Auction Watch #216


The first auction, Figure OH #119 12/2007 Ultimate Muscle Japanese Toy Figure Magazine, is one of my favorite types of eBay listings. Sadly, to me at least, I don’t feel like I see these types of auctions as often. What kind of listing am I talking about?

It is the type of listing that is very cool to see, but, regardless of the price, I have zero interest in buying.

Maybe these listings show up with the exact frequency as always. Maybe I’ve seen so much that it is harder to see something cool and unexpected. It could be both.

I might be alone in enjoying these kinds of auctions. Admittedly it is a weird little niche of enjoyment. But I enjoy writing about a 30-year-old toy more than collecting it. I might be the king of weird enjoyment.

The second auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. Men and Kinnikuman LARGE LOT of 113 pieces 1980s Mattel, is a double whammy. It starts at $0.99, which I always appreciate. It also makes me curious, which is fun too.

The lot is a nice mix of 113 M.U.S.C.L.E. and kinkeshi figures. I spy a Future Strength figure too. It’s unfortunate that so many are dirty and stained, but who can complain? The lot starts at $0.99.

What makes me curious? The small severed head. I am 99.9% sure it is a severed keshi head. Maybe even a broken SHA head. But what if it was a badly damaged SHA M.U.S.C.L.E. head?

We’ve seen headless SHA sell many times before, but can anyone remember the last SHA head that was sold? I can’t. I have a vague memory of a private sale on Littlerubberguys.com but I couldn’t find anything to validate that vague memory.

What would an authentic SHA head sell for on eBay? I imagine the owner of a headless body would be willing to overspend to complete a figure. Is $300 too crazy? Maybe more?

But what is the plug was cut off the head? I never get overly concerned with the condition of a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure, but this is the worst shape a SHA could be in. I’d rather deal with a 100% stained head. Is $100 the top price for a plug-less SHA head? Is it less? Is it more? If I was forced to make a specific guess, then I would say $150. I can imagine someone rationalizing $100, but fearing getting out bid by a few dollars. What do you guys think?

The third auction, Bandai Kinnikuman The Crown War Kinkeshi Action Figure Ring with Box Japan, seems like an amalgam of the previous two auctions.

I thought it was cool and I didn’t have any urge to buy it. I was also a little bit curious.

When I was looking at the back of the box I noticed the ring seemed to be missing some significant pieces. It has a BIN of $99. What would be a fair price missing those pieces?

It seems like you would never find those lost pieces. You could only upgrade to a complete set. That’s such a bummer for me. That’s why I think $35~$40 is top dollar missing the pieces.

Again, what do you guys think?

I’d also be curious what the ladies think. I wasn’t trying to be exclusionary. The information I get about the website suggests that the readership is 77% female.

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