I often say that M.U.S.C.L.E. figures are not the main factor in my M.U.S.C.L.E. fandom. I think the fond memories and truly unusual M.U.S.C.L.E. things (whatever they may be) are what keep me vested in M.U.S.C.L.E. toys and collecting.
Lucas Rage sent me the best truly unusual M.U.S.C.L.E. discovery I have seen in years. The picture he sent me was from a youth group camping trip in July or August of 1987. To me, the picture below is better than any M.U.S.C.L.E. figure. It is a true, and tangible, window, into the nostalgia of M.U.S.C.L.E. toys.
In 1987 Lucas hardly went anywhere without his cardboard box full of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. This included his camping trip. Lucas, and some of the other campers, spent their free time building an amusement park for action figures on the side of a small hill. “We used mostly dry pine needles, leaves, and rocks to shape the rides and attractions, and populated it with our figures, mainly G.I. Joes and M.U.S.C.L.E. figures,” Lucas shared.
He said his figures, naturally, dominated the park. He also mentioned that figures could still be buried under the dirt and rocks where the “amusement park” once stood.
I hope other M.U.S.C.L.E. aficionados also adore this picture (I love alliteration). But if the romance doesn’t appeal, then perhaps the mystery will. Can anyone identify any of the figures?