I'm taking my time going through Street Fighter II M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, as this is a weird treat that won't last forever - I have no doubt we'll see "player 2" colors some day, but it's not like there are characters I really, truly want after the main dozen. It's sort of a perfect synthesis of licenses, although even at their low cost the figures are tough to come by. These should be in GameStops, but seemingly aren't. This is the perfect impulse buy for the 30-45 year old video gamer.
The figures are pretty good, with Dhalsim having a great sculpt and - at least on my sample - a bit of a problem standing up. Mine leans back a bit, so be careful. I love the sculpted "paint" on the head, and the scowl, and the blank eyes, and the skulls. And the pants held up with rope. It does a good job capturing most of his design, leaving his signature attacks - including fire, flame, and stretchy limbs - to other collectibles. I like it. He has open hands and no fire.
My go-to player is Ken, robbed of his red gi and blonde hair when rendered as a tiny figure. He has wild eyes, huge fists, bigger muscles, and flowing hair - oh, and no shoes. The gritted teeth looks like some sign of madness, giving him more personality than he seemed to have in those older games. I like it. He looks like he could Dragon Punch somebody.
Finishing off the set, we've got Balrog, who looks like Mike Tyson, but for legal reasons is not. He has his boxing gloves, his shorts, his sleeveless shirts, and unique hairstyle. He has a scowl, but lacks the missing tooth - other than that, it looks a fair amount like him. This figure and Dhalsim are two (of several) figures that would be improper to call "flesh" colored, as the game features a plethora of skintones and the figures have but one. It's a decent one-color figure, but I wouldn't mind seeing something to bring out his colorful costume either. The hairstyle doesn't have the contrast one might prefer against the skin, but it's still a striking 'do with a good pattern. I appreciate that the boxing gloves are exaggerated in this format, as that's a distinctive part of his fighting style.
For the price, I defy you to find better, cheaper, newer figures in this country. We've had decades of Capcom fighter figures, but rarely has anything hit stores this cheap, this good, and this consistent. Like with the other Super7 figures in this style, I also appreciate that you can get a complete collection for under $30 and it fits in your pocket. I know you don't need more figures in your life, but if you're like me - a fan who won't buy a statue or high-end figure - this is a great way to give in to the urge to own a figure of something for about what you probably paid to play a game in the arcades.
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