Auction Watch #136


If last week, and the last few weeks, was frustrating for M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors, then this week is a very welcome respite. This week the theme is Class A figures.

But before the Class A figures get their due attention, there is another auction worth some attention. The first auction, M.U.S.C.L.E LOT 140 with 1985 poster +1983 the M.U.S.C.L.E mega-matchgame, is a very solid lot of M.U.S.C.L.E. items. However, it has a terrible opening price of $100. Normally a terrible opening bid will discourage bidding, but this auction might be the exception.

The auction features a poster, 140 figures, and the board game. It certainly hurts the auction that all of the board game figures are not included, but it is still a pretty nice lot. The poster isn’t in pristine condition, but solid enough that it helps to elevate the overall quality of the lot.

The bidding probably won’t go too much higher, but this lot will definitely sell. The final price for the first auction will be $124.50.

Now, on to the flood of Class A figures. The second auction, Lot 31 ++ KINNIKUMAN KINKESHI M.U.S.C.L.E. Men Figures Mattel muscle, is the only auction featuring Class A figures to be unaware of the designation. The lot features a Purple #56 and a Light Blue #143.

Neither of these figures is terribly popular, but the Light Blue #143 is popular enough to likely push the auction just a little higher. It also doesn’t hurt that the Light Blue #143 is an incredibly attractive version of the figure.

This is an incredibly broad generalization, but it seems that lately the more popular Class A figures are hovering around $50. Given that this auction features two Class A figures and 29 other figures it is very hard to predict a final price. The final price of the second auction will be $68.50.

The remaining auctions are all from sellers that clearly understand what they have – Class A figures. But popularity (and the MRT) play a tremendous role in the price of Class A figures. It will be interesting to watch the variety, or lack of, in the final prices of these figures.

The third auction, M.u.s.c.l.e. Men Figures Class A #179, is the second Class A #179 to recently be featured in Auction Watch. The last one, part of Auction Watch #129, was part of a lot and sold for $50. As the #179 sculpt is not known for having a huge following it seems hard to believe that the price will once again approach $50.

The third auction will sell for $37.50.

The fourth auction, M.u.s.c.l.e. Men Figures Class A #60, is about 10 years too late. The #60 used to be a much more popular sculpts. For whatever reasons the allure of the sculpt has disappeared in more recent years.

The fourth auction will sell for $21.50.

The fifth auction, MUSCLE Figure Green #40 Class A Kinnikuman Keshi Kinkeshi, has an error – hopefully it is just the title of the auction. The auction title states that the figure is a Green #40, but the picture is of a Purple #40. It’s likely a listing mistake because the seller has a similar auction title.

As of writing the Purple #40 was already at $15.50. The #40 sculpt is not common thought of as a popular sculpt. However, it is the type of unique sculpt that could easily have a few hardcore fanatics. For just a handful of collectors this could be their “holy grail” of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.

The #40 sculpt is certainly the wildcard of the group. The bidding could already be maxed out or it could increase 300%. The final price of the fifth auction will be $33.50.

The sixth auction, MUSCLE Figure Green #186 Class A Kinnikuman Keshi Kinkeshi, is the only Class A figure of Auction Watch #136 that might be hurt by its auction picture. Green M.U.S.C.L.E. figures can vary greatly in their quality. One picture can make a figure appear bright and vibrant when it is actually dull and faded.

There is absolutely zero indications that the seller has attempted to do anything deceitful. However, with so many Class A figures currently up for auction the lesser picture quality could be the factor that negatively impacts the final price of this figure.

The final price of the sixth auction will be $17.50.

The seventh auction, MUSCLE Figure Purple #2 Class A Kinnikuman Keshi Kinkeshi, is unquestionably the gem of the available Class A figures.

There is no question that Purple #153 is the most popular of the Class A figures, but a very valid argument could be made that Purple #1 and #2 share the honor of being the second most popular Class A sculpts. The Purple #2 Terri-Bull figure will not approach the astronomical prices that Purple #153 often achieves, but it will zoom right past the sale prices of the other Class A figures.

As of writing the figure is already at $75 and it will easily shoot past $100. The question becomes, “Where will it stop?”

A Purple #2 Terri-Bull figure has not come up for auction in quite some time, this will help the sale price. The final price of the seventh auction will be $138.50.


To see the Final Results of the auctions – CLICK HERE

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  1. #1 by Douglas Quinn on June 13th, 2013

    Why aren’t any orange figures bumping their way up to class “a” ? No orange on the list at all…. Were all the orange mass produced?

  2. #2 by Josh on June 13th, 2013

    Sweet A.W. this week!

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