More M.U.S.C.L.E. Cans!


Normally an Art 200 review is broken into two parts: (1) subjective; and (2) objective. For this review I’m skipping the subjective portion. I love these figures so much there’s no reason to even attempt to be subjective.

I ordered the new Mini Popy Muscle Can from Eric Nilla and Namu Niku. What arrived, seen below, blew my mind.

The MUSCLE Thing in Flesh is beautiful.

I loved the sculpt of the figure, but I wasn’t in love with the Magenta-like color. I am shocked how much the color of the figure influenced my appreciation of the figure.

As soon as I finished taking the pictures the figure was prominently placed in my M.U.S.C.L.E. cabinet.

I can’t remember if I bought a Flesh version or if Eric was overly generous. Either way, I can’t say thank you enough. The MUSCLE Thing went from a figure I really like to one of my all-time favorites. I am embarrassed that the color of the figure is so influential, but I can’t deny it. If you don’t have this figure in your collection, then beg Eric for another casting. It is worth every penny and a MUST for every M.U.S.C.L.E. collector.

Speaking of figures you must own, you can add the Mini Popy Muscle Can to the list.

This is a smaller version of the second MUSCLE Can. I don’t think I can stop myself from saying, “Good things come in small packages.”

I may have felt embarrassed admitting that the color of the MUSCLE Thing influenced my love of the figure. For the Mini Popy Muscle Can I am not shy about saying that “size matters.” (Ok, that’s the last cliché expression.)

The smaller size really makes the can feel like a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure. The larger cans feel more connected to the 10-pack. This reduced size makes it feel like it could have been on the M.U.S.C.L.E. poster.

The family of M.U.S.C.L.E. 10-pack inspired figures from Eric Nilla and Namu Niku is stunning.

That collection of four figures leaves me nearly speechless. I can say that the figures fill me with M.U.S.C.L.E. happiness. Recently I placed a bid on a Class A figure. It made me sick. These figures provide me all the M.U.S.C.L.E. I need.

Eric also included a white Mini Popy Muscle Can. I didn’t like it as much as the Flesh-like version, but my boys liked it better – which surprised me.

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 Eric Nilla:
Eric Nilla on UofMUSCLE.com
Eric’s Blog
Eric Nilla on Instagram
Eric’s Store
Eric Nilla on Facebook

For more information about Namu-Niku check out these links:
Nama-Niku on UofMUSCLE.com
Nama-Niku.com
Nama Niku on Instagram
Namu Niku on Twitter

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  1. #1 by Eric Nilla on July 12th, 2018

    Yeah when you ordered the muscle thing last time, flesh sold out fast, you must not have noticed that it was for this other color. I don’t know why but this really made me feel bad when you said you didn’t care for it and I had it in my head when you bought something else from me I would send the flesh figure as a freebie. I’m glad you appreciate this color more. 🙂

  2. #2 by Chad Perry on July 12th, 2018

    It wasn’t that I didn’t like it – I just didn’t love it.

    I love the new one. Thank you!!!

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