Auction Watch #170

The first auction, Huge Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. Flesh & Color Lot + MOC 4 Pack Battlin Belt Can MUSCLE, is highlighted because I could not forget about it. Arguably that is not the best reason to highlight a M.U.S.C.L.E. auction, but maybe you will remember too.

Part of the Asshole of the Week evolution included pitting two assholes against each other. The seller of the first auction, superstarsig, was AOTW #3. He was selling, essentially, a smaller version the same lot, for $169.99.

His new, larger version has a BIN of $745. He did not win his AOTW match-up in February of 2014, but this new lot shows his new commitment to being a worthy AOTW.

(Read the next two sentences in your best classic radio announcer voice.)

Will superstarsig finally be a successful AOTW? Find out in this week’s upcoming Epilogue.

The second auction is really a collection of crispy23’s Nestle Quik figure auctions. He has listed 44 sealed Nestle Quik figures.

The seller, Chris Y., emailed me earlier in the month. He mentioned that he did not plan on repeating the mistakes of Rick. (Still one of my favorite emails I ever received for this website.)

He did not seem comfortable with the $0.99 opening bid, but he certainly did not want his figures to remain unsold. I hope I had a positive influence on the $9 opening bids. Even if I did not, they are an incredibly fair price for a fun M.U.S.C.L.E. item.

He is not holding any figures back; all of them are listed. I would encourage any bidders to participate in the auction of a figure they like. Chris told me that he does not end auction early, so everyone will have a fair chance to pick-up one of these figures.

FYI, I picked the #219 picture because it makes me SOOOOO nervous. I look at that picture and just imagine it is going to accidentally punch through the plastic. The plastic is not terrible strong and I love that figure – especially in the Quik plastic. I can’t stop looking at it.

Any other week the third auction, Sealed Nesquik Muscle Men Figure M.U.S.C.L.E., would be my favorite auction of the week. I still really love it. It is a great auction, great picture, and starts at $0.99. I don’t know that I could say enough good things about this auction.

Unfortunately for the seller it has been listed the same week as 44 other sealed Nestle Quik figures.

It is almost hilarious in its somewhat poor timing. I believe this sculpt is popular enough that the auction will still do pretty well. I know that I will be putting in a bid.

I am also left wondering if there have ever been two different sellers selling Nestle Quik figures at the same time on eBay. I can’t remember an example, which makes me extra excited about these auctions. (In fairness, it does not take much to get me excited about anything M.U.S.C.L.E. and Quik-related. It is easily my favorite niche of M.U.S.C.L.E. history.)

The fourth auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. #153 Sunigator Shotai Purple Claw Hand Very Rare Very Nice, is going to be very exciting to watch. Purple #153 figures have been listed many times on eBay. Most of them are comically priced; listed at such a price the listing the figure is nearly pointless. And the times the price tag is not laughable there are valid concerns about the legitimacy of the figure (which often turn out to be correct).

Neither of these things are present in this Purple #153 auction. The seller has started the auction at $0.99. This is a seller that actually wants to make some money. This is a seller motivated to get a good price, instead of arguing the worth of the figure. I wish him nothing but luck.

This seller also contacted me. He had a genuine interest in gathering information and was willing to jump through any hoops to provide answers to questions. Plus he provided an abundance of requested pictures when asked. I feel 100% comfortable stating that I believe this is an authentic Purple #153 figure.

The only thing that may detract from the final price is some slight wear on the base and “palm” of the figure. It isn’t significant, but very close super inspection does reveal these minor, minor flaws. The kind of flaws that would never be noticed when the figure is displayed.

There are always M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions that are interesting to look at and talk about on eBay. This is one of the very, very rare times when incredibly desirable, fairly priced, M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions are listed. Amidst the onslaught of terribly priced M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions we are currently inundated with, this might be the best week ever for M.U.S.C.L.E. actions. There have never been this many truly good auctions at once.

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