Someone Bought This: The M.U.S.C.L.E Hard Knockin’ Rockin’ Ring

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M.U.S.C.L.E Ring Musicle

My buddy Matt over at Dinosaur Dracula did an article on the M.U.S.C.L.E Hard Knockin’ Rockin’ Ring.

For those of you Crappers who have never heard of them, M.U.S.C.L.E (which stood for “Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere”- how cool is that?!) figures were small PVC figures of intergalactic wrestlers.

You can read more about them here. 

The ring let you put your wrestler in a vice grip and wiggle it around with a joystick.

Apparently it looked a lot cooler than it actually was because it didn’t work all that well and even when it did work it wasn’t much fun to play with.

Did any of you Crappers collect M.U.S.C.L.E figures?

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21 Responses to "Someone Bought This: The M.U.S.C.L.E Hard Knockin’ Rockin’ Ring"
  1. Walt says:

    Used to own M.U.S.C.L.E figures. Had one that looked like Hulk Hogan. Also used to play the M.U.S.C.L.E game on NES. Kinniku Muscle looked lie Homer Simpson.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is completely awesome. I would have dug this as a little kid.

  3. Evil Bazz says:

    i used to love M.U.S.C.L.E Men. they came in a clear bin (trash can) and were awesome!
    The cartoon Utlimate M.U.S.C.L.E was great as well.

  4. Jordan Mishkin says:

    I still have one of these figures.

  5. Seigi Choujin says:

    I did (and still kind of do when I run across them) collect Kinnikuman merch, I still have some of the original capsules that most of them came in… Nisei (“Ultimate Muscle) is probably one of my favorite comics and cartoons to date

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      What I don’t understand is why they exported the toy line to the U.S, but not the cartoon itself?

      • Jackwagon says:

        Lots of reasons, really. It could get pretty violent at times, there was a large amount of crude humor, and one of the heroes was dressed as a stereotypical Nazi.

        • Walt says:

          Yeah, and in the Japanese version of the game the Nazi ‘s special was poison gas. So in the US version they used Geronimo who threw tomahawks as his special. Thinking about it, the US version had tomahawks thrown, a guy with claws and an electrified ring as one of the stages. That’s more hardcore than ECW Hardcore Revolution for the N64.

          Because of this article I’m itching to play M.U.S.C.L.E again.

  6. Joseph S. Hasan says:

    I had this ring, and loved collecting these guys for a while (I seem to remember them being packaged in little plastic garbage cans). The only real way to “win” would be to knock your opponent out of their vice grip, I guess, but it was a fun little ring.

  7. Jay (not so dirty) Sanchez says:

    I had a couple of hundreds of them, to be honest i loved them, but for some reason the thing i remember the most was the way they smelled when you first took them out of the trash cans they came in.

  8. aaa says:

    Freddy kruger sets a pre-undertaker on fire during an awa event:

    Also you guys should have a way of contact… to submit youtube videos.

  9. Andre R. says:

    Some idiot “video game reviewer” on YouTube (who’s just an Angry Video Game Nerd knockoff) apparently said he had no clue what the f*** a M.U.S.C.L.E. was a few years back. I am of course referring to that talentless hack the Irate Gamer. He got owned big time by all the *real* game reviewers. Serves him right, the moron!

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Oh yeah, Chris Bores (The Irate Gamer) is just beyond awful. Look up the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not AVGN” videos on YouTube for some very funny videos that point out all of his mistakes. He’s just a completely talentless hack.

      Here’s the video pointing out all his mistakes in the M.U.S.C.L.E game review:

  10. TMS says:

    I used to have a bunch of these back in the day. Sadly they are all lost to time.

  11. theJawas says:

    Didn’t have the ring, but I had a championship belt with holders for figures on the sides, and a game that was mainly just an arena to stage battles in. I don’t remember them coming in trash cans, but I sure do remember that smell!

  12. 80's Guy says:

    I still have a coffee can full of these guys. I also have the poster that showed all of the figures, although I screwed it up by filling in the little bubbles beside of the ones I had and also writing the names I came up for them underneath their pictures.

    Never had the ring, though.

  13. 80's Guy says:

    I forgot, I also had the belt, but I modified it. The belt had a little ring on it, but I took that off so it looked more like a “real” wrestling belt.

    I don’t have the belt anymore, unfortunately, but I do remember many a day I played with that modified belt, pretending that I was the WWF champion.

    I think there’s an old picture floating around of my buddy wearing it in a crazy, goofy wrestling influenced outfit. If I can find it, I’ll scan it and send it in, along with a couple other crazy pics of myself and a buddy dressed up like wrestlers with face paint and crazy clothes.

  14. Charles says:

    I had some, and they had a pretty badass championship belt as well

  15. Mr Maddog says:

    I used to collect those things back as a kid, had the 10-pack which is in the trash can container and also the board game with green and purple characters. Great times…

  16. Earpaniac says:

    I still have some, plus some of the official AWA versions of them. Scott Hall, Bockwinkel, Hansen, etc.

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