Liger Zero Phoenix
A cross between a Lion and a Tiger the Liger is one of the most classic Zoid designs. Liger's are usually found in Republic Armies, although some variants can be seen under Guylos control. Originally the Liger design was a Guylos creation, but the Republic was successful in stealing the first prototype and putting it into mass production before Guylos. (The Guylos Empire did eventually release their version of the Liger known as Liger Zero X later on in the war.) The Liger's signature attack is dubbed the "Strike Laser Claw" and is accomplished by diverting energy into the alloy claws charging the claw and allowing it to be used as a super weapon that can tear through even the thickest of all armor.
Liger Zero, RZ-041 is a staple in every collection. As the main character in both Zoids New Century and the Fuzors series, Liger Zero is probably the most recognized Zoid out of the entire Anime. The model is nothing below excellent in both build and display qualities. The build is challenging, the sticker sheet is unique, and the finished Zoid makes a wicked display piece. There are three CAS (or changing Armor systems available) for this piece. As of this writing they are getting both more expensive and harder to find. The CAS systems are also marked as CP's (Custom Parts) and are each reviewed individually below:
CP-17 The Schneider (Cutter) Unit : Close range combat armor.
CP-20 The Jager (Hunter) Unit: High speed combat armor.
CP- 21 The Panzer (Tank) Unit: Heavy assault, massive fire power armor.
The Liger Zero Phoenix is another one of Liger Zero's variations. Released in 2003 as part of the NJR line and numbered RZ-071, Liger Zero Phoenix consisted of a Liger Zero and the RZ-101 Fire Phoenix Blox kit. Considered one of the most powerful fusions, Liger Zero Phoenix gains the ability to fly while retaining it's already impressive base stats. Along with the special connectors, RZ-071 comes with enough parts to make either the combination or an entirely blue tinted versions of both the Liger Zero and Fire Phoenix. Liger Zero Phoenix also gains the ability to charge up the pair of "charge missiles" when in flight, a weapon with destructive power comparable to the Gojulas Giga's Shot Core. Liger Zero Phoenix also included a display stand and a unique sticker sheet containing "prototype" labels.
The build is interesting combining both a Blox and traditional NJR Zoid utilizing a connector to attach the two units on the back of the Liger Zero.When built the Liger Zero Phoenix has an impressive wing span that commands an ample amount of display space. The Liger Zero is also capable of fusing with the BZ-109 Jet Falcon forming Liger Zero Falcon, although this fusion was not released as part of the NJR line it was later introduced as part of the Fuzors line. Also in rare existence is a limited resin kit fitting the Liger Zero Falcon. This CAS was introduced in 2006 at Wonderfest in Japan with extremely limited numbers, and is known as the "Mass Production Type" pictured below:
As Liger Zero Phoenix was produced near the end of the NJR line it's harder to come by thus demanding a decent price tag when located.
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