Personally, I prefer the soft plastic used in Kinkeshi than the hard plastic with MUSCLE
Now, I am unsure why people say MUSCLE is better quality, I think they are both pretty
good quality, but i like the Kinkeshi soft plastic more, so I can make them lifting their arms,
slapping each other, or choking each other, or something. Plus I think the whole theme
of Kinkeshi is muscle/skin... so their color is like a skin tone kinda pink or flesh color, as
for MUSCLE, it's very dark pink.
When I first found MUSCLE, I gotta say Mattel did a pretty creative job bringing Kinkeshi
over. Love the ring, the belt and some color variants.
But they never had as much products as Kinnikuman.
This is a figure I kept since I was 4 or 5, and I always thought he was a badass looking
Kinnikuman because of the color... but later I found out it's a complete different character
when I was much older with internet. The toy is a hollow hard plastic figure, can't do much
to it, but I remember when I was a kid, the package of them is all colored, and I tried coloring
him with crayon. That was the 80s.
In between 5 to 9, I have been occupied with Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball and many other
anime stuff... When I was 10, around early 90s, I was moving to Canada, and I bought a lot of
toys around that period before I moved, and I clearly remember the day before I went on the plane,
I purchased two 4 inch figures...
I bought Kinnikuman & Robin Mask... and the whole night I had so much fun playing with them,
and looking at the cardback... I decided I must get another Warman & one of those cool looking
Kinnikuman variant before I leave on the plane. Next day I woke up, nd I sneaked out the house
to the toy store by myself... hoping to get the 2 figures to the plane ride... DAM that store, they
didnt open at around 11am!!! Actually if you guys do visit HK, a lot of toy store in certain areas
dun open till like 3pm... Anyway, fXXking disappointed back then, all I could do is looking into
the glass of the store, staring at those figures... and I went home, and I remember my mom was
pretty mad that I disappeared and the flight time was pretty close or something... so I left HK
with a little regret...
The two figures were with me for awhile (still have them in pretty good condition) but I have load
of other toys, and in no time, I was getting into the culture and buying X-Men and actually playing
hockey and skateboard and other stuff outside than playing with toys... I didn't get back into toys
until I was much older... and I didn't remember Kinnikuman until I found them when I was visiting
HK... then my friend lived in Japan helped me buy stuff from Yahoo.co.jp and man, found some
of the sweetest stuff...
Anyway, for me, Kinnikuman all the way, and you can check out my collection at this old old gallery
Edited by dreamer, 27 February 2010 - 03:20 PM.