series 7 (although series 9 was quite good though I never reviewed any of them) due to the creative figures (no sports figures! Yeah!) including a few that pay tribute to previous toylines. Just a few days ago I looked at the X-Ray Alien which paid tribute to the 1982 Fisher-Price Adventure People X-Ray Man and now I'm checking out another 1980s tribute: The Muscle Men set! If you can't tell from the pictures or the name, the Muscle Men set pays tribute to Mattel's 1986 M.U.S.C.L.E. minifigure line (based on Bandai's Kinnikuman) and two of its stars: Kinnikuman/ Muscle Man and Buffaloman/ Terri-Bull. Not only are you getting a great M.U.S.C.L.E. homage figure in this set, but you're getting two of them for the price of one! I love M.U.S.C.L.E. and I've been excited to show this one off ever since I got it. Let's check this one out after the break...
Height: 2 7/8ths inches
Non-Scalper Price: $3-$4 dollars
* Here is the Imaginext version of Kinnikuman/ Muscle Man (on the right). As you can see, the Imaginext figures are taller than the vintage M.U.S.C.L.E.s and adhere more to the proportions of the Imaginext line (although they look pretty darn good- Mattel really needs to consider a M.U.S.C.L.E. revival in this style).
* And here is Imaginext's Buffaloman/ Terri-Bull with his vintage counterpart. He doesn't look as mean as the vintage figure but you can tell it's meant to be the same character.
* So, unlike most Imaginext figures these Muscle Men are molded in a rubbery plastic with no articulation. The series 5 Crash Test Dummy was also made this way which I didn't like at the time, but I like much better for the M.U.S.C.L.E. tribute figures. They're rubbery, bendy, and you can sort of wrestle with them. They don't quite have the M.U.S.C.L.E. smell or feel, but they have the spirit.
* Kinnikuman/ Muscle Man translates into this format quite well. I love the shape of the head and the paint details that highlight his facial expression. The wide open mouth really works well here! I'm also loving that he has the Imaginext "i" on his belt. It's a cool little way to brand these figures while being creative as well (he also has the standard Imaginext "i" logo on his left boot).
* Buffaloman/ Terri-Bull looks a bit too friendly here, but he still manages to capture most of the look of the vintage figure. The vintage figure didn't have a lot of detail that translated over other than lots of muscles and horns, so that what this guy gets. His eyes and mouth are also painted on a slightly darker color though with less of an expression than Kinnikuman has.
These are actually the first figures of Buffaloman/Terri-Bull and Kinnikuman/ Muscle Man that I've reviewed. For more Imaginext Collectible Figures, check out the following:
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 2 by Fisher-Price (2014)
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 3 by Fisher-Price (2014)
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 4 by Fisher-Price (2015)
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 5 by Fisher-Price (2015)
Crash Test Dummy
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 6 by Fisher-Price (2015)
4 Arm Alien
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 7 by Fisher-Price (2016)
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price (2017)
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 10 by Fisher-Price (2018)
Hot Dog Guy
Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 11 by Fisher-Price (2018)