John, Ridureyu, from LittleRubberGuys.com shared some of his counterfeit M.U.S.C.L.E. figures recently. In addition to sharing the pictures he also added an interesting write-up about the specific details of the figures (which can be read here). The most exciting pictures were the Frankenstein-Amalgam figures. There were four excellent examples, plus a few comparison shots of the Frankenstein-Amalgam figure next to original M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.
The first two figures are nearly identical examples of the same figure: one in a gray and the second in a rather attractive orange color.
The third Frankenstein-Amalgam figure is another example of the figure being cast in the color Red, and the third documented example of the figure. Perhaps most intriguing is the accompanying picture that John sent along. It shows the Frankenstein-Amalgam figure next to the original figures that spawned its creation.
The fourth Frankenstein-Amalgam figure is very exciting. It is the first document example of this figure. John also sent along two comparison pictures with the figure next to the original M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.
The last Frankenstein-Amalgam figure is another example of a previously undocumented figure. This picture was taken from a recent eBay auction.
The last two pictures were also sent in by John. These types of figures do not currently have a home anywhere on the University of M.U.S.C.L.E. website. These types of figures were documented as part of Art 100’s Counterfeit Figure Typology section, however special attention has not been given to them. These figures raise some interesting questions:
Should they be examined?
Are they “authentic” counterfeit M.U.S.C.L.E. figures?
How should they be addressed?
Are they “Art” or “Anthropology”?