THE BOTS MASTER (TOY BIZ)
“Ziv Zulander – ZZ for short – created the CORP’s best selling bot, the 3A. But when he discovered the CORP was going to use his invention to enslave the world, he knew the only hope was to lead the BOYZZ – his own intelligent bots – in a war against the CORP! The struggle will be hard-fought, but armed with his quick-assembly laser cannon and laser-firing helmet, ZZ’s sure to show the CORP there’s only one BOTS MASTER!”
Bots Master? What the heck is Bots Master? Well, The Bots Master is a 1993 cartoon series, produced by Jean Chalopin—Okay, sorry, sorry, that’s just the opening of the Wikipedia entry on the series. I actually don’t really know what it is, beyond that Wikipedia page. But, Toy Biz made the toys and I have one of them, so I guess I’m gonna be talking about The Bots Master today. This should be amusing. So, without further ado, let’s look at Ziv Zulander (no relation to Derek)!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ziv Zulander (or, as my brother likes to call him, Zed-iv Zed-ulander) was released in the basic assortment of Toy Biz’s The Bots Master line. He is presumably based on Ziv’s look from the show, but I don’t really know for certain. The figure stands about 5 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. This guy’s sculpt is definitely dated, but shows the typical signs of a Toy Biz sculpt from this time period. He is very much at home with the first few series of X-Men and X-Force figures. In fact, he’s so at home that I spent a fair bit of time trying to determine if he shared any parts with those lines. It appears that he’s a unique sculpt, though. It’s not terrible; the basic proportions are all pretty well balanced, and he’s got some interesting details here and there. He also uses some of the strange connectors like we saw on the Iron Man figures, which is a little odd looking when he doesn’t have all of his armor and such, but it’s not really that odd when next to the other figures. The sculpt does definitely have some other oddities to it; he’s really rigid and uptight looking. Also, the face looks…I’m not quite sure…like, what’s going on with his facial expression? Is he happy? Annoyed? Gas-y? I don’t really know. It’s not the greatest. I mean, it’s not the worst, either, so there’s that. He’s definitely a bit awkward looking, though. The paint on this guy is pretty solid for the time; it’s clean and bright and generally pretty solidly applied. It hasn’t held up the best over the years, but it’s better than some other figures I’ve seen. Ziv originally included a bunch of armor pieces, as well as an actual pair of 3D glasses meant to be worn during the cartoon’s “3D” sequences. Mine didn’t have any of that stuff, though.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Okay, so if I don’t know anything about The Bots Master, then why do I have a figure of the show’s main character? Well, it’s very simple: I have a condition. Okay, no, seriously, what happened was I found him at Bobakhan Toys, and he was packed with a Toy Biz Havok (a figure that I will buy literally every time I see it). The pair of them were $2, and I was admittedly curious about what the heck this was, so I bought it. He’s definitely an old Toy Biz figure, and minus the nostalgic twinge or being a character I actually care about, he’s not anything spectacular. Still, for $1, he’s entertaining enough.