Based on the Bigasaur and Mammoth, the Gordos was a considerable improvement over both of them. The Zoid was designed to act as a command and control platform, as well as providing long-range fire support. While not as well armoured as the Gojulas, the Gordos boasted superior long-range capabilities. To back up its weapons, the Zoid was armed with a quartet of thagomizer spikes on its tail.
The true strength of the Gordos lay not in its firepower, but in its sensor array. The Zoid was equipped with a powerful long-range radar and communications system, one of the most powerful ever mounted on a Zoid.
In ZAC 2035, the Gordos was upgraded with the Republic Supercannons, greatly expanding its firepower and capabilities. The Zoid remained in service, but was gradually phased out in favour of the smaller and more flexible Gorhecks.
The ZAC 2056 meteor disaster destroyed the Gorhecks design, along with the technology needed to produce its sophisticated radar array. As a result, the Republic resumed production of the Gordos for its forces. The Zoid became a key part of the new Republic army, being one of its heaviest and most powerful Zoids.
Another Gordos belonged to Captain Hermann, and he piloted one at the battle of Red River and again while defending New Helic city.
A whole herd of Gordos defending a military base would battle Raven's Geno Saurer, but all of them were easily dispatched. More Gordoses would be seen offering support fire during the battle against the first Death Saurer.
The Gordos saw less action in Guardian Force, though a golden Gordos with a magnetic pole launcher would be seen in the possession of some bandits, along with similarly coloured Command Wolves. The Gordos would battle Van's Blade Liger and be easily dispatched.
The White Gordos walked with a limp due to an injury in its front leg. For some reason, this animation carried on to other Gordoses depicted in the series. The animation error was never corrected, giving the Gordos a distinctive "shuffling" walk-cycle.
Gorgon's Mindrider was killed when Heller and The Namer took control of his Zoid for their own. The Zoid served as a combination of mobile base and transport for the stranded humans for much of the comic's run. It was also briefly used by Redhorn after the destruction of his own Zoid body.
The Gordos kit comes on six frames; one is shared with the Bigasaur, another with the Mammoth and a third is a weapons frame also shared with the Mammoth, Bigasaur and Gojulas. The model kit also included a battery-powered motor, canopy cover, thirty-two rubber caps, a frame of washers, two metal weights, two small chromed pilots, and label sheets. The Gordos is moulded in grey, dull green, and dull grey, with grey weapons and an orange canopy.
The Gordos’ construction is reasonably involved and complex. Particular care must be taken with the tail, as the point of connection with the body is very fragile and easily broken. The Gordos uses a pair of “C” sized batteries for motion. Once activated, the Zoid walks forwards, swinging its head form side to side while opening its jaws.
Like several other Zoids of the time, the Gordos could use a number of different optional weapons that were included in the Republic Customise Set. The Gordos was released in 1984, and was produced up until about 1986.
Leftover NAR Gordos kits were later released in Australia. The Zoid was not a part of the New Pacific Release.