Monday Morning M.U.S.C.L.E. Musings #125


Kinkeshi Premium Set Vol. 6
By Professor Terry

Here we are again with another set of Kinkeshi Premium and another review. With 6 sets now, the premium flesh series sits at 90 figures, plus 1 prize figure and the colored variants. Bandai have really been pumping these out and I love it.

I know I said Vol. 5 was my favorite so far and that is still true…by a whisker. Between Vol. 5 and Vol. 6 we have 7 of my 10 favorite figures in the entire series!

Lets start with what I feel are the best 3 in this set.

Iwao – He is one of my favorite M.U.S.C.L.E. figures and this version does not disappoint. In fact I might even like it more than figure #23. The expression on his face and the pose are fantastic, it brings him to life. Funny side note is this figure and the M.U.S.C.L.E. figure are in the minority of versions of Iwao I own in that don’t have him with a tail.

Neptuneman with cape of faces – We have already had a Neptuneman figure released in this series. However this version of him sporting a cape full of faces of characters he has beaten is fantastic. The only other version I have is a Deka Battle Royal figure with the cape. It’s quite a big figure too but due to the cape he is actually difficult to stand up on his his own

Neptune King – M.U.S.C.L.E. figure 56 was a holy grail for me as a kid so this figure is a very welcome addition for me. I still like the M.U.S.C.L.E. better though

These next 4 are also really good figures, in any other set they would also be among the best

Bikeman – not a figure that has been released in a lot of series but this version of Bikeman is WAY better than the M.U.S.C.L.E. one, he’s solid, has awesome detail and looks more like a Bikeman should look like, I love him.

Prince Kamehame – I’ve become fond of this figure ever since I heard about the real life person he was based on in Hawaii when I was there, this figure for me sits between the Kinnikuman Part 30 figure and the M.U.S.C.L.E. – he’s a pretty cool figure

The Parthenon – Wow, very chunky and intimidating figure. I don’t own the 1991 Kinkeshi of this guy but this figure reminds me of that one. It is certainly a standout. There seems to be 3 figures in each volume of Kinkeshi Premium that seem to be a bit larger than life. The boxes they come in also reflect that with 3 bigger spaces for figures. This figure is an obvious choice.

The Samurai – this guy might not be known to M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors and therefore may be thought of as a new sculpt. He isn’t. This is essentially Neptuneman in a different outfit, there are also Kinnikuman Part 30 and Romando versions of this figure. I’m not sure where the Samurai name comes from as this doesn’t look like what I pictured to be Samurai getup.

The next lot are again a good solid bunch of figures, not wow material for me but if I was building a set of figures with 100 sculpts (or now close to) I would include these guys

Kendaman – Good version of this figure, similar to M.U.S.C.L.E. figure #230. I can see Bandai doing another version of this figure.

Screw Kid – He is what you would expect, no screws for hands. A reproduction of a figure already done.

Kinnikuman Phoenix – Best thing about this figure is the pose. Hands on hips. It’s very close to my favorite pose so far. He looks like he doesn’t care to be in the set almost. Great addition

Akuma Shogun – For those counting this is the 4th Akuma Shogun in the 6 volumes. What is up with this guy? This one is very different to the others at least with having Sunshine’s arms and 1 of Junkman’s hands. It’s okay, not as good as the Vol. 5 figure.

Kinnikuman in armour – Every set has a version of Kinnikuman. This one has him in the armour, similar to Kinkeshi Part 29. That seems to be a bit of a them this volume, late part Kinkeshi.

Ramenman with Dragon – this is a version of the Super Rare M.U.S.C.L.E. however, without the dragon on his shoulder. The outfit he is wearing is the same though. It’s the best Ramenman they’ve done. I still like M.U.S.C.L.E. #82 better

Kinnikuman Zebra – Bit disappointed in this one. I had to look close to see it was Zebra, he also seems a bit skinny.

Lastly, this Volume only contained 1 completely new sculpt – again I don’t know the name but he looks pretty darn cool! The mask and hairstyle combined with the wrestling suit he’s wearing give him a great look. He would actually be in my top 5 for the completely new sculpts.

Back next week to look at a M.U.S.C.L.E. favorite that has now been re-released by Bandai.

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