Monday Morning M.U.S.C.L.E. Musings #135

Kinkeshi Premium Akuma Shogun Sculpts
By Professor Terry

Last week in my review of the Kinkeshi Premium Vol.8 I mentioned how the Akuma Shogun sculpt in the series was the 7th Akuma Shogun figure released. It actually bugs me enough to dedicate an entire MMMM to the figure. It may turn into more of a rant actually. Let’s start with a few comparisons with other mini figure sets that contain the figure:

– M.U.S.CL.E. – there are 2 in the 236 figure set. I feel this is the right amount for the size of the set.
– Original Kinkeshi – there are 4 of him in a 418 figure set. Are we sensing a pattern yet?
– 1991 Kinkeshi – The isn’t one in the 36 new sculpts
– Kinkeshi Premium/Gashapon – there are 7 (so far) in just over 150 total sculpts (and more in the pairs)

What the hell has changed? Has he become the 2nd most popular character in Japan? Does he sell a lot of T-Shirts?

Jokes aside my guess is that he must be the favourite sculpt of the person creating all the new figures. Whilst I love the work being done here and certainly ecstatic about new figures bi-monthly that feel like M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures, the fact of the matter is I literally groan every time I see another Akuma Shogun in the new releases. I really like 2 of the 7. If the other 5 were never released I wouldn’t bat an eyelid.

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  1. #1 by TheOrgg on February 4, 2019 - 3:46 pm

    Akuma Shogun is the MAJOR re-occurring villain in the series. He pops up twice during the storyline and once in one of the movies.

    And he’s a badass.

    If you want to see yourself, go to and get the episodes from 66 until the current episode; the fight with him is half-over.

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