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#1 Finley2020

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Posted 11 May 2020 - 06:23 PM

These are not genuine M.U.S.C.L.E. figures but I thought it would be fun to share. I frequent a nostalgia blog (dinosaurdracula.com) that sends out "fun packs" via subscription every month as a means to support the site. Each month will have a random assortment of figures, collectible cards and other trinkets from the 80's and 90's. A few months back one of these fun packs included a small set of obvious knock-off M.U.S.C.L.E. figures sourced from vending machines back in the 80's. To complete the set they were packaged in a custom labeled H.U.S.T.L.E. specimen jar to give you an idea of where they came from.  No one is going to mistake these for the real thing but the molds seem to be dead on. These particular figures are so rubbery that there's barely enough stability for them to support their own weight (hence the figures standing in awkward positions).

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Posted 11 May 2020 - 07:02 PM

Anyone else think it's pretty random that Broken Jr is included since it's a non poster figure. These are based off of American Muscle and not Kinnikuman keshi right? If so, then why would a sculpt that wasn't mass produced be selected?


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Posted 11 May 2020 - 07:21 PM

Anyone else think it's pretty random that Broken Jr is included since it's a non poster figure. These are based off of American Muscle and not Kinnikuman keshi right? If so, then why would a sculpt that wasn't mass produced be selected?

They were bootlegged from the original Kinkeshi. There are a couple of other non-poster sculpts that are fairly common in these vending machine sets. The Kinnikuman with the key arm for one.
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Posted 11 May 2020 - 07:30 PM

Ahh ok. I took it as a Muscle thing being that it's based off of the 80's. Makes better sense them coming from keshi. 


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Posted 12 May 2020 - 12:17 PM

Ahh ok. I took it as a Muscle thing being that it's based off of the 80's. Makes better sense them coming from keshi.

Pretty sure the popularity of the original Kinkeshi had overseas companies bootlegging them before they ever made it to the states.
A lot of Japanese minifigure lines that never legitimately made it to the U.S. still ended up in U.S. vending machines as bootlegs.
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Posted 12 May 2020 - 04:24 PM

Love the jar!
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