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Remember these guys? Of course, we all do. They were M.U.S.C.L.E.'s. Millions of unusual small creatures lurking everywhere. They were awesome, outrageous and totally cool! But did you know that they were spawned from a very popular Japanese toyline called Kinnikuman? Yes Kinnikuman was such a hit in Japan, that Bandai, decided to give it a go here in the States and released them via Mattel. The only problem was that they imported the toys only, and none of the storyline. So if you've ever sat back and wondered what the deal was with these little guys, well you've found the right site.


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The Choujin Daizenshu CDs

05/20/18

Does anybody have a download link or a torrent for them? I've searched far and wide on the web, and all the links I did find were either broken or deleted. If a kind soul would be willing to (re-)upload them, I'd be in their debt.



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Asia Toy Hunting Musings May 2018

05/08/18

Asia Toy Hunting Musings May 20

 

My luggage has long been packed and I start my 30 day journey to Asia once again (as an American living in Germany it still amazes me that Germans have between 28-34 days vacation a year! in the U.S. a sabbatical is a big deal for example but at most lasts about 30 days).

 

As I toy hunt (more importantly for Kinkeshi) I will make posts and also give the 411 on the toy stores. I wish I knew back then what I know now as I have since discovered more vintage toy spots.

 

My first stop is Hong Kong....

 

 

 

 

 



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Showcase #68: Kinnikuman Kinkeshi Premium Set Vol. 5

05/07/18

Showcase #68: Kinnikuman Kinkeshi Premium Set Vol. 5

 

 

Like the Black/Noir Premium Set, I was sweating not getting this in time before I left on vacation but luckily it arrived today! One day before I leave!

 

This is by far the best release to date! A lot of new sculpts and I would say right now would be the best time to purchase the set.

 

I bought my set from Mandarake for 5,680 yen shipped (circa $52) and it didn't come with the mailer.

 

As of writing they have a set on sale for 5,000 yen (circa $46) + shipping but even if it sells out keep searching the site regularly (they always end up putting up more for sale).

 

Pictures do not do these justice! Besides 4 sculpts all the other 11 are awesome (in my opinion).

 

These like other Premium sets have 15 Kinkeshi and this makes 75 Kinkeshi total for the Premium Sets (not counting the Gashapon releases, Mori Museum exclusives, Black/Noir Set and a new clear Premium Set).

 

So many new releases!...my wallet is feeling it but I have to support the product! That way we get more Kinkeshi!

 

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Showcase #67: Black/Noir Kinnikuman Premium "The Best" Kinkeshi Set

05/02/18

Showcase #67: Kinnikuman Premium "The Best" Kinkeshi Set

 

This was covered by Crunkenstein here: http://www.littlerubberguys.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=266630

 

I was sweating not getting this in time before I left on vacation but luckily they arrived today!

 

These have been promoted and anticipated for quite some time (starting last year) and I would say right now would be the best time to purchase the set.

 

I bought my set from Mandarake for 5,500 yen shipped (circa $50) because it was considered "open" (it didn't come with the mailer).

 

As of writing they have a set on sale for 5,000 yen (circa $46) + shipping but even if it sells out keep searching the site regularly (they always end up putting up more for sale).

 

Stay away from ebay, the amount this set sells for along with the other previous volumes of Premium sets is insane & overpriced!

 

These look way better in person as the box kinda hides the shape and look of the figures (the box and presentation looks awesome all in black though).

 

They are more "silverish" and really remind me of the Exogini/Cosmix sculpts for some reason.

 

These like other Premium sets have 15 Kinkeshi and is a mixture of "The Best" or popular sculpts from Vol 1 & Vol 2.

 

I showcased Premium Vol 1 & Vol 2 sets here: http://www.littlerubberguys.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=254909&hl

 

 

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Premium Best Devils Fighters

04/29/18

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These are great.  They're an awesome charcoal color, black but not pitch black, some maybe a bit metallic looking.

 

You got the original Seven Devil Chojins:

Buffaloman, Springman, Atlantis, SteCase King, Black Hole, Mister Khamen, The Mountain.

The Six Devil Knights:

Ashuraman, Sunshine, The Ninja, Sneagator, Planetman, Junkman

and regular Akuma Shogun and a Goldman version of him.

 

All in a unifying color if you wanted to play the boardgame with them.

 

When it comes to the original Seven Devils, there really is a shortage of original sculpts.   There wasn't even a MUSCLE available of SteCase King and now The Mountain is finally a huge imposing hulk that doesn't look like he's scared saying "OH NO!"   Also the new Buffaloman looks better than I thought it would.   His hair is just a little too big.   The new Junkman is great.   It would be cooler if he had the additional chest spikes, but unfortunately he's missing the second face on the back of his head.

 

This was the next cheapest premium volume to get on ebay after Vol.3 (which shares five of the same sculpts).   But as soon as I bought the last one at that price a whole bunch of more expensive ones went up.   There is a 20% off coupon for ebay ending after 4/30 though.



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Showcase #66: Kinnikuman Sofubi Collection

04/17/18

Showcase #66: Kinnikuman Sofubi Collection

 

At one point I wanted to sell some of my Kinnikuman Sofubi but am super glad no one bought them! the Kinnikuman Sofubi are super cool and I see them as pieces of art. They are however not cheap, so if you are interested in acquiring them I would go the yahoojapan route.

 

I will showcase pieces of my collection and I would love to see the Sofubi collection of other LRG members!



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Is there a comprehensive color guide for Kinnikuman Kinkeshi?

03/27/18

I casually entertained the idea of collecting non Muscle sculpts of legit Kinnikuman keshi. Is there any type of guide or checklist that shows all the colors available for each figure like Soupie's color archive? 

 

While I'm here I'll go ahead and ask about ballpark prices. Are there rarer colors? Are the clear colors legit/vintage keshi? 

 

I guess I'm just looking for general information. It would be appreciated if anyone wants to add anything else important to add.  



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Showcase #65: Animax Shop 29th Anniversary Limited Display Case

03/22/18

Showcase #65: Animax Shop 29th Anniversary Limited Display Case

 

I recently acquired this display case, in 2008 the 29th anniversary Kinnikuman DVD set was released. The release had some special tie-in promotions upon its release.

 

According to the listing on yahoojapan this came from the Animax Shop but what I dont know is if it was a pre-order promotion or if this was the actual store display of the re-release Kinkeshi sculpts (which I just recently sold!).

 

This was the listing: https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/x525606406

 

For 7,471 yen I thought it was an interesting piece of Kinnikuman history to own.

 

I was concerned it would get damaged while being shipped but luckily it was not.

 

The thing is bigger than I thought and gorgeous! It has a door latch that you can open but there is no way the Kinkeshi can stand on their own without falling (haha).

 

I might have some left over acrylic shelves pieces that could fit those same dimensions, then I could put some double sided tape and have the Kinkeshi stand perfectly.

 

I might use this to display the creme de la creme Kinkeshi in my collection :)

 

 

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Smaller red authentic? And color variations.

03/22/18

I'm getting the impression that a lot of red (though a very orangish red) kinkeshi end up casting smaller or undergo some shrinkage.

 

Looking at red ones, from three different people or lots, several are a little smaller than the MUSCLE or other color kinkeshi of the same figures, but still larger than the 29th anniversary reissue.   They seem legit as the Y/S NT on the back is perfectly clear.   Also a Kinnikuman Soldier (A) is oddly stiff for vintage kinkeshi, especially his right arm.

 

Also how many official colors do they come in, not counting odd special clear ones?

 

It seems the standard are flesh, red, blue, yellow, green.

So are more salmonish or light orange ones just faded red?  And therefore safe to keep together?

I have a very light keyman that I just think is an extremely faded flesh.

Most mysterious is a very beige or taupe color Skyman, that's darker than flesh and substantially different from any yellow.

Smaller darker yellow, certain orange, and certain blue ones seem to be obvious bootlegs even if the Y/S NT is clear.



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Showcase #64: "The Sweet 16" Super Rare Kinkeshi

03/10/18

Showcase #64: "The Sweet 16" Super Rare Kinkeshi

 

Besides the vintage 418 Kinkeshi collection & Part 30 sculpts, amongst collectors the Super Rare Kinkeshi are "Holy Grails" of sorts. For "Holy Grails" or "Super rares" they sure are readily available but the problem is the price.

 

In the collection you have sixteen (not counting the 2 Super "Super Rares" haha) total and you can find some of the sculpts in almost every Mandarake branch in Japan & online (Mandarake or Yahoojapan).

 

These "Super Rare" Kinkeshi have no markings whatsover and some eventually became real characters in the Kinnikuman manga. Their existence is due to theree things:

 

1-Thanks to Weekly Shonen Jump

 

2-The readers of Kinnikuman

 

3-Bootleggers!

 

*Some of the information I got from Nama Niku:

 

In 1984 Weekly Shonen Jump and Kinnikuman creators Yudetamago had a contest in which the readers of Jump could create a new character for the Kinnikuman manga.

 

In the process many characters made the final run or "top sixteen" list (rough sketches shown in Weekly Shonen Jump).

 

Leave it to those bootleggers to sculpt those fan creations and release them in gashapon capsule form! (Pachi versions).

 

Even before they made official debuts in the manga!

 

What is not known is how many made it to circulation or which regions of Japan etc

 

As a result they have become the thing of legends and myths! especially in terms of value and scarcity for some particular colors or sculpts.

 

Getting any of the sixteen is an investment and you might get lucky on yahoojapan on a sleeper auction but most of them sell for upwards of 30,000 to 300,000 yen!!! (depending on the sculpt)

 

I only own two of the sixteen and even if I wante to collect all sixteen finding some of them is really difficult; the most common to find but not any less cheap being Train Man, MR. VTR & The Hawkman.



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