Super7 teases folks with “December 9” release date for their M.U.S.C.L.E. ALIENS figures! First seen circa NYCC, here are a few snaps of the blister-carded figures in “flesh” colorway, each priced at US$20 for 3 figures per pack. (images via toyark.com).
WHAT-IS: ”Kinkeshi (キン消し, lit. "KinnikuEraser") is an extensive and popular line of collectible erasers, an instance of the modern Japanese popular culture institution of keshi. The keshi it includes are monochromatic and derived from the Kinnikuman (キン肉マン) anime and manga franchise, whose primary motif is professional wrestling.And while I am not a huge follower of “Kinkeshi” toys - as intrigued as I am by them - I am however a fan of “Aliens”, and THIS may well tip me to the Kinkeshi-side, maybe…
The line was launched in Japan in 1983, and licensed in 1985 for the American market as M.U.S.C.L.E. (reflecting Kinnikuman's English title of Muscleman). M.U.S.C.L.E. used a harder rubber than Kinkeshi; its U.S. sequel, Ultimate Muscle, had a small release of about twenty Kinkeshi, though a larger run of figures using a plastic softer than M.U.S.C.L.E. but not eraser-like was released exclusively in the USA." (Wiki)