Auction Watch #178

The first auction, Sealed Nesquik Muscle Men Figure M.U.S.C.L.E., is one that was originally featured in Auction Watch #170.

As I said in AW #170, I really can’t say enough nice things about this auction. I believe this is the perfect way to sell any M.U.S.C.L.E. item – ignoring the shitty single figure auctions presently clogging up eBay. (UPDATE: The opening bid has jumped from $0.99 to $9.99. I don’t have any nice things to say. I’m very bummed to wake up to this change.)

I should add, because I haven’t said it in some time, I love the Nesquik piece of M.U.S.C.L.E. history. It’s the perfect strange thing to be associated with M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Dropping single figures into Quik is so wonderfully strange. It seems even more bizarre as time goes on. Can you imagine Imaginext or Lego or Ugglys being inserted into any food?

And I know I’ve stopped collecting, but $0.99 and Nesquik will always drag me back in – at least for a moment. (UPDATE: Without the $0.99; I won’t be bidding.)

The second auction, M.U.S.C.L.E MEN Kinnikuman Figures Toys Kinkeshi Lot of about 440, is very interesting to me. I don’t know kinkeshi details. I know even less about the prices.

This lot of 440 figures has a BIN of $158 plus $40 shipping. That total cost works out to $0.45 per figure. That doesn’t seem too bad. Can anyone offer some perspective?

When I see these types of lots I have a fantasy that I will buy it and start customizing figures. I can’t find the time to snap pictures for the website. I don’t know why I can’t shake that silly fantasy.

If I am brutally honest with myself, then I realize I’m afraid the figures would suck. I tried some Sculpey a few years ago. It went poorly.

I’ll never have enough time for everything I want to do, but I should force myself to try.

The third auction, 26x Chibi Kinkeshi Kinnikuman MUSCLE Mini Rubber Figures Toys Japanese Vintage, is another auction that fascinates me.

I am shocked it fascinates me too. I am not a Chibi fan. I don’t know why; they just don’t resonate with me. But something about this auction interests me.

Maybe it’s the picture? Maybe it’s the colors? Hell, maybe a seemingly fair price ($19.99 BIN) and fair shipping is enough to pique my interest.

This auction, plus the previous two, really hit me as fun auctions. They were interesting and seemed fair. It is amazing to me how much more fun the hobby seems when these types of auctions are available. I am somewhat ashamed to admit the auctions can influence me so significantly, but M.U.S.C.L.E. is small. Little things can have a major impact.

And maybe that is why big things, especially big bad things, have such a tremendous impact too.

The final auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. Men (lot 8), is another type of auction I am always curious to watch.

Occasionally sellers decide to group figures together by their character; most of the time it doesn’t really matter. But when the character is popular (Kinnikuman, Terri-Bull, Sunshine) it can be a profitable decision, especially if it is a mix of attractive colors.

However, this is a grouping of Flesh figures – which does not seem too exciting.

The auction started at $6 which is already $1 per figure. As of writing the lot was at $14.50 which is $2.42 per figure. These Flesh figures are normally valued at $0.50 to $0.75 per figure.

Will the lot go higher? Who knows? I would have never thought it could get to $14.50. This will be interesting to watch.

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  1. #1 by lucas on November 10, 2015 - 6:52 am

    I saw that Nesquick M.U.S.C.L.E. when it still had a starting bid of $0.99 earlier this week, but now the opening bid has been raised to $9.99.

    My past experiences with this seller lead me to not be shocked by this, though it is always interesting to see the price get raised when it did not sell the first time around.

  2. #2 by Chad Perry on November 10, 2015 - 9:30 am

    Yeah, I just noticed that too. I don’t understand the $0.99 to $9.99 jump. I won’t be bidding now.

    But, in fairness, he pulled it the first time. He pulled it because that other seller had listed ~30 Nesquik figures.

  3. #3 by Plasticfiend on November 10, 2015 - 11:47 am

    The massive 440 lot doesn’t seem as good of a deal to me when so many are so dirty/ painted etc. 45 cents is great – if you were in fact getting 440… but take a better look at those pics. Yeeesh!

    (now of course I know very little about Kinkeshi in general – so I am assuming that the 50 cent range is good – similarly to muscle figures)

    Some of the Deka figures look fun, but not at the risk of taking on so much at once. IMO! ; )

  4. #4 by Chris Krutsinger on November 10, 2015 - 1:25 pm

    Your Chibi lot is another from a fellow LRG member, retroworldkorea…he also is the guy with the awesome bootleg sets of musclemania and transformers decoys mixed together. If only I had the extra cash…

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