Street Fighter II M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures Review - A Real Knockout!
Street Fighter II M.U.S.C.L.E. figures
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MSRP: $6 for a 3-pack (figures designated by pack ID; not randomized)
Well Swagfans, this year commemorates the 30th anniversary of Capcom’s beloved Street Fighter property, so what better way to commemorate the occasion than great new collectibles of the characters that made this brand iconic? The last line to offer all 12 of the original Street Fighter II characters was SOTA’s now-legendary action figure line that ended production nearly 10 years ago. Even then, it was the first SF toy line in 20 years to include all of the original characters from the seminal arcade Classic: Street Fighter II.
That said, fans have not been given many options for the full roster of these icons of the arcade landscape, but Super7 now offers Street Fighter fans something special with their new retro M.U.S.C.L.E figures: the original 8 world warriors and their 4 bosses in a nostalgic form at an affordable price.
Here’s the rundown.
Packaging: These figures will be just collectible on card as opened. The card art is reminiscent of the original M.U.S.C.L.E, utilizing a nearly identical font and a drawing that features a similar pose for the most well-known Street Fighter of them all: Ryu. The blister cards are made of a high quality cardstock, and the back has some fun nods to old school collecting (we won’t spoil them here).
Craftsmanship: Bottom line: the production on these figures is outstanding, and they are a higher quality than your original M.U.S.C.L.E figures of yesteryear (which is saying something). Each figure is approximately 1.75”, and the sculptors on this project packed a stunning amount of detail and personality into each character. You can see this while they are on card, but the figures really “pop” when they are open and in-hand.
Collectibility: Nearly anyone who wants one of them will want them all, with Wave 1 offering all 12 characters from the original Street Fighter II game.
Value: At $24, plus shipping for the entire wave, this is arguably one of the best values in collecting of which I am currently aware, and not just for the Street Fighter fan.
VERDICT: GAME ON!
So, it’s pretty clear from the above rundown where I fall: This is great swag. Over the years since SOTA Toys finished their run on Street Fighter, other collectibles from the brand have come and gone, and I almost always have the same reaction, “That’s cool, but I don’t want to start collecting them if I’m not guaranteed the original 12 (in fact, in my case, I want the full 16 from Super Street Fighter II, but I don’t know of any line to accomplish that feat). Well, with Super7’s M.U.S.C.L.E figures, that’s a non-issue. In just the first wave fans get the full classic roster. This makes the line not only great for the collector himself but also a fun gift idea. At their size, the figures are easy to store and fun to display either casually around a desk or together on a shelf. The figures can be displayed on card or loose, and the owner will likely find new details from time-to-time. At $24 plus shipping, this set is a great deal.
Plus, as a dad I know I can let my little one play with these at an early age without damaging or ruining them. He’ll have the wonderful experience of imaginary play that M.U.S.C.L.E just like I did, but he’ll have the added benefit of playing with characters that daddy also knows and loves. There’s something pretty unique and special about that, which makes the line even cooler to a site like ours.
I’ll admit my mind already wonders what’s to come. The figures cast in alternate colors? (Chun-Li in blue, Ken in Red, Vega in Purple, Ryu in White, etc.). Super7 need not bother with new sculpts in order to produce an equally cool second wave. Glow-in-the-dark Blanka? Translucent Psycho-Crusher Bison? They have plenty of options here, especially doing things like convention or online excluves. Of course, even if this wave is the full extent of Street Fighter II’s iteration in M.U.S.C.L.E, it’s still complete—that’s the best part.
I know I’m repeating myself but Super7 has really made a great, affordable collectible set of figures with this line. I’m not sure how the 3-packs will sell, but I’m guessing they’ll move a fair number of the full sets. With a product this good at the price they are offering, it’s an easy KO.
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