#FlashbackFriday Funday – Do You Remember M.U.S.C.L.E. Men?

Hey gang! The internet is FULL of fun remembrances of our childhoods – every Friday, we’ll share our #FlashbackFridayFunday thoughts on something from the deep recesses of our memory. Today is a STRONG memory!

Back in our day, it was the glory days of the WWF (World Wrestling Federation – NOT the World Wildlife Fund – although they had a good 80s too….). Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Andre The Giant ruled our TVs and the early days of Pay Per View.

The toy world, of course, took notice. We had a million version of WWF toys (we’ll have to revisit WWF Thumb Wrestlers at some point) but then there was also the unusual M.U.S.C.L.E. Men!

What did MUSCLE stand for? I had forgotten, so I looked it up on the packaging – yeah, used to come in these cool mini garbage can looking 10-packs things!

The M.U.S.C.L.E. stands for Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere. Now you know.

My little brother and I had TONS of these things. I did have some of my favorites.

THIS guy was one I ALWAYS played with. I’m pretty sure he could fly – in my imagination.

These little guys (and some gals. And robots… and gods… and monsters….) were made out of a very hard rubber. They didn’t do much of anything, but they were very fun to collect. Every trip to Bradlees or Caldors (dating myself here) ended with a few of these in hand.

They started in Japan and then came over to the States where Mattel jumped on the chance to market them to us impressionable youngsters. They were mostly pink in color, but then started coming in an array of other colors towards the end.

They even had a video game made of them. Sadly, by 1988 the fad was over and the MUSCLE Men faded away.

I don’t think we have any of these, anymore. Maybe there is one or two at the bottom of the bin of Lego. But alas, they are gone for good. Of course, if you’re independently wealthy, you can go over to Amazon and buy a set to send me and my kids! 🙂

Anyway… did you have these? Do you even remember these? Share your memories below!


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