Saturday, September 17, 2011

Charapro: Kokushi Muso Deluxe Figure Review

Kokushi Muso is another alter ego of professional wrestler Keiji Mutoh, but is only seen in a few shows. Kokushi Muso is based on his tag-team partner, Hakushi's monk character. Hakushi means "White Angel," while Kokushi Muso is "Black Angel." I like this character because Keiji Mutoh combines the style of Hakushi and the Great Muta. In other words, Kokushi's style is mostly resembles Hakushi, but will use poison mist and the shining wizard when needed!

Kokushi Muso Deluxe Figure made by Charapro is amazing! I should point out that wrestling figures in Japan does lack articulation compared to toys made from Jakks and Mattel. To some collectors, lack of pose-ability sucks because I guess they can't do much with it, so they stay away from Japanese figures. They do have a point and there's nothing wrong with that. As for me, I think the toys are unique and worth collecting.

Charapro: Kokushi Muso
I bought this guy online already loose. He comes with two pairs of arms, a skull necklace, a bandana for his face, sleeveless coat, and a hat. There should be another bandana to fit on Kokushi's head, but unfortunately the seller lost it. You are given the option to change Kokushi into his entrance or ring attire. This toy is great because it looks just like it's human counterpart.

When changed into his ring attire, you can see the tattoos on his body and writing on his arm bands and pants. For those wondering, the tattoos on the actual wrestler aren't real, they were painted on. The thought of Keiji Mutoh wrestling as himself, but with those words all over him is kind of funny. If they were real, it would take days to complete. The words on his body are written in both English and Japanese. I can ramble on about the phrases written on his body, but I'll let the pictures show you what I mean.

My favorite version is Kokushi's entrance gear. You pop off his "praying mode" arms, wrap the sleeveless coat around the shoulders and pop on the arms with sleeves. My only complaint is that the arms can be a pain to switch. They arms can be difficult to pop back on, so I suggest that you do not change the costumes often. When you get the jacket and arms on, wrap the necklace around the neck, place the bandana around his mouth, and don't forget Kokushi's hat. The hat falls off easily, so be careful if you assemble this guy over a hard surface. You don't want the white words to wear off.

Just like his pants, the jacket and hat have words written all over it. There is also a religious figure drawn on the back. The arms have limited articulation, but still Kokushi is a great display piece.

For size comparison, Kokushi stands about an inch taller than Hasbro's Macho Man. He is just slightly out of scale. You can put them together in a match, but it would look like Bret Hart vs Diesel in KOTR '94. Trust me, Kokushi isn't that much taller than Randy Savage in real life.

I recommend this figure to anyone who likes Keiji Mutoh, puroresu, and/or puroresu toys.

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