Epilogue – Week of January 13th

I imagine there is not a single person that wants to, again, hear my thoughts on when the price of M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions get out of control. Well, too bad – blame this auction.

My job forces me to understand peoples’ motives and behaviors. And I love my job. I love analyzing people. And it’s hard for me to turn off – especially when I care about someone or something. In this case, the “thing” is the M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting community. I believe this community should be nothing but fun, because M.U.S.C.L.E. was nothing but fun. It was the Libertarian party of toys. And not to get overly political, but I think that basic ideation (do what you want, but don’t hurt me) works pretty well for M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting too.

Very often I hear collectors justify the prices they pay. They say something like, “I spend whatever I want!” That’s true. But your outlandish spending drives a freight train right into the side of my hobby. Do what you want, but don’t hurt me.

I wish there was greater comfort within the community regarding having a conversation about prices, but I’ve never really experienced that. It’s my experience that people feel defensive. The question, “why?” seems to instigate rather than bring understanding.

While I certainly value the nostalgia component of M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting I’m always shocked when it is given as a spending rationale. “I loved them as a kid and I want to get some of that back.” I am nostalgic for a lot of things, but it has never caused me to excessively spend money. But looking more broadly towards the price of nostalgia is probably a much greater discussion.

I just wish there was an inexpensive way to capture nostalgia. Any ideas?

I don’t go looking for the Asshole of the Week. It’s like they run up and spit in my face. And just when I get the spit of my face, someone else is right there to spit.

I’m covered in spit at this point.
If you buy this in 3XL, I’m not sure there is enough irony to help you pull it off.
Am I missing something?
Need a Non-Poster placeholder? Then check this out.
80 Flesh figures.
The hobby calls this, “A shitload of figures.” All very technical.
Maybe I’m going soft, I kind of like this lot.
I’ve never seen a dog-trying-to-escape-rape mini-figure. Well, until today.
$60 as a starting bid is brutal.
As of writing, $30 with 4 bids. What am I missing?
The seller is fatwhitelump01, I bet he’s selling these to renew his gym membership.
I don’t collect these, but this strikes me as a hell of a deal.
“What a fucking colossal waste of time.” My thought every time I see pictures like this.
Déjà vu.
Playing the dead mother card I see. Well I bet that cracked clasp is hidden by the figure. You dishonor her memory.
215 mixed M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.
60 figures, but only one is a #208.
61 figures, but a #208 ain’t one.
137 Flesh figures and not a single #208.
Flesh #153 4-pack. I broke the BIN. I want to see this sale price.
A 4-pack and 10-pack starting at $0.99. Take a look.
Finally a Flesh #208, honestly it had been like two weeks since I saw one.
Fact. This would kill me.

This was an easy Video of the Week for me. I love magic. I try and learn tricks to keep my kids entertained in an emergency. And I suck. Thankfully toddlers are easy to entertain with bad magic tricks. So I started watching this from a purely magic-fascination perspective. However, as it continued I found my brain replacing “Art” with “custom M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.” I would encourage you to do the same. It had a very profound and positive impact on my thought process regarding custom figures.

Speaking of art, the Hell Turtle forced me to add this Jimmy-like picture. Eric, Jimmy, Wolf, and Phil(?) are turing out some amazing figures. This is a couple shipments worth of stuff. I haven’t been able to take proper pictures because I’m in the middle of a move and the “university” is in a box. But don’t wait for me. Take my word and go buy some figures!

Sorry for the picture quality. The full-blown review will make up for it.

And before I get too far away from the idea of art and awesome figures I want to mention OMFG. I’ve said it before, but the Series 2 OMFG figures are awesome! Forming a solid opinion on a line of figures, or even a single figure, before holding it in your hand is completely unfair. I can admit Series 2 didn’t initially excite me like Series 1, but how could it? Everyone will always be chasing the dragon when it comes to OMFG. Series 1 was a complete surprise, that same feeling will never return – but it doesn’t diminish Series 2, it’s just different.

Of course I would love for everybody to buy a set of Yellow OMFG figures, but collectors need to support the other exclusives too! Hell I’d like to see all of the groups doing exclusives support each other a little bit more, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

But I can do what I would like to see other people do. Check out these other cool Series 2 OMFG exclusives!

And this video is here, because I love a good hidden ball trick. And this is a beauty!

Based on the overwhelming popularity I promised more ladies in the Epilogues (Or was it boobs? Eighteen days into the year and I can’t remember – not a good sign.). This week I selected probably the most popular woman, at least currently, in the US. However, I felt like the image was just a tiny, tiny bit NSFW.

So click here to get your weekly lady fix.

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