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Showcase #64: "The Sweet 16" Super Rare Kinkeshi


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#1 kayfabe1985

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 09:12 AM

Showcase #64: "The Sweet 16" Super Rare Kinkeshi

 

Besides the vintage 418 Kinkeshi collection & Part 30 sculpts, amongst collectors the Super Rare Kinkeshi are "Holy Grails" of sorts. For "Holy Grails" or "Super rares" they sure are readily available but the problem is the price.

 

In the collection you have sixteen (not counting the 2 Super "Super Rares" haha) total and you can find some of the sculpts in almost every Mandarake branch in Japan & online (Mandarake or Yahoojapan).

 

These "Super Rare" Kinkeshi have no markings whatsover and some eventually became real characters in the Kinnikuman manga. Their existence is due to theree things:

 

1-Thanks to Weekly Shonen Jump

 

2-The readers of Kinnikuman

 

3-Bootleggers!

 

*Some of the information I got from Nama Niku:

 

In 1984 Weekly Shonen Jump and Kinnikuman creators Yudetamago had a contest in which the readers of Jump could create a new character for the Kinnikuman manga.

 

In the process many characters made the final run or "top sixteen" list (rough sketches shown in Weekly Shonen Jump).

 

Leave it to those bootleggers to sculpt those fan creations and release them in gashapon capsule form! (Pachi versions).

 

Even before they made official debuts in the manga!

 

What is not known is how many made it to circulation or which regions of Japan etc

 

As a result they have become the thing of legends and myths! especially in terms of value and scarcity for some particular colors or sculpts.

 

Getting any of the sixteen is an investment and you might get lucky on yahoojapan on a sleeper auction but most of them sell for upwards of 30,000 to 300,000 yen!!! (depending on the sculpt)

 

I only own two of the sixteen and even if I wante to collect all sixteen finding some of them is really difficult; the most common to find but not any less cheap being Train Man, MR. VTR & The Hawkman.


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 09:22 AM

Super Rare #7

 

I bought this "Super Rare" on yahoojapan for a steal!...the catch was that it was missing his fencing hand -sigh- but for 30 EUR (circa $37) I was not going to complain!

 

It's Flesh which is good and I wonder if anyone could possibly sculpt his fencing hand from scratch. When I saw the listing I could not let it pass me by, it is a piece of Kinnikuman Kinkeshi history after all and for me, still worthy of making my collection (despite the missing hand).

 

Besides seeing this "Fencing" character in this Pachi Kinkeshi form, I have not seen it in any other form/release.

 

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 09:33 AM

Super Rare #11

 

I bought this "Super Rare" on yahoojapan for somewhat of a good deal (collecting is of course subjective). Finding any "Super Rare" for less than 100 EUR for me is a good deal and this sculpt cost me about 80 EUR (circa $98).

 

Especially considering he is readily available in Flesh, Blue or Yellow online for much more money.

 

It's Blue and I can only imagine winning this listing was a combination of luck and multiple other "Super Rare" listing being sold and ending at the same time by the same seller.

 

We have seen many incarnations of VTR since this Pachi release, so VTR definitely made an impact in the hearts of Kinnikuman fans!

 

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 09:38 AM

The two "Super Rares" are placed inside my Japanese acrylic case along with my Part 28 to Part 30 collection.

 

Since to me those are my Kinkeshi "Holy Grails"; I want all the sculpts possible in complete color trees:

 

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 05:36 AM

"Super Rare" sculpts are expensive but the next best thing for me was these EricNilla recasts. Here is a set of "Super Rare" #17 in all 5 colors:

 

 

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Here is an original #17 Blue next to the recast:

 

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 05:40 AM

They also display nicely along my other creme de la creme Kinkeshi:

 

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 05:49 AM

Plus two more recasts of Super Rares in #04 Haniwaman & Violenceman:

 

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