The sculpt was not a part of the known MUSCLEMANIA collection. The counterfeiting company seemed to create multiple “new sculpts” by taking a portion of a figure and affixing it to a large coin-like circle.
The original Kinnikuman kinkeshi figures, in Part 30, had a special anniversary coin.Is this where the counterfeiters drew their inspiration? Was this common for other kinkeshi figures?
Most likely, the MUSCLEMANIA “coin” was the easiest way to repurpose a MUSCLEMANIA sculpt. The coin is also quite flat. Is that a result of trying to use as little plastic as possible to reduce costs?
There was also a fifth counterfeit color that needed to be added – a translucent Blue.
These figures were purchased from RetroWorldKorea.
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