Ultimate Muscle - The Kinnikuman Legacy

G2 Small PVC Figures

 

Basics:

There are 60 figures total in sets 1-4. That's 15 figures per set, but in all actuality there are some crossover figures between the 4 sets, such as the posed set of Mantaro (Kid Muscle) doing the Kinniku-Driver on Kinnikuman Suguru (King Muscle), which is in sets 2 and 4. The figures are approximately the same size as the original Kinkeshi or M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. The plastic is a semi rubbery or soft plastic, the same that is used to make the Romandoh figures, which is the same as is used in the soft parts of the new GI Joe and Transformers line. It is NOT the same as M.U.S.C.L.E.s or any incarnation of past Kinkeshi. They smell like a new vinyl blow up ball coming out of the package or a pool liner. They come in either Flesh, Yellow, Blue, Red, Gold, Silver (variant color) or Full Color. Yellow, blue, red and flesh are solid color plastic. Gold, silver and full color are painted. They also come with one playing card, randomly inserted. So far I have seen Mantaro, Robin Mask, Kinnikuman Suguru and Terry the Kid.

Here is the card back:

 

The back of the package has 39 characters on it, however even though there are 60 different figures in Series 1-4, there are only 25 different characters from the card back used. There are a couple of exceptions. The Gen X version of Jade/Jaeger is used, but it could very well be any of the 4 Gen X fighters, as they all looked the same before revealing their identities. Also, Scar Face/Eskara is used in his gangster outfit, but the back of the packaging shows his true form.

 

 

 

Set 1:

Set 1 comes with 15 figures, as seen in these 2 pictures,

Displayed:

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (full color)

Terry the Kid (gold)

Jade/Jaeger (full color)

Canada Boy (yellow)

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (red) and Blood Killer/Adversarious (blue) - Kinniku-Buster pose

Kevin Mask (flesh)

 

Hidden:

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (flesh)

Gazelleman/Dik Dik van Dik (red)

Sieuchin/Wally Tusket (red) and Max Man/Pumpinator (blue) - Full Body Pin pose

Tel Tel Boy/Dialbolic (blue)

Robin Mask (red)

Checkmate (flesh or silver)

Buffaloman (yellow)

 

 

 

Set 2:

 

Set 2 comes with 15 figures, as seen in these 2 pictures,

 

Displayed:

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (full color)

Checkmate (gold)

Sieuchin/Wally Tusket (full color)

Rex King/Tyrannoclaw (yellow)

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (red) and Kinnikuman Suguru/King Muscle (blue) - Kinniku-Driver pose

Terry the Kid (flesh)

 

Hidden:

Jade/Jaeger (red) and Gazelleman/Dik Dik van Dik (blue) - Beefcake Hammer pose

DMP Dragon guy (red)

Anaconda/Boaconda (yellow)

Max Man/Pumpinator (yellow)

Warsman (red)

Kevin Mask (flesh or silver)

Niku/Meat (red)

 

 

 

Set 3:

 

Set 3 comes with 15 figures, as seen in these 2 pictures,

 

Displayed:

Terry the Kid (full color)

Kevin Mask (gold)

Checkmate (full color)

The Rigani/Cranky Doodle Craw Daddy (yellow)

Terry the Kid (red) and Rex King/Tyrannoclaw (blue) - Submission pose

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (flesh)

 

Hidden:

Kinnikuman Suguru/King Muscle (red)

Scar Face/Eskara (yellow)

DMP Devil guy (red)

Max Man/Pumpinator (blue)

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (flesh or silver)

Blood Killer/Adversarious (red)

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (red) and Blood Killer/Adversarious (blue) - Kinniku-Buster pose

 

 

 

Set 4:

 

Set 4 comes with 15 figures, as seen in these 2 pictures,

 

Displayed:

Kevin Mask (full color)

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (gold)

Gazelleman/Dik Dik van Dik (full color)

Ramenman (yellow)

Kevin Mask (red) and Gazelleman (blue) - Tower Bridge pose

Checkmate (flesh)

 

Hidden:

Terryman (red)

Jade/Jaeger (flesh)

Jade/Jaeger (red)

Barbarian (yellow)

Terry the Kid (flesh or silver)

Special Man Jr. (yellow)

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (red) and Kinnikuman Suguru/King Muscle (blue) - Kinniku-Driver pose

 

 

Colors

 

Yellow:

L-R:

Rex King (Tyrannoclaw)

The Rigani (Cranky Doodle Craw Daddy)

Max Man (Pumpinator) shoe form

Anaconda (Boaconda)

Scar Face (Eskara)

 

L-R:

Special Man Jr.

Ramen Man

Buffalo Man

Barbarian

Canadian Man Jr. (Canuckler)

 

Red

L-R:

Jade (Jaeger) in Gen X outfit

Blood Killer (Adversarius)

DMP Leader (unknown)

Gazelleman (Dik Dik Van Dik)

DMP Leader (unknown)

 

L-R:

Warsman

Kinnikuman Suguru (King Muscle)

Meat

Robin Mask

Terry Man

 

Blue

L-R:

Max Man (Pumpinator)

Tel Tel Boy (Dialbolic)

 

Posed Sets (red and blue)

L-R:

Terry the Kid (red) and Rex King/Tyrannoclaw (blue) - Submission pose

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (red) and Blood Killer/Adversarious (blue) - Kinniku-Buster pose

Jade/Jaeger (red) and Gazelleman/Dik Dik van Dik (blue) - Beefcake Hammer pose

 

L-R:

Kevin Mask (red) and Gazelleman (blue) - Tower Bridge pose

Mantaro/Kid Muscle (red) and Kinnikuman Suguru/King Muscle (blue) - Kinniku-Driver pose

Sieuchin/Wally Tusket (red) and Max Man/Pumpinator (blue) - Full Body Pin pose

 

Full Color

L-R:

Kinniku Mantaro (Kid Muscle)

Gazelleman (Dik Dik Van Dik)

Terry the Kid

Sieuchin (Wally Tusket)

 

L-R:

Kevin Mask

Kinniku Mantaro (Kid Muscle)

Jade (Jaeger)

Checkmate

 

Gold

L-R:

Checkmate - Tower Mode

Terry the Kid

Kinniku Mantaro (Kid Muscle) powering up!

Kevin Mask

 

Flesh

L-R:

Jade (Jaeger)

Checkmate - Tower Mode

Kevin Mask

 

L-R:

Terry the Kid

Kinniku Mantaro (kid Muscle)

Kinniku Mantaro (kid Muscle)

 

Variants (flesh and silver)

L-R:

Kinniku Mantaro (Kid Muscle) powering up!

Terry the Kid

Checkmate

Kevin Mask

 

Out of the 3 complete series 1-4 sets I bought, I only got one of each silver and 2 of their flesh counterparts. That would suggest a 1-3 seed, but as I only got 3 sets (one for me, one for my son and one for my daughter) this isn't vary accurate. We'll have to wait and see how they are actually seeded.

 

Errata:

As far as I can tell, this IS all 60. No more colors or variants. So in actuality, $20 gets you the whole set, minus the other 4 flesh/silver variants that you will have to come up with.

I am SO looking forward to Series 5-8. Hopefully they come out within a couple of months.

 

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New Ultimate Muscle Gallery!

Jason from Robotube has sent us a link to his U.M. gallery. Some really sweet close ups of each figure!

Check them out HERE!

 

 

Stay tuned for more!