Art 200: The M.U.S.C.L.E. Thing

The M.U.S.C.L.E. Thing
By Namu Niku and Eric Nilla

This figure was created by Namu Niku and Eric Nilla.

While not a direct revision, it cares on the traditional started by the “Super Rare M.U.S.C.L.E. Can” and the “M.U.S.C.L.E. Can”.

The figure came bagged and carded. It was available in several colors, including a M.U.S.C.L.E.-like Flesh color. This version of the figure is a bright Magenta-like color.

The figure cost $20.

I thought I ordered the Flesh version. It was probably sold-out when I ordered. I probably just assumed the color I selected must be the Flesh option. I can’t lie, I was bummed out by the color when it arrived – and I hated that.

It’s a great figure, but my pouty-baby-brain is still frustrated. I became more frustrated because the color was difficult to photograph. I became even more frustrated because my old eyes had some trouble identifying the faces in the trashcan.

I see a Sunshine front-and-center. There’s a Kinnikuman face to the Sunshine’s immediate left.

I’ll turn in my M.U.S.C.L.E.-card if necessary, but I can’t tell who is to the immediate right. If I keep going right I see a Robin Mask, then I’m done. I can’t make anything else out.

In my defense, I went to the eye-doctor this week. I do need new glasses. My contacts were fine, but I wore glasses as I inspected the figure. I’m wearing the same glasses as I write this review.

Ultimately, I really like the figure – even if I’m not in love with the color. However, it’s impossible for me not to compare it to the other cans from these guys. I like the concept of this figure the best; with the arms and legs – because he’s really a figure.

The SR Can and v2 just seem better executed. I love the size and faces on those two more than this guy.

Please, please, please understand I still really like this figure. It’s just that he came in third place as the third “version” of the figure. I love Star Wars. I love the original trilogy. This guy is my Return of the Jedi.

You likely already know these artists. But just in case you need to find more information, here are some places to find more information about Nama-Niku:
Nama-Niku on
Nama Niku on Instagram
Namu Niku on Twitter

For more information about Eric Nilla check out these links:
Eric Nilla on
Eric’s Blog
Eric Nilla on Instagram
Eric’s Store
Eric Nilla on Facebook

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  1. #1 by Crunkenstein on March 15, 2018 - 12:38 pm

    To Sunshine’s right, that really looks like Junkman’s face. Looks like a tiny half face squished next to him. Next I think is a part of Bikeman’s body. Next more on the back of the figure looks like Jawsman and King the 100 Tons. Above Kinnikuman on Sunshine’s left looks like it might be Big Radial or one of his tires. The fist behind them has enough detail that it should be possible to identify a match.

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