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#26 kayfabe1985

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 11:44 AM

Part 22 (10 Total)

 

This part had 10 sculpts total and was released in 1985 or 1986 (not 100% sure) and this set has an awesome sculpt in Bike Man's literal bike Keshi (#308) but most people find the Ramenman (#313), Satan Cross (#310) & Warsman with claws (#314) sculpts interesting based on the Mattel MUSCLE history.

 

These three would appear in the Mattel line as super rare's (article: http://blog.uofmuscl...muscle-figures/).

 

A piece of Littlerubberguys.com history as well since they were discovered by jKaris :)

 

I have a full set in flesh and this set is easier to complete but best and more economical to buy as a set (separately the figures can get expensive if you add it all up).

 

I also own the Part 22 Daishi (Backing board):

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:38 AM

Part 23 (8 Sculpts total)

 

Part 23 had 8 sculpts total or 10 sculpts if you count the tag Teams. I have a full set along with the backing board Daishi; one sculpt (#324) being red and not flesh (I also have the #324 sculpt in blue).

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:41 AM

Part 24 (13 Sculpts Total)

 

Part 24 had 13 sculpts and here we saw some interesting sculpts in the SD versions of Kinnikuman, Robin Mask & Mongol Man. This part had two very similar Neptune Man sculpts and the awesome #335 sculpt. I have Part 24 complete along with Daishi! (but sculpt #330 in Green).

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:46 AM

Part 25 (19 Sculpts Total)

 

Part 25 had a massive 19 sculpts; I own a complete set along with the Daishi with sculpt #347 in blue. The part also had more SD sculpts and smaller/mini sculpts of the popular characters.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:50 AM

Part 26 (15 Sculpts Total)

 

Part 26 had 15 sculpts total and I have a complete set along with the Daishi; however for this set I have a rainbow of colors and sculpts in crystal and glitter but surprisingly not that many in flesh. Once you get to this part it's 317 sculpts total. Acquiring any of these sculpts starts to get pricy, so collecting these or completing it is more difficult than earlier parts.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:54 AM

Part 27 Blue (12 Sculpts Total)

 

Part 27 had 12 sculpts total and for some reason I have this complete 2 times (blue & green) and almost a 3rd time in red. This part you can find complete and often at Mandarake; if possible it's best to try and buy any of the later parts complete or as complete as possible (if you add it all up and if bought individually they can get pricy).

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:57 AM

Part 27 Green (12 Sculpts Total)

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:59 AM

Part 27 Red (12 Sculpts Total)

 

Incomplete; missing two sculpts in order to half a complete set in red

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:02 AM

Part 28 (10 Sculpts Total)

 

Part 28 had 10 sculpts total and I have a complete set (along with sculpts in other colors); this was the hardest Part for me to complete!

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Edited by kayfabe1985, 22 November 2017 - 03:40 PM.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 02:34 PM

Not done counting my green Kinkeshi from my Japan purchases yet but just out of curiosity I wanted to know how many I had from the 418 collection; I checked the checklist and I have 200 Kinkeshi total.

I decided to display them next to my regular Part 1-Part 30 collection (since they filled up an acrylic nail polish display staircase; I just need to print out a new display sign since I had a double print out sign); not going for a master set or anything because the variants and bootlegs out there would be/are to overwhelming to complete and tell apart.

 

I could not fit all of them though!

In this green Kinkeshi collection am sure I have a bootleg or two in the lot (despite them having the YSNT mark on the back etc) as you can see by the giant lightbulb dude in the picture :)

Still...

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 01:32 PM

*Edit 10-06-2017 (I had some more Blue Kinkeshi I forgot about!):  Like the green Kinkeshi; I wanted to count my blue Kinkeshi from my Japan purchases because I wanted to know how many I had from the 418 collection; So comprimising Part 1 to Part 30 I have 177 Kinkeshi total.

 

These I was able to sort through more easily and took out the bootlegs (no markings but again even with a faint YSNT mark on the back they could still be bootleg).

 

In the lot I have a Kinkeshi "Spinning Head" Ashuraman sans head (haha).

I decided to display them next to my regular Part 1-Part 30 collection and below the green Kinkeshi.

 

I still need to count the reds & yellows!

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 02:20 PM

Love seeing your pics!

And Kinkeshi have good QC, anything warped or faded markings are usually boots.
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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:08 PM

Like the green & blue Kinkeshi; I wanted to count my red Kinkeshi from my Japan purchases because I wanted to know how many I had from the 418 collection; So comprimising Part 1 to Part 30 I have 196 Kinkeshi total.

 

Not all of them fit in the display case and just for chuckles I put a Mandarake store-price sticker I asked to keep as a souvenir.

 

I only need to count the yellows!

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 02:16 PM

Finally had time to count my Yellow Kinkeshi (like the green, blue & red Kinkeshi).

 

I wanted to know how many I had from the 418 collection; So comprimising Part 1 to Part 30 I have 151 Kinkeshi total.

 

I might consider collecting more of these until I complete the 418 line or get to even numbers. For some reason the yellow from all the colors are more scarce or were harder to find for me (I purposely looked for them and sought them out in Japan).

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 02:25 PM

New pic of the colored Kinkeshi on display :)

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 01:16 PM

Unrelated maybe but I found this picture online! I would love to have this in my collection!

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 05:12 PM

There were mini popy molds that popped up a few years back, a big lot of them. Idk if they sold out not, not cheap.
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 02:10 PM

Huge update! At least for me...for those who know me on LRG/keeping track; I have been trying to complete the vintage Kinkeshi line. I was two sculpts away until now, I am happy to say that I acquired one of those two Kinkeshi recntly and it arrived in the mail today!

 

Flesh #387 has been added to my collection and that puts me at 417 figures total. So am only missing one more! #393 has eluded me but am gonna find him somewhere sometime :)

 

 

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 08:40 AM

Some new arrivals today: Green #387 & Green #393; I was looking for these sculpts for quite some time and within the span of 10 days I found both in Flesh, Yellow & Green! I have completed my collection and now its just about getting sculpts in different colors:

 

 

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 08:44 AM

Some Green Kinkeshi arrivals today (courtesy of Mandarake and yahoojapan); these sculpts pictured are from Mandarake and they put the Green Kinkeshi count at 212 (more than half of the collection):

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 11:26 AM

New pic of the colored Kinkeshi on display :)


Good looking display. Clean overall plus keeping the dust out.
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Posted 25 November 2017 - 07:01 AM

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!

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 07:07 AM

394 キン肉マン(U)

 

"Robot Armor Kinnikuman" (am sure he has a legit name but you know hahaha) as I like to call him is an impressive sculpt in terms of thickness and size. He almost looks out of place in comparison to the sculpts of the previous lines but it's still pretty cool looking in my opinion. As of now I only have this sculpt in Blue & Green (Flesh will cost a pretty penny!):

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 07:17 AM

395 ジェロニモ(H)

 

This was not the first time we saw this sculpt (the first version had a tomahawk axe from Part 14 #203). So I wondered why this particular choice but at least the outfut is different and more detailed; still an awesome sculpt like his #203 counterpart. I have this sculpt in 3 colors (Green, Blue & Yellow) and I bought all 3 from Mandarake :)

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 07:23 AM

396 ラーメンマン(F)

 

Another Ramenman sculpt and this in Flesh is insanely expensive; I have this in Yellow and I have never seen this vintage sculpt in Red or Green in the wild.

 

 

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