Epilogue – Week of October 25th

FYI, I’m not hearing back from most eBay sellers with M.U.S.C.L.E. items. When I do hear back it is usually a simple, “No thanks.”

I can admit I am disappointed. I thought eBay Entrepreneur Exchange was an interesting feature. I did receive the suggestion that I should reach out to old M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors. It is a good suggestion.

I haven’t done it, because I have not written the interview questions. I also thought it might be an interesting podcast…but I haven’t figured out the details to make that happen either. And I don’t know that the work would be worth the outcome.

“These were only for sale briefly before Alec’s untimely passing. Have not seen another one for sale since.” Nothing moves product like death. Am I right?

The above auction provoked two thoughts. First, it seems incredibly distasteful to try and use a person’s death to help sell an item. I know that it happens all the time with celebrities and athletes, but the minifigure community is pretty small. It just seems very odd to me.

The second thought was, “When will people start recasting his figures?”

I pity the fool that doesn’t pay Jabba!

A long time ago the argument was made that recasting M.U.S.C.L.E. figures was fine because it did not hurt anybody. The topic started to evolve into an Art vs. Bootleg argument – which I solved. 😉

Recasting one of Alec’s figures seems like murky and uncharted waters. If I apply many of the “rules” that have been argued in the past, then I am left thinking it is ok. Even if it is ok, it feels a little weird. I don’t know that feeling weird makes it wrong.

If we don’t apply the rules from the past, then does that make collectors hypocrites? It does not seem appropriate to have multiple sets of rules for various situations.

It certainly is a strange situation.

And just in case any readers are unfamiliar with the name “Alec” here is plenty of information to be adequately informed: (1) Alec featured on UofM; and (2) Alec’s death in the news.

Not too easy to effortlessly switch back to M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions. So I will do it poorly. Below are some of the M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions I thought were worth commenting on.

Cool figure, but not “Super Rare” nor worth $25.
$4.99 for a Flesh 4-pack. Not bad.
It is not too often that the shipping price is much worse than the auction price.
$49.99 for seven of the dirtiest Flesh figures ever.
A $5 opening bid doesn’t seem too bad for this – am I wrong?
Even if you don’t know M.U.S.C.L.E., how do you sell a game for $40 missing all the pieces?
Guess the item: $15.75 BIN
This auction makes the previous one look like a steal.
It must be a really expensive t-shirt.

Wow. That’s it. Bummer.

I guess this would be a good place to mention that I received a friendly request to bring back the lovely Epilogue ladies. Given that auctions feel like they are going away, I want to give M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors what they want.

Plus, it’s going to be Halloween. That makes the picture topical and not gratuitous.

What a great Olive Oyl costume! Or Star Trek. Or Netflix logo. Or whatever. It’s just a really great costume.

Like really great.

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