Keshigomu

Keshigomu (消しゴム, alternately abbreviated as "keshi" / 消し or "gomu" / ゴム) are small soft-rubber figurines typically sold in gachapon capsules; the equivalent of Western vending machine toys.

The Bomberman series of keshi is known to have run from around 1994 to approximately 1997, going by the games and characters they cover (from Super Bomberman 2 to Super Bomberman 5, in chronological terms), and traditionally scaled around 5cm tall and wide. Some sublines were packaged with stickers or menko, and at least one subline was known to be sold as shelves as a candy toy by Kabaya - see Super Bomberman 3.

Enormous credit and praise goes to Plasma Captain for tracking down and cataloguing these figurines; check out his articles on TandemShock for cleaner photos and more detailed analysis than I could provide!


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A series of bagged keshi based on characters from Famicom games, by Amada (アマダ). Bomberman is one of the known figures, based off the design on the Famicom box art. (was Lode Runner a figure as well?)

other


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A similar series of keshi featuring squatter designs and more rounded sculpting featuring Bomberman and Lode Runner also exist. It's unknown if they're from another line by Amada, or a different product altogether.


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Seemingly the earliest releases in the series, and are themed around dressing up Bomberman in various sporting attire... and in medieval fantasy garb, for some reason.
Images sourced from Plasma Captain, haisuinojinn2345 and usausahayato.


snowboarding

tennis

hoop

baseball

soccer

ice-skating

baton / torch

kendo

trophy

American football

basketball

boxing

Bomb Up wand

Fire Up wand

sword & shield

The only confirmed toys in this subline are of the Five Dastardly Bombers.
Images sourced from haisuinojinn2345, yamamotoline and Mercari.


Magnet Bomber

Golem Bomber

Pretty Bomber

Brain Bomber
(w/ cloak)

Plasma Bomber

This series is split into three categories: solid-colour figurines (of Bomberman, Louie and the World Bombers); translucent figurines (the Five Dastardly Bombers and Bomberman paired with vehicles or partners), and a rare set of fully-painted figurines.
Keshi from this line came packaged with a menko.

These toys were also available in containers of Bomberman Ramune (ボンバーマンラムネ), a soft drink and fizzy sweet sold by Kabaya.


(src: yamada_toy)

Images sourced from haisuinojinn2345, misterx00jp, vivenne613, rpbsp068, zgmf_x23s_athrun, usausahayato, yamamotoline, clothroad009, vampet and Mercari.


Bomberman

Bomber Kid

Metal Bomber

Pretty Bomber

Bomber Uhho

Bomber Chun

Bomber Cossack

Mexican Bomber

Louie

Bagura
(w/ cape)

Bomberman & Motobomber

Bomberman & Louie

Bomberman & Revenge cart

White Bomber & Black Bomber

Bomberman

Magnet Bomber

Pretty Bomber

Golem Bomber

Brain Bomber

Plasma Bomber

Blue Bomber

White Bomber & Black Bomber

White Bomber

Pretty Bomber

A sub-line with no central game to focus on, instead highlighting games released around Summer 1995 (Tobidase! PaniBom and Bomberman GB 2) and then-upcoming games: Saturn Bomberman and the ultimately unreleased Virtual Bomberman.
Keshi from this line came packaged with a menko.
Images sourced from Plasma Captain, haisuinojinn2345, vampet and misterx00jp.


Wolf Bomber

Monster Bomber

Mummy Bomber

Bompire
(w/ cape)

Machine Bomber

Indy Bomber

Bomberman
(Shūgyō Type)

Bomber Bomb Kami

Bomber Dragon
(w/ tail)

God Bomber
(w/ cape)

This series is grouped into two size classes: the Bomber Shitennou are the same size as the previous figurines, while the rest are smaller, approximately 3cm tall, and are mounted on rectangular or circular bases.
All figures were available in solid-colour or full-colour variants, though painted figures from the smaller set are more rare. Photographs of the painted variants were featured as splash pages in the Super Bomberman 4 Hudson Official Guide Book.
Keshi from this line came packaged with a menko.

Images sourced from clothroad009, haisuinojinn2345, rpbsp068, daiya_6709, vampet, and Mercari.


Hammer Bomber
(w/ backpack)

Jet Bomber
(w/ jetpack)

Lady Bomber
(w/ pods)

Bazooka Bomber
(w/ backpack)

Great Bomber
(w/ cloak)

White Bomberman
on Angora

Black Bomberman
on Dogun Jr.

White Bomberman
with Mecha Egg

Bomber Throw
(Red & Green Bombermen)

Push
(Black & Blue Bombermen)

Variants of the small-scale line also exist, featuring only the Bomberman figurines, all the same shade of green-white, individually bagged and without bases or menko. Two of the figures appear to be scaled down from Super Bomberman 3's translucent set. The details are currently unknown, though it's possible they were packaged as a candy toy.


Push 1

Push 2

Revenge cart (SB3)

Bomber Throw 1

Bomber Throw 2

Dogun Jr.

Louie (SB3) [?]

Mecha Egg

This entire set is smaller than usual, roughly the same as the Super Bomberman 4 alternate set.
Images sourced from Plasma Captain, haisuinojinn2345 and vampet.


Bomberman
(left hand up)

Bomberman
(right hand up)

Bomberman
(smiling)

Kerui

Gyarui

Hanerui

Magicarui

Marui

Nagurui

Warui

Bomberwan
(2 parts)

Baron Bombano

Muscle Bomber

Pirate Bomber

Subordinate Bomber

Dave Bomber

Gary Bomber

Plunder Bomber

Iron Mask Bomber

Terrorin

Small square stickers included with the sports & fantasy and Super Bomberman 2 waves. On the front is a piece of artwork with a glossy reflective backdrop, while the contents on the back is variable depending on its numbering.

Item Catalogue / アイテムカタログ

Spans stickers #1 through #40. On the back is an image and description of a power-up item, and numbers for a janken game (?).

Enemy Field Guide / 敵キャラクター図鑑

Spans stickers #50 through #60 (probably actually #41 to #60, but I've yet to confirm!). Features an image, statistics and battle strategies for enemies from the first two Super Bomberman games, as well as the janken game.

Character Card / キャラクターカード

Spans stickers #61 onwards. The janken game is dropped in favour of a Bomberman quiz on all stickers. Stickers for special characters feature a Character Introduction / 登場キャラクター紹介, describing the character in a couple of sentences.

Packaged with the 1995 games, Super Bomberman 3 and Super Bomberman 4 waves, these are small cardboard discs featuring artwork on the front and Bomberman trivia on the back.

1995 games

Menko 1 through 10 feature reflective backgrounds on their artwork.



Super Bomberman 3

31 White & Black Bomber
白ボン&黒ボン
32 White & Black Bomber
白ボン&黒ボン
33 White Bomberman
しろボンバーマン
34 ? 35 Misobon (Revenge)
みそボン
36 Green Bomberman
みどりボンバーマン
37 Blue & Black Bomber
青ボン&黒ボン
38 ? 39 ?
58 ? 59 ? 60 Professor Bagura
プロフェッサーバグラ


Super Bomberman 4

78 ? 79 Centibeedle
爆転機獣
(センチビート)
80 ?

A tin can you can store keshigomu in. Can design illustrated by Goro Yamada (山田ゴロ). Interestingly, it features characters who never received keshi, including Kotetsu, Pump, Karaoke Bomber and a Hige Hige Bandit.

sports & fantasy (15)

Super Bomberman 2 (5)

● in-line skates
● snowboarding
● American football
● Basketball
● soccer
● boxing
● trophy
● tennis
● baton
● baseball
● hoop
● kendo
● Fire Up wand
● Bomb Up wand
● sword & shield
● Magnet Bomber
● Golem Bomber
● Pretty Bomber
● Brain Bomber
● Plasma Bomber


Super Bomberman 3

OPAQUE (10)
● Bomberman (peace sign)
● Bomber Kid
● Metal Bomber
● Pretty Bomber
● Bomber Uhho
● Bomber Chun
● Cossack Bomber
● Mexican Bomber
● Louie
● Bagura (w/ cape)
TRANSLUCENT (10)
● Bomberman & Revenge cart
● Bomberman & Louie
● Bomberman & Motobomber
● White Bomber & Black Bomber
● Bomberman (thumbs up)
● Magnet Bomber
● Pretty Bomber
● Golem Bomber
● Brain Bomber (w/ cape)
● Plasma Bomber
FULL-COLOUR (4)
● Blue Bomber (peace sign)
● White Bomber & Black Bomber
● White Bomber (thumbs up)
● Pretty Bomber


1995 games

● Wolf Bomber
● Monster Bomber
● Mummy Bomber
● Bompire
● Machine Bomber
● Indy Bomber
● Bomberman (Shūgyō Type)
● Bomber Bomb Kami
● Bomber Dragon
● God Bomber


Super Bomberman 4 (10)

All 10 figures come in monochrome and painted variants.

LARGE (5)
● Hammer Bomber (w/ backpack)
● Jet Bomber (w/ backpack)
● Lady Bomber (w/ backpack)
● Bazooka Bomber (w/ backpack)
● Great Bomber (w/ cape)
SMALL (5)
● White Bomber & Angora
● Black Bomber & Dogun Jr.
● White Bomber & egg
● Bomber Throw
● Push


Super Bomberman 5 (20)

● Bomberman (left hand up)
● Bomberman (right hand up)
● Bomberman (smiling)
● Nagurui
● Kerui
● Gyarui
● Hanerui
● Magicarui
● Marui
● Warui
● Bomberwan
● Baron Bombano
● Muscle Bomber
● Pirate Bomber
● Subordinate Bomber
● Dave Bomber
● Gary Bomber
● Plunder Bomber
● Iron Mask Bomber
● Terrorin
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