What does that YSNT mean?
The answer is surprisingly simple – but very interesting. The original Japanese Kinnikuman figures were stamped with this very specific Y/S*N*T copyright. The “©” is obviously for the copyright.
The S stands for Shueisha, which was the company that published Kinnikuman in Japan. Specifically Shueisha published Weekly Shōnen Jump which featured the Kinnikuman comic.
The N stands for the Nippon Television Network Corporation. This was the network that broadcast the cartoon (produced by Toei Animation) and based on the Yudetamago comic (originally published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump).
The T stands for Toei Animation. This was the company that produced the cartoon Kinnikuman that was broadcast on Nippon Television.
But there is still a curiosity. The ©and Y/S*N*T are easy to decipher. However astute collectors will notice there is still another letter – actually two letters. M.U.S.C.L.E. figures feature a fifth letter. Figures either have a B or a P on their back. But what does it mean?
Perhaps it is related to the production? The mold? Maybe something else entirely? Maybe Joe selected the B figures and maybe production selected the P figures? Is it just a crummy B stamp that looks like a P?
What do you think the B and P letters mean?