MAN-E-FEATURE// Nama-Niku and Eric Nilla’s custom M.U.S.C.L.E figures…

Since embarking on the ‘Ed Skworm vs. Min-E-Face project a few months back (find out more here), we’ve slowly started to realise how big and diverse the custom M.U.S.C.L.E/Kinnikuman community is, with sites such as the University of M.U.S.C.L.E, Little Rubber Guys and Nama-Niku covering a huge selection of highly talented sculptors, producers and painters that are keeping the 80’s craze alive and well nearly 30 years on.

Covering the latest in the world of fan-based and official Kinnikuman, Nama-Niku’s editor and writer, Tyler, is also a highly dedicated sculptor and customiser, working with Eric Nilla to produce THE hottest mini-figures we’ve ever seen! Tyler was kind enough to send 2 of his latest figures over, the original sculpt “Chibi Meatgrinder” and Kinnikuman custom “Gyudome”, so we could get a better idea of the quality behind their work…

[photos from University of M.U.S.C.L.E]

Chibi Meatgrinder// Standing at a micro-sized 3/4″ tall, the Chibi Meatgrinder is based on Tyler’s previous Meatgrinder custom released last year (pictured below). Cast in an extremely tactile rubber, the figure feels great in the hand, offering a bit more give than the original Kinnikuman plastic. Coloured extremely close to the original toys’ flesh tones courtesy of Eric, the thing that really stood out to us was the meticulous attention to detail on such a tiny scaled figure. With both Nama and Niku painstakingly branded on the figure’s chest and back, plus a faultless meatgrinder head sculpt, this guy is a must for anyone even slightly interested in quirky mini figures…

Gyu-Dome// Named after the popular Japanese dish, Gyo-don, Gyu-Dome has got to be the closest custom we’ve seen to a production figure yet. Coming with a beautifully realised bowl shaped head (full of Gyo-don of course!) and kanji emblazoned chest, Gyu-Dome has also been cast in a flexible rubber, giving the figure an authentic semi-translucency when held in the light.

Not too sure on availability or pricing on these two at the moment, so be sure to head over to Nama-Niku to contact Tyler directly with any enquiries…

MAN-E-TOYS Nama-Niku x Eric Nilla Exclusive Colourways Coming Soon…

To celebrate the launch of our first M.U.S.C.L.E release (and our love of Tyler and Eric’s work!), we’re going to be getting our own exclusive colourways of some of our favourite figures! The exact colour is still to be confirmed, but it looks like the insane Super Rare M.U.S.C.L.E Can, original Meatgrinder custom, Chibi Meatgrinder and Eric’s own SD Splatterhouse Rick will be featuring in the initial batch. Planning is still in the early stages at the moment, but stay tuned over the coming weeks as we bring you a closer look into the various Nama-Niku x Eric Nilla pieces, alongside a whole host of other amazing figures from the scene…

Published by Niall Anderson

Owner of ShinGangu, a UK boutique toy brand specialising in self-produced Japanese soft and keshi toys...

3 thoughts on “MAN-E-FEATURE// Nama-Niku and Eric Nilla’s custom M.U.S.C.L.E figures…

  1. That’s awesome news!

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Tyler and Eric have become a stunning team together and an invaluable part of the M.U.S.C.L.E. community of collectors!

    I can’t wait to see the colors, and I think having an easy way to order their figures online will be fantastic too.

    1. Thanks man, I can’t wait! Still in the early stages, but I’m hoping to be able to sell a wide range of their figures in the future.

      Sorry about the pics, I hope you don’t mind! They were a lot better than mine…

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