These figures are quite possibly the coolest line to come out of the 80's outside of the mainstream figures. Here is a quick blurb about the line (including what the acronym stands for):
M.U.S.C.L.E., (Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere), was a toyline of 2-inch tall monochromatic PVC gum wrestling figures produced in the United States from 1985 to 1988. The story involved intergalactic wrestlers fighting for supremacy of the universe. The toy line itself was straight forward and collectors continue to make the line a viable hobby. The US line included 236 official figures, a boardgame, a NES game entitled M.U.S.C.L.E., a championship belt figure holder, and a wrestling ring playset. The figures were distributed in clear, blister-packed random 4-packs, semiopaque garbage can 10-packs, and boxed fixed sculpt 28 packs. For a short time, the figures were also distributed as a bonus in Nestlé Quik (now known as Nesquik) cans.
Excited about seeing some of these in person or interested in collecting this great line? If you are please come down to Classic Plastics Toy Store and check out the packages I have received in lately. They are priced anywhere from $8-$15, heck of a deal. Having them hanging on the pegs in their original packaging will take you back to the 80's and your trips to the toy store! Until the next time, take care and keep on collecting!