FLAF (Strong Men) Update

A new FLAF?

Once again the King of Counterfeit, Lucas Rage, has something interesting to share with M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors.

The first item is a previously undocumented Frankenstein-like Amalgam figure. Lucas received this figure from Mexico. It is made of the same light, hard plastic similar to other counterfeit M.U.S.C.L.E. figures that have been more recently found (ie, Dodo and Uniao Festas).

Lucas believes that given its geographical point of origin, the material it is made from, and that it is previously unseen the figure is not an “official” Strong Men figure. The official Strong Men figures appear to have originated (at least, for point-of-sale) in the United States.

The second item is a previously undocumented type of figure material. Previously, the FLAF’s have been discovered as two different types: resin-like and keshi/M.U.S.C.L.E.-mix.

Dull, ‘Grow-In-Water’ Iron Claw

The first type is a harder, almost resin-like version. It isn’t breakable like resin, but the plastic has a very brittle-feeling stiffness. The second type of FLAF figure is much softer. In fact, the softer versions almost seem like a perfect balance of original keshi eraser and M.U.S.C.L.E. plastic. The figures are firm, but flexible. And not so flexible that it feels as if they may tear.

Lucas acquired two carded Strong Men sets. The first thing he immediately noticed was that one figure in each package was clearly made from a different material. In one case, the oddball figure is a double of another figure within the same package.

Dull, ‘Grow-In-Water’ Screw Kid

The figures in question are made from a substance that has no luster, and appears to be softer than the others. They almost look like the type of material that grows when set in water.

These observations have only been made by examining the sealed packages. Further analysis would require opening one of the packs. Even though Lucas’ curiosity is burning a hole in his mind, he can’t bring himself to open the package.

If you have any FLAF’s (or Strong Men information) you’d like to add to the visual archive, then please email pictures to UofMUSCLE@gmail.com. Thank you in advance!

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