Trioplast King of the Jungle

 

Trioplast King of the Jungle Front
From Trioplast in Peru we get this modified Knock-off of GoLion called "Super Robot Cosmico con Puños Voladores)" but most collectors I know reference is as "King of the Jungle" as that's what's printed under the chest shield, curiously in English. While it's obviously a GoLion copy, the most unusual difference is in the arms - instead of the red and green lions, this version has two blue arms that fire using the same mechanism found on Mattel Shogun Warriors like the Iron Cutter left Raydeen fist. Since there are no jaws the figure doesn't need missiles or missile banks. I'm not sure why this was simplified, it may be that the example copied was missing parts of an arm or thta the arms, shooter and fists already existed for another knock-off so it was simpler and cheaper to make these changes.

Trioplast King of the Jungle Detail

Trioplast King of the Jungle Squishy Head

Trioplast King of the Jungle Back

Trioplast King of the Jungle Back Detail

The quality of this toy is a bit iffy - the plastic is very thin and the entire figure pretty lightweight. The head is made of some squishy softer plastic that's very malleable - reminds me of the heads on Jugarama Aquaman. If you look at the mold marks and heavy sanding in the molds, I'm pretty sure that this was molded directly from an LJN Voltron from the US and not from an actual Popy GoLion - there's enough shrinkage and loss of detail to cause the overall height to be a bit less than the LJN. Another possibility is that this was copied from a "King of the Jungle" version of this toy that actually had fist-mouth mounted missiles (see below). I've made some comparison shots.

Trioplast King of the Jungle Box

Trioplast King of the Jungle Box Front

Trioplast King of the Jungle Box Sides

Trioplast King of the Jungle Box Ends

The box is colorful with bright graphics and the logo of manufacture is prominently displayed as Trioplast. The box has an unusual construction by most standards as the cover fits over a complete 6-sided bottom box including top flaps (show open in my photos).

LJN Conversion vs King of the Jungle Fronts

LJN Conversion vs King of the Jungle Backs

Trioplast King of the Jungle Box Contents

Trioplast King of the Jungle Logo

There's a different version of this, also called "King of the Jungle" on the box that has Voltron/GoLion arms instead of these firing arms. I've also heard from more than one person that this toy is still being sold new in South America but that's unconfirmed.

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