One of the most sensible toy mashups of the year is Street Fighter II M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, bringing the early 1990s hottest arcade game with the late 1980s most memorable mini-figure line. Mattel's M.U.S.C.L.E. line were posed similarly with big fists and flexible plastic, generally designed to look like they're going to slap or punch somebody. These figures follow that style nicely, although M. Bison deviates thanks to his folded arms.
I assume you've played the original game, so odds are you know that M. Bison was the final boss of the original coin-op. He stands easily with his beefy arms folded and steely gaze looking out, wearing his trademark faux-military uniform complete with hat. He looks sure of himself, but lacks any sort of action pose - this is probably appropriate for a last boss character, but it lacks the zing of the format. He's not designed to smack down other figures, which is sort of a drag - but the sunken-in cheeks and big boots make it obvious just who this is.
I assume Ryu is why you bought the set. His fists are out, his gi is tight, and you can see his ridiculous chest muscles - as is the style. His hair is wild, loosely held by his bandanna. His feet are bare, his fists are partially gloved, and his pants are a bit ripped. In other words, he looks just like in the game. One of my favorite goofy details are his eyebrows, which are sculpted above the bandanna. It's silly, but it's awesome - and at this size, it makes it easier to see the exaggerated features. This is a nifty figure, and a worthwhile twist on the neverending stream of toys based on the most popular fighting game series of all time.
Rounding off the set is one of my favorites with Vega, because he had a mask and a clawed weapon. These two memorable features are replicated here, as are his long hair and a sculpted chest tattoo. I love that they got his boots, pants, belts, and bracelets put together nicely, and his claw kind of scares me. It looks so thin it might snap - but mine hasn't snapped. I'm going to be extra careful with it, though. He has two fists and is ready to claw someone's eyes out, which is actually kind of horrifying if you think about it. Other characters had punches or energy blasts or kicks, but this one? Hand knives. It's not like anybody brought a sword. Electricity, sure.
As usual, these little guys are worth the asking price - I wish they were in more stores because I'm sure you'd buy some. In the meantime, order some online - I got mine from Entertainment Earth. Super7 sells them directly. They're around, and they're cute. And small. And easy to display if you get a golf ball case from the thrift store.
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