Uniao Festas Figures


As stated in an earlier post, Rafael from LRG.com found some counterfeit M.U.S.C.L.E. figures on September 17, 2009 at a store in Brazil. He was kind enough to provide the University of M.U.S.C.L.E. with the entire stock from the original store, which turned out to be five packages.

Group 1 - Front

Group 1 - Front

Group 1 - Back

Group 1 - Back

Group 2 - Front

Group 2 - Front

Group 2 - Back

Group 2 - Back


The distribution of sculpts and colors in each package is shockingly terrible – which follows the long traditional of bootleg/counterfeit figures having several of the same figures in one package.

Many of the figures suffer from the same problems as other bootleg/counterfeit figures – reduced size and excessive flashing. However, the repetitiveness of sculpts and colors is worth tolerating because the color choices are fantastic. They are bright, fun, and interesting. Frankly, the color choices push these figures somewhere between common counterfeit figures and the work of colorful custom figures.

Hopefully more collectors will have the opportunity to purchase these figures. They are simply the best bootleg/counterfeit figures ever produced based on M.U.S.C.L.E. sculpts. Most counterfeit figures have a completely unknown origin, aside from reports of gumball machines and occasional sealed packages. Rafael was kind enough to provide the University of M.U.S.C.L.E. with a completely unique form of provenance for these figures. Not only are they in their original packaging, but he was also willing to take some pictures of the store they were purchased from in Brazil. The storekeeper was somewhat reluctant for him to take pictures, which is why they appear hurried and partially out of focus.

The first two pictures offer a view of the exterior of the shop with a few of the surrounding stores and view of the street.

Store Exterior

Store Exterior

Store Exterior 2

Store Exterior 2


The next picture is down one of the aisles. Each aisle has a theme and this aisle had predominately food storage items specifically Tupperware-like containers.

Store Aisle

Store Aisle


Lastly is where the bootleg/counterfeit M.U.S.C.L.E. figures were found. They were in a shelving unit filled with inexpensive toys – specifically the kind of cheap toys that are given out in treat/gift bags for guests at a child’s birthday party. The first picture is the entire unit, with the second picture showing the actual shelf where the figures were found.

Uniao Festas Shelf

Uniao Festas Shelf

Shelf Close-Up

Shelf Close-Up


Originally the plan had been to open all but one of these unique items. However upon receiving them the odd packaging and mix of figures offered an intense silly charm. Instead only one package will likely be opened. While the University of M.U.S.C.L.E. reserves the right to open any package, which package would readers like to see opened?

Pack #1

Pack #1

Pack #2

Pack #2

Pack #3

Pack #3

Pack #4

Pack #4

Pack #5

Pack #5


Please post any preferences and rationale in the comment section below.

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  1. #1 by Nathan on November 16th, 2009

    I say one of the packs with the most color variation, either #1 or #5. Will you be posting pics of the loose “Uniao Festas”?

  2. #2 by Guest on November 16th, 2009

    #3 Plz.

  3. #3 by Chad Perry on November 16th, 2009

    Nathan :

    Will you be posting pics of the loose “Uniao Festas”?

    Of course, that’s why I wanted to ask people. I wanted their input regarding the write-up.

  4. #4 by galactiboy on November 16th, 2009

    I like pack #5

  5. #5 by Lucas on November 16th, 2009

    If I was to open one of those packages, I would choose pack number 4.
    Adding those two odd-colored Sunshine figures to a display would definitely add some tasty South American spice.

    Personally, though, I feel that I would be most likely to not open any of the packages. I agree that the original packaging is charming to look at. I often find that in many cases the packaging itself can be just as, if not more, intriguing than the product itself.

  6. #6 by Nyarlathotep on November 16th, 2009

    I would say #1.

  7. #7 by pikmincaptain on November 17th, 2009

    I’m for #1, most irregular colors

  8. #8 by rafael on November 19th, 2009

    hey, nice article! im glad you enjoyed. i’ve tried to call that number, but was not succesfull. still didnt found more of those, but be sure i will tell if i do 😉

  9. #9 by Meatcutta78 on February 2nd, 2010

    The colors are awesome! I would say pop open #2.

  10. #10 by Biffard on July 19th, 2010

    I just got a package from Brazil today and it had six of these little guys in them. I don’t know if they came from the same store but they did come from Brazil and they look identical to the figures in your pictures. They are very cool and I’m glad I was able to pick up a few!

  11. #11 by Chad Perry on July 20th, 2010

    That’s great! Hopefully you’ll take some pictures and share them with us!

  12. #12 by TheOrgg on November 16th, 2012

    I’d say number 3. It looks the least interesting sealed, having several of a more dull color.

    That would allow description of texture and such without sacrificing displayability of the unopened packs.

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