The 28-Pack


The third packaging option was the 28-pack. Unlike the 4- and 10-packs the 28-pack seemed to have the greatest spectrum of retail pricing. There were reports in Playthings magazine of 28-packs being sold for anywhere from $4.99 to $9.99, although the $4.99 was likely a clearance price. The average price seems to have been about seven to eight dollars.

There were four different versions of the 28-pack. Each package had a different name and different color.

Package #1 was called Thug Busters and featured the color green.

Thug Busters

Thug Busters



Package #2 was called Cosmic Crunchers and featured the color red.
Cosmic Crunchers

Cosmic Crunchers



Package #3 was called Mighty Maulers and featured the color purple.
Mighty Maulers

Mighty Maulers



Package #4 was called Cosmic Showdown and featured the color yellow.
Cosmic Showdown

Cosmic Showdown



These 28-packs were special for one reason. They contained figures that could only be obtained in 28-packs. Unfortunately Mattel never made it clear which figures were exclusive to the 28-packs. The main question for collectors became, “Were all the figures exclusive or just some of the figures?”

The earliest discussions centered on the information provided by Nathan’s MUSCLE Blog. Two collectors (Tyler Larkins and Scott Andrew Hutchins) shared with the website their findings after opening factory sealed 28-packs. While it is unlikely that these gentleman made any errors, a second group of factory sealed 28-packs have never been opened to validate the findings.

In March of 2006, Mr. Smith (Universal Ruler Supreme) started a topic on the LittleRubberGuys.com message board about the possibility of solving the 28-pack mystery (which can be seen here). As with any sound research the process did not simply stop. In July of 2007 several LittleRubberGuys.com board members again started to explore the make-up of the 28-packs. Their original discussion can be seen here.

Small changes were taking place, uncovering certain figures belonging to one of the other trees from the same part. While the figures included within each 28-pack seems absolute at this point, further research into the parts and trees will likely continue.

The current accepted figures, parts and trees are listed below:

Thug Busters

Thug Busters


Package #1 – Thug Busters included the following figures: 10, 13, 17, 21, 24, 25, 26, 38, 43, 44, 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 64, 67, 70, 72, 76, 78, 84, 90, 91, 95, 103, 161, and 232.

Below is a breakdown on the Parts and Trees findings, which is fully documented on Soupie’s M.U.S.C.L.E. Colors Image Archive:

  • Part 2
    • Tree 1 – 17, 21, 26, 43, 44, 54, 67, 103
    • Tree 2 – 10, 13, 24, 25, 38, 48, 49, 51, 53
  • Part 3
    • Tree 3 – 161
  • Part 5
    • Tree 3 – 64, 72, 76, 90, 232
  • Part 6
    • Tree 1 – 70, 78, 91
  • Part 7
    • Tree 1 – 84, 95

Cosmic Crunchers

Cosmic Crunchers


Package #2 – Cosmic Crunchers included the following figures: 18, 45, 47, 79, 81, 83, 86, 88, 89, 92, 97, 105, 114, 120, 128, 129, 132, 144, 184, 188, 192, 196, 198, 200, 201, 202, 203, and 205.

Below is a breakdown on the Parts and Trees findings, which is fully documented on Soupie’s M.U.S.C.L.E. Colors Image Archive:

  • Part 5
    • Tree 2 – 45, 83, 88, 89
    • Tree 4 – 79, 81, 132, 144
  • Part 7
    • Tree 3 – 18, 47, 86, 92, 97, 114
  • Part 10
    • Tree 1 – 120, 128, 129, 184
  • Part 19
    • Tree 1 – 105, 188, 192, 196, 198, 200, 201, 202, 203, 205

Mighty Maulers

Mighty Maulers


Package #3 – Might Maulers included the following figures: 5, 6, 12, 52, 57, 59, 63, 74, 80, 87, 94, 115, 169, 170, 171, 173, 175, 176, 193, 194, 204, 207, 209, 212, 214, 218, 226, and 230.

Below is a breakdown on the Parts and Trees findings, which is fully documented on Soupie’s M.U.S.C.L.E. Colors Image Archive:

  • Part 4
    • Tree 1 – 5, 6, 12, 52, 57, 59, 63, 74, 226, 230
  • Part 6
    • Tree 2 – 80, 94
  • Part 7
    • Tree 2 – 87, 115
  • Part 17
    • Tree 2 – 169, 170, 171, 173, 175, 176
  • Part 18
    • Tree 1 – 193, 194, 204, 207
  • Part 20
    • Tree 2 – 209, 212, 214, 218

Cosmic Showdown

Cosmic Showdown


Package #4 – Cosmic Showdown included the following figures: 4, 7, 8, 9, 32, 37, 62, 65, 66, 69, 98, 99, 119, 121, 122, 127, 130, 137, 142, 146, 147, 148, 150, 158, 159, 160, 162, and 233.

Below is a breakdown on the Parts and Trees findings, which is fully documented on Soupie’s M.U.S.C.L.E. Colors Image Archive:

  • Part 3
    • Tree 1 – 4, 7, 8, 62, 122
    • Tree 2 – 65, 66, 69, 130, 233
  • Part 8
    • Tree 2 – 98, 99, 148, 150
    • Tree 4 – 37, 158, 160, 162
  • Part 9
    • Tree 2 – 9, 146, 147, 159
  • Part 12
    • Tree 1 – 32, 119, 121, 127, 137, 142

While seemingly very similar to most collectors, the 28-pack has the greatest number of variations. There are two main things to look for on a 28-pack. The first is the poster offer. 28-packs either have a poster offer on their back, or it is simply a blank spot. Further information about the 28-Pack Poster Offer can be read here.

Poster Offer

Poster Offer


The second is the logo on Muscleman’s forehead. This seems to have been a running change throughout the line, or simply an indication of the source factory. The logo can be seen on the forehead on packages with the poster offer or without the poster offer.

Forehead Logo

Forehead Logo


There are potentially a total of 16 different packages for the 28-packs:
Logo, Poster
Logo, No Poster
No Logo, Poster
No Logo, No Poster

Package #1 – Thug Busters

#1 Front - Logo, Poster

#1 Front - Logo, Poster

#1 Back - Logo, Poster

#1 Back - Logo, Poster


#1 Front - Logo, No Poster

#1 Front - Logo, No Poster

#1 Back - Logo, No Poster

#1 Back - Logo, No Poster

Mirror Authentication

Mirror Authentication


#1 Front - No Logo, Poster

#1 Front - No Logo, Poster

#1 Back - No Logo, Poster

#1 Back - No Logo, Poster

Mirror Authentication

Mirror Authentication



No Logo, No Poster – (NEED PHOTOGRAPHS)


Package #2 – Cosmic Crunchers

#2 Front - Logo, Poster

#2 Front - Logo, Poster

#2 Back - Logo, Poster

#2 Back - Logo, Poster

Mirror Authentication

Mirror Authentication

#2 Logo, No Poster from: eBay


#2 Front - No Logo, Poster

#2 Front - No Logo, Poster

#2 Back - No Logo, Poster

#2 Back - No Logo, Poster

Mirror Authentication

Mirror Authentication



No Logo, No Poster – (NEED PHOTOGRAPHS)


Package #3 – Mighty Maulers

#3 Front - Logo, Poster

#3 Front - Logo, Poster

#3 Back - Logo, Poster

#3 Back - Logo, Poster

Mirror Authentication

Mirror Authentication


#3 Front - Logo, No Poster

#3 Front - Logo, No Poster

#3 Back - Logo, No Poster

#3 Back - Logo, No Poster

Mirror Authentication

Mirror Authentication


#3 Front - No Logo, Poster

#3 Front - No Logo, Poster

#3 Back - No Logo, Poster

#3 Back - No Logo, Poster

Mirror Authentication

Mirror Authentication



No Logo, No Poster – (NEED PHOTOGRAPHS)


Package #4 – Cosmic Showdown

#4 – Logo, Poster (from eBay auction)


#4 Front - Logo, No Poster

#4 Front - Logo, No Poster

#4 Back - Logo, No Poster

#4 Back - Logo, No Poster

Mirror Authentication

Mirror Authentication


#4 Front - No Logo, Poster

#4 Front - No Logo, Poster

#4 Back - No Logo, Poster

#4 Back - No Logo, Poster

Mirror Authentication

Mirror Authentication


No Logo, No Poster – (NEED PHOTOGRAPHS)


There may be 16 versions of the box, but there could have been 32* possible combinations:
#1, Flesh, Logo, Poster
#1, Flesh, Logo, No Poster
#1, Flesh, No Logo, Poster
#1, Flesh, No Logo, No Poster
#1, Color, Logo, Poster
#1, Color, Logo, No Poster
#1, Color, No Logo, Poster
#1, Color, No Logo, No Poster

#2, Flesh, Logo, Poster
#2, Flesh, Logo, No Poster
#2, Flesh, No Logo, Poster
#2, Flesh, No Logo, No Poster
#2, Color, Logo, Poster
#2, Color, Logo, No Poster
#2, Color, No Logo, Poster
#2, Color, No Logo, No Poster

#3, Flesh, Logo, Poster
#3, Flesh, Logo, No Poster
#3, Flesh, No Logo, Poster
#3, Flesh, No Logo, No Poster
#3, Color, Logo, Poster
#3, Color, Logo, No Poster
#3, Color, No Logo, Poster
#3, Color, No Logo, No Poster

#4, Flesh, Logo, Poster
#4, Flesh, Logo, No Poster
#4, Flesh, No Logo, Poster
#4, Flesh, No Logo, No Poster
#4, Color, Logo, Poster
#4, Color, Logo, No Poster
#4, Color, No Logo, Poster
#4, Color, No Logo, No Poster

*This computation is based on speculation. 28-packs are the least found sealed M.U.S.C.L.E. packaging. Without sealed versions of each package there is some room for debate. Sealed 28-packs of half-Flesh/half-Color have never been found, and are not believed to exist. However, confirmation of their existence could push the number to 48 possible combinations. It also seems improbable that there were Color 28-packs with the poster offer because the promotion had been discontinued when Mattel had transitioned to only Color figures. However, it is possible they existed simply because Mattel/Bandai used any of the remaining packages that still had the poster offer.

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