mimp by Improbable Roach
Just had a major flashback to shopping in KB Toys with my brother like 2 decades ago.
I used to have a ton of these guys.
I still have a couple of these. I know they're M.U.S.C.L.E. knock-offs, but for some reason I thought I got mine from coin dispensers or as arcade prizes, could you actually buy these in stores?
I was a big fan of these guys, but even moreso the cards that I got when I bought a Slurpee at 7-11 when I was a kid. I bought Slurpees religiously to try and collect the whole set. I loved the little bios on the backs of the cards.
Since no one has said the name yet, these are called "Monster in my Pocket." Calling them M.U.S.C.L.E. knockoffs is going to get more than a few MIMP collectors upset! 😛
They were made by Matchbox in the VERY late 1980s and early 1990s. They were a totally originally concept as far as the designs went (UNLIKE M.U.S.C.L.E. which borrowed all its molds from Kinnikuman in Japan).
They are awesome, and I hear you can learn more about them in the latest issue of Toyfare, on sale now!
i LOVED monsters in my pocket!!!
i even got a mail away poster etc.
i STILL am mad about not getting them all…sigh
@Ben: Cool, thanks for letting me know. I remember monster in my pocket, I just didn't know that these were they. I have no idea how or when I bought these, but I have some. Sorry to bother anyone by calling them M.U.S.C.L.E. knock-offs, that is just what they were for me when I was a kid as I would have them fighting one another.
I totally dig these!
Was a huge fan back then, and I bought the entire Series 1 and 2 two years ago. One day, I gotta get the large volcano display.