Wednesday, April 14, 2010

1989 premium Sankukai figures

Answering a reader´s request, we present part of 1989´s rare collection of Sankukai premium figures.

 As one can see by the look of the actual figures, these toys are a Japanese adaptation of the novel. These premium toys became rapidly scarce over the years and their high price (when available) reflects just that.

There were a total of 16 figurines a little under the inch mark. Around 3/4 of an inch. 2cm. Like many other cases, these molds were not purchased but rented by the copyright holders and therefore, the same figures could be found in different parts of the world in completely different context. i.e. cereal, powder juice, etc.

These figurines came punched inside Panrico´s chocolate covered rectangular cakes throughout the 2nd half of the 1980s. Panrico is a Portuguese food company founded in the early 60s. For toy and figurine purposes, the 1980s were way more interesting when they promoted their product with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe , Thundercats and a few others like these Sankukai premium figures. This particular collection, the actual last one before the implementation of food sanitation rules which obligated the company to move towards plastic wrapped stickers as offers. 

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  1. Utterly amazing! I would have NEVER guessed these had anything to do with the original Starship Troopers property based upon seeing them in the banner or if i had seen the high quality pictures before the post. This is truly a jewel of knowledge when it comes to our hobby. This take on the property is quite appealing (not that the modern Starship Troopers doesnt have a certain apeal also). I cant help but wonder what other properties incredible products are buried in time under the shadow of the "Big 3" (Star Wars , GI Joe and Transformers). Thank you for taking the time to highlight these figures!~

  2. Hi, I don´t think this figures are Starship Troopers figures. I think this figures are from Sankukai.

    1. You are 100% right. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I had that note for the change for a while but didn´t get into it. Will be right on it. Thanks for reaching out!


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