Takara-Tomy Transformers Prime Zad Action Figure Takara-Tomy, 2012
Day #597: February 15, 2013
Zad Black Lizard
Transformers Prime Gacha Arms Micron
Item No.: 3 Manufacturer:Takara-Tomy Includes:n/a Action Feature:Transforms into "sword" Retail:200 yen ($6+ from importers) Availability: June 2012 Other: Neat but not essential
I'm a big fan of small toys, and I loves me some Mini-Cons and Targetmasters. Takara-Tomy did a really bang-up job reviving these under the Micron Arms banner, with Zad in the first series of capsule toys. He comes in black or a hot pink color, and depending on your imagination, has up to three modes. He's a lizard, a sort of double-saw weapon... and if another figure holds it right, sort of a blaster. Not bad for a Decepticon with few moving parts!
It's a cheap toy, in all senses of the word. Limited leg mobility and big pegs prevent the item from looking like a full-fledged toy, so in many respects this is sort of like a cereal or fast food premium toy. There is no paint, and the only decoration is a little Decepticon crystal on the figure's back. It helps. The lizard head has minimal detail and there's a little bit of action going on in the body.
Transforming him to a weapon is fairly easy, once you get the legs and tail in place you're pretty much done. Instructions are largely unnecessary. It's a little wonky, but it works. It still looks like a robo-lizard contortionist, but hey, if a figure is lacking a weapon it's surely better than nothing.
Since prices on the first series dropped something fierce (and we've had a couple of series since) you should be able to get this one on the cheap. It's not a great toy, but if you could get one in a blind bag for two bucks it's totally worth it. I'm sure you've already made up your mind on this one, but if you haven't it ain't half bad. The Optimus toy in the series is the best, followed by Bumblebee. Zad and Gob (the snake) are about on par.
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