Last week, in Auction Watch #141, a lot of MUSCLEMANIA figures was featured. They are back this week.The second auction, MUSCLEMANIA Figures x 8 – similar to MUSCLE M.U.S.C.L.E. Kinnikuman Deiner, highlights the fact that counterfeit M.U.S.C.L.E. figures are truly a very specific niche within M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting. This niche status is neither a good or bad thing. It simply highlights the very specific buyer that will purchase, and more importantly enjoy, these types of figures.
If the first and second auction appeal to a certain group of buyers, then the third auction, AMAZING LOT OF THE BEST GREEK RARE EXOGINI FIGURES M.U.S.C.L.E BY EL GRECO G1, highlights this niche nature of collecting outside of the core Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. or Japanese kinkeshi brands.As of writing Auction Watch #142 the third auction is already selling at $300.
There is a folksy saying that says a person needs to be smart enough to know when they don’t know something. The third auction probably makes most people a genius. Is there a M.U.S.C.L.E. or Kinnikuman fan that can answer the question, “Why is this lot selling for so much?”
A group of figures often defined more by their price and status than they quality or attractiveness are Class A figures. The last four auctions feature Class A figures and all of the auctions start at $0.99. Given the lack of popularity with many of these sculpts it becomes very interesting to see what will be the final price.
Do any M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors want to share their predictions in the Comments section below?