Auction Watch #204


I didn’t expect having this much to say.

The first auction, Vintage Lot of 5 M.U.S.C.L.E Men Kinnikuman Bootlegs Mattel Knockoff Figures, is my favorite auction that is currently available. I love the counterfeit #71. And the Future Strength are great too. I don’t know anything about the red figure.

I’m always a proponent of starting auctions at $0.99. In this case, a $0.99 opening bid would have sucked me into the auction. I probably would have maxed out at $5. However, I don’t think the $6.99 is terrible. If I knew I needed any of those figures to complete my collection, then I would probably buy them. I will be very surprised if this lot doesn’t sell.

The second auction, Vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. MEN MUSCLE Figures FLESH COLOR LOT Y/S.N.T Lot Of 121, is not one of my favorites. The obvious reason is the opening bid price of $249.99, which is $2.07 per figure. That wasn’t the main reason I disliked this auction.

The main reason was the auction description:

This lot consists of 118 flesh colored wrestlers, one red and 2 yellow (not sure these are muscle men as they are larger). There does not seem to be any duplicates. They are in played with condition and have not been cleaned. I will leave that up to the winning bidder. I don’t know much about these. Could be some rare ones in there but I am just selling them all together.

I hate the mentality of linking ignorance and rarity. I don’t think this person was pushing it too hard, but it just irritates me. Just because you don’t know what something is doesn’t make it rare or valuable.

Take a second to really consider the foolishness of that thought. Use that lens and apply it to your day. You would sound like a goddamn crazy person. “I don’t know the specifics of this bug. I should catch it and take it to the zoo. It might be rare and special.”

I also hate that the Yellow MUSCLEMANIA are stuck in that lot. Those look like very nice #3 and #10 figures.

The third auction, Vintage Lot Of 25 M.U.S.C.L.E. Men, Muscle Men, made it to Auction Watch because I want to document something going the way of the dodo.

Below are all four of the pictures from this auction.

They are terrible pictures. How do people manage to accomplish this look?

I’m assigning myself this task. I’m going to try and recreate these terrible pictures. No filters and I can’t be moving. I really can’t imagine accomplishing the task – unless I used actual film. (There’s no way people do that, right?)

I’ll try and put it in the Epilogue this week.

Hey. Wait a minute. With these kinds of pictures, people couldn’t be trying to obscure the overall condition of the figures? No, that couldn’t be it. I’m sure their iPhone works just fine.

The fourth auction, Vintage Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. Muscle Men Figure #170 : The Hunter (Red) Hand Error, is making me crazy. Didn’t I already mention this auction on the site?

Yep, finally found it. The figure was in last week’s Epilogue. I scanned right past it when I was looking for it.

I was kind of surprised there weren’t any bids on the original listing. I was more surprised the figure was relisted at the same price. And I’m even more surprised that it has a bid. Weird.

If anybody wins it, then I’d love a better picture to add to the Manufacturing Error Figures archive. I’ll settle for the auction picture, but I’d love to add a better picture. It seems like a pretty cool figure.

The next auction might be over by the time you read this. It doesn’t matter.

The fifth auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. vintage “CLAW”+84 figure lot original kinnikuman mattel muscle, committed one of the cardinal eBay sins. Never upstage your item.

How do you upstage “the Claw?” Obviously with a bigger claw.

If you’re not going to trim your nails, then you probably shouldn’t prominently feature them in your main auction picture. As of writing, this auction had zero bids. I 100% believe it was because of the gross thumbnail.

Here’s the real question. Does this picture replace this guy as the weirdest #153 auction picture?

I’m voting yes.

I haven’t had a poll in forever, but I think this deserves it.

The next few auctions are eye-rollers. Buckle up. But, don’t worry. It ends on a high note.

The sixth auction, Class A M.U.S.C.L.E. Man Men Figure Salmon #109 Ashuraman Kinnikuman Wrestler, is a less intense Red #234.

This seller doesn’t just have one Salmon Class A figure. They have two. She also has a Salmon #167 that you won’t want to miss.

“Maybe she doesn’t have anything to compare to.” Wrong. I wonder how she settled on the $29.99 BIN price…

Well, it looks like it’s her default price. It doesn’t seem to be a hard and fast rule, but those prices are pretty consistent.

To be perfectly clear, it is a Flesh figure. I doubt anyone reading this wasn’t in on the joke, but people never cease to amaze me.

I just hope she get that bug to the zoo.

The seventh auction, Lot Of 6 RARE Muscle Figurines M.U.S.C.L.E Kinnikuman Mattel Action Figures, is getting even more bugs to the zoo.

I don’t know where to start. This auction actually made my head swim. I’m not being figurative. I am being very, very literal.

It started with the price ($85 BIN), but it was the auction description that really caused my reaction.

Before I say too much, I need to let you read the entire auction description. I have not made a single edit, change, cut, or anything. This is it:

You will be getting six ultra rare muscle figurines The names, numbers & colors of the figurines are listed below:

Kinnikuman SOLDIER A 116 Class B – Green – $19.95 price at actionfiguresandcomics website.

Kinnikuman FOXMAN 124 – Salmon Orange – $24.95 price at actionfiguresandcomics website.

Kinnikuman E 141 Class B – Magenta – $25.95 price at actionfiguresandcomics website.

Kinnikuman APOLLO THE GIANT 150 – Magenta – $12.95 price at actionfiguresandcomics website.

Kinnikuman BARRACUDA A – Salmon Orange – EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND IN THE COLOR SALMON ORANGE! NOT AVAILABLE AT actionfiguresandcomics website.

Kinnikuman GORIKI 063 – Red – EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND IN THE COLOR RED! NOT AVAILABLE AT actionfiguresandcomics website.

These are rare colors for the figurines you can check the Internet I don’t need them anymore so I’m selling all for a fraction of what they’re really worth you could look them up on Google for yourself whoever gets this is getting an awesome awesome deal.

Wha…Wha…What?

I had to get right to actionfiguresandcomics.com right away.

In fairness, if you’re going to put your faith in that site, then the seller probably feels pretty good. The question becomes, “Why would you put your faith in that site?”

I’m just in disbelief. I don’t know what to say. Guys? Thoughts?

The eighth and final auction, Vintage Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. 4-Pack Figures, is a wonderful palate cleansing closer.

It is a Flesh 4-pack, in seemingly pretty good shape, with a starting bid of $0.99.

You won’t read the word “Rare” anywhere in this listing. (Smart, because no one ever use the search term: Rare.) There’s no hyperbole. No fuzzy pictures. I believe this person is cleaning out their garage.

I don’t think this person is racing any bugs to the zoo.

I think this person just ignores the bug and lives their life. I wish more of these people sold M.U.S.C.L.E. stuff.

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  1. #1 by SicilianCyclops on February 15th, 2017

    I think “Bugs to the Zoo” should be the new “Jump the Shark”.

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