Showcase #14: Great Deka Kinkeshi
If I had a chronological order for my collecting I would put the Great Deka KInkeshi at number five. I would rate them number three in my collection though. They are beautiful in there simplicity and display greatly (although a bit bulky it’s totally worth making the space for them).
The set consists of 31 figures (about 16cm) + The Kinnikuman Great Muscle Driver Box set w/Buffalo Man and Kinnikuman (Showcase #4) & The Kinnikuman Great Muscle Buster Box set w/Neptune Man and Kinnikuman (I will showcase that set in the future).
They were released in sets with a chronological order. You can follow the numbering with the packaging on the left hand corner (#1 to #31 respectively). They all came with an insert that had a checklist of the respective set or you could usually tell by the characters featured in the blister card.
While collecting the regular 9cm Deka I acquired my first Great Deka (Warsman) and I was hooked!
I didn’t start collecting them right away. I waited until January of this year and tried focusing almost exclusively on this line (distracted by the Mattel line hahaha). It took me about 6 months to complete the entire collection; getting 10 of them in random order was super easy for example. But once you get to the half point it becomes more difficult since certain sculpts are harder to come by.
The difficult sculpts to find: Kinnikuman, Hawkman, Ramenman, Black Hole, Pentagon, Terry Man, Akuma Shogun, The Ninja, Geronimo, Screw Kid, Kinnikuman Zebra, Rikishiman, Leoparudon, The Manriki, Mr. VTR & finally Kendaman.
The easiest to find: Warsman, Neptune Man, Sunshine, Buffalo Man & Brocken Jr., Kinnikuman Great, Kinnikuman Phoenix, Mariposa, Kinnikuman Soldier, Big Body
The factors for me include price, condition (finding them bright pink/flesh and not discolored which sometimes cannot be helped) and if they are sold loose or new (new ones can be found online).
Just like the regular 9cm Deka I acquired extras.
I have a total of 17 Great Deka doubles which I plan on painting or commissioning them to get painted (I have only managed to paint 2 of them so far).
Two good sources for me about the set was Mandarake’s REX Magazine #06 2015 and in September of 2016 UofM’s Professor Terry posted a blog about them (big props):
If you choose to collect these go the yahoojapan route. ebay is way overpriced for these and even with the international shipping on average the Great Dekas end up being cheaper when purchased from Japan.
Also when looking at listing pictures you might find the Great Dekas look dirty or stained; I would take the risk because I found that with a proper cleaning most dirt and markings can be removed and then you end up with a steal/deal!
Edited by kayfabe1985, 30 June 2017 - 01:35 PM.