Hi, and welcome back to our ongoing catalogue of 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. I’m steadily trying to cover them all, but it’s going to take a while!

Today, I’m focusing on some keshi from the Super Bomberman series. As far as I’m aware, there were 12 generic Bomberman keshi produced for the general Super Bomberman series. Whether these three were tied to Super Bomberman or Super Bomberman 2 is unclear; the small cards that came with them read “Super Bomberman” even on the cards that came with Super Bomberman 2 figures.

Yes, these are a thing, and yes, they're far harder to come by.

Yes, these are a thing, and yes, they’re far harder to come by.

What’s even more baffling is that twelve of the generic figures are sports-themed, while three are fantasy themed! Because I currently have no way of knowing where to place these three, after waiting so long with no leads, I’m just shuffling them into an article of their own. My best guess is that they fit in with the Super Bomberman 2 due to identical colour options, but I cannot make that claim with certainty at this time. However, I have seen at least one sports figure packaged with a card depicting the cleric-type character, so consider me thoroughly perplexed.

While these guys look like medieval fantasy warriors, interestingly enough, none of these designs would be used in the similarly-themed Bomberman World battle game or its follow-up prequel Bomberman Wars, perhaps four years after the release of these figures (Unfortunately, no figures seem to exist of those games either, so this is all we’ve got).

Because they’re generic figures, all names provided are just unofficial descriptors.

Super Bomberman  Fantasy Series Info

  • Year: Circa 1993-1994
  • Number of figures: 3
  • Figure size: Normal (up to 5cmx5cm)
  • Known colours: Grey, light green, pink, light blue

Sword & Shield

Right off the bat, we have a caped figure. Actually, two out of three of these guys have capes, so good luck finding a complete set, because kids lose that stuff. Strangely, although they’re meant to be detachable, the capes cannot be removed from either of the figures I own, despite clearly having the peg/hole insertion mechanic I’ve seen on other copies. Maybe a previous owner glued them in place. I guess that would solve the problem.

This fighter-type character wears some kind of flat cap (it looks like a tiara from the front, but check out the back; it’s solid on top) with a bomb emblem and carries a flame-emblazoned shield and what appears to be a cutlass. He also has cuffs around his shoes, which is a minor but still notable detail. It’s a pretty unique design for a Bomberman. Unfortunately, his pose has him leaning his big head back a fair bit, and this, coupled with the added weight of his cape, can cause him to topple easily.

I really love the little decals they put on the armour and weaponry of these guys… take a closer look:

Though... who brings a knife to a bomb fight?

Though… who brings a knife to a bomb fight?

Cleric

This guy wears one of those little conical cleric hats and one of those flap things, both adorned with crosses. Cuffs and a sash complete his venerable visage. In his left hand is a small wand with a bomb at the end of it. The lower half of the bomb has some decals which are similar to those that border the previous figure’s shield.

He heals his allies with... cleansing fire?

He heals his allies with… cleansing fire?

There’s not a lot to say about this guy. He has no attachment, which makes it easier to complete your collection. I suppose it’s mildly interesting that he’s the only one of the three who has cuffs around his hands.

Maybe more people would play as healers if they could also blow stuff up.

Maybe more people would play as healers if they could also blow stuff up.

This card shows his colour scheme. In the pack is a football/soccerball-wielding Bomberman.

This card shows his colour scheme. In the pack is a football/soccer ball-wielding Bomberman.

Fire Wand

Rounding out the set is a mage-type character. Honestly, this one is my favourite. His hat is awesome and his little fire wand is pretty cute. He even has a cool necklace that appears to “tie” to his cape (and the cape doesn’t topple him because his pose is fairly straight). As if to really drive in the point, his hat has a flame emblem on it which is nigh identical to that of the wand he holds right beside it, and the bubbly effects extending out of it are distinctly different from the decals on the other two figures.

I would love a hat like this, but I would also look stupid in it.

I would love a hat like this, but I would also look stupid in it.

All we needed was a rogue-style Bomberman and we’d have a full D&D party. Alas, ’twas presumably not to be. At an incredibly short count of three figures, thus concludes the Super Bomberman fantasy-themed keshi set. They’re generally among the more common figures on online markets, though capes, as usual, can be hard to come by. Aside from that, they make an interesting and quirky addition to a sea of villains and more recognizable faces.

UPDATE (8/20/2017, 11/5/2017): I’ve obtained more of these guys recently. To avoid cluttering the rest of the article, here are photos of the duplicates:

These other clerics seem a bit ineffectual without their staffs…

The sword I can at least understand, but the headpiece too?! I have no idea what the previous owners did to these poor guys.

That’s all I have for this article! Please check back now and then, as I do intend to showcase even more keshi in the future. My other sets are incomplete, but some are missing just one or two figures. It may be a while.

If you like Bomberman, well, so do I! Obviously! Please take a look at my other articles on the subject. Thanks for reading!

Special thanks to a close friend of mine for gifting me all three of these figures, like, a year ago. <3 <3 <3



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