then placed to provide the platform to secure the appendages.
Each arm is secured via one cap.
Next the upper back portion and lower back plate are placed.
The flexible booster unit is attached to each side, and a vent is positioned on the front of the unit.
The cockpit is then assembled in classic clam shell fashion.
Pilot is seated.
The last step attaches the dual tail cannons, upper tail mounted guns and "ear" cannons.
The unit is then ready for stickers. The unit used for this build review is the dark unit, and the sticker sheet for this unit is impressive as compared to what was previously released. Containing more stickers and a wider variety. With the regular versions you will get a designation sticker, as well as a plethora of common designs. Sticker quality varies greatly between the Hasbro and Tomy releases, and I am not a huge fan of how Hasbro half-asses everything including the type of plastic used for their sticker sheets. Below is a look at the Dark versions sticker sheet.
The pilot on the Dark Zoid version is finished in true Guylos chrome. See the Dead Border review for the complete pilot chrome line-up.
The unit is then ready for display. I truly believe Iguan looks a lot better in Dark Zoid colors, but then again I am very loyal to the black and green. I would have had better choices for a Dark release, but it makes a nice addition to the family, and is a solid unit that holds it's own. A staple of any basic collection, like it or not, Iguan has become a classic.
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