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The Mega-Match board game is effectively absent from any Mattel and M.U.S.C.L.E.-related documents of the eighties. This does not make the game an accidental oddity that reached the marketplace. The board game is actually very common and, to some degree, regarded as the least exciting aspect of the M.U.S.C.L.E. brand by many collectors. This does not mean there aren’t a few interesting aspects of the board 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.
YouTube, and the internet in general, is filled with terrible and constantly amassing fan-driven media. Finding something as clever, original, and fun as this video is certainly a treat for M.U.S.C.L.E collectors. This video seems to properly capture the potential character of M.U.S.C.L.E better than any other M.U.S.C.L.E. video – including the original Mattel commercials.
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.
Mattel created catalogs for toy store owners to use as a reference as they ordered, or re-ordered, merchandise. M.U.S.C.L.E. first appeared in Mattel’s 1986 catalog. The next year was the final one for M.U.S.C.L.E in the Mattel catalog. The 1987 catalog makes it clear that M.U.S.C.L.E. was not a top priority.