Twenty-two new MUSCLEMANIA pictures have been added to the visual archive of Anthropology 200. The most exciting addition is Figure #24. Prior to these three new pictures there had never been a clear, easily accessible picture of Figure #24 on the internet.
Among the very small niche of MUSCLEMANIA collectors there has always been speculation about the different texture and pliability of the figures. MUSCLEMANIA figures essentially fall into two groups: (1) “stretchy”; and (2) firm. Based on several years of acquiring MUSCLEMANIA figures plus a recent large influx of MUSCLEMANIA figures and 4-packs a strong hypothesis, based on data, can finally be offered with a strong degree of confidence.
The rigidity and textural differences are the result of changing manufacturers. The Firm figures were created first, and then those figures were used to create molds with the second manufacturer. Two pieces of data support this idea:
#1 – There is a very small size and mold definition difference between the Firm and Stretchy MUSCLEMANIA figures. It is most notable when two identical figures are held, in-hand, next to each other. It is a bit more difficult to effectively photograph, but below are two attempts:
#2 – The lack of Firm 4-packs. MUSCLEMANIA 4-packs were quite rare for a long time. However, there has been a tsunami of MUSCLEMANIA 4-packs becoming available. All of these 4-packs have had Stretchy figures. It is reasonable to believe that all of the new old stock is from the end of the line, not the start of it.
If you have any MUSCLEMANIA figure, 4-pack, and/or 12-pack pictures to add to the archive, then please email a high-resolution picture to the University of M.U.S.C.L.E.. Please take the picture on a white background. Thank you!