Auction Watch #140

Figure #4

The first auction, Original Japanese Kinkeshi M.U.S.C.L.E KINNIKUMAN figure Y/S N.T, is interesting not necessarily because of what it is – but rather what it may be.

The keshi figure is interesting and attractive. And the price may be perfectly fine. But it is most interesting to the University of M.U.S.C.L.E. because it bears substantial similarity to the MUSCLEMANIA #4 figure.

MUSCLEMANIA never appeared to overtly copy a Kinnikuman sculpt. However, they certainly seemed to draw tremendous inspiration from the original Kinnikuman figures. It possible that the similarity is purely coincidental.

Do any Kinnikuman collectors have any background information on this figure? Does the sculpt predate the MUSCLEMANIA #4 figure?

The second auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. M.E.N. 354 count, is a monument to a seller’s collasal waste of time. Why?

The seller states, “The image shows originals in order, with gaps where I’m missing the figures.” How sad. Taking the time to identify and stand-up all of those figures does not help the auction in any way. Even if it only took the seller 15 minutes – its 15 minutes too long.

If a seller really wants to help their chances of getting top dollar, then simply make the figures easy for bidders to see. The time intensive pictures do not even help. And worst of all – the price is terrible. This will be an auction that doesn’t sell and leaves the seller thinking, “How could someone not bid on this lot?”

The third auction, Huge M.U.S.C.L.E. Muscle Figures Lot, serves as an illustrative counterpoint to the second auction. The auction starts at $0.99, has fair shipping, and decent enough pictures.

To see the Final Results of the auctions – CLICK HERE

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  1. #1 by walker13.1 on August 8, 2013 - 10:45 am

    I thought the same thing when I saw that 354 figure auction. What a huge waste of time.

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