Iron Kong

Iron Kong

The Iron Kong is a type of Zoid, a race of mechanical lifeforms from the fictional "Zoids" universe.Zoids
Zoid_name = Iron Kong
ImageName =
Caption = Iron Kong from "Chaotic Century"
Model_number = EZ-015
Faction = Zenebas/Guylos Empire
Zoid_type = Gorilla
Crew = 2
Weight = 187
Length = 11.5
Height = 17.7
Speed = 150 km/h
Weapons = Anti-Zoid Six-Shot Missile Launcher, Ten-Shot Self-Guided Rocket Bomb Launcher, Iron Hammer Knuckles (2), TVM Two-Shot Tactical SSM Launcher
Equipment = Composite Sensor Unit

Overview

The Iron Kong is a Gorilla-type Zoid, created by the Zenebas Empire, and used by both the Zenebas and Guylos Empires during the various wars on Zi.

The Iron Kong was the second large Zoid created by the Zenebas Empire, after the Redhorn. The Iron Kong was created specifically to counter and defeat the Helic Republic’s Gojulas. The Iron Kong featured super-thick armour that most of the Gojulas’ weaponry couldn’t penetrate. Additionally, the Iron Kong’s load of long-range missiles allowed it to attack from outside the range of most of its opponent’s weapons.

While relatively slow (but still twice as fast as the Gojulas), the Iron Kong is quite incredibly agile due to its construction. Additionally, the gorilla-like form and fully functional hands gives it the ability to climb and grasp objects, as well as pick up and throw things. Additionally, the Iron Kong can deliver devastating punches.

The Iron Kong Mk II enhances the Iron Kong's performance by adding a maneuvering thruster unit to its back. This thruster pack allows the Zoid to suddenly shift its position, enhancing its speed and agility, while allowing the Zoid to make long, booster-assisted leaps. Finally, a guidance unit is built into the Zoid's shoulders, enhancing the performance and accuracy of the Zoid's various missile weapons.

The further upgraded Iron Kong Mk II Limited not only includes the improvements of the Iron Kong Mk II, but also enhances the Zoid's weapons. The Zoid's main missile launcher is replaced with a long-ranged heavy Hyperbeam launcher capable of felling smaller Zoids in a single blast. Additional weapons are added to the Zoid, further increasing is firepower. Finally, despite the added mass, the Zoid's systems are refined and improved, increasing its maximum speed to 170 km/h.

Battle story appearances

The Iron Kong was first deployed in battle by the Zenebas Empire in ZAC 2030. The Empire sent a force of the first 150 Iron Kongs to strike at the Republic, penetrating deep into their territory. For the next few years, until the introduction of the Ultrasaurus, the Iron Kong would prove to be a severe threat to the Helic Forces.

In ZAC 2035, the Empire introduced a new model of Iron Kong, the Iron Kong Mk II Limited. This model featured a thruster backpack, allowing the Zoid to make rocket assisted leaps, along with expanded weaponry. This model proved to be too expensive for mass production, with only a few produced. These machines would be issued only to the Empire's top aces and commanders, who would be able to get the most out of their enhanced performance. Emperor Zenebas himself piloted a Mk II Limited at one stage.

A slightly downgraded version that removed the new weapons, but retained the thruster pack, entered mass production as the Iron Kong Mk II. The Iron Kong and its derivatives stayed in service until the fall of the Zenebas Empire in ZAC 2049, with the survivors being incorporated into the Guylos Empire’s army.

At some stage after ZAC 2056, the Guylos Empire began mass production of a new model Iron Kong, based on the original version without the Mk II’s thruster pack. Iron Kongs served with the Guylos forces during their invasion of the Western Continent. While an old design, the Zoid was effective against the Helic forces. Many Iron Kongs were upgraded with thrusters and guidance units, making them the equivalent of the older Iron Kong Mk II.

The Prozen Knights, the private army of Guylos regent Gunter Prozen used their own version of the Iron Kong. Based on the older Mk II Limited, and retaining all its enhancements, this version designated as the Iron Kong PK. The Knights launched a coup in the Guylos Capital in ZAC 2101, and were successful in defeating the Guylos Forces there and the invading Helic army. However, the bulk of the Prozen Knights were wiped out when Prozen’s Deathsaurer exploded, ironically after being defeated by Colonel Shwartz' own Iron Kong.

Media appearances

Anime

Chaotic Century

The Iron Kong first appeared in "", and was initially used by high-ranking Guylos officers, but the mercenary Rosso later acquired one to replace his Red Horn. Colonel Karl Schubaltz used an Iron Kong that sported a unique colour scheme, as well as a gattling weapon similar in appearance to the CP-03 Gatling gun used primarily by the Dark Horn and Red Horn, except smaller and belt fed. During Guardian Force it would be upgraded to use the Heavy Beam Cannon of the Iron Kong PK instead.

Despite the Iron Kong’s capabilities, the Zoids were often rather easily disposed of. A cliché emerged, that the average Iron Kong pilot was both an incompetent pilot and an incompetent leader, with Schubaltz and Rosso proving to be the only exceptions.

New Century Zero

In "", Harry Champ and his team use Iron Kongs in several battles. Despite a common perception, the Kongs depicted are not Iron Kong PKs; and are even initially misidentified by character Jamie Hermeos, who then corrects himself and identifies them as "Alamazer M1896es". How the Alamazer M1896 differs from an Iron Kong PK is never explained, though it appears to lack the tubes present on the PK model connecting the shoulder and wrist mounted cannons to the chest. The elite guard of the Backdraft Group, accompanying Alteil's Dark Horn to the Fuma Team's hideout, would be seen with identical Iron Kongs, which were quickly dispatched by their Warsharks.

The Champ Team's Iron Kongs would first appear in episode 9, "Mary Champ: The Princess Arrives", where they are purchased by Harry's sister, Mary, to use in a battle against the Blitz team to claim their Liger Zero. The Iron Kong fought well against the Liger Zero Jaeger, but was defeated by the Schneider.

The Champ team would also use their Iron Kongs in the Royal Cup, but would never see any combat; Harry was too interested in seeking out Leena to bother fighting. Harry attempted to protect Leena from a Charged Particle-induced explosion, only to be pushed out of the way by Doctor Layon's Whale King.

Fuzors

Iron Kongs appeared on several occasions in "". All the examples in "Fuzors" sported the same unique colour scheme and weapons configuration as Karl Schubaltz’ Zoid.

Comics and Manga

UK Zoids Comic

In the UK Zoids comic, Gore the Lord Protector was created by the Blue Zoids automated factories to counter the growing threat of the Red Mutant Army. Gore was assigned to work alongside Zoidzilla, but the latter tended to see him as a rival. While somewhat slow witted, Gore was firm in his resolve that the Red Mutant Army should be destroyed. Unlike Zoidzilla, who tended to work on his own, Gore was more of a leader to the Blue Zoids.

Gore was very effective in battle against the Red Mutants. However, against Silverman and the Black Zoid, he was less successful, being decapitated in a single blow.

It is unclear if this damage "killed" Gore or if he could be rebuilt. A promotional mini-comic set after then end of the UK comic does feature Gore, but the canonicity of this comic is dubious.

Zoids Web Comic

A Neo-Zenebas Empire Iron Kong based on the Mk II converted for arctic warfare featured in the Zoids Web Comic produced by TOMY Japan. This design was known as the Iron Kong Yeti, and was later released as a limited edition model (albeit without the shoulder mounted gattling gun shown in the Web Comic).

Video games

The Iron Kong, along with the numerous variants featured within the model range and in the anime series’, appear in the "Zoids Saga" series of Game Boy Advance games, and in the "Zoids VS" series of GameCube games. In addition, the Iron Drill, a Mandrill-type Zoid based on the Iron Kong design, appears in "Zoids Saga II".

Models

Original Japanese Release

*Assembly required. (Snap-together, no glue needed. Scissors or X-acto knife recommended for trimming off excess plastic bits.)
*The model's colours are moulded into the plastic, and it does not need any paint.

The Iron Kong kit comes on six frames, along with a battery-powered motor with light, a second battery box, canopy cover, thirty-two rubber caps, a small spring, a frame of six missiles, two small chromed pilots, and label sheets. The Iron Kong is moulded in maroon and black, with grey weapons and a red canopy.

The Iron Kong’s construction is reasonably involved and complex, with the light unit being especially troublesome to thread through the other parts. The Iron Kong uses a pair of “AA” sized batteries for motion. Once activated, the Zoid walks forwards, its head tuning side to side, a missile launcher on the back rotating and the Zoid making a screeching noise. A second pair of “AA” Batteries are used to power a red light in the Iron Kong’s head.

The Iron Kong has a spring-loaded missile launcher on its right shoulder, while its left shoulder has a small launcher concealed under an armoured panel.

Like several other Zoids of the time, the Iron Kong could use a number of different optional weapons that were included in the Empire Customise Set. The Iron Kong was released in 1983, and was produced up until about 1986.

Original European Release

The Iron Kong was released, under the name Gore the Lord Protector, in the UK and Europe in 1985-87. This version was a different colour scheme, with grey replacing the red. The pilots were gold instead of silver, and it came with a new label sheet with Helic logos instead of Zenebas ones. Additionally, the spring-loaded missile launcher was replaced with a different weapon.

Robostrux

Badox. This version was a different colour scheme, with blue replacing the red and navy replacing the black. Badox also had the same shoulder weapon as Gore, as well as including a chromed version of the weapons frame included with the Red Horn.

Iron Kong Mk II

TOMY introduced a new version of the Iron Kong, replacing the existing one in production. This version had a new colour scheme, with orange replacing the red and the black armour being a more charcoal colour. It also featured new parts, with a large thruster backpack added to the back of the Zoid, and a new missile cover on the left shoulder.

The Iron Kong Mk II had a revised motor, using a single “C” cell battery in place of the two “AA” batteries. This improved the Zoid’s walking speed. This improvement was carried over to all subsequent versions of the Iron Kong.

Iron Kong Mk II Limited

A limited edition version of the Iron Kong Mk II was also released at the same time. This version sported a metallic red and dull grey colour scheme. In addition to the thruster pack from the Mk II, the Mk II Limited featured an extra frame of weapons.

The Iron Kong Mk II Limited is possibly the rarest Zoid ever released in Japan; examples have gone for over $2,500 on eBay.

Technozoids

Another version of the Iron Kong was released in the U.S. and Canada in the mid 1990's, as a part of the Technozoids line. This version had a silver and yellow colour scheme, and lacked a spring for the missile launcher, but still had the missiles.

Zoids 2

A version of the Iron Kong was also released as a part of the "Zoids 2" line. This version had a black, red and chrome gold colour scheme and red eyes, but was otherwise identical to previous versions. Unlike previous non-Japanese versions, the "Zoids 2" Iron Kong retained the full functional missile launcher.

New Japanese Release

The Iron Kong was re-released in Japan in 1999, as a part of the "New Japanese Release". This version had a different colour scheme, being a dull metallic grey and dull red, with dull grey weapons, green eyes and blue pilots. There were no changes to the design however.

TOMY also released an upgrade kit for the Iron Kong, the CP-11 Manoeuvre Thruster. The CP-11 is identical to the thruster pack originally included in the Iron Kong Mk II.

Iron Kong PK

This version was released in Japan as a limited edition model in 2000. This version contains all the parts from the Iron Kong Mk II limited, but is coloured in alizarin, with black and grey structure, black weapons, and green eyes.

Iron Kong Yeti

This version was released in Japan as a limited edition model in 2003, a part of the 'Yuji Kaida' series. This version is identical to the Iron Kong Mk II, but with a white and green colour scheme and green eyes.

New American Release

The Iron Kong was released in the US in 2002, as a Toys "R" Us exclusive. This version was based on the NJR version, but with several changes. It lacked the spring and the missiles for the launcher, and had a different battery pack for the lights that featured a screw-shut cover and a separate power switch for the lights. The changes in the backpack made the model incompatible with the CP-11 upgrade without modification.

However, the model kit also included the extra weapons frame found on the Iron Kong PK and Mk II Limited. As a result, collectors were able to easily obtain a frame of otherwise rare parts.

TDP Iron Kong Mk II

In 2005, Toy's Dream Project re-released the Iron Kong Mk II in a version that was identical to the original Mk II.

LB Iron Kong

The LB Iron Kong was the fourth Zoid in the "Legends Series", a subline of "Neo-Blox". Styled after the various Iron Kongs that have gone before it, the LB has been redesigned to be equal in size to other Neo-Blox Zoids.

The model comes on five frames, one of which was re-used from the Brave Jaguar, along with three Neo-Blox modules, a clear canopy, a frame of connectors also included with several other Neo-Blox and a chromed silver pilot. The colours are based on those of the OJR Iron Kong.

LB Iron Kong Mk II

Based on the Legends Blox Iron Kong, the LB Iron Kong Mk II was the fifth Zoid released in the Legends Blox subline. The kit is a re-issue of the LB Iron Kong, recoloured to resemble the Iron Kong Mk II Limited. It includes two new frames of weapons designed to resemble the parts on the "OJR" kit. Two sets of translucent components were included; one red and one green.

Related Zoids

The Deadly Kong, released as a part of the "Genesis" line and featuring in the "" anime, is derived from the Iron Kong design. This model reuses several parts from the Iron Kong.


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