I´ve replied to your DM but to add something here as well this is the so called JP Jungle box which is around in at least two variations. The version shown here which is the Short Style Jungle box because of the part that sticks out on the back is similar in size to the earlier TF style JP single boxes but it´s Short in comparison with the Large Style Jungle boxes of which the part on that back that sticks out is almost twice the size of the Short Style.
Strange things with these is that the Larger ones which show the ¨Role-Paying Animal Team¨ are boxes that are more in line with the Laser Beasts JP Single boxes which also have this larger box header at the back and says ¨Role Playing Neo Animal Team¨ on them. For both goes that the have applied stickers that shows the name and number that the front of the box. You would expect this version to be a later/updated design being more close to the Laser Beast style boxes but looking at the dates on them something surprising can be found because the short style Jungle boxes hold 1987 + 1988 on them while the large style Jungle boxes only hold 1987 on them...
Based on this you would assume that the large style Jungle boxes are the earlier versions and the Sunburst style boxes came later but that´s not really in line with the idea of the box style design slowly evolving from the BB single boxes into the LB ones. So there is a conflict that´s at this point still unclear.
And if that´s not enough there are even more oddities in regards to these boxes one of them is that in most of the short style JP Jungle boxes the Series 1 Beasts can be found whereas the Series 2 and 3 Beasts are mainly found in the large jungle style versions with the names on them. But also here is some kind of a transition step seen because there are also Series 2 and 3 Beasts found in the short style jungle boxes in which case they often have a Round sticker on the top of the box which shows the number of the figure inside. So this is another clue that, unlike the years mentioned on the boxes, they probably did go from the short style to the large style knowing this figure number sticker was added at a certain point. From that point of view and looking at the LB style boxes the large style version does feel more complete with the name and number sticker on it on the front.
Purely looking at the content of the figures inside with the Series 1 found in the short style jungle boxes and the Series 2 and 3 mainly found in the larger style jungle boxes it makes sense to believe the short style version with the Sunburst promotion on it was an earlier version. Obviously the Japanese TF Style boxes were the first one.
This might have been one of those conflicts that occurred within this line having the Sunburst Promotion ¨Suddenly¨ out there because also from the Hasbro MOC two packs we know that there are packaging types with and without the Sunburst promotion on it.
It´s clear we still don´t know enough about this yet but maybe in time...
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