M.U.S.C.L.E. figure #56 (Neptune King)
by Professor Terry
This story starts back in 1987 at the height of M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting for myself and my friends. Flesh figures had been available for a while and I had, what I thought was, a good chunk of different figures. I had primarily accumulated my collection by trading duplicates with other kids and raiding 4-packs.
Then colored figures hit the shelves and I fell in love with the bright colored versions of each figure. I bought countless packs of figures to build my collection – not once finding a figure that I didn’t already have in the original flesh color.
That was until one day I opened a 10-pack to find this Magenta (of course it was “pink” back then) figure I had never seen! My best friend, who also heavily collected M.U.S.C.L.E. had also never seen it. I literally thought I’d struck gold and paraded this “pink” figure in front of everyone.
I gave him a name – Mean Jeans (For the life of me I can’t see why now. He’s not even wearing jeans!). He became the jewel of my collection and envy of my friends. I was the only person who had one in any of the colors. The Magenta #56 in the middle of the all Magenta photo is the exact figure from the story. I never let it go.
I think back now and wonder why he never showed up in other colors, or even Flesh, in my area. Trust me – I looked. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in my area looking either. My mother took us to a different shopping mall each payday because she liked the change in scenery. I looked for figures wherever I went. This was the only one I ever found.
Was it a production thing? Did certain figures just not make it to Australian shelves? I hear stories or recollections from American collectors and it just differs from my experience. This leads me to believe there was a slightly different process for distribution in Australia.
All the way up to becoming an adult M.U.S.C.L.E. collector, I thought I had a one of a kind piece. Of course I now know better. Today I have every color, Kinkeshi, Exogini’s, and two custom painted pieces.
The Purple M.U.S.C.L.E. may be a Class A but it’s the Magenta one that means more to me!