Auction Watch #259


Two weeks ago there was only one featured listing. It sold for $32 after being listed a second time.

While I was on vacation I missed an auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. figure #136 Harigorasu RED (rare), worth revisiting. On LRG it was suggested that the figure would sell for $800 to $900 based on one lunatic.

While Class A figures can certainly demand a premium, they aren’t the priceless artifacts many sellers like to suggest. I really appreciated this seller offering the figure as an auction.

A M.U.S.C.L.E. figure selling for over $300 is still shocking to me. But I’m starting to believe that the only way to actual sell a desirable figure is an auction format. Sellers thinking THEY know the fair price is just wrong. I believe the market for these figures is always diminishing. You need to allow the market to decide. And the results could be surprising either way.

Speaking of surprising, the auctions this week amazed me.

The first auction, BRAND NEW SEALED Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E MUSCLE MEN Kinnikuman 4 pack CLASS B 1985, is a nice 4-pack.

The 4-pack looks to be in awesome condition and the starting price was $0.99. For those two reasons alone the 4-pack is probably going to fetch a nice price.

The 4-pack also includes the Orange #199 and Salmon #155 figures. Both are Class B figures. That may add some allure to some buyers.

As of writing, the 4-pack has a $44 top bid. Higher than I would have expected, but I’m not completely stunned. The 4-pack is in great condition and the figure combination looks nice. I am most surprised there are seven bidders.

My surprise-level increased significantly when I, almost immediately, saw the second auction.

The second auction, BRAND NEW SEALED Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E MUSCLE MEN Kinnikuman 4 pack CLASS A 1985, was another 4-pack from the same seller.

All of the same positive qualities are present. It even has something extra. There is a Class A Magenta #104 figure and a Class B #50 figure.

I would argue the Magenta #104 might be one of the least valuable Class A figures. But someone recently paid $17.50 for it. I didn’t think it could get that price.

As of writing, the 4-pack has a price of $44. What? How? Why?

Even more confusing, the same bidder. s***r (951), is the high bidder for both auctions. WHAT?!

If you know about the different Classes, then why would you go after both 4-packs? If you don’t, then why are you spending $88 on two 4-Packs?

The third auction, M.U.S.C.L.E Muscle Men Kinnikuman Kinkeshi Brazil Bootleg Mattel RARE Lot, might be the most surprising of all.

Not because of anything the seller did or said, but because I’m going to encourage you to buy it ASAP.

I love these figures. I believe they are Uniao Festas figures.

It looks like the seller has groups of 20 loose figures. And with the $10 price and $10 shipping it works out to $1 per-figure (impressive math skills, right?). I don’t think that’s a steal, but they’re such a fun oddity that I think it is worth every penny.

And don’t expect high-quality. These are terrible quality, but that only adds to the attractiveness for me.

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  1. #1 by plasticfiend on July 24th, 2018

    4 Packs have been on the rise – with the exception of that recent auction that included several packs and went for $112… if you look in early July & late June listings you will see a handful of flesh & color 4 packs selling for over $50!! (ignoring the anomaly of that huge lot of flesh packs supposedly selling for thousands) I appreciate you featuring my auctions!!

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