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1980s M.U.S.C.L.E. Men Wrestler Toys

Updated on September 11, 2014
Muscle Men
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Muscle Men - Tiny Wrestling Figures With Huge Personality

I firmly believe that the eighties had the best toys of any decade. Of course, I might be a bit biased having been a kid that grew up in the eighties. But, either way, the eighties had some totally awesome toys!

While I spent most of my time with Strawberry Shortcake (back when she wore a dress), and Rainbow Brite, I had a brother who was spending his time with Hulk Hogan and Jake the Snake. He had TONS of wrestling toys and frankly still does.

The majority of his toys did not interest me in the slightest - with the distinct exception of his M.U.S.C.L.E. Men. These tiny figures had such personality! I loved playing with these.

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Do You Remember MUSCLE Men?

Do you remember the M.U.S.C.L.E. Men from the eighties?

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Take a Closer Look at Some Muscle Men

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The Ninja #026Keyman #030New Sunshine #221Atlantis #161Harigorasu #136Sunshine A  #139Sunshine D  #015Nakano-san #162Ashuraman #129Kinnikuman #166
The Ninja #026
The Ninja #026
Keyman #030
Keyman #030
New Sunshine #221
New Sunshine #221
Atlantis #161
Atlantis #161
Harigorasu #136
Harigorasu #136
Sunshine A  #139
Sunshine A #139
Sunshine D  #015
Sunshine D #015
Nakano-san #162
Nakano-san #162
Ashuraman #129
Ashuraman #129
Kinnikuman #166
Kinnikuman #166

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Muscle Men Claw
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About M.U.S.C.L.E. Men

The MUSCLE Men toys were made by distributed by Mattel between 1985 and 1988, however they were originally produced by Bandai a toy company in Japan in a line of toys called Kinkeshi.

The Kinkeshi figures were based on the Japanese manga and anime Kinnikuman, which is Japanese for Muscle Man.

The Muscle Men were intergalactic wrestlers fighting for dominance over the universe.

In addition to the 1-2 inch monochromatic figures, there was a M.U.S.C.L.E. Men wrestling ring, a M.U.S.C.L.E. Men championship belt, and a Nintendo game.

Muscle Men - Flesh Colored Figures

The majority of MUSCLE Men were this pink flesh color. There were some released in bright colors like red, blue, green and purple.

M.U.S.C.L.E. Men

M.U.S.C.L.E. Men
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Which were cooler?

Which MUSCLE Men did you like better?

The flesh colored ones.

The flesh colored ones.

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    • bechand 4 years ago

      the orig ones

    • hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      I only ever had the flesh colored ones, so the brightly colored MUSCLE men look wrong to me.

    The bright colored ones.

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      MUSCLE Men in Colors

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      Screw Kid #144Pinchman #183Rollerman #117Mito #060Buffaloman #058Goremuman #042Wars Man #218Big Radial #095Cube Man #024Okutopasu #168
      Screw Kid #144
      Screw Kid #144
      Pinchman #183
      Pinchman #183
      Rollerman #117
      Rollerman #117
      Mito #060
      Mito #060
      Buffaloman #058
      Buffaloman #058
      Goremuman #042
      Goremuman #042
      Wars Man #218
      Wars Man #218
      Big Radial #095
      Big Radial #095
      Cube Man #024
      Cube Man #024
      Okutopasu #168
      Okutopasu #168

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          Mysti37 3 years ago

          I was married to my second husband in the 80s, and our nephews had every one of these, I think! I still have maybe 25-30 of them that were left at my house by the kids and forgotten about. I kept them and still have them today, which is surprising. Most of them are original flesh color, but a few are the other colored ones. Does anyone remember the C.U.T.I.E.S.? the female version? I have a few of those, too.

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          bechand 4 years ago

          they were so before their time - wish they were back - my kids would love them, but then again, they would cost about 3 bucks each now...

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          kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

          @banapple: Same here.

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          banapple 4 years ago

          My brother had lots of these. I had a few of my own because I was jealous :)

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          Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

          OMG I had totally forgotten about these! I'm adding it to my Favorite lenses lens

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          pawpaw911 4 years ago

          My kids liked Heman and Skeletor from the 80s. They would have liked these too, if I would have got them some.

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          Robin S 4 years ago from USA

          My son was crazy for these!

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          Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

          Not familiar with these but they are so ugly they are kind of cute. :)

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          hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

          I hadn't thought of MUSCLE men in years. My brother had about a billion of them, and I had a pretty healthy assortment, myself. You're right: the 80s had some awesome toys!

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