Monday, December 30, 2013

Kinnikuman vol 45!

Kinnikuman vol 45 | Jump Comics
True Power of the Palo Special!
Japanese text | 192 Pages | 420円
1/14/14 @Amazon Japan

*Image Compliments of Yudetamago

Friday, December 6, 2013

Avengers x Kinnikuman

Yudetamago Avengers Project! 
Marvel x Yudetamago x Shonen Jump
Thor & Captain America Exclusive Artwork
First Appearance: Weekly Shonen Jump 1/4/14 Issue
500 Exclusive Posters with Artwork by Yudetamago

*Image Compliments of Yudetamago

Yudetamago announced today that they were commissioned by Marvel and Jump Comics to do an official piece of artwork to promote the upcoming "Avengers series" movies in Japan.  The Kinnikuman Universe styled Marvel heroes will first appear in an upcoming issue of WSJ.  Posters will then be included as premiums for the first 500 Japanese presale tickets sold for Captain America: The Winter Solider and Thor: The Dark World.  

This is very exciting news for American Comic Book fans who also read Kinnikuman.  It is rather rare to see collaborations like this between publishers, let alone American comic collaborations with Yudetamago.  I am very impressed with Nakai-sensei's rendition of both Thor and Cap.  They look like they are about to jump right into a ring with Kinnikuman and help the rest of the Seigi Choujin take on Akuma Shogun!  I also thought that it was a nice touch where he added famous Kinnikuman battlegrounds from the Kinniku Throne and Dream Tag Arcs. 

Fantastic work all around, and many Congratulations to Yudetamago!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

肉の日 Kinnikuman Day x Kin Fan Friday ~ 金ファンフライデー Part 10

Happy Kinnikuman Day!*
Kin Fan Friday Kinnikuman Day Edition ~ 金ファンフライデー Part 10
Yudekkii: Oshiman
Country: Japan 日本

Akuma Shogun is one of his favorites

M.U.S.C.L.E. figures in Japan!  Very diverse selection of Kinkeshi on display!

Amazing Custom BE@RBRICK Collection!
*Friday the 29th is a bit of a word play in Japanese that cleverly works out to represent "Kinniku day." The "Kin" in Kinyoubi (Friday), coupled with the "ni" ( 2) and "ku" (9) of the 29th end up forming Kin-ni-ku.

Kinnikuman Ninja Inferno

The Ninja
Toyful Exclusive
Five Star Toy Nostalgic Sofvi Collection EX
Made in Japan | 8,800円
11/30 Pre-Order @TOYFUL

*Image Compliments of Toyful

The Ninja
Toyful Exclusives
CCP Muscular Collection Vol.025
Waterbird Feather Ring Variant & Original Version
8,229円 | Pre-Order @TOYFUL | July 2014 Release

*Image Compliments of Toyful

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kinnikuman Black & Gold

Buffaloman "Black Body Version"
KIN29SHOP x arktz
Five Star Toy Nostalgic Sofvi Collection
Limited Run of 50 Figures | Made in Japan | 7350円
11/20 | 20 Pieces @Ikebukuro Sunshine City KIN29SHOP
11/29 | 30 Pieces 7350円 @arktz

*Image Compliments of KIN29SHOP

Monday, November 18, 2013

QUOLOMO x Kinnikuman Tees

QUOLOMO x Kinnikuman
QUOLOMO | Black or White | XS ~ XL
Sunshine | Buffaloman | Warsman
Robin Mask | Kinnikuman | Ashuraman
4,500円 @Good Sound Store

*Image Compliments of QUOLOMO

Friday, November 15, 2013

Kin Fan Friday ~ 金ファンフライデー Part 9

Kin Fan Friday #9
Yudekkii: Terry aka AllSportDVD
Country: Australia オーストラリア

Kinnikuman Colosseum


Great Kinkeshi Attack!
91' Series Goodness

Wow!  Reminds me of some of the great store displays I have seen in Japan.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kinnikuman Zangyaku Choujin Sofubi

Brocken Jr. 
PDS Color Version
Punk Drunkers x Five Star Toy
Limited to 100 Pieces
7,350円 @Punk Drunkers

*Image Compliments of Punk Drunkers

Monday, October 28, 2013

Kinnikuman Neptune King Sofubi Debut

Neptune King "Toyful Pink Version"
Five Star Toy Nostalgic Sofvi Collection
Limited Run of 29 Figures | Made in Japan
Pre-Order 10/29 |  6,000円 @TOYFUL

*Image Compliments of Five Star Toy

Friday, October 25, 2013

Buffaloman CCP Revival

CCP Muscular Collection Vol.EX
Beard Version | 8,925円 | Limited to 500
Satan Version w/LED eyes | 8,925円 | Limited to 666
Dual flow x CCP Buffaloman Ring | Silver | 35,500円

*Image Compliments of CCP

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Retro Kinnikuman Sofubi in the USA!

Kinnikuman N.S.C. Reborn Series
Medicom x Five Star Toy
Removable Mask w/GID Head 
$124.99 @ Toy Tokyo

*Image Compliments of Five Star Toy

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kinnikuman vol 44!

Kinnikuman vol 44 | Jump Comics
Return of the Master and Student!
Japanese text | 192 Pages | 420円
Out now @Amazon Japan

*Image Compliments of Yudetamago

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Kinnikuman x Yamashiroya

Most Dangerous Combo (Tag Team)
Brocken Jr. x Wolfman | Original Ver. 2
Yamashiroya x Five Star Toy
Five Star Toy Nostalgic Sofvi Collection
7,140円 each @Yamashiroya

*Image Compliments of Five Star Toy

*Image Compliments of Five Star Toy

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Super Festival 63 Namakeshi!

Namakeshi Super Release
SuperFestival 63
Mitari booth D-19
9/29 | Tokyo

スーパーフェスティバル 63
9/29 | みたりテーブル No:D-19
会場: 東京九段下 科学技術館

*New DeathMatch & Meatgrinders + 1/1's and "out of the vault" past figures!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Ninja Five Star Toy Sofubi Debut!

The Ninja "Toyful Pink Version"
Five Star Toy Nostalgic Sofvi Collection
Limited Quantities | Made in Japan
Pre-Order 9/28 |  4,500円 @TOYFUL

*Image Compliments of Five Star Toy

Friday, September 20, 2013

Kaikodo: Kinnikuman Hot Spot Update

Kaikodo: Vintage Toy Shop Update
Kinnikuman Hot Spot (A Nama Niku Favorite)
Where: Saitama Japan and Online @ and Yahoo Japan Auctions
Kinnikuman items galore: Vintage, Vinyl, Kinkeshi, Romando, Microman, Gashapon etc.
English Inquiries, PayPal and Overseas Orders (via email only) are Welcome!

As previously mentioned on Nama Niku, Kaikodo is without a doubt one of the most impressive toy resellers I have ever visited.  I stopped by the shop last week as part of my yearly Kinnikuman Japan pilgrimage, and was graciously given permission to snap pics!

Romando x Kaikodo Prototypes!  (Display Only)
I give Kaikodo major street credit for exclusive collaborations with companies like Y.MSF and Romando.  It is also the only place to get your hands on a super limited run of Romando x Kaikodo Kinnikuman vinyl figures.  (10 figures in all, hand painted and Made in Japan).

Romando x Kaikodo!
Kaikodo's owner, Yutaka-san, speaks English and just so happens to be a huge seller on Yahoo Japan Auctions.  You can email them directly to inquire about any of their exclusive Kinnikuman figures, in store items (examples shown in my pics), or any of their current Yahoo Japan auctions.  In many cases they can sell their Yahoo items to you directly (outside of Yahoo) if they are still available.

Holy Keshi!!!
MOC Romando Figures!
Inventory changes on a daily basis, so let them know if there is a particular item you are looking for.
Helpful Links:

The complete Romando x Kaikodo Exclusive line
Kaikodo Kinnikuman items search on Yahoo Japan Auctions
English contact email

Romando Figures History Display!
Muscle Spark Romando Prototype in my collection from the good people at Kaikodo. ありがとうございました!
Check out these pics of all the amazing toy lines they carry ~ Happy shopping, and be sure to tell them Nama Niku sent you! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Kinnikuman Shop + GOCCODO!

NEW"Kinniku Shop" in Tokyo!
Kinnikuman Official KIN29SHOP
Sunshine City Alta 1F | Ikebukuro

*Image Compliments of BamBam88
The Master with many of his most recent designs!
I had a great surprise on my last visit to the shop, when I met up with BamBam88 super designer extraordinaire GOCCODO!  According to Ikegami-san, Shigeta-san (GOCCODO) has designed around 15 or so Kinnikuman T Shirts, with his recent efforts making the bulk of the new crazy rad KMA series.

In addition to being an incredibly talented sketch artist, GOCCODO is also very well known and respected for his work in the sofubi world.  It was a real honor getting to talk with him for a while about Kinnikuman, design work, molding and casting, and my favorite subject, Kinkeshi!

Many thanks once again to Ikegami-san and the whole BamBam88 crew!

Art Junkie Tokyo: Kinnikuman and Nama Niku Approved!

Suguru "Emotions" T Shirt
Kinnikuman x Art Junkie
White, Black w/red or Argyle
S ~ XL (Athletic Fit)

Nama Niku's Color of Choice!

Robin Mask "Catch" T Shirt
Kinnikuman x Art Junkie
Royal Blue, Black or Argyle
S ~ XL (Athletic Fit)

Robin Mask vs Kato-San!

Overseas fans can easily order these directly from Art Junkie!  AJ will ship overseas and takes PayPal if you contact them via email with no problem at all!

Be sure to include the design, size, color and quantity along with your address so AJ can calculate shipping.  I have ordered from them many times with no problems at all.  See their site for more details.
The owner, Kato-san, speaks English so communication via email is very easy!  Also be sure to visit Art Junkie on facebook.
Nama Niku with Art Junkie at the NNWA Keshi Event in Tokyo!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mandarake Microkan: Kinnikuman Heaven at the Nakano Broadway

Mandarake Microkan
Nakano Broadway (Tokyo)
Website | twitter | English Contact Form

"Micro" Miyakoshi-san, Director of Mandarake Micro & Nama Niku

Rare and Uncommon Kinkeshi on Display.  Inventory updates daily, so check back often!

The Mandarake Microkan in Nakano offers the best selection of Kinnikuman items, period.  From Kinkeshi and rare vintage items, to hard to find modern day goodies, they have it all.  CCP, Five Star Toy, Bandai, Microman, and Romando are all part of their featured lines.  The Microkan staff knows more about Kinkeshi and Kinnikuman than just about anyone around.  More importantly, they are also fans of the series, and can point you in the right direction regardless of what collectibles you are looking for.

Not sure what Mandarake currently has in stock?  Check out their English site's massive selection of current Kinnikuman Items via super simple online cart and checkout functionality.

Keep in mind however that the vast majority of their Kinkeshi items are not posted online.  For those, be sure to follow the official Microkan twitter feed for real time inventory updates.  Any items featured via twitter are available for purchase through their English Contact Form.  Most uncommon Kinkeshi items move very quickly.  Figures often fly off the shelves the very same day they arrive, so act fast!

Once you send your item inquiry, Mandarake will respond with product availability, pricing and shipping quotes.  Looking for something special or hard to find?  Friendly English speaking staff are more than willing to help you look for anything you need.  PayPal and fast overseas shipping is no problem!

Everything in this case is eligible for online sales!  Just shoot them a message via their English Contact Form.

Hunting for specific Kinkeshi to complete your collection?  Look no further!

These GIANT Kinkeshi grab bags are a fantastic value and can all be shipped overseas!

30 + Dekakeshi for under $10?  Insane!
Romando Figures Galore!  Chances are if you are looking for it, they have it.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Rare Kinnikuman Kinkeshi History

Vintage Bandai Kinnikuman "Custom Contest" Poster
Circa 1984 (Most likely displayed in Japanese toy stores)
Mediums: (A) Kinkeshi  (B) Plastic Figures
Categories: (1) Custom Color Paint (3) Fight Pose (3) Dream Match

*Scan of original poster from my personal collection

*Poster Back: Contest Rules and Stipulations

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kinnikuman: The Demon from the Clouded Sky

The Mountain
Original + Special Version + Terryman "Black Pants" Variant
CCP Muscular Collection Vols 29 & 30
Single Figures and Multiple Sets Available
Ships March 2014 | Various Prices
Pre-Orders up now @CCP

*Image Compliments of CCP

*Image Compliments of CCP

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ikebukuro Sunshine City Kinnikuman Muscle Shop

Kinnikuman Muscle Shop Ikebukuro
Official KIN29SHOP
Sunshine City Alta 1F
Now through 9/1/13

New Era 59Fifty & other Niku hat madness
Exclusive Five Star Toy Sofubi on Display
While the flagship Kinnikuman Muscle Shop resides in Koenji, the BamBam88 crew runs a few temporary specialty shops throughout Japan at any given time.  The idea is to give Niku fans throughout Japan access to exclusive Kinnikuman merchandise, while also creating direct geographical significance to the actual store location.

The Sunshine City shop for example is a nod to the character Sunshine, as Yudetamago named and designed him after the Sunshine 60 building.  Where this particular shop is located in the Sunshine City complex, many of the exclusive shirt designs featured Sunshine hovering menacingly over the building's exterior.

I have been to a few of these over the years, and have to say that this location is without a doubt one of the best setups I have seen.  The selection of T-Shirts, hats, accessories and toys is top notch, with plenty of Gaijin friendly sizes in almost every design to boot!  I was also impressed with the friendliness of the staff, and the awesome Kinnikuman music playing in the background.

Just a few of the five different Sunshine T-Shirt designs on display

Friday, August 16, 2013

Kinnikuman Canadian Backbreaker Special

Big Bombers
Canadian Man x Special Man
Figure King x CCP
CCP Muscular Collection
Vols 31 & 32 | Figure King Variants
Pre-Order up soon @mono shop
Original Versions up now @CCP

*Image Compliments of CCP