MUSCLE Toys Coming Back With WWE/Lucha Figures
Friday, October 6, 2017
The toy company Super7 toys announced today during the New York Comic Con event in New York that the company plans to relaunch the MUSCLE line of figures from the 1980s, only with both WWE and Lucha Libre legends featured in the line-up.
The MUSCLE figures are only about 1 and 3/4 inches tall hard rubber figures that are not painted, just like the original figures were. It was announced these figures would be released sometime in the winter, largely for the holiday rush, a specific date was not announced. The figures will be licensed through Masked Republic, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to broaden the awareness of Hispanic and Chicano culture in the U.S.
At their exhibition in the Jacob Javits Center in New York City as part of NYCC, Super7 showed off the mini figures for WWE legends like Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, The Ultimate Warrior, Hacksaw Duggan, The Iron Sheik, Jake Roberts, Junkyard Dog, Ted DiBiase, Sgt. Slaughter and Gene Okerlund.
They also showed off figured based off of legendary names from Mexican Lucha Libre like Juventud Guerrera, Blue Demon Jr., Super Astro, Tinieblas Jr., Konnan, and Solar.
MUSCLE was the American named for the Japanese figures based off of the Kinnikuman anime of the early 1980s. The story featured an intergalactic wrestling league full of crazy characters who fought each other in a battle of good vs. evil. The man character Kinnikuman was a masked wrestler who was also a royal prince of his planet who was immature and crass who used fart jokes and often used his bodily gas during his matches. Other characters included a wrestling toilet, A VTR machine, a giant stone block Golemn, a "good" Nazi, and many others. For some reference, Christopher Daniels's Japanese wrestling character Curry Man was based off the character Curry Cook from the same series. A sequel series was done in the late 90s called "Ultimate Muscle" in the United States and actually became more popular in the U.S. than it was in it's original Japan.