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Showcase #35: Japan/Taiwan/Hong Kong: Kinnikuman Travel Musings


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#51 kayfabe1985

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:38 AM

2nd trip to Mandarake Grand Chaos (this time with pictures; thanks to my wife who snuck some shots).

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:49 AM

I bought a ton of Ramenman kinkeshi and now I have a full set of Part 1 (just buying the color variations when I see them).

I also bought 2 later part kinkeshi in other colors, Part 27 full set in Green & 1 Daishi backing board.

I saw this in Kyoto (kinnikuman energy drink shots!)

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:54 AM

I have been in Japan for 6 days now and this was just the 2nd Kinnikuman Gashapon machine I saw (Dotonburi). Weird; I heard the machines are constantly rotating new merchandise and releases (the new kinnikuman kinkeshi are about 3 months old now so that might explain it).

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 07:08 AM

Last day in Osaka and a nice way to end the trip before Tokyo with a 2nd trip to Jungle and the last toy stop in Osaka (day trip to Hiroshima was somber especially considering the current climate so it was nice to lighten the mood).

I can't recommend this store enough; the guy who is in charge of the kinkeshi aisle
Went out of his way to hook me up with the later part kinkeshi I needed.

He was surprised any foreigners were interested in kinkeshi; let alone Americans!

We talked shop for awhile about the Mattel line (which he knew nothing about).

I really was not expecting to find much in Osaka but boy was I wrong!

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 07:14 AM

I bought 3xs 1000 yen kinkeshi bags and some individual kinkeshi.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of the Part 16 figures I was missing!

These are just some kinkeshi from 1 freaking bag!!!!

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 07:16 AM

These are some my crown jewels; when I get home I'll clean them up. The Flesh versions of Part 28, Part 29 & Part 30 sculpts go for insane prices but the color versions are more reasonable.

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 07:46 AM

On man! I would kill for the gumball guy!


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:28 AM

That Buffalo man is great.
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 01:17 PM

I only collect kinnikuman exclusively (hence no neclos, I don't want to fall on another lake) ;)

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:21 AM

Arrived in Tokyo today and my first toy stop was Mandarake Shibuya (since my hotel is in Shinjuku) and it disappointed me kinkeshi wise (no kinnikuman kinkeshi) but for those who dig Gundam or Neclos; this is the place for you! Saw a giant Neclos bag for sale.

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:32 AM

I bought 2 things:

-Weekly Shonen Jump with the 1st official Kinnikuman story (1979 #22)
-Premium Collection Vol. 3 (I already own this but I want 1 box to keep mint and one to open the figures)

*if you haven't bought this yet it is now available online at Mandarake and other retailers for an affordable price (you should not be paying more than 5,000-6,000 yen for vol. 3)

Vol. 1 is also about 5,000 yen but vol. 2 has skyrocketed to 14,000 yen (due to popular sculpts in the set; am happy I bought this months ago for more than half of that price).

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:41 AM

The next stop was The Mori Museum for the Weekly Shonen Jump exhibit (they have a restaurant with manga themes!). Last fall they had a Godzilla/Kaiju exhibit I enjoyed but this was at a whole other level (especially as a kinnikuman fan).

Unfortunately not allowed to take pictures inside.

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:46 AM

Some more pics (it costs 2,000 yen and when you reach the end of the exhibit you get two free stickers before entering the shop with exclusives).

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:50 AM

Some restaurant pics...

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:53 AM

My wife and I's burgers!

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:57 AM

My exclusives haul (so much cool stuff available)...

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:00 AM

Kinnikuman T-Shirt & some cookies (I bought this because of the friendship box; bigger version of the small one featured in the anniversary manga boxed set release; when I finish the cookies I will put some kinkeshi inside!)

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:04 AM

The exhibit catalog, program & 2 page layout reproductions from weekly shonen jump pages...

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:07 AM

Crystal versions of Premium vol 1 & vol 2 boxes (2xs each; one to open and one to keep mint)

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:10 AM

Premium Vol 1

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:12 AM

Premium vol. 2

You cant buy any of the exclusives without first buying a ticket for the exhibition.

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 09:56 PM

I own one already (thats why I didnt take him) but I think that one cost either 500 or 800 yen (not 100%)

 

Dang. I really want one! I am jealous of your awesome trip.  


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:06 AM

Next stop was Nakano Broadway!

I hit up 3 places (Mandarake Microkan Store, Chojin Graveyard & a small "mom & pop" kinkeshi store)

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:17 AM

Chojin Graveyard is pretty much the Kin29shop but it has rotating exhibitions relating to Kinnikuman or Pro Wrestling. Last fall (I can't remember his name but he also has a shop himself) an artist showcased some Lucha Libre inspired art (he also makes wrestling gear for wrestlers in Japan like Kenny Omega & The Bucks).

This year it was the anniversary of Five Star Toys (sofubi company that makes Kinnikuman Sofubis); they had the entire run until now on display.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:25 AM

I bought 1 shirt & 1 hat (when paying they let you pick out a Five Star Toys origami and when you open it; it entitles you to a free Kinnikuman character mask depending on the name of the paper; I ended up getting 2 Mariposa masks).

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