UofM and ToplessRobot Connection?

ToplessRobot Screen Shot

ToplessRobot Screen Shot

The first comment in this 4-pack Update brought to light ToplessRobot.com doing a M.U.S.C.L.E. feature called The 30 Most Mind-Blowingly Strange M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures. It seems more than a coincidence that only a month earlier a ToplessRobot article, The 10 Greatest Girls’ Toys Secretly Coveted by Boys, was featured in Website Review #7.

UofM’s pingback to ToplessRobot.com may or may not have been an inspiration for their current feature, either way it is always positive to see loving tributes to our beloved M.U.S.C.L.E. It was also nice to see Nathan’s M.U.S.C.L.E. Page clearly recognized and thanked as the source of the tremendous pictures.

Perhaps the author, Rob Bricken, would be a willing participant for Sociology 300 or maybe simply share his childhood experience and impressions of M.U.S.C.L.E?

  1. #1 by Nathan on December 3, 2009 - 11:17 am

    Cool article! I’m glad that they credited my site for the pictures. It’s so rare for a website owner to be responsible and credit his/her sources these days.

  2. #2 by Kevin on December 3, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    I’m actually the author of that article, and frequently write lists for Topless Robot. (TR generally includes my byline, but it was left off by accident this time.) It wasn’t inspired by the previous UoM article (which I had not seen, although I do read your site), just by my general enjoyment of M.U.S.C.L.E. I frequently write about my favorite toylines for TR.

    Rob Bricken, the site editor, is a huge fan of M.U.S.C.L.E. and Kinnikuman, though, and would probably be a great interview, not just for that, but for running a site that’s all about the toys, movies, comics books, anime, video games and other stuff nerds like us tend to love. 🙂

    BTW, Topless Robot previously linked to a video showing actual wrestlers performing as Kinnikuman characters. Thought you might like to see that, as it is ten kinds of awesome: http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/07/super_terrific_japanese_thing_real-life_kinnikuman.php

  3. #3 by Chad Perry on December 3, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Hi Kevin, thanks for clearly that up for us. It looks to be purely a happy coincidence.

    I think all M.U.S.C.L.E collectors would offer you a collective thank you for writing anything that highlights over beloved M.U.S.C.L.E. toys.

  4. #4 by Kevin on December 3, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    I’m always happy to give them more press. 🙂

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