They came in small cardboard boxes with funny writing on the sides. You opened up the box and there was something akin to an airfix kit on the inside, but it needed no glue. Held together by pins and small rubber squeezy bolts, slowly the Zoid took form in your hands. The wind-up motor at it's heart, the armour plating, fiendish weaponry and of course, the cockpit.

When ready you slipped the little golden (later silver) man into the cockpit (he looked like a miniscule version of Twiggy from Buck Rodgers) and your Zoid was ready to roll.

made by TOMY in 1983 the beasts resembled dinosaus, insects, mammals. Defently a cool toy.