I am guilty of referring to M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors as a community. The word community is probably still the most accurate word to describe all of the grown men that still have an interest in a toy from nearly 30 years, but it’s not really accurate. I don’t think there is a word – not one that truly describes M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors as a group.
Instead M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting and being a part of the “community” is much more like riding on a bus. People get on and off the bus. The bus is not the only way to get from point A to point B. Collectors can walk, drive, ride a bike, skateboard, or whatever – they don’t need to ride the bus. And the only time that people on the M.U.S.C.L.E. bus care about the bikes or cars is when they crash into the bus.
While a M.U.S.C.L.E. collector is on the bus the greatest harmony is when people follow basic decency rules: let the old ladies sit down; don’t eat stinky food; the basics. And sometimes you may even chat with the person next to you. Perhaps a friendship will blossom, but mostly it’s a friendly hello to the guy you always see on your commute to work.
And it’s that harmony which is the great illusion of community. You may give up your seat to the old lady every time, but when someone else doesn’t do it you get upset. The little things start to piss you off. The tourist that doesn’t get on the bus fast enough. The person talking too loud on the phone. But when the crazy, drunk, homeless guy attacks the senior citizen everyone jumps in to help and throws the guy off the bus. But it just feeds the illusion of “community.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love M.U.S.C.L.E. toys and the community (real or imagined). I think each person should try to be as positive of force as possible. But my focus will no longer just be the bus. I want to make sure I’m being cool to the bikes, cars, and whatever else is going from point A to point B on this crazy M.U.S.C.L.E. journey.
– I’m not a Cosmix collector, but this was very cool to see.
– Where should I take the auction picture? How about this dirty blanket!
– Even a tiny warp like this makes me happy.
– A classic “Class B” auction.
– I dream of a day when my pictures are stolen.
– Is there a way to discover how long this auction has been listed/re-listed?
– Ouch. This lot is in rough shape.
– This auction makes the 5th Auction from AW #150 look like an all-time steal.
– Do the boys get this for Mom for Mother’s Day?
– A $0.99 Satan Cross auction with the nice addition of Sunshine figures.
– Is this the only figure that sells for less than it’s FLAF version? (Which is Ashura-Bull.)
– Love the window-box. If I needed it I would consider the $60 price tag.
– Fun mixed lot, but why is it at $12.50? This feels like a $5 mixed lot.
– This is how you sell a weird mixed lot.
– Have you guys noticed MinifiguresXD is posting again? Check it out!
– Lot of 88 figures starting at $9.99.
– If you’re looking to Clone Wars army build, then this is a great option.
– If we all bother Tyler enough, do you think he’ll put some of these online?
It looks like AOTW #12 is on a bit of a winning streak – but it just snuck by AOTW #13. Will it continue? Let’s find out.
Here’s the next AOTW match-up of 2014. Don’t forget to vote in the upper right hand corner.
I’ve sat on them, and a few other things, for 7 years. Why would I rush it now?
There’s about a 98.6% chance you have seen the video below. It doesn’t matter. You’re pretty dead inside if it doesn’t make you smile. Take the just over 60 seconds, watch it and smile. It could be the best part of your day (you never know). But the reason I included the video this week was my wife. She saw it and said, “We’ve got a hamster. This is what you should be doing. Forget that M.U.S.C.L.E. site.”