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Showcase #66: Kinnikuman Sofubi Collection


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#51 hellopike

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 05:20 AM

I got the itch to paint my lime green robinmask
Last week- it had a miscut leg joint which I fixed once I painted it. with my blank blue RM

 

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#52 DetectiveFork

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 01:50 PM

NICE. You should work for Five Star!
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Posted 24 June 2018 - 03:32 PM

Finished an Atlantis this weekend:

 

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#54 DetectiveFork

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 08:48 PM

My wife walked in as I was looking at that Atlantis picture and said, "Look at that sexy boy!" :-)

 

That skin tone surpasses any of the official color variations of this toy, in my opinion.


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#55 hellopike

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 02:51 AM

Thanks detectivefork! I’m sure your wife was talking about you and not the toy.

I’ve got possibly one more Kinnikuman figure to paint, then that’s it unless someone asks me to paint for them. Stay tuned!
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#56 DetectiveFork

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 10:12 AM

I have a painted Atlantis M.U.S.C.L.E. figure that she's really fond of, come to think of it. Maybe we have a "Shape of Water" situation shaping up here. lol


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Posted 25 June 2018 - 11:47 PM

Those paint jobs are phenomenal! One of the reasons why I also enjoy the solid color sofubi (the potential for custom paint jobs and one of a kind pieces).
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Posted 05 July 2018 - 05:51 AM

Time for an update- Buffaloman!

 

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Again, I wanted to go for something close to official colors, but still unique.  Metallic red with a purple spray on the chest to reference the 10,000,000 power version.

 

Please, let me know what you think, I hope you like him.  


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Posted 05 July 2018 - 01:15 PM

That is freaking phenomenal! I think the Metallic spray really makes it pop. Thank you for sharing!


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#60 DetectiveFork

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 06:39 PM

That Buffaloman pops. All your customs do.

 

By the way, have you seen the brand new Convict version of Sunigator in his original colors? I don't think you can order from their site if you live outside Japan, but you can see it here (and below):

http://www.convict.jp/?pid=132732511

 

I love that Five Star Sunigator comes with a finger puppet of his "Claw" form so that you can use it on your own hand. Clever.

 

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#61 hellopike

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 04:10 AM

That Buffaloman pops. All your customs do.

 

By the way, have you seen the brand new Convict version of Sunigator in his original colors? I don't think you can order from their site if you live outside Japan, but you can see it here (and below):

http://www.convict.jp/?pid=132732511

 

I love that Five Star Sunigator comes with a finger puppet of his "Claw" form so that you can use it on your own hand. Clever.

 

 

 

I saw that yeah, Sunigator however somehow falls into the "too ridiculous, even for me" catagory of kinnikuman characters.  Don't ask me how or why.  That being said, I'd love to see a fullsized Claw version come out, although I can only imagine what the secondary market prices on that would be...  

 

I'm excited about the new Junkman figure, although I've heard a few less than stellar reports about it from some folks who got one.  But for whatever reason Junkman has always been a favorite, so I'll get one eventually.


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#62 DetectiveFork

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 11:54 AM

What have you heard about Junkman? Is there something wrong with the construction?

 

My impression is that all the Five Star figures are pretty sturdy toys, but I'm honestly not certain. In your experience, does the paint on the officially painted figures hold up well?


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#63 hellopike

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 04:23 PM

I heard Junkman’s joints aren’t great (although that could be how each individual is cut) especially the shield/plates on his arms. And because of them and the way the legs are sculpted he’s prone to tipping over.

As for production painted versions I have no idea. I’ve never seen a fully painted version, but I’d assume it’s as good as any.
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Posted 18 January 2020 - 01:13 PM

Since I started collecting the Kinnikuman Sofubi figures, I've learned the hard way that they don't have much resale value (at least in North America). I foolishly listed a couple figures (still in package) I decided to part with on eBay at a starting bid of $50 with free shipping. Several people were watching but guess what they sold for? $50 plus free shipping. I had paid well over $100 for each of them. Yet Kinnikuman Sofubi figures listed at $100 or more on eBay rarely sell. I think in the minds of most buyers, these figures are worth about 50 bucks, no matter how much more they sell for at retail in Japan. (I've had similar experiences with Godzilla Sofubi toys.) I have seen figures sell at a higher price (and I did have some successes in past years) but I think it means you need to set a price you're comfortable with and hope the right buyer who wants that figure comes along. It might take awhile.


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Posted 19 January 2020 - 03:45 AM

Since I started collecting the Kinnikuman Sofubi figures, I've learned the hard way that they don't have much resale value (at least in North America). I foolishly listed a couple figures (still in package) I decided to part with on eBay at a starting bid of $50 with free shipping. Several people were watching but guess what they sold for? $50 plus free shipping. I had paid well over $100 for each of them. Yet Kinnikuman Sofubi figures listed at $100 or more on eBay rarely sell. I think in the minds of most buyers, these figures are worth about 50 bucks, no matter how much more they sell for at retail in Japan. (I've had similar experiences with Godzilla Sofubi toys.) I have seen figures sell at a higher price (and I did have some successes in past years) but I think it means you need to set a price you're comfortable with and hope the right buyer who wants that figure comes along. It might take awhile.

The Japanese market and the American market are vastly different. When collecting series like kinnikuman you almost have to go in knowing you will most likely never get your money back if you decide to sell for a quick buck. I have many high-priced kinnikuman items but they would only sell for good money in Japan (which I have sold at Mandrake a few times). if selling... Just like you said, you have to just hold your ground for what you want, and hope eventually that someone will come around that is willing to pay what you want.

Especially since the community is a lot smaller than it used to be 10 or even 5 years ago.

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#66 Mikespaintedminiatures

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 02:16 AM

The Japanese market and the American market are vastly different. When collecting series like kinnikuman you almost have to go in knowing you will most likely never get your money back if you decide to sell for a quick buck. I have many high-priced kinnikuman items but they would only sell for good money in Japan (which I have sold at Mandrake a few times). if selling... Just like you said, you have to just hold your ground for what you want, and hope eventually that someone will come around that is willing to pay what you want.

Especially since the community is a lot smaller than it used to be 10 or even 5 years ago.

Agreed... I am a great follower of the Kinnikuman saga, and all the great Kinkeshi/muscle figures that it has spawned, however I cannot warm at all to the the sofubi trend.  I simply can't understand how they sell for so much money in Japan. Even those that now come packaged resplendent in garish colours can't cost that much to make, must be a huge money maker for the manufacturers.

 


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:33 PM

Saw lots of these in Japan. Beautiful, but far too pricy.


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