Showcase #30: 2002 Nintendo Game Cube Kinnikuman Nisei Kinkeshi (キン消しII世Ver.)
It’s really amazing how much the Kinnikuman franchise has stood the test of time. Despite it being more popular with adults who grew up with the anime you still see the franchise featured in cross promotions with respected Japanese companies.
In 2002, Nintendo as a promotion for their Game Cube console released some Kinnikuman Nisei Kinkeshi (it was a pre-order giveaway).
The box had two giant capsules (at some point in Japan I noticed the capsules got bigger and bigger; I often end up leaving them in Japan now because it’s a pain when it comes to luggage space) and each capsule had 5 figures each.
One capsule was red and was one blue for a total of 10 Kinkeshi. All the Kinkeshi are flesh color but the material is much harder than the earlier vintage releases. Way more in line with the Mattel MUSCLE line; they also come with an insert but it’s funny how during production they put the figures in the wrong capsules (I have heard about this from other people too). Meaning the figures in the red capsule should be in the blue capsule and vice versa.
I often think this set/Kinkeshi get overlooked because the series again does not get the love the original anime did.
The detail of the figures is awesome and it’s a pity they didnt make more. Technically these are not for resale but you can buy them in the wild. Often you will see these Kinkeshi sold individually for insane prices but you can buy the entire set for cheaper (I bought my set new & sealed for about $13 + shipping). Mandarake always has them in stock but I can’t seem to find the blue box released in 2004. I highly recommend these!
Edited by kayfabe1985, 31 July 2017 - 12:20 PM.