Part 29 (12 Total)
Part 29 had 12 sculpts total and I have a complete set (along with sculpts in other colors); with this part the line had 405 sculpts total & this is a really hard set to complete.
At this point in the Kinnikuman Kinkeshi run; the popularity had waned and Part 29 had a significantly decreased/limited release than previous parts (meaning that the sculpts and availabilty of the capsules was smaller than previous runs such as Part 1 for example).
The popularity of Kinnikuman was not as high by this point, I read a Japanese article from 2015 (I think) about a seller who acquired left over Part 29 capsules and just kept them in storage for years! He must have made a killing afterwards!
Besides scarcity, the second annoying part about collecting Part 29 is that in person it is easy to distinguish between a vintage Kinkeshi and a 2008 re-release but not when looking to complete your collection online (unless the seller shows a picture of both the front & back of the Kinkeshi).
The third annoying part is that in 1991 they re-released the Part 29 collection in a boxed set (by then probably 3-4 years removed from the original release since Part 26 was released in 1985).
Again, in person the vintage Kinkeshi and the 1991 releases are distinguishable but not so much in pictures online (depending on the resolution and lighting) its harder to tell if its vintage rubber or PVC like plastic (especially since the YSNT mark is the same). I have annoyed many a few contacts in Japan and stores by asking and double checking if the Part 29 sculpts I am buying are truly vintage and made from good ol' rubber!
I showcased the 1991 Battle Collection set here: http://www.littlerub...opic=261915&hl=
The most difficult to find sculpts are the Yellow ones and the most expensive are the Flesh sculpts. I have never seen a Daishi (Backing Board) for Part 27 in the wild and I have looked. Collecting this Part was easy for me because I was physically in Japan; this allowed me to save money on shipping and using a proxy service.
I have almost accepted the fact that I will probably never have a complete set in Flesh but if I see a good deal I will try!
Edited by kayfabe1985, 23 January 2018 - 03:58 PM.