Counterfeit Red and Yellow Coins with the #15 Figure

I have been negligent updating the MUSCLEMANIA archives. The most egregious oversight has been failing to document the counterfeit MUSCLEMANIA coins.

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.

Yellow Coin – Back

Coin Size Comparison

Translucent Blue #20

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.

If you have any MUSCLEMANIA pictures to add to the archive, then please email a high-resolution picture to the University of M.U.S.C.L.E.. Please take the picture on a white background. Thank you!

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  1. #1 by Retro World Korea on July 24, 2018 - 9:18 pm

    I should have explained what these were better. They are used in a game called “ddakji”. It’s played the same way as POGS. They made ddakji it both cardboard and rubber forms.

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