This set featured seven brand new Kinnikuman/M.U.S.C.L.E. sculpts. With that many new sculpts you might expect some clunkers – but you would be wrong. I believe, so far, this is the best set of new figures.
At first I thought this figure might be a new #161 figure. But Bandai said it was a brand new sculpt. When I looked at the #161 and this figure I was convinced it was pretty different. At a minimum, it was a significant change to the character.
The figure’s head and face remind me of the long-face from Beetlejuice, but that’s a laudable trait to me. For an inexplicable reason I didn’t expect to like this figure, but he was a huge positive surprise.
This is a classic M.U.S.C.L.E. design. There are recognizable pieces but the entirety of the figure feels 100% original.
I don’t want most of these figures in multiple colors, but I want this one. This is easily one of my favorite new figures.
If I was going to force myself to be critical, then I would say the only negative is that the figures seems to obviously be a bad guy. But is that intrinsically bad? Probably not, but it is the only fault I can find with the figure.
Does this figure come from early Kinnikuman stories or is he a more recent character?
I can’t imagine its the latter, but with the original artists still working on Kinnikuman it’s not impossible.
This feels like a more radical, unorthodox design for Kinnikuman, but it totally works. For me, this is a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure that has one foot in the past and the other pushing into the future. It has struck a perfect balance.
I also laughed as I was looking at the picture. I noticed his dick guard. I hadn’t noticed it before and it cracked me up in the best possible way.
I don’t know much about the Mars character, but I’ve never really cared for him. I didn’t dislike him; I was indifferent. I like this design more than any other I have seen. The helmet and chest design are much cooler than anything I have seen before.
Or, maybe, he’s not a Mars character – and that’s why I like him.
This is my least favorite figure from this set. He hits me with a general Wilfred vibe. That vibe is neither good nor bad.
This is like a modern #159 figure. He isn’t good or bad. He’s just a fine M.U.S.C.L.E. figure. He’s a part of the set.
I’m sure that reads far more negative than I intend.
I love the design. I can’t say anything more than, “THIS is a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure!”
Each wave is just getting better and better from Bandai. Something that, as a constant cynic, I certainly didn’t expect. My support of that statement isn’t only rooted in the seven new figures. I was also blown away by two re-sculpts.
I like both of these figures better than the originals. An admission shocking to even me – especially me. I think Meat is the best sculpt I have ever seen of him. People may disagree about the #175 figure, but I think it is a vast improvement.
You should add these figures to your M.U.S.C.L.E. collection. My suggestion for getting them is buying them through Mandarake. As of writing you can get them for about $55 plus shipping. I think that is a total steal.
I also think Mandarake should send me a thank you box or deep discount for sending M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors to them.