I have already talked a little bit about this 4-pack. As I said before, I think this sticker was added to “US” 4-packs to get M.U.S.C.L.E. figures to Canada as soon as possible.
Here is my completely irresponsible speculation. What if the least frequent Class A figures, the ones that tend to show up in Western Canada, come from the last factories to produce French-Canadian 4-packs?
Here is the chain of events I imagine:
- Bandai starts producing Flesh “US” packaging. These are the initial shipments to stores worldwide. (The sticker is added for Canada.)
- Bandai starts producing Flesh, with the poster offer, and in both English and French-Canadian. (I believe the Non-Poster figures are dropped at this time too.
- M.U.S.C.L.E. becomes a hot-seller, but Mattel won’t sink more money into the product. Color figures are introduced.
- The 50/50 4-packs are introduced.
- To effectively meet production demands, based on the Color complexity, Bandai uses some Chinese factories.
- These Chinese produced 4-packs contain the Class A figures because Bandai didn’t have the same level of control in their factories.
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