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Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures M.U.S.C.L.E. Men Fisher-Price, 2018
Day #2,032: October 18, 2018
Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures M.U.S.C.L.E. Men M.U.S.C.L.E. Men
Return of Muscle

Imaginext Series 11 Blind-Bagged Collectible Figures
Item No.:
Asst. FMW53 No. FMW54
Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
Includes: 2 figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $2.99
Availability: June 2018
Other: Look for #55 on upper-left of the foil packet on the back

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Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures M.U.S.C.L.E. MenI don't see any names or branding associated with the M.U.S.C.L.E. Men, which are similar to but distinct from the 1980s Buffaloman and Muscleman figures in Mattel's US release of Kinnikuman. These figures make me wonder if Imaginext is done and this is saying goodbye by giving dads and collectors the best series ever. It's a 2-pack of rubbery, non-articulated figures for three bucks. I would buy dozens more.

Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures M.U.S.C.L.E. Men

Each 3-inch figure is a weird rubbery texture that's flexible, not unlike the original figures. The pink is different, and for all I know is scientifically impossible to replicate since nobody is getting it right. The two new figures have added painted face details rather than relying on shadows like the original unpainted wrestlers. They can use the footprints on the playsets, hold accessories in their open hands, and fight one another. But their arms can't move, nor can their legs, nor can their necks. It's two slug figures, hence why there's no accessories and limited paint. There's an ankle mark with the "I" symbol which matches their belt buckles in style, but not color.

Buffaloman has long hair, but there are numerous subtle changes to the outfit - most likely to skirt any accusations of using an old, trademarked design. There are horns, a mask, and long hair but the outfit has been changed with different briefs, no gloves, different boots, and a different face paint job. It's different enough.

Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures M.U.S.C.L.E. Men

Similarly, Muscleman is also changed to be a pastiche of other figures. The #234 shoulders are here, the body is largely smooth, and the face looks surprised. There's also a nub and some ridges on the hair/crest/whatever it is, plus the added "i" belt. Fans know what Mattel and Fisher-Price are doing here, but like third party toys they made sufficient changes to potentially ward off any curious lawyers.

If you're into cheap thrills, consider this set a must-buy. I'd recommend most of the series - half the packets are clearly there for us old toy fans, while the rest are just plain interesting. Nice stuff. I hope this line goes on - Walmarts seem to be getting rid of the assortment, while keeping DC blind bags. Not many stores carry these so I worry for the future.

--Adam Pawlus

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Day 954: Fisher-Price Imaginext Dinosaur Dimetrodon
Day 2,002: Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 10 Collectible Figures Spaceman & Alien
Day 2,014: Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures X-Ray Man & Dog
Day 2,018: Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures Radiation Man
Day 2,024: Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures Triple Threat Snake
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