Saturday, July 24, 2010
Name of Toy Line: M.U.S.C.L.E. (Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere)
Production Company: Bandai
Characters and Elements: Yudetamago
Years of Production: 1985-1987
Countries/Regions Available: United States, Canada, and the UK.
Size/Scale: Approximately 2" tall
Figure Trade Markings: (c) Y/S . N. T
Approximate # of Figures: Hundreds
Details: There were approximately 230 M.U.S.C.L.E. sculpts available. M.U.S.C.L.E. figures were first produced and released in a Pink/Flesh color and then in 8 additional colors: Dark Blue, Red, Purple, Green, Light Blue, Magenta, Salmon, and Orange. (A few sculpts in an additional 9th color, Light Purple, were also available with a MUSCLE board game.)
Also of note, several unique Super Rare sculpts have been found that appear to be genuine M.U.S.C.L.E. figures -- not bootlegs -- but exist in extremely small numbers or are one-of-one.
Finally, M.U.S.C.L.E. has a unique history that includes roots in a Japanese keshi toy line called Kinnikuman.
They were released in 3 types of packaging: a 4-pack, a 10-pack, and a 28-pack. Pictured below is the 4-pack and the 10-pack garbage can. (You can see complete coverage of the 28-packs at Nathan's MUSCLE Blog! linked to below.)
Before you go, have a look at the three M.U.S.C.L.E. commercials that graced our television sets in the late 80's!