28 June 2010

Masterforce D-311: Black Zarak MIB (Part 2)

Previous post: Masterforce D-311: Black Zarak MIB (Part 1), which focuses on the Black Zarak outer box.

Here, the Destron Dark Emperor arrives, Black Zarak emerges!

Black Zarak side by side with his American counterpart, Scopornok. Notice that the styrofoam inserts are actually molded differently.

Black Zarak with all his accessories (sadly, I'm missing his bio-card)

Close up of accessories

Comparison between Black Zarak and Scorponok accessories

Various close up shots of accessories

Black Zarak headmaster and Lord Zarak

Close up of face, which appear to be painted in more detail than Lord Zarak's

Back (Headmaster face)

Close up of Headmasters. From this distance, the wavy GPS-esque lines can be seen on Black Zarak's head

Black Zarak's visor for use in Scorpion mode and is one of the key pieces of accessories which Scorponok does not have

The spear is another accessory that is exclusive to Black Zarak

Close up detail of spear

Close up detail of spear

Black Zarak in scorpion mode. Looks very menacing!

Head with visor in scorpion mode

Black Zarak with Scorponok

Damnit Fortress Maximus, stop creeping in and leave these creeps alone!

Robot mode

Black Zarak and his dark emperor's spear

Close up of head

A series of comparison shots with Scorponok


So who's the man? Who's the man?

Hey, cut the guy with the smaller head some slack.

Shhh... he's twice as big as us, but, let's fight him!

"I would have waited an eternity for this Prime, it's over" - Megatron
"As the earthlings say, 'fat chance, fat head'!" - Optimus Prime

Masterforce D-311: Black Zarak MIB (Part 1)

In my previous updates, I talked about acquiring Black Zarak and also about the weekend that E and myself spent taking it out and cleaning it. I could not take more pictures last week as the weather was bad and daylight was in short supply.

This weekend, E had to go back to the office. When she was out, I decided to have another go at photographing this very sweet piece. 

Before the photos, one little piece of trivial I thought of... Black Zarak's Japanese ID number "D-311" is actually a mirror of Grand Maximus' ID number of "C-311", add to that the fact that they were rivals/counterparts in Masterforce and we have one happy coincidence!

Pictures are here.

The D-311 box. Box Art is absolutely stunning! The box is also in amazing condition. For a toy that is so large and comes with a styrofoam insert tray, there are no tears and no rips on any corner of the box.

Top of box

Bottom of box

Side of box

Back of box

"D-311". Black Zarak is the 311th Destron released by Takara.

Like I said, stunning box art

Another shot of the box art in full

"D-311: Destron Dark Emperor - Black Zarak"

Pictures of Black Zarak from the box

Artwork at the back of the box

Black Zarak's tech specs

More details of Black Zarak at the back of the box. No idea what it says since I can't read Japanese. Maybe it says something like: "If you have balls of steel, insert the Zarak Headmaster into Black Zarak and gamble that it does not break due to GPS". Actually, I wonder if anyone out there had actually ever tried inserting the head into Black Zarak and I wonder what the result would be like.

Black Zarak is worth 6 "Robot Points". Interestingly, his ID number "D-311" is also written on the robot point.

Transformation graphics at the back of the box

NEXT: Black Zarak emerges! (preview below)

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