Auction Watch #122


Auction Watch #122 is all about curiosity.

The first auction, K1 Ouisoudatsu P3 Golem Man Kinkeshi M.U.S.C.L.E. Men figure Kinnikuman JAPAN, is just a bit outside of UofM’s M.U.S.C.L.E.-sphere. It is clearly some type of Kinnikuman figure, but why is the opening bid $260?

This same seller is selling other Kinnikuman figures, what makes this one so special?

The second auction, M.U.S.C.L.E.s, Vintage 1980s Toys Muscle Men Lot! Ynst. SUNSHINE, is nothing but curiosity. There is nothing special in that lot of “Brick”/Sunshine figures. However, the Sunshine figures are quite popular.

Auctions like this are often a great indication of popularity. Are collectors willing to spend more to get a group of these figures all at once? The answer is yes, but “how much more?” is the even better question!

The second lot will sell for $5.85.

The third auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. Vintage, 1980s Toys, Muscle Men Lot, The W.R.E.S.L.E.R.S Canada!, is another oddity worth watching.

The Lutteurs are a well-known group of “Masquerading MUSCLE’s.” Anytime you getting into specific counterfeit figures the group of potential bidders tend to get very narrow. And many counterfeit collectors view their niche as a fun and inexpensive hobby. So will bidders bite on the sealed pack at $39.99 plus shipping?

An opening bid of $25 would have probably been an ideal opening bid, with bidding probably continuing a bid past there. Would it have gotten to $40? Probably not. However the Lutteurs are just a fun group of figures.

The third auction will sell for $39.99.

The fourth auction, 1 Musclemania 1984 select figure moc M.U.S.C.L.E. wwe kinnikuman VERY RARE, is curious because people have to ask, “What was he thinking?”

If the seller knows enough to label this figure as a MUSCLEMANIA figure from Select, plus keyword spam with M.U.S.C.L.E. and Kinnikuman, then they have to know this figure isn’t “VERY RARE.” In fact, this figure is about as common of a MUSCLEMANIA figure as there is available.

Even if the seller thought a gullible bidder could be taken advantage of, the question remains, “Why would anyone ever pay $10 for that figure? (Let alone $15.95.)”

The fourth auction will not sell.

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  1. #1 by michael on January 10th, 2013

    I love when you do auction watches, i missed them.

  2. #2 by Chad Perry on January 10th, 2013

    Thank you!

    It’s just the first one of 2013, so there will be plenty more. (Unless I get hit by a bus.)

  3. #3 by Johnny on January 15th, 2013

    I would agree that $260 is a bit high for that Golem Man. More like $60-$80. I think I paid $30 for mine back in the day (you know, when we used to walk 20 miles in the snow, buck nekkid, with no shouls, just to use the outhouse) But it seems that keshi prices in Japan are spiking up these days and since he is from the 1991 series, that could be why.

  4. #4 by Matt smithe on January 17th, 2013

    I won the second lot the sunshine lot. I bid 20 bucks cuz I thought it was a purple 107. I was terribly disappointed when this came in the mail and it was a dark blue 107 … I looked and looked and looked I was sure it was a purple 107. .

  5. #5 by Chad Perry on January 17th, 2013

    Wow Matt. I mean this in the nicest possible way. Your next purchase should be a new monitor (or a trip to the eye doctor).

    That #107 was clearly, very clearly, a Dark Blue figure.

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