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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.
The vast majority of collectors have come across figures with small problems – normally some type of warping: an oddly positioned foot, arms or legs too far apart or too close together, a small dent in the figure, or a pose that simply does not match identical sculpts. This warping could be called, “The M.U.S.C.L.E. Warp.”
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.
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.
Mattel needed to make an unfamiliar product familiar, and the Pre-Pack did this with wrestling and monsters. The art of the M.U.S.C.L.E. pre-pack is 100% unique. These images are not seen on any other M.U.S.C.L.E. item.