Hi, and welcome back to our ongoing catalogue of Bomberman keshi. This looks to be the final article on classic Bomberman keshi! If you haven’t already, please start at the first post, then check out the list of articles we have on the subject.

Today, I’m focusing on the translucent half of the Super Bomberman 3 keshi line. This was one of the hardest sets for me to complete due to the rarity of the smaller figures. Big thanks to Ragey for helping me gather most of these.

Similarly to the Super Bomberman 4 set, this line includes both full-scale and miniature figures. The small figures are at about the same scale as those from the aforementioned line and the Super Bomberman 5 series. There are also painted variants, but we don’t currently know whether all figures received painted versions, or if only a few of them did.

Perhaps most notably, this is the only set of translucent keshi in the classic Bomberman series.

Super Bomberman 3  Series B

  • Year: Circa 1995
  • Number of figures: 10
  • Figure size: Normal (up to 5cmx5cm)
  • Known colours (translucent): Green, yellow, pink, blue
  • Painted variants exist

White & Black Bomberman


This figure, like the other miniature ones from this set, is currently pretty rare. I don’t even own the translucent version of this one! Not that I’m complaining, though – as we’ll soon find, the translucent material makes it harder to see the details in the keshi, so while it sounds cool, it’s probably for the best that this was the only set to utilize it.

This figure depicts the two heroes uniting hands (and feet!). The resulting wide base helps them stand pretty well. It’s a bit unfortunate that this piece is so rare, because it’s definitely one of the more iconic figures in its appearance.

Misobon


The Misobon mode, colloquially known as “Revenge” or “Bad Bomber”, was introduced in this game, so it only makes sense that there would be a figure showing it off. The ship itself greatly resembles that of the manual’s artwork, even down to the panels on the sides and the padding on the seat. The difference here is that Bomberman stands atop the ship instead of sitting inside it. Of course, because this means that the upper figure is just standing on its own little feet atop another rubbery figure, it’s subject to toppling.

Both pieces, separated.

There’s a silly personal aside to go along with this one. Because Bomberman himself has a very similar appearance to one of the Super Bomberman 5 figures, for the longest time, I suffered under the delusion that this was just another colour variant of that set. It wasn’t until I started seeing more of them in the same colours as the other Super Bomberman 3 figures, and packaged together with revenge ships, that things clicked…

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Bomberman & Rui


I believe I’ve only ever seen this Rui figure twice, and on my second sighting, I snatched it up as quickly as possible. This and the next figure are the last keshi I collected from this franchise. I’m sure that the fact that Rui itself is a separate piece only makes it harder to come by – potential sellers might just see it as some random kangaroo.

It’s so adorably tiny…

Bomberman’s feet and left hand are perfectly sculpted to cling onto his friend, so even if you rotate them around, he’ll stay mounted without any danger of tipping off. This is especially great because this figure is so cute. If I ever put any of my keshi out on a shelf again, this one is totally going up there.

Moto-Bomber


You might find it strange to see a Moto-Bomber, of all things, in a Super Bomberman 3 set. The previous figures all tied to the game’s features – co-op play, the new Misobon mode, and the “new” Ruis. Meanwhile, the Moto-Bomber is exclusive to Bomberman GB1-3. This is probably another case of what we saw in the Saturn/Panic/Virtual/GB2 Bomberman set that I spread across a couple of articles, where games released at the same time just got condensed into one wave of keshi. Since this bike doesn’t resemble any of the four that appeared in Bomberman GB3 and because that game came out a year after Super Bomberman 3, I think it’s safe to say that the figure was intended to represent GB, given that the Moto-Bomber on the box art also has a Bomberman face on the front (though horribly, horribly deformed).

My set is… mismatched.

Anyway, on to the figure itself. You’ll probably notice that the two pieces don’t match. This is just because I had to obtain them separately (the bike itself was in a large batch of mostly non-Bomberman keshi, and it wasn’t even pictured next to the Bomberman stuff, just lending more credence to my theory of rarity regarding less-identifiable pieces). As for the bike, it’s a fairly standard motorbike. A Bomberman face on the front of it is the only thing that really ties it to the franchise. Bomberman himself ride atop, and like the previous one I’ve shown, he fits perfectly. LEGO-like hands secure him to the handlebars (which is really confusing to see when trawling through auctions if there’s no bike around). It’s definitely one of the more unique figures in the franchise.

White Bomberman


The other six figures in this set are normal-sized, and I won’t have too much to say about them. Here’s White Bomberman, winking while giving a thumbs-up. I don’t believe it’s in reference to any of the artwork, so it seems to be an original sculpt – indeed, all of the following figures are the same way.

In case you’re wondering, we know that it’s White Bomberman specifically because we’ve spotted painted variants, though I don’t currently have one to show off. If I did, you’d bet that it would be the one in the slideshow above. Like I said, and as you’ve probably noticed by now, the translucent material leaves a lot to be desired.

Magnet Bomber


Appearing barely different from his previous incarnation, the most obvious difference in this figure is the bomb in his hand. Every one of the villains is holding a bomb (as seen here, the bombs represent the ones they used in Super Bomberman 2. I find this somewhat odd because none of them are even faced as rivals in the game, but it’s a nice touch.

I somehow managed to accrue three green Magnet Bombers by the time of this writing.

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Golem Bomber


This is actually the first Bomberman keshi that I ever collected, so having him in my final article is kind of a strange bookend to my journey. At the time, I had no idea what I was getting myself into – I just saw real merchandise of one of my favourite characters and had to have it! But there’s not a lot to write about him by now.

Two Golem Bombers.

Because his red bombs were just, well, red bombs, the bomb in his hand looks like a standard model.

Pretty Bomber


This Pretty Bomber figure is pretty similar to the other, solid-coloured one in the Super Bomberman 3 set, but her pose is tweaked, she’s not winking, and she holds a Heart Bomb in her hand. Because of that last detail, this is one of those figures that you should be careful with. The bend of her elbow is rather fragile and could probably be easily snapped. Other than that, it’s the third and final sculpt of Pretty Bomber, the character who takes up 3/5 of the sculpts of the total number of female Bomberman keshi.

Brain Bomber


Like my other Brain Bomber, I’m missing the cape attachment for this one. I imagine that it would help his balance if he had it. As for the sculpt, it’s very similar to the old one, with the main differences being that he’s lacking a few of the “bolts” on his eyepiece, his cloak now has a pin and an ending instead of just being a solid wrap, and he’s holding a Remote Bomb. The bomb is kind of blank, unlike the ones he used in the previous game.

I’ve obtained two, and I still have no cape… so good luck!

Plasma Bomber


We’re finally here – the very last keshi in the classic series to be covered! Plasma Bomber, unlike his friends, just has a basic bomb in his hand, for reasons that will likely never be explained. His lightning bolt emblem is tweaked a bit from the way it looked in the previous sculpt, and there are other insignificant differences.

How do I always end up with so many Plasma Bombers?

His pose kind of mirrors that of Pretty Bomber, and for that reason, his elbow is also fragile. In the picture above, the blue figure’s arm is actually broken off. It just came that way in a package I obtained. Let that be a warning – be careful with these guys. They’re hard enough to find as-is!

And… that’s it. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve covered every single keshi from the classic Bomberman franchise… even though I’m plagued with dreams that I keep finding more!

So what do I do now? Start collecting B-Daman figures or, dare I even, B-Daman keshi?… Probably not. At least, not for now. This is a rather expensive endeavour and I can’t really justify continuing it on my own or allowing my friends to help me. But I’m glad that we’ve made it to the end, and I hope that our efforts have produced an informative and tantalizing catalogue for all of you Bomberman fans out there! Thanks for reading!

The Misobon art was scanned in from the Super Bomberman 3 manual.
Special thanks to Ragey for gifting me most of these figures! <3

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