Friday, December 12, 2008

Hey Kids Remember: M.U.S.C.L.E MEN!!

MUSCLE MEN were one of my favorite things in the world when I was a kid. They held a close third place to He-Man: Master of the Universe and M.A.S.K(what was with all of the anagrams in the eighties?)

(this one was one of my favorites, his name is Cubix)

Anyway, recently we went to a bazaar at this church down the street, and despite what everyone that was with me will tell you, there was an entire room devoted to my childhood. The reason they think I am crazy is because rather than just claim that I had these toys when I was a kid, I was convinced that some of these toys were my actual toys and at one time belonged to me. Some of them had the damage that I inflicted once upon a time and the collection was soooooo similar to mine that they had to be the same! (well maybe not) But a boy can dream can't he?

So, MUSCLE MEN, here is what wikipedia has to say:

(oooh i want that hand one)

M.U.S.C.L.E., (Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere), was a toyline of 2-inch tall monochromatic PVC gum wrestling figures produced in the United States from 1985 to 1988. The story involved intergalactic wrestlers fighting for supremacy of the universe. The toy line itself was straight forward and collectors continue to make the line a viable hobby. The US line included 236 official figures, a boardgame, an NES game entitled M.U.S.C.L.E., a championship belt figure holder, and a wrestling ring playset. The figures were distributed in clear, blister-packed random 4-packs, semiopaque garbage can 10-packs, and boxed fixed sculpt 28 packs.

The first shipment of figures were all a 'bubble-gum pink' color the collecting community calls 'flesh.' The second shipment was a half-and-half mixture of flesh and either dark blue, red, or purple figures. The third shipment contained no flesh figures, only dark blue, red, purple, magenta, salmon, lime green, neon orange, and light blue. Five figures came with the boardgame in an exclusive Grape or Light Purple color.


So I purchased this huge bag of these for only a dime at this "bizarre bazaar" and just the other day decided to look these guys up on ebay!! Wowzas!! People of my generation are insane! These things are going for crazy amounts of money(and in a recession, no less) I saw one lot of like 120 of them going for close to $250! $250 for these things that I used to get for 25 cents at Winn Dixie? And Im no even tryna act like that was ages ago, with some superb math(thanks WKU!) It was like 18 years ago! Thats not healthy, my friends!

Lets create a scenario: A kid gets a really nice job, some job he has seen commercials for and thinks it will be a cool job, lets just say its at Sonic: America's Drive-in and he works really hard making onion rings. And then every Friday when he gets paid he runs to Winn Dixie and spends all his money on MUSCLE MEN, what kinda life is that? WHo would spend all of their savings from the summer on STAR WARS ummm....MUSCLE MEN? This is insanity!!


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