Epilogue – Week of June 10th


The Epilogue started, seven years ago, as a catch-all for extra M.U.S.C.L.E. stuff that didn’t really fit into an entire post. Technically not an Epilogue. This week the epilogue title has never been more appropriate.

In AW #254 I bemoaned not knowing the rationale for the final price. And I wished that Brian’s bad luck would end. Here’s the epilogue to the story:

Nick, who had been one of the trio that won the “omitted listing,” reached out to give me the full story.

First, he pointed out that I forgot the Class A Light Blue #60 figure. There’s no excuse for that, but I blame it on my Meat-prejudice. There are so many terrible Meat listings I tend to look right past the figure. My bad.

It also makes the final price more understandable. Assigning a $1 per-figure value to the 56 figures, puts the price of the three Class A figures at $272.53 – which is, basically, $91 per figure. I agree with what Nick about the three figures, the price “isn’t horrible but isn’t the great deal it should’ve been either.”

Both Brian and Nick had tried to buy the listing. It turns out Nick actually “won” the listing and had communicated with the seller. Sadly the seller was unable/unwilling to fix the problems with the listing. The seller simply relisted the lot of figures, robbing Nick the chance of adding some nice figures to his collection.

The best part, in my opinion, is that Brian and Nick decided to work together and plan on splitting the M.U.S.C.L.E. lot. That’s so cool. It is easy to find shitty M.U.S.C.L.E. situations. It feels incredible when we get to hear a good one. Congratulations, and thank you, to Nick and Brian!

Let’s take a look at some shitty M.U.S.C.L.E. situations.
Pretty dirty to start at $48.
Why does not having a figure count make me angry?
Still a stupid price.
Based on the condition, $3 is a fair offer.
C’mon Canada; help me out.
“Klan Hood? Robe” Wow. Someone is projecting.
Terrible pictures still surprise me.
Are these so beat-up you open them?
AOTW #4 should take a look at this listing starting at $0.99.
Compared to AOTW #4, even this is pretty good.

This is the last Fatal-Four Way until the next Battle of the Champions match-up.

Last week poll only brought in five votes. It looks like voter apathy has hit the M.U.S.C.L.E. community.

How could voters become so disenfranchised? Voting on the AOTW might be more important than electing a president.

Joking aside, I actually have a thought on the voting downturn. The combatants are becoming less and less special. Sure they are assholes, but they aren’t the unique clowns from earlier. What do you guys think?

Hopefully this week’s combatants are worthy of your votes.

The AOTW #1 was selected specifically because he was damaged. We see lots of over-priced single figure auctions. We rarely see a figure so obviously damaged with an hilarious price tag. And don’t forget the outrageous shipping cost.

The listing for the AOTW #2 has ended, but it had to be honored. The seller was asking $199.99 for around 180 very poorly painted figures. I would say they are so poorly painted that it is easier, and more appropriate, to call them damaged.

The AOTW #3 doesn’t have the most outrageous price ever. The $1.20 per-figure price is just not worth it for this lot. There’s nothing special, plus about 20 Weirdball Wrestlers instead of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.

Finally, the AOTW #4 was selected because it is another terrible lot. The box is badly damaged; the ring has pretty bad stress marks; and there are only 51 figures. The $149 opening price is utterly absurd.

Remember to cast your vote and crown this week’s AOTW. Here are the four combatants:

vs.

Welcome to the continually revamping installment of “Damn the torpedoes!

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Racer #1 sits at 2 years, 10 months, and 2 days and Racer #2 sits at over 275 days. That is entirely too many days for a $10 figure. I wondered about these two timeframes.

Racer #1 could have learned to play Duel of the Fates on piano, the figure has been listed for the entirety of JFK’s time as president, and 1037 days from today will be April 17, 2021.

Racer #2 could have easily flown to Mars, walked back and forth across the US three times at Mark Baumer’s pace, and 275 days from today will be March 16, 2019.

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