Editorial: Birds and the B’s


You know what guide I like? This guide. It provides me information about the birds that show up at my feeder. Then I try and select the feed that will make certain birds show up more often.

Of course, I could also use it to murder the female birds to help reduce the number of birds in the area. I wonder if the author thought about these two different scenarios?

Fifteen collectors voted on the elimination of Class B. It was split. From what I could see, it didn’t look like too many people voted more than once. Plus two people commented that they did not want the B classification to be eliminated. I love seeing such passion from M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors.

There was slightly more passion from collectors on LRG (e.g., one, two, and three).

When I created my classifications for Poster and Non-Poster figures I was trying to provide a practical, logical system to have discussions about M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. I tried to take all the available information, plus my experience collecting, and create something helpful for people needing information about M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. I believe I accomplished that goal.

I personally believe the Class B group could be eliminated. I always have. However, it exists because there was not enough information to do it. Several years later there still is not enough information to eliminate them. Zero collectors were nominated.

I will not be changing my guide. I do not think the changes would be meaningful. Someday I may tackle the Class B group, but I don’t want to do it anytime soon. The amount of work is not worth the result. It certainly would not stop any misuse of the figure guide.

Experienced collectors may believe certain figures could be “upgraded” or “downgraded” for various reasons. To me, that means the guide is working. I believe my figure guide is similar to the bird guide. Basic, accessible information is provided for a wide-ranging, possibly very complex topic. Experienced collectors/bird nerds will know more and discuss the minutia based on their experience. But everyone can be a little more knowledgeable. Everyone can talk about the subject.

Wishing there could be a “dark ages” of M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting information is stupid. Ignorance is never the answer. I refuse to say anymore on that topic.

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  1. #1 by Steven on September 22nd, 2015

    Great stuff, just great stuff!

  2. #2 by Danny on September 22nd, 2015

    Good input. I like your last sentiment too.

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