Taking a look at what is on eBay has always been my preferred move when I’m getting back into the M.U.S.C.L.E. hobby. I think that tactic made much more sense several years ago. Regardless, it is familiar – even if what I see no longer feels familiar.The first two auctions (Flesh #23 and Dark Blue #19) should just be one auction. I love MUSCLEMANIA figures, but there are only seven people that like MUSCLEMANIA. Only three of those seven people actively collect the figures.
I even need the Flesh #23 for my collection, but spending $2.99 (plus $2.54 shipping) for one Stretchy figure seems absurd. I might consider it for a Firm figure, but never the Stretchy figures. The Stretchy figures are just not as nice as the Firm ones.
There is not a narcissistic version of the following statement, “Did UofM cause auctions like these?”
I can’t remember a single instance of one individual MUSCLEMANIA figure being sold before I started posting about MUSCLEMANIA. There had only been MUSCLEMANIA lots.The third auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. vintage action figure #153: ‘Sunigator Shotai’ or ‘The Claw’ Red, keeps the UofM theme going. First things first, forget that the person used my picture. I would have liked some credit, but I actually take it as a badge of honor.
Here’s the real thing that caught my attention with this auction. Who would spend $50 on a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure you’ve never seen?
Do people simply trust the “Perfect condition” description?
One could take an optimistic view; that everything will work out fine. I think that would be easier for me to do if $50 wasn’t involved. Actually, it would only be possible for me if money wasn’t involved.
Since we’re already looking at a Red #153 – let’s continue. The last auction, Vtg 1980s Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. Red Claw Rare Kinnikuman Figure Men Of Muscle NEW, is a Red #153 4-pack.I remember someone recently asking me how much I would pay for a #153 4-pack. I basically said that a 4-pack tends to sell for $15 to $20, plus whatever you are willing to spend on a #153. Even if a buyer was willing to spend about $50 on a Red #153 this auction seems to be priced at least $100 too high.
I don’t believe the 4-pack is worth much more than $20, but I recognize that insanity that surround the #153 figure. Because of the insanity, I could see this 4-pack for selling around $60 or $70. I would never pay that price, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see it.
I am curious what other people think. Factoring the #153 insanity, what would be a fair, reasonable price for this 4-pack?