Monday Morning M.U.S.C.L.E. Musings #108


Mairudoman (M.U.S.C.L.E. Figure #73)
By Professor Terry

This week I’m featuring another figure I find interesting in the M.U.S.C.L.E. line: Mairudoman (M.U.S.C.L.E. figure #73). There is one distinct reason I find this figure to be one of my favorites and that is he can spin on his freaking head!

I don’t recall how I found out it’s possible to get him to spin on his head. I do remember after adding Sunshine’s number 195 and 107, I spent a good amount of time spinning them. Now #195 could spin for quite a while of course. #107 I might have been lucky to get a second and a half of spinning time. But it made me wonder, could any other figures spin. I’m sure this went through every M.U.S.C.L.E. child collectors thought process – mine at least anyway.

So I tried a few figures with smooth heads (can’t remember which ones) and came across Mairudoman and found some success. If I get a good spin I can have him spin for 2-2.5 seconds. I think that’s pretty fair considering the comments above about #107. So he became a favorite and the red one pictured is the exact one I had as a child.

Now, he’s a pretty cool figure in his own right. Great mask and cogs around his shoulders to make him look menacing. I think that the new Kinkeshi Premium sculpt of the Tire Man took his inspiration from the Mairudoman. Except the tires basically make him look like Mairudoman on steroids.

Unfortunately, the M.U.S.C.L.E. sculpts are all there is of this figure. The reason being all the other Japanese lines have him in his Big The Budo/Neptune King costume. Neptune King is one of my favorites too so that’s okay.

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