The mecha model kits franchise started in 1982
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the popular Zoids model kits – I know, I was surprised too! To celebrate, creators Takara Tomy have announced over on the official Zoids Twitter account that they'll be doing a huge 40th-anniversary celebration this fall, though are being tight-lipped on what that might entail.
ZOIDS— ゾイド【公式】 (@zoids_official) September 1, 2022
40TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT
COMING IN AUTUMN 2022 pic.twitter.com/CiwSFlzoQ2
Zoids, also known as Technozoids, was launched in North America and Europe in 1982 as a new line from TOMY. Due to its popularity in those markets the mecha were imported back into Japan as Mechabonica, which didn't gain any traction initially. It wasn't until later in the 80s that saw Zoids, which was now branded as such by then inside Japan, saw mild popularity as the toys around the world continued decent sales. This continued into the late 1990s when the first TV anime aired in 1999, Zoids: Chaotic Century, and saw a wide brand relaunch all through Asia.
The latest Zoids anime, the second season of Zoids Wild Zero, aired from October 4, 2019, to October 16, 2020. The series saw a short delay due to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. A short CGI anime sequel series titled Zoids Wild Senki aired on YouTube from October 17, 2020, to March 12, 2021.
Source: Zoids on Twitter
Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.