The Sunday Paper


The Sunday Paper returns thanks to Peter Vander Haeghe seeing is picture in 2018 Year in Review (Part II). He sent his write-up to UofMUSCLE@gmail.com and, thankfully for me, he followed the guidelines. Thanks Peter!

Remember the Sunday Paper is open to anybody. If you have a M.U.S.C.L.E. topic/question/rant that you want the world to see, then please feel free to send it in. I know M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors would love an extra day of content.



Back in the early 00’s, I discovered a M.U.S.C.L.E. on the side of my home while helping my grandmother plant flowers. It had been lost while playing in the mid-80’s and claimed by the soil where it stayed for around fifteen years. Awhile back, I thought it would have made for an interesting University of M.U.S.C.L.E. article. The problem was, the figure had become lost once again. I stumbled upon it while cleaning my attic this past summer. It was in a box with other toys that included a couple of M.U.S.C.L.E. knockoffs and a bootleg, as well as some toys from my childhood like Hot Wheels.

So, what happened to my M.U.S.C.L.E. that had been buried for around a decade and a half? Well, it’s not pretty. One of it’s arms and one of it’s legs had broken off in a rather jagged manner after many years of being exposed to the elements. I’m assuming the breaks occurred at possible weak points in the material that might have had swirls in it. His remaining leg has a crack in it where it bends. A pen or marker stain on it’s back was preserved. It might have gotten it while he was in my pocket or in my desk at school.

The little guy will remain with the rest of my collection now after being lost twice. Ironically, the original article I had typed up had been lost on my previous laptop after it had been damaged. Hopefully, this version makes it out there and visitors will find it interesting in regards to what happens to a M.U.S.C.L.E. that has out in the elements for many years.



Thanks again Peter!

If you’re feeling inspired, then please sent in your article and pictures to UofMUSCLE@gmail.com.

  1. #1 by Lucas on January 6th, 2019

    I love stories like this. Finding a toy relic from your own past poking out from the earth is a priceless feeling!

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