He literally had the first M.U.S.C.L.E. website. Darrin has largely stepped away from collecting M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. His focus has shifted to his other blog, Dad’s Dish Retro Blog which is always an enjoyable read. Darrin’s voice has always been distinctive, warm, and friendly.
Besides Darrin being a great guy, collectors can take great comfort in knowing they will be receiving items in wonderful condition. It would not be surprising to sell this beautiful lot sell for a little bit more than expected given its provenance.
The final price for this auction will be $91.50.The second auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. custom Satan Cross, springboards collectors into the present. It features a custom Satan Cross figure created by “halfaway” and cast by Alec (Muscle Things). This pair has collaborated on several figures and the design and construction is always exquisite. The most fascinating part is the similarity in the figure’s texture to authentic M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. It is as close as any collector would ever want a customizer to come. Close enough to be eerily similar, but not so close that it could be confused for authentic.
It is also wonderful to see a custom M.U.S.C.L.E. figure being sold at a low entry price point. Not only does this encourage bidding, but it may help to create new custom M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors.
The final prices of “halfaway” and Alec’s customs have historically been quite varied. They have been anywhere from about $10 to nearly $90. Given the quality of the figure and the popularity of Satan Cross it wouldn’t be surprising to see this have a high final price. However, the Dark Blue color is the great variable in this auction – buyers will likely love it or hate it. The final price of the second auction will be $26.50.
The last six auctions are shared collectively because it seems to be the week of M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions with more than 50 figures. All of these auctions run from large to pretty darn huge. They all seem to have fair opening bids and shipping prices. It will be interesting to see if a flood of large auctions help or hurt the final price of each auction.
Follow-Up: The first auction sold for $120.77, which was $29.27 more than the predicted price of $91.50.
The second auction sold for $16.50, which was $10 less than the predicted price of $26.50.
The remaining auctions did not have predicted final prices. However, the final screen shots were still saved. It is interesting to note that the per-figure prices of the auctions ranged from $0.35 to $0.83. The $0.83 was a bit of an outlier because it had a large Japanese Sunshine keshi figure. Removing that auction from the group of six put the average per-figure price of the auctions at $0.48.