Despite my love for M.U.S.C.L.E.s, I don't cover the line much here at the Dork Dimension. That's because I've already devoted a lot of time and effort exploring it over at Nathan's M.U.S.C.L.E. Blog. Still, since NMB is an archival site that isn't actively updated and it's been a while since I've written about M.U.S.C.L.E.s, I thought this edition of Then and Now should be devoted to the main villain of the line: Terri-Bull! Or Buffaloman, as you Kinnikuman fans would call him. Let's take a look, then and now!
Terri-Bull (Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. 1985)
There were a bunch of Terri-Bull sculpts in the classic M.U.S.C.L.E. line, but this one was exclusive to the Hard Knockin' Rockin' Wrestling Ring. I really dig this figure; Terri-Bull, for whatever reason, tended to be sculpted with his arms downward, but this dude has his fists raised and ready for action!
Buffaloman (Bandai Ultimate Muscle, 2002)
In the early 2000s, Bandai released a new line of primarily monochromatic mini-figures to accompany the then-new Ultimate Muscle cartoon. (Ultimate Muscle was the next generation of Kinnikuman, the Japanese cartoon on which the classic M.U.S.C.L.E.s were based.) UM figures were very similar to M.U.S.C.L.E.s but the proportions were distorted with larger, more caricatured heads. Still, it was awesome to see not only new characters, but also new stylizations of many of my favorite M.U.S.C.L.E.s like Terri-Bull (appearing in the new cartoon as Buffaloman). Sadly, this Buffaloman continued the trend set by his M.U.S.C,L.E. ancestors, with arms positioned downward.
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