For the second year in a row, Mattel has teased the return of MUSCLE to store shelves. Â Please read on after the break.
Now, MUSCLE was originally a Japanese import, sort of – they brought over about half of the little rubber Kinnikuman toy line (kinkeshi), but without the plot or characters (though “Muscleman” is a perfect translation of “Kinnikuman.” Â Terri-Bull and Buffaloman have nothing in common, though). Â And the proposed revival will be divorced from Kinnikuman – a mix between actual wrestlers (like the Road Warriors up there), and original concepts. Â ‘Course, it’s not a stress to say that the original concepts would be wild and wacky, and probably include a few nods to the original – anybody else remember THE CLAW?
Yeah, this guy is worth an insane amount of money now.
My 10-pack. About half of them have survived since my 4th birthday, exactly 28 years ago to this day (happy birthday, me!)
But ANYWAY… I know, from modern standards, mono-colored minis seem quaint, but you’ve gotta understand, MUSCLE is what made me what I am today (that or the Remco Creature from the Black Lagoon). Â It was that little 10-pack of weird, wild wrestlers that sent me irrevocably on the path to plastic monsterdom, and I know that a lot of people can say the same. Â Would a new MUSCLE line survive at retail? Â Maybe, maybe not, but I’d at least like to see it try!
So, Mattel has been shopping them around for a few Comic-Cons, flatly stating that they will bring MUSCLE back… if they get enough support. Â So now it’s up to everybody – you, me, Alabama 3, something else that rhymes… let your voices be heard! Â Express a desire for little inexpensive pinkish rubber wrestlers! Â Yeah, I know it won’t be the same without the Kinnikuman license, but for those of us who grew up with MUSCLE, we didn’t know that they came from anything. Â We just let our imagination do the work, and they inspired a whole bunch of people in the indy toy movement these days – October Toys, Onell Designs, TheGodBeast, and lots of others have either directly cited MUSCLE as their inspiration or expressed strong affection for the line. Â And hey, like I said, they made me the insane hoarder I am today!
So let Mattel know, and help us bring back MUSCLE!