Manufacturing Error Figure or Tortured Figure?

Auction Watch #139 featured an Orange #163 figure. The auction purported that the figure was an error but, for a few reasons, it was hard to be sure. The question became, “Is it an error or a tortured M.U.S.C.L.E. figure?”

Auction Watch #139 also stated:

Will this be a great deal for a buyer looking for an error figure or will it be a terrible deal for a tortured figure?

Hopefully the winner will share the outcome with collectors.

Good news for collectors! Mark won the figure for $9.95 and sent some new, and much better pictures, to share with collectors. Mark also wanted to ask collectors a very important question, “Did I get an error or a tortured figure?”

Take a look at the pictures below and help Mark properly identify his figures. Voting can take place via the poll in the upper right hand corner and comments can be posted below. Here are the pictures:

After viewing Mark’s pictures it appears that he has a pretty nice error figure. The only area of concern might be the back of the right leg. That “extra” indentation just doesn’t feel right – like it doesn’t belong there. But that is the only, very minor, area of potential concern.

M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors, did Mark get an error or a tortured figure?


  1. #1 by allsportdvd on August 20, 2013 - 7:23 am

    I think I’ve already said this to Mark but from the error figures I’ve had in the past, this is quite similar & so I would go with an error figure here – you’ll have to Blu-Tack his leg to the ground so he stands up though 🙂

  2. #2 by jmckinnon316 on August 20, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Never melted a MUSCLE man before (wouldn’t have the heart to do so!) but I would expect more blackening if it had been melted/burned.

    I’m going with Error

  3. #3 by Imperfecz on August 20, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    I have some of these guys as well… first thought was melted, then you notice no blistering or discoloration… what kid melting toys was that careful? Nope

    Then realized they were errors. So is it just not enough plastic going through? The indentation lines up with the ejection pin on that side, so it makes sense if that part of the mold wasn’t full, the pin would end up making an indent.

  4. #4 by Douglas Quinn on August 20, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    I’ve “errored” a few figures before. First, no I’ve never sold them of tried to say they were an authentic error figure. They’ve only been for experimenting purposes. And I must say that faking a error figure is very easy to do. Low heat on a concentrated area like one foot or one hand, etc. I would rather not share the exact process I used because I don’t want a flood of “errors”. Gravity is a factor, possibly making the extra indents. I’m not in any way saying this error is a fake. Just saying its not that hard to bootleg them. This “error” looks great either way to me. All about the belief I guess. How can any error figure be labeled as authentically error made? Other than in a sealed pack of sorts……..

  5. #5 by SmokinGun on August 20, 2013 - 9:23 pm

    Its 100% manufacture error. I seen a flesh #163 in a small lot with the same error months ago.

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