Friday, July 24, 2015

Flex Your Muscles! - Part 1

































One of the best things growing up in the 80's is that you got to collect these little guys. Brought over from Japan and repackaged as M.U.S.C.L.E. ( millions of unusual small creature lurking everywhere ) was the biggest thing for a kid to collect.

 Known in Japan as "Kinnikuman", It was a Manga turn Anime with a story that follows the character Kinnikuman the dim witted prince of a wrestling plant abandoned on earth as a child. This show is really weird and off the wall as you could probably guess with all the bizarre wrestlers, there was way to many cultural references that North American audiences just would not understand. That's why it was kept pretty simple when the collectible figures came over here. It is still going strong over in Japan with action figures, video games, full size statues, all kinds of goodies.

I colored mine based on the 80's Japanese cartoon show since all we had is the little pink fellows and no other color to speak of. Well not until later when they showed up in all kinds of different colors.

more next week.


jkaris said...

Incredible! Wow, just wow!

John Davidson said...

I had these little figures too. Never knew they were from a series though. Pretty cool, will need to look into it.

R. G. said...

Kinnikuman -> Muscleman

Buffaloman -> Terri-bull

Del Rio said...

did you draw those characters on the cards yourself?

Phil Postma said...

Yes I did.

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Del Rio said...

I want Yudetamago to give you the rights to make new kinnikuman comics in this style, these are amazing.

Barbecue17 said...

Just gotta say... I just found this post and these are some of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Amazing work!