Shogun Warrior die-cast action figures were made mostly of metal with plastic extremities and accessories. These are re-packaged Popy chogokin from Japan, often with variations in color and accessories (especially in later released versions).
The packaging of Die-cast Shogun Warriors often indicates the release order. All the first release Shoguns that I have encountered have had green-tinted styrofoam inserts. Usually, later versions are simplified and this is indicated on the packaging graphics (The first version Dragun box has the graphics with captions: "bend legs" "launch 3 axes & 2 fists" and "launch axe, then fist" while the 2nd version captions read "launch axe" "launch 2 axes & fist" and "launch fist"). Also, the first release boxes have a lighter pink outline and font color, while the later releases have hot pink (it's noticably darker).
Other items of note: First issue boxes have a piece of cellophane glued into the box window while later boxes only have the clear plastic insert covers. I've found first issue boxes both with and without the clear plastic insert covers (I've come across an example of each "case fresh" so I believe they could come either way). Here's a comparison of 1st and 2nd release boxes (note the lightening bolts on Dragon's shins). First issue boxes also had instruction sheets that applied to the version (1st issue directions show Poseidon with backward bending treads and retracting missile launchers...later version sheets show Poseidon without these features and Dragun is illustrated with lightening bolts on his legs instead of inverted "v"s (as a note, I've never found a Dragun die-cast with lightening bolt stickers).
The Mattel warranty card on the first issue is of heavier, "manilla folder" colored stock, while the later issue warranty cards are cheap photocopy quality paper (printed).
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