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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