The Garius was created by placing the core of a “wild” Zoid into a completely artificial mechanical body, one that was far larger then its original form, establishing the basic form for all Zoids to come. While primitive by modern Zoid standards, the Garius was an amazing development for its time.
The Garius is surprisingly fast, but not terribly agile. Unfortunately, its high speed and construction also makes it very unstable and prone to toppling over. The Garius is only very lightly armed and virtually unarmoured. While capable in its day, the Zoid was quickly rendered obsolete by the advance of technology.
The arrival of Humans on Zi in ZAC 2029 spelt the end for the Garius. The introduction of human technology rendered the Garius obsolete. The Garius was largely replaced with the Godos by the mid ZAC 2030s.
While often outperformed by their Red Mutant rivals, Tyrannozoids were still used as the frontline soldiers of the Blue Zoid army. Many also defected to Krark’s army, and fought for him. The bulk of the extant Tyrannozids were destroyed while fighting the Black Zoid. Afterwards, the Blue Zoids began production of the Zillon to replace them.
The Garius kit comes on three frames (one of which was re-used by the Godos and Iguan), along with a small wind-up motor, cockpit, canopy cover, six rubber caps, a small chromed pilot and label sheets. The Garius is moulded in grey, black and white. The head was shared with a number of other early Zoids like the Glidoler and Elephantus.
The Garius’ construction is relatively simple and straightforward. The Zoid uses a simple wind-up motor for its motion; once wound, the Garius will walk forwards and wave its arms. The head can be manually positioned.
The Garius, like the other early ‘whitehead’ Zoids, can be equipped with the optional weapons and equipment released in the Zoids Remodelling Set.
The Garius was initially designed for and released in the Mechabonica line in 1983. When the line failed, the Zoids were re-boxed and re-released in North America under the name Zoids. Following success in the U.S., the model was re-released in Japan as part of the Original Japanese Release. The Garius was discontinued in 1985.