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Muscle Men - Tiny Wrestling Figures With Huge Personality
I firmly believe that the eighties had the best toys of any decade. Of course, I might be a bit biased having been a kid that grew up in the eighties. But, either way, the eighties had some totally awesome toys!
While I spent most of my time with Strawberry Shortcake (back when she wore a dress), and Rainbow Brite, I had a brother who was spending his time with Hulk Hogan and Jake the Snake. He had TONS of wrestling toys and frankly still does.
The majority of his toys did not interest me in the slightest - with the distinct exception of his M.U.S.C.L.E. Men. These tiny figures had such personality! I loved playing with these.
Do You Remember MUSCLE Men?
Take a Closer Look at Some Muscle Men
Photos by lordskylark
About M.U.S.C.L.E. Men
The MUSCLE Men toys were made by distributed by Mattel between 1985 and 1988, however they were originally produced by Bandai a toy company in Japan in a line of toys called Kinkeshi.
The Kinkeshi figures were based on the Japanese manga and anime Kinnikuman, which is Japanese for Muscle Man.
The Muscle Men were intergalactic wrestlers fighting for dominance over the universe.
In addition to the 1-2 inch monochromatic figures, there was a M.U.S.C.L.E. Men wrestling ring, a M.U.S.C.L.E. Men championship belt, and a Nintendo game.
Muscle Men - Flesh Colored Figures
The majority of MUSCLE Men were this pink flesh color. There were some released in bright colors like red, blue, green and purple.
Which were cooler?
Which MUSCLE Men did you like better?
MUSCLE Men in Colors
Photos by lordskylark
Action Figures of the 1980s
Mysti37 on November 28, 2013:
I was married to my second husband in the 80s, and our nephews had every one of these, I think! I still have maybe 25-30 of them that were left at my house by the kids and forgotten about. I kept them and still have them today, which is surprising. Most of them are original flesh color, but a few are the other colored ones. Does anyone remember the C.U.T.I.E.S.? the female version? I have a few of those, too.
K Bechand from NY on October 06, 2012:
they were so before their time - wish they were back - my kids would love them, but then again, they would cost about 3 bucks each now...
Kerri Bee (author) from Upstate, NY on August 12, 2012:
@banapple: Same here.
banapple on August 12, 2012:
My brother had lots of these. I had a few of my own because I was jealous :)
Kim from Yonkers, NY on August 12, 2012:
OMG I had totally forgotten about these! I'm adding it to my Favorite lenses lens
pawpaw911 on August 12, 2012:
My kids liked Heman and Skeletor from the 80s. They would have liked these too, if I would have got them some.
Robin S from USA on August 11, 2012:
My son was crazy for these!
Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on July 26, 2012:
Not familiar with these but they are so ugly they are kind of cute. :)
hntrssthmpsn on July 26, 2012:
I hadn't thought of MUSCLE men in years. My brother had about a billion of them, and I had a pretty healthy assortment, myself. You're right: the 80s had some awesome toys!