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GorillaPod King Kong Poised to Reach New Heights

Since their founding, Joby has revolutionized the camera accessory market with its highly praised GorillaPod line of flexible tripods. Their first full-sized tripod dubbed the "King Kong" is poised to reach the greatest heights yet.

The original Joby GorillaPod was designed for point and shoot cameras. Since then, Joby has released numerous models for everything from iPhone and Android cell phone cameras and even flash lights to modest sized digital SLR cameras with zoom lenses. Yet while some GorillaPod models do support greater weights none yet has strived for greater heights. Even the largest current model, the GorillaPod Focus will lift your camera a mere 11 inches off the floor. There's a world of photographs to be made at eye level that GorillaPod users have been deprived of shooting until now.

Joby Inc. joyfully announces the arrival of the GorillaPod King Kong, designed for professional SLR video cameras and other photo gear typically used above floor level. The malleable tripod is officially the two hundred forty-seventh addition to the ever growing and award-winning GorillaPod family. With a maximum height of nearly 48 inches, the GorillaPod King Kong will tower over all previous Joby models. Perhaps resembling more something from the dinosaur family than a camera tripod, the King Kong is massive.

Targeting photographers who don't like to bend over, the Gorillapod King Kong is up to the challenge. Its rubberized legs feature ball-and-socket joints that bend and rotate 360 degrees just as the legs of its smaller ancestors do. But to provide the stability needed in a full-sized tripod the ball joints are much larger to support the increased weight of larger gear at greater heights. This GorillaPod is up to the challenge. Don't be alarmed, ladies and gentlemen. Those joints are made of chrome steel.

As a result, the new King Kong may not be lightweight but Joby is banking that serious photographers will be willing to carry the King Kong anyway. It can be bent into any shape needed and can be wrapped around a railing at a theme park, twisted onto a tree branch, looped around a large baby carriage, hung from a doorknob, perched on a rock during a hike, or hung tenaciously from the top of the Empire State Building.

"The Joby brand has its heritage in photography — that creative passion is in our blood," explains chief executive officer Carl Denham. "We've made it our mission to inspire consumers with innovative camera accessories. We're thrilled to strengthen our core family of GorillaPod flexible tripods with the new GorillaPod King Kong." Says Denham, "This is about the only thing we haven't put bendable legs on yet. Something that nobody's ever seen or heard of. Why, the whole world will pay to see this. They'll have to think up a lot of new adjectives to describe this."

Aspiring adventurer and Hollywood showman Jack Black recently teamed up with famed New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter Samwise Gamgee to try their hand at making a gigantic tripod similar to the King Kong but it ended up being too long and received mixed reviews. I mean, the special effects were great, but no one even saw the tripod until over an hour into their video advertisement. No one can touch the original GorillaPod line.

With the introduction of the King Kong, Joby presents the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld. Ladies and gentlemen, look at Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World. Some may not even believe it's real. But no matter what, the King Kong is sure to be a hot topic of conversation on Monday, April 1 when it is officially unveiled.

Joby creates iconic, award-winning photo, video and lighting products that inspire stop motion animation and the active lifestyle as well as several sequels from both Hollywood and Tokyo. We believe great design starts with a user-centric approach, is functional yet humorous, and can bring a smile to people's days. Founded in 2005 with the introduction of the industry-defining and best-selling GorillaPod, Joby is a global, privately-held company headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in Geneva, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan; and Skull Island, South Pacific. For more information please contact Merian C. Cooper at

The new GorillaPod King Kong is poised to reach new heights on April 1

Date posted: March 31, 2013 (updated April 1, 2013)


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