Showcase #37: Kinnikuman Kinkeshi Part 01 2017
Just recently released in June/July 2017; the release besides the traditional gashapon capsule availability also had them in blind boxes as well.
The Gashapon life span was about 3 months in Japan (by the time I hit Osaka in August I only saw a handful of Gashapon machines with the Kinnikuman 01 Kinkeshi). Since Part 02 is being released in a couple of days that would explain why they are not available for much longer.
They came in Flesh, Red & Blue for a total of 18 figures (or 24 figures total if you count the tag teams but these came together).
The sculpts look bigger and are more like the 1991 releases or Battle Collection sculpts.
As usual the series has at least one Kinnikuman sculpt and the plastic/rubber material I personally prefer more because I dont have the fear of the Keshi melting (the newer sculpts do not have that problem unless they come in contact with vintage Kinkeshi; so you can put them together with the reds and blues).
They are readily available on yahoojapan as sets of 6 or the full 18 figures for reasonable prices.
Edited by kayfabe1985, 23 December 2017 - 09:05 AM.