Auction Watch #165

The first auction, SDCC 2015 Exclusive He Man MOTU Motuscle Muscle Pink Set Super 7 Set Of 12 , is probably the biggest M.U.S.C.L.E.-related item since I’ve be gone from the site. I saw these figures through Instagram. I can’t lie. It was cool to see the M.U.S.C.L.E. nostalgia. It was my favorite part about these figures. I like He-Man. But these figures did nothing for me.

I don’t want to say that I dislike them. I always say that you can’t fairly judge a figure until it is in your hand. I can’t really articulate why they aren’t connecting with me. This could be a classic example of me waivering; only to be blown away once they are in my hand.

This will be a good auction for me to watch. I’m very curious to see a final price for this set (after the hype of SDCC has died down).

The second auction, 1980’s M.U.S.C.L.E. Men (3 Complete Sets), shows that no matter how much things change; they stay the same. In fairness, maybe nothing M.U.S.C.L.E.-related has changed. Maybe that’s just my thing.

These three 28-packs for $125 prove that there are still crazy sellers. Can anyone point me to recent auctions that could be influencing this guy? Has he been listing these for the last few months? Did he start at $1,000 six months ago?

But the second auction reminds me of funny, clueless, and mostly harmless sellers. The third auction, M.U.S.C.L.E MEN FIGURE #178 (BLACK SATAN) VINTAGE 80’S RETRO PINK CRACK, is the worst kind of fuck-eBay-up with your shitty auction kind-of seller.

This asshole clogs eBay with shitty, over-priced, single figure auctions. With this particular auction, one of his many, many pieces of shit, he is charging $25 for a $0.50 figure. Occasionally people will give a seller like this the benefit of the doubt, “Well, if I needed one more figure I’d pay $5.”

That collector doesn’t exist.

The only M.U.S.C.L.E. sculpt that an average person might seek out is the #153 figure. That’s why, among other reasons, the price of #153 is so much higher than other figures.

And the impatient collector overpays for an entire set. “I don’t care. I want it now.”

Finally, the M.U.S.C.L.E. collector, puts in the work. Not because they are special or more dedicated, but because they like getting new M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. They like sorting them. They like looking at them. They like the smell of them.

The third auction is the current Asshole of the Week. It’s going to take a lot to beat him. The only person with a chance of beating him might be someone that buys from him.

The fourth auction, M.U.S.C.L.E MEN, might be evidence that I am sitting on a small fortune. The lot of 278 perfectly pedestrian M.U.S.C.L.E. figures has a $300 opening bid and $415 BIN (Respectively, $1.08 and $1.49 per-figure).

I can’t imagine anyone paying those prices. I have to see a better indicator.

So I’m going to list an auction. Maybe tomorrow? I had hoped I’d be ready for Auction Watch, but it didn’t work out. I can’t believe that if you started an auction at $0.01 that it come close to those per-figure prices. In fact, I’d be shocked if it went past $0.70 per figure.

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  1. #1 by tarmogoyf on August 5, 2015 - 11:26 pm

    Glad to see you back up!

    The MOTUSCLE are actually pretty cool when you get to see them in person. I’m a fan of the line and hope they continue to produce more. The back of the package says there are more MUSCLE related products coming soon.

    The forth auction person had another big auction that went for like $1.25 per/figure earlier in the summer because it had multiple 153R. He’s probably baffled as to why this one isn’t selling for the same price. Same number of figures, should eventually sell for the same price, right?

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