Epilogue – Week of June 8th

Last Saturday I shared some Batman v Superman news. I did it because I was genuinely excited. I found it interesting and thought other people would find it interesting too. Other people did find it interesting.

I won’t share the numbers, but I want to visually show the jump in traffic. I was shocked. Beyond shocked. It was so much traffic that site crashed.

But it was also fascinating as a M.U.S.C.L.E. collector. I look at this data and recognize the M.U.S.C.L.E. community really is very, very small – almost insignificant when compared to other nerdy/geeky communities. It’s probably smaller than anyone of us would guess.

That doesn’t bother me. I don’t think the size of the hobby is intrinsically a good or bad thing. However, the shock also helps to reaffirm a belief that I struggled with recently. This data helps me to believe M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors can have a positive influence over the hobby. We’re small enough that each collector can have a significant influence on the hobby.

I guess M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors need to decide if they’re going to be Superman or Lex Luthor.

50/50 sealed 10-pack starting at $19.99.
At $0.99 this is a good lot to buy or buy to cut up (for customs).
This has a bid?!?! Can someone explain this to me?
Again. You can’t try to be AOTW.
One of the best Future Strength auctions ever? Yes!
What’s this? An honest, sane SC auction? AWESOME!!!
I’d pay $9.95 for a framed picture of this lot, before I’d pay $9.95 for this lot.
New rule. If you over-price a #153, then we can assume your entire life sucks. You’re a dick. Your kids are shits. Your job is stupid. Everything.
Hahaha…oh Future Man. I haven’t seen you in awhile.
Pretty nice lot of 31 Colored figures.
I like the picture and I like the price.
I don’t care about you. I’m buying this.
I may buy this too.
Anytime I see painted figures, I look at the bottom of the feet – could be a Class A I need!
Ignore the lot for a second. Why set the BIN at $21.42?
$14 opening bid. Guess the item!
46 figures.
I want to bid $0.99 just to break the stupid BIN.
Is this the guy that tried to sell these figures in lots of three for years?
58 mostly Flesh figures with an end-price opening bid.
M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors have been laughing about stuff like this since 2008. Don’t believe me? Just look.
I think this one is even crazier.
Quite a mixed lot.
$199.99 price tag and “less than 15 % are marked with initials on their feet.”
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I hate when people try to sell these.
What’s stranger? The pictures or the opening price?

I thought I had found my AOTW, but then I found the real AOTW.

Below is the next AOTW match-up of 2014. AOTW #16 is on quite a roll. Do we finally have a challenger? We’ll see. Don’t forget to vote in the upper right hand corner.


This week two videos stood out to me. The first is something that amazes me about kids. It’s something I try (and mostly fail) to emulate. In the video below the kid gets stung on a ground rule double. He drops like a ton of bricks.

After he gets the ball he seems better. Kids are able to change on a dime. I envy that. This week my oldest son’s baseball team lost in the semi-finals. I felt bad for them. I worried he might cry. I prepared myself for the worst. Instead the kids came off the field, asked who won, and wanted to go on the playground.

I need to learn how to do that.

The second video, you may have seen by now, evoked actually anxiety from me. It was like watching a video of my own nightmares.

I need to end on something fun.

That isn’t much fun. It’s more interesting and hypnotic.

  1. #1 by Johnny on June 13, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Ha ha! I was wondering how large your spike would be with the Batman/Superman info. You should have (or should still) add some retailer links to that page. Might as well make a little change off your journalism stint.

    Dude was lucky that the shark wasn’t interested in him. CRAZY!

    I think I would die of diabetes working in that factory. I LOVE ice cream sandwiches.

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