M.U.S.C.L.E. Figure #134
(American Rugby Boss or Ameragu Chojin No Bosu)
by Professor Terry
Let me tell you why this is my favorite figure. It is pretty simple. It combines my two passions: (1) toys; and (2) American football. I know I could get the same experience from Starting Lineup figures and they’re more realistic. But #134 is from my favorite toy line and that makes him a winner. I had an Orange and Salmon “Footy,” as I called him when I was a child, and I still have both of those figures today.
As an adult collector, the first M.U.S.C.L.E. I looked at collecting in every color was this guy. Problem was, there was a Class A figure to find and supposedly one of the toughest Class A figures to locate as well. That was disappointment #1. Then I found out that he has only two different figures available and that the Deka Kinkeshi is one of the tougher figures to obtain in that line too! Disappointment #2.
To overcome those disappointments I did something I haven’t done with any other M.U.S.C.L.E. sculpt and that was start building an army of them. I kept every single #134 I received in a lot, located the four Kinkeshi versions and eventually found a Red #134 plus the Deka Kinkeshi version. I was even lucky enough to locate two different Mexican bootlegs in separate auctions.
Then Auction Watch #XXX I saw an auction selling 23 Flesh #134 figures in a lot. I’m probably the only person in the world that would be interested in a lot like that one. Guess who won the lot for $10? Now I had 25 total flesh figures and had to make a decision about what to do in terms of displaying them.
The idea to create a #134 custom painted figure in each of the 32 NFL teams came when I received the figures in the mail. I liked keeping my Color army separate from the Flesh army. I turned to my friend LRG member Plastic Playhouse to paint up my NFL teams. I wanted both the Miami Dolphin home and away figures (obviously my favorite NFL team) and chose 24 more teams to have painted. I do intend to have all 32 teams painted. It will happen when I find another seven Flesh figures.
I have now taken the combined love of the Miami Dolphins and American Rugby Boss to the next level and decided to have a Deka Kinkeshi sculpt painted (thanks Ersico) and created, from scratch, a Mighty Muggs American Rugby Boss in a Dolphins uniform (Thanks Imperfecz). That Mighty Muggs is really a work of art and the four figures done for me will be showcased in a future MMMM.
I really enjoyed taking these pics of #134 and especially of the four Miami Dolphins figures this week, especially seeing they belted those stinking New England Patriots Sunday. Sorry Pats fans…well not really 🙂