So this, believe or not, was something I've wanted to do for a while. I found these guys at a local supermarket and dumped as many quarters as I could, but as much as I enjoyed these cheap goobers, I had lost them all during a move. Or at least I thought I did.
Yeah, you heard me right, I really like these Los Tremendos Luchadores guys. Sure, they are awful-looking, super tiny, and painted by a wild ape, but there is just something inherently special to me about finding micro wrestlers in vending machines.
I know I do my "It Came From a Vending Machine" posts to pick fun at the strange oddities inside these things, but I wonder if I owe this set for getting me back into collecting keshi, at least subconsciously.
You see, I was in the middle of a move. All my things were packed up, and we were crammed in the back guest room of the parent's old place until our new place was ready for us. Sure, actually playing with toys at this point is something I probably wouldn't feel inspired to do, but I love the stimulus of having them nearby and on display. Yet, everything I had at that time was in boxes, and the old person decor wasn't really doing it for me. However, after a random grocery run, I had a few ugly wrestlers in my possession for really no reason, and they filled a void.
Not did they just fill a void, I was reminded of the MUSCLES I had, or more likely the bootleg MUSCLES I had, and the Monster In My Pocket figures I begged to pick up at a department store. Maybe I never considered running out and collecting the Los Tremendos set, but I think they caused me to put MUSCLE in a search engine some summer afternoon later. And today, just rustling through some old bags, I find the most tremendous of strange vending machine wrestlers I thought I lost.
So thank you, Los Tremendos Luchadores. You're alright in my book.