There is not any M.U.S.C.L.E. information in the oral history, nor is there anything hardcore M.U.S.C.L.E. fans don’t already know. But Joe and the article offer a lot of great perspective into Mattel during the time of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Every time I hear or read things like that article I am stunned M.U.S.C.L.E. lasted even two years.
It also fuels my thought that a legitimate M.U.S.C.L.E. return is impossible. Mattel will not relinquish their M.U.S.C.L.E. copyright. They don’t own the Kinnikuman characters, so they can’t use those designs. If Mattel created 100% new M.U.S.C.L.E. characters would that really appeal to the nostalgia crowd? Probably not.
And if M.U.S.C.L.E. is just glued onto another property, would that really be a return to M.U.S.C.L.E. toys? No. It would be branded minifigures.
That does not bum me out. M.U.S.C.L.E. is an odd little footnote in toy history. I like that my happy little memory can stay that way.
I wish that this sign did not resonate with me. I coached my boys’ baseball team this summer. Overall it was a great experience; some of my most cherished memories.
But some people are assholes – and I don’t understand it. I have always heard it was the result of parents being overly competitive and/or living vicariously through their children. Maybe that is part of it. It might even be a big part. I honestly believe these crazy parents are simply crazy. Not broad, funny label crazy, but actually mentally ill. The illnesses may be different, but such odd behavior MUST come from mental illness.
Ok, let’s look at some M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions.
– Not much M.U.S.C.L.E., but I liked this lot.
– If you need a 10-pack, then this is your auction.
– I don’t remember this one coming out.
– After going unsold, have these been relisted at a higher price?
– Interesting to see, but I can’t imagine a good way to display that set.
– With all of those pictures, you think one would be accidentally good. But I do like the figures.
– I like these figures, but the price seems high. I wonder if Eric and Wolf could bring them back?
– The seller is trying to get $5. How long would you hold out? $0.99 and get it out of my house.
– Lot A and Lot B and lots of bullshit.
– Doesn’t having three available make the price worse? It does for me.
– I like the lot, but didn’t like the starting price. It seems like a possible end price.
– Forget the price. Forget everything. It had to be funny playing with those figures one more time.
– Don’t love the price, but I promised my boys a ring to play with.
– 61 figures that started at $9.99.
– Poor #157.
– I dare you not to read the auction description in Borat’s voice. (You can’t do it.)
– ” I know nothing about there value so I priced them far below other auctions. I am open to offers.” Well…I got my insight into their thought process.
– There was a time the entire community would be offended by this. Now it is just white noise.
– This auction has ended, but you have to see the BIN.
I haven’t played hockey in far too long. But this bummed me out. I know if I got back on the ice I would be a shell of my former self. However I would feel like such a dick if people were trying to make me feel good. Seriously, watch this:
As soon as I saw him sheepishly step onto the ice I knew it would be a shit-show. Then the goalie not moving. Nobody touching him. Dear god.
Let’s cleanse the palate.
Have a great weekend!