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 the Super Bomberman keshi line. You can tell these are old because unlike other Bomberman keshi, they don’t represent any specific characters. Rather than produce keshi of any of the obscure, one-off humans, they went for generic sports-themed Bombermen – and to be honest, I can’t really blame them (even though I’d love to have figures of Karat Diamond and Dr. Mook).

This set has a whopping total of 12 figures, each of which came in at least 8 colours. They’re among the more common keshi you’ll find for sale online, but it’s still tough to get a complete set of them. Because they don’t represent any real characters, from my experience, it seems like they are less popular than keshi of other characters. This rarely seems to impact their price, though.

Please note that all names are unofficial and should only be taken as descriptors!

Super Bomberman  Series

  • Year: Circa 1993-1994
  • Number of figures: 12
  • Figure size: Normal (up to 5cmx5cm)
  • Known colours: Red, yellow, orange, green, blue, pink, grey, white

Tennis Bomberman

Something you’ll notice about this set is that the characters are wearing appropriate attire for their sports, so only one of the figures has the basic Bomberman body. It’s a nice touch that keeps the set from becoming repetitive. This guy is holding a tennis ball and racket. The racket is flexible, but it’s not too flimsy.

…Maybe a year or two ago, I’d wanted to write up an article about missed opportunites for Bomberman games. I feel like a Bomberman tennis game could have been really neat if they’d incorporated bombs and other Bomberman mechanics into it. Hmm… What do you think?

Football/Soccer Bomberman

It’s Bomberman with a football (or soccer ball). He has a little “10” on the front and back of his jersey. I don’t know if there’s any significance to that.

Something to note here is the face. If you look at the shape of his eyes and eyebrows, it’s very similar to the official art style of Super Bomberman. Compared to the style of face seen on Bomber Kid in the Super Bomberman 3 set, these eyes are more rounded and closer together and the eyebrows are a bit shorter (and also closer together). Interestingly, the shape of the visor and all other features on these figures remained consistent throughout the later sets.

These Bombermen have some balls!

Because of the football under his foot, it’s very easy to topple him by accident.

Boxing Bomberman

This one actually kind of ties into the game, given the distinct appearance of the Punch power-up (displayed as a boxing glove). His title belt kind of reminds me of the roulette wheel, though that was in Super Bomberman 2. Also, that scar across his face isn’t supposed to be there – mine was just damaged at some point in the past – but I guess it kind of fits!

Bomb & Hoop Bomberman

It’s Bomberman with a bomb and a hoop! I suppose the bomb is meant to be thrown through the hoop. I’m not sure if there’s any specific sporting event (or children’s game?) that this is meant to evoke; please contact me if you know anything. What’s notable about this figure is that he’s the only one in the set to have a completely generic Bomberman body.

Also, strangely, the bomb is just a little bit flatter from the side than from the front. This is the case with the tennis ball as well. It’s barely noticeable, though. This is the case with most other small balls in this set; it appears to be related to the manufacturing process rather than the sculpts themselves.

Kendo Bomberman

Kendo is a martial art in which you basically try to hit each other with bamboo sticks. I imagine that people have and will get this figure confused with the fantasy-themed set, but the shape and positioning of the eyes are a distinguishing tell. Anyway, his shinai is a little flimsy, so be careful with it. I do feel that he’s one of the cooler-looking figures in this set, though.

They’re all ready for the big match!

Ice Skating Bomberman

It’s Bomberman wearing ice skates. The thin skates make him easier to topple. Is that… a hood on his back? How would he even wear it?

You’d think they’d have roller skates instead…

Snowboard Bomberman

It’s Bomberman wearing a scarf and boots, riding a snowboard. The eyes on this one are really kind of strange, even compared to similar ones on figures we’ll see a little later. They’re skinny and close together, and it kind of bothers me.

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Baton Bomberman

This one is carrying a baton. I assume it’s for a race, since he’s wearing cute little sneakers. The baton has a bomb on the end of it.

UPDATE (11/13/2017): After obtaining another duplicate of this figure, I’ve now learned that the bomb on the baton is supposed to have a flat fuse spark coming out of it. So many of these guys area broken that I imagine it would be difficult to find one in good condition, like this. Good luck.

As seen on 3 out of 4 of these guys,, the pieces can break if you treat them badly.

(North American) Football Bomberman

His eyes are thinner, longer, and closer together than those of most other figures in this set, a trait only shared with the next figure in this list. It’s a strange quirk. There’s definitely some inconsistency in facial details here.

Baseball Bomberman

I suppose a Bomberman baseball game could have been interesting, too. Possibly. Pretty much any sport that Mario played could have been given a Bomberman twist to make it interesting.

…What’s that, you say? Bomberman Hardball has both baseball and tennis? I applaud you for your obscure knowledge, but straight, basic sports is hardly what I mean. Those later Bomberman titles really lacked creativity.

Basketball Bomberman

It might be hard for you to tell from the pictures and the light colour of this figure, but his eyes look a lot different than those on the snowboard figure. They’re wider and generally more centered.

Not enough players for a team, too many basketballs for a game.

Trophy Bomberman

This Bomberman has a flame-emblazoned trophy! For what sport? Erm… participation? Actually, his outfit kind of reminds me of a karate gi, so maybe that’s the event he’s meant to represent.

That’s all I have for this article! Please check back in the coming weeks, as I have another set I’m preparing to show, and I may even have other Bomberman-related articles in the works!

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 most of these figures, perhaps a couple of years ago.

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