Frankenstein-like Amalgam Figures & Tweaks


Frankenstein-like Amalgam Figures & Tweaks is a part of Art 100. The purpose of this visual archive is to catalog the various examples of Frankenstein-like Amalgam figures and their inferior counterparts – Tweaks.

If you have any figures that you would like added to this section, then please send them to the University of M.U.S.C.L.E. with a brief explanation and pictures of the figure. Thank you in advance for all submissions!

The success of M.U.S.C.L.E. brought out plenty of greedy manufacturers that wanted to take M.U.S.C.L.E. figures and simply copy them. The success of M.U.S.C.L.E. also gave birth to the collectible mini-figure market and brought an influx of entirely new products inspired by the phenomenon of M.U.S.C.L.E. toys.

And then there are the manufacturers that seemed to land very oddly in the middle. They altered existing product, by varying degrees, in an effort to create “new” product. However it is clear that the “new” product was supposed to be associated with the M.U.S.C.L.E. brand. The greatest question surrounding these Frankenstein-like Amalgam figures is, “Why did they do it?”

There seem to be two most likely scenarios: (1) they felt it protected them from lawsuits; and/or (2) the “new” product gave them a competitive edge (e.g., unique product). The truth will likely never be discovered as the vast majority of Frankenstein-like Amalgam figures lack branding or markings that would identify a manufacturer who might be able to provide any insight.

Counterfeit M.U.S.C.L.E. figures have so many sub-categories – and even brands. The lovingly terribly named Frankenstein-Like Amalgam Figures (FLAF’s) are one of those interesting sub-categories. For a long time most collectors were pleasantly surprised to find a new sculpt or different color of these figures. However, there may actually be two distinct types of FLAF’s.

The first type is a harder, almost resin-like version. It isn’t breakable like resin, but the plastic has a very brittle feeling stiffness. Mini-figure collectors sometimes talk about the “feel” of the figure. The feel of the harder versions are not very satisfying.

The second type of FLAF figure is much softer. In fact, the softer versions almost seem like a perfect balance of original keshi eraser and M.U.S.C.L.E. plastic. The figures are firm, but flexible. And not so flexible that it feels as if they may tear.

Kyle H. submitted some great pictures of the first ever examples of packaged Frankenstein-Like Amalgam figures.

Carded Example #1
From: Kyle H.

Example #1 (Back)
From: Kyle H.

Carded Example #2
From: Kyle H.

Carded Example #3
From: Kyle H.


Ninja and Stars
From: Lucas Rage

The University of M.U.S.C.L.E. reached out to the creators of these figures – Unique Industries Inc. They were unable (or unwilling) to provide any information about the figures. Although, the customer support person could not hide her surprise when someone was asking about such an old product.

The biggest surprise that accompanied Kyle’s discovery was some information, and pictures, shared by Lucas Rage. He had a carded 4-pack of figures, Ninja and Stars, with identical packaging.

Given all of this information, it appears that the Frankenstein-Like Amalgam figures’ brand has finally been identified. They are the Strong Men.

Overall, the Frankenstein-like Amalgam figures will mostly remain a mystery – but they provide an interesting subdivision of M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting. Showcased below is a visual archive of various Frankenstein-like Amalgam figures (Strong Men) and their names (submitted and voted on by M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors):

Ashura-Bull
From: Bill Raeth

Ashura-Bull
From: Lucas Rage

Ashura-Bull
From: Trent

Varsity Sheik
From: Manuel M.

Varsity Sheik
From: Chris K.

Varsity Sheik
From: Chris K.

Varsity Sheik
From: Chris K.

Ninja Rick
From: Manuel M.

Ninja Rick
From: Manuel M.

Ninja Rick
From: Chris K.

Screw Stewie
From: Lucas Rage

Screw Stewie
From: Trent

Screw Stewie
From: Mike M.

Screw Stewie
From: Kyle H.

Screw Stewie (loose)
From: Chris K.

Screw Stewie
From: Chris K.

Iron Claw
From: Lucas Rage

Iron Claw
From: Kyle H.

Iron Claw
From: Chris K.

He-Stak
From: Lucas Rage

Akumoko
From: Cesar P.

Akumoko
From: Chad Perry

Akumoko
From: John

Akumoko
From: John

Akumoko
From: Chris K.

Naked Mask
From: Lucas Rage

Naked Mask
From: Chad Perry

Naked Mask
From: John

Naked Mask
From: Chris K.

Naked Mask
From: Chris K.

Naked Mask
From: Chris K.

Count Dookula
From: Robert

Count Dookula
From: Trent

Count Dookula
From: Kyle H.

Count Dookula (loose)
From: Chris K.

Count Dookula
From: Chris K.

Crater Face
From: John

Crater Face
From: Kyle H.

Crater Face
From: Chris K.

Stumpy
From: Trent

Stumpy
From: Kyle H.

Stumpy (loose)
From: Chris K.

Nerf Ninja
From: Matt S.

Nerf Ninja
From: Chris K.

Nerf Ninja
From: Chris K.

Uncanny Hex-Man
From: Kyle H.

Uncanny Hex-Man
From: Chris K.

Uncanny Hex-Man
From: Chris K.

Knight Moves
From: Chris K.

Knight Moves
From: Chris K.


Tweaks are figures that were original Kinnikuman/M.U.S.C.L.E. sculpts but tiny, almost insignificant, changes have been made to the figures. These figures appear to be a very specific niche of counterfeit figure and the laziest possible version of a Frankenstein-like Amalgam figure.

If you would like to add a figure to the Tweaks visual archive, then please email a picture to the University of M.U.S.C.L.E.

Tweaked #23
Key Ring Added

Tweaked #41
Key Ring Added

Tweaked #75
Key Ring Added

Tweaked #80
Key Ring Added

Tweaked #89
Key Ring Added

Tweaked #141
Eyes Filled-In

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  1. #1 by BladeRunner on April 25th, 2014

    Oh man I need that pink Ashura-Bull!!

  2. #2 by Eric Pierce on October 1st, 2016

    I finally have one of the Frankenstein like guys! Picked up a Akumoko in that same orange color from a random lot.
    Not as cool as Ashurabull, but hey 😉

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