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Muscle Machines was a brand name of Funline Merchandise Company Inc which was founded, in 1993, by Chris Leong, a model car designer and his brother Ken.

They first created the Stampeders line, and later, Muscle Machines. The Original Muscle Machines range was a series of 'toonish diecast models mostly of 1950s and 1960s hot rod classic cars and trucks. There were first launched in 1999-2000. Another line of castings they made was called "Import Tuner". These were more realistic Japanese and German car models. Another series was based on the Jesse James custom builds. They also made and imported diecast in 1:18 and 1:64 scales as Radrods, Extreme Machines, and NHRA drag racing cars. They would continue making diecasts until they were bought in 2003 by Action Performance.

In 2003-2004, they were purchased by Action Performence. Which then merged with Motorsports Authentics.

In 2007, Leong returned to diecast production with the M2 Machines line by Castline, Inc. In 2012, he was inducted into the Diecast Hall of Fame as a Diecast Entrepreneur.

In January 2012, Maisto took over the Muscle Machine brand name and most of the molds and also introduced new models to the range.


KNOWN SERIES NAMES

Action Muscle Machines
Boulevard Blasters
Build Ups
California Build It Series
California Too Hot
CARtoons
European Exclusives
Gassers
H-D Custom
Japan GT Car Championship
Jay Cutler (Body Builder)
Military Muscle Machines
Muscle Machines 5th Anniversary Series
Muscle Machines California Build It Series
Muscle Machines California It's A Gas Series
Muscle Machines California Too Hot Series
Muscle Machines - Import Tuner
Muscle Machines M2 Series
Muscle Machines Originals
Muscle Machines Raw
Muscle Machines Truckin' Series
Muscle Machines USA NASCAR Series
Muscle Machines Vote America Series
Nitro Coupes
Speed Kits
Truckin
Tuners
Tuners from the Past
Turbo
Vote America



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MUSCLE MACHINES
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/muscle-machines-originals-series
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/muscle-machines-brand
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalMuscleMachines
 
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