M.U.S.C.L.E. Men Toys

M.U.S.C.L.E. Men started out as a manga comic in the late seventies in Japan called Kinnikuman. It proved to be so popular, that an anime series of it was adapted and ran from 1983 – 1986, and focused around an intergalactic form of professional wrestling. Toy company Bandai quickly started producing the little two-inch figures as the show’s popularity soared. And like so many other things, when it became popular there, toy companies in the United States took notice, and Mattel launched its own line of the little pink warriors. Since the name Kinnikuman translates to “Muscle Man”, Mattel named the line M.U.S.C.L.E., as an acronym that stood for “Millions of Unusual Creatures Lurking Everywhere”. M.U.S.C.L.E. Men were produced from late 1985 – 1988 before finally fading from store shelves. Although their popularity was short-lived, it was impressive, as M.U.S.C.L.E. was listed as one of the 10 Best Selling Toys of 1986. 

The little pink M.U.S.C.L.E. warriors were not really posable in any way and were so small that you couldn’t really do much with them. But the fact that they came in multi-packs, and that they were marketed as “wrestlers” was enough to hook me initially. It was intriguing to see who would win in a fight between someone with a motorcycle for a body or a human with a ripped body and the head of a wild boar. Of course, who won that battle was up to the kid in control of the action. That is until the Hard Knockin’ Rockin’ Ring Wrestling Arena came on the market. 


The Weekend Edition for 07/25/21

It’s time for The Weekend Edition! It’s where I share all the fun retro and nostalgia-themed stuff I’ve stumbled across on the web over the last week with you, the faithful reader. It’s a great chance to catch up on any news you may have missed, and read really fun content from folks you may not be familiar with. So grab yourself a snack and a drink, kick your feet up, and enjoy what I’m sharing with you today.

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Being kind of smack dab in the middle of summer, I thought it would be appropriate to share one of my favorite things to watch every year when it gets this hot. This animated feature was usually shown in prime time around this time of year, much to the delight of kids everywhere. So this week, may I present to you, Garfield in Paradise! Enjoy.