Stir Up Saturday – World’s Best M.U.S.C.L.E. Post

Painted Sunshine MUSCLE FigureLast week the SUS got skipped, so they are being jammed into this week’s SUS.

The MMMM #47 from five years ago featured key-chains. They’re fine, but they make me a little angry. Why?

Because they remind me of all the dummies that screw a key ring into a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure and suggest they’re selling something cool and creative.

The Epilogue was certainly written in the heart of BvS production in Detroit.

Hot Wheels HiWay HaulerThe SUS from five years ago focused on the completion of the History 400 section featuring the M.U.S.C.L.E. HiWay Hauler.

Not the greatest write-up ever. It is more embarrassing that I haven’t fixed the formatting in History 400.

Rubix's Cube MUSCLE FigureThe MMMM #48 makes me wonder why M.U.S.C.L.E. Figure #24 isn’t more popular. It really is an iconic sculpt and a fun figure. It could be my failing memory, but I don’t remember it ever being a often mentioned favorite figure by collectors.

Could the #24 figure be the best under-loved M.U.S.C.L.E. sculpt?

My answer is, “yes.”

MUSCLE Wrestling RingIt took too many words to say it, but AW #162 has great ring advice for buying and selling. There’s also an old, old shirt that was sold by the M.U.S.C.L.E. legend Darrin Vindiola and a relevant Red #110 that was sold.

Looking back at Epilogue’s they tend to fall into two groups: (1) I feel like I did a good job; or (2) I feel like I didn’t do such a great job. This Epilogue creates a “super rare” third category: interesting insight.

This Epilogue mentions the sale of the Brocken Jr. from the Magnificent 11 (scroll down about halfway). I clicked on the LRG link to see who bought it and there wasn’t an answer. My first reaction was, “Well, that kind of sucks.” Does it?

Brocken Rare MUSCLE FigureThere was a time when authenticating a M.U.S.C.L.E. figure was difficult. It’s not anymore. Collectors know what exists. It doesn’t matter who owns it – not anymore. (Although I would argue that knowledge does help in future resale. Being able to layout the provenance of a figure would probably help the final sale price.)

There are still collectors around that thought X-2 was a real M.U.S.C.L.E. figure. It used to be most of us. We had to who owned stuff because it helped credibility. Certain collectors gave things more validity.

Today I bet most collectors don’t even know about X-2. Every piece of M.U.S.C.L.E. information is available to collectors (if they want to look for it). Do you know what piece of M.U.S.C.L.E. data no longer matters? Ownership.

The Epilogue also features a mystery I still want solved. Why was there a Michael McGlone painting made for BvS?

Satan Cross MUSCLE FigureThis SUS will wrap-up with an early SUS.

Did you know Tim’s website is still up? I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that information. It felt like seeing real old playground equipment. I don’t know why, but there’s a very specific happiness feeling when I see the style of playground equipment I might have played on.

When I reach the end of a SUS I look back at it and examine if theme emerged. I didn’t see one and I beat myself up a little.

Then I took a step back, “I don’t think anyone else is posting a M.U.S.C.L.E. write-up today.” It gave me the confidence to call this the World’s Best M.U.S.C.L.E. Post for today.

Of course, using that logic it is also the worst – but that isn’t as good of a title.

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