Just paid a visit to Emerald City Comics in Pinellas Park, Florida. As always, had a great time immersing myself in this year’s pop culture moment, and enjoyed browsing through their thousands of action figures, games, and comics. My haul this year included this retro stuff of which I am the target audience:
Yep. Those are Alien M.U.S.C.L.E Things from Super7. (As I couldn’t find the Dark Crystal action figures I was looking for, these had to do.) I was really happy to find that some other Gex X geek thought, back in 1985, that it would be great to have M.U.S.C.L.E Things that weren’t just weird Japanese characters that we had no context for, even if that was a main part of their appeal.
Understand that I had the entire collection of M.U.S.C.L.E Things when I was a kid–I even had the poster from the mail-in offer so I could keep track of my collection. When I finally liquidated my childhood back when my parents sold their house, the whole collection fetched a pretty penny on eBay. I only saved my favorite one (pic from musclefigures.com)
Not sure why I love #178 so much, but there he is. He just seems so alien and inscrutable. He’s perched over my desk at work, and perhaps I take a little inspiration from him for my teaching style.
Thanks to the obsessive work of people like Nathan’s Muscle Blog! this little corner of collecting madness will never die.
So I picked those Alien Retro figures up, and then started poking around online as one does on Summer vacation, and lo and behold, I discovered this great site. What a cool combination of the inexplicable and the well-organized! I’d love to spend a few hours browsing this guy’s collection…
Gotta get back to work in a week. These pink critters will certainly be front and center on my desk!