Kinkeshi were re-released in 1991 in three figure packs with an assortment of regular Kinkeshi figures mixed in with a bunch of new sculpts! All the Kinkeshi figures and new sculpts were re-created in a firmer, shinier rubber (similar to M.U.S.C.L.E. but still flexible like original Kinkeshi). They still came in flesh plus the four regular Kinkeshi colors. The re-release also included some in a clear blue which were chase figures.
The 1991 series is split into three subseries 91-1, 91-2, and 91-3. The 91-3 series are the toughest to find and I have just the three figures: Nakano San The Announcer, Kinkotsuman, and Iwao. These figures can be quite pricey, of the three I own each one cost over $50.
Now on to my collection – I quite like the 1991 sculpts for a number of reasons. Some such as Mariposa and Big Body (M.U.S.C.L.E. figures #166 and #164 respectively) look much better in this format. They have a beefier look to them.
Others figures look totally different. Buffaloman has the WWE Legion of Doom shoulder pads added on to him. Mammothman and King the Tons look awesome in their new incarnations too! What’s even better is most of the figures are $10 each (or thereabouts).
Sorry to say there are a few sculpts that I would have loved to see in the 1991 set – most notably M.U.S.C.L.E. Characters Sunshine, Ashuraman, Rikishiman and the Claw. But we can’t always get what we want.
The reason I have bought so many of these 1991 figures are because of their bright colors (they don’t look dull in color like original Kinkeshi), the M.U.S.C.L.E.-like texture, and, most importantly, all the new cool sculpts that are in the line. These figures really stand out on the display shelves!