Stir Up Saturday – Highs and Lows


The SUS time machine takes us back five years, starting with Professor Terry easing us in to quite a week.

I’ve always like the picture to the right. The differences in color, scale, and sculpts makes this a really well composed picture.

The only thing I dislike about MMMM #25 is my formatting of the post. I wouldn’t do it the same way today. There’s too much white space. I would leave the three-picture table, but stagger the remaining three pictures.

I have previously shared my OMFG/Tommy Tanker frustrations. I won’t repeat it. Based on the title of the post, you might expect this Dr. M.U.S.C.L.E. post to be a low. It isn’t. It is a high point for me.

I still had a little hope that Dr. M.U.S.C.L.E. would find his way into the wild. A few guys kindly reached out to help, but it never went anywhere. And that’s fine. I had finally grown enough to walkaway from an effort I no longer enjoyed.

Plus, that’s a great “final” Dr. M.U.S.C.L.E. post. It features some nice pictures of the sculpt and a video that always makes me smile.

Coming off that high, the story from the Epilogue takes you extra low. It is the story of the Red #68. If you don’t know the story, then I suggest you read this Epilogue – five years later and I still feel the same way.

Red #68 Sad Saga Starts

However, the story doesn’t end there – it begins. M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors knew that Alex Forbes was the top bidder, but we didn’t yet know the truth. Maybe the most amazing thing is that the story is later corroborated by everybody’s favorite seller newhobby905 make-an-offer ohsooffices_1. Even she knows the story and hates it.

Does the story end there? No. The shenanigans continue. Everything from pretending to be Chuck (keep in mind Chuck might be the actual opposite of Alex) to whatever the recent aligigli0 situation turns out to be.

“Why to you keep talking about Alex? He’s always been cool to me.”

Picture from: LRG

That has been explained that before. Plus our hobby is tiny. You can’t ignore what is right in front of your face. And, as I’ve said before, it has become a sad, tragic story.

He went from this nice kid to the poster-child for M.U.S.C.L.E. scamming. That’s not a legacy I’d want, nor would I continue to try and ruin it farther.

And if this isn’t a sad, tragic story, then it turns far too dark.

  1. #1 by Aaron Christel on February 26th, 2019

    You made a comment on your pole about not all muscle collectors knowing about this site. I would give yourself more credit than that. I dont think that I am unique in the fact that the the things I have a passion for, I Google the hell out of! I’m willing to bet that most serious collectors, at least in the US, have seen your site. And if they are actively collecting, I’m betting they somewhat regularly visit the site.

    There is so little out there to look at, and nearly nothing in commentary, that this is a unique place to visit to keep the wheels turning. Who wants to keep looking at check list style sites over and over? At least here there is something new a couple of times a week to look at.

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