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By closely examining The Official Nintendo Player’s Guide a much clearer picture emerges regarding how companies like Mattel and Nintendo marketed to their clientele. Hindsight allows for a much clearer picture regarding the things that Nintendo did correctly regarding their brand, and the things that Mattel failed to do with the M.U.S.C.L.E. brand.
It seems that almost every brand of toys has one particular item that collectors like to ridicule. For M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors that particular item is the Tag Team Match M.U.S.C.L.E. video game. The flaws and shortcomings seem obvious with the advantage of perfect hindsight. However, the real challenge is looking at the positive aspects of the game.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Currently on eBay there is an auction for the M.U.S.C.L.E. Battlin’ Belt. Normally a loose belt with a few Flesh figures does not demand any special recognition. However, in the world of M.U.S.C.L.E. minutia, this auction is quite noteworthy.
As efforts have increased to add the Tag Team Match M.U.S.C.L.E. to History 200 some editing of the original write-up has also begun. Through that editing a curious topic arose, “What was the actual release date for the game?”
A wrestling ring accessory makes the most sense for a group of wrestling figures. Mattel recognized they could use some existing parts from Bandai’s release of previous versions of the ring. The box art shows a seemingly metallic clasp. Unfortunately Mattel decided to use a brittle plastic on the figure clamps and this toy was easily broken.
The only completely original item produced by Mattel for M.U.S.C.L.E. was a carrying case shaped like a championship wrestling belt. The Battlin’ Belt was positioned as both a carrying case and a wrestling ring. The design of the belt was filled with rather questionable choices.