Epilogue – Week of August 2nd


Oh man. Where do I start?

I know that I’ve said I keep notes. It helps me comeback to different ideas. Sometimes the notes are questions. Sometimes the notes are links or screen captures. And sometimes I don’t even know why I saved something. I’m sure you can understand why my “note taking” isn’t particularly rigorous; we’re talking about M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.

But this note was easy to decipher. It is one of the stupidest comments I have ever seen.

I have said more than enough about the Class system. At this point the opportunity coast is simply too high.

As for wanting to control the market, that’s fucking hilarious. It must be my long history of shill bidding and selling M.U.S.C.L.E. figures under different accounts. No wait. That was someone else.

Maybe that opinion is rooted in me famously overpaying for every Class A figures that appears. Nope. That isn’t me either.

Maybe it’s because I set-up this website to sell M.U.S.C.L.E. figures and use the Class system as a justification for the absurd prices. Damn it. No, that was someone else too.

I’ve got it. It must be all the stupidly priced Class A figures I list on eBay. Shit. Still not me.

I’ve got it. Since I’m content with keshi versions of the Alpha and Beta figures. And own 99.7% of every Gamma and Poster M.U.S.C.L.E. figures (that works out to needing 4 figures), plus all the other M.U.S.C.L.E. production items, I must want to control the M.U.S.C.L.E. marketplace. It is so obvious now. Why didn’t someone figure out my evil plan sooner?

I slowly collected M.U.S.C.L.E. figures over 20 years. Ten years ago I started a website trying to collect all the M.U.S.C.L.E. information in one place; creating an equal knowledge footing for all collectors. Then I spend years posting about collector behavior, seller behavior, trying to calm histrionics, and exposing toxic behavior.

Obviously my plan was to “control the market?” Just take a look at the greedy, cash-grab the last time I sold something on eBay.

The listing to the right, Super7 MOTU MUSCLE MOTUSCLE Complete Set SDCC Power Con Slime Cans Chase Sealed, ran for around 20 odd weeks. It had a $349.99 BIN that nobody bit on. It had a $268.99 opening bid that nobody bit on. To my surprise, it sold with a $324.99 BIN.

Twenty weeks might not be forever unsold, but I can admit I will be forever surprised.

I have a request. I love analogies. I think they’re a great cheat code to understanding behavior. Can anyone think of an analogy to listing an unsold $12 item for over a year? I’m just drawing a blank. Maybe watering crops with Brawndo?

Has there recently been a tremendous influx of Kinnikuman stuff on eBay? I don’t remember ever seeing this much stuff available. It’s really a mixed bag too. Some of it is very cool (e.g., like this) and some of it is really dumb (e.g., like this). Either way I’m glad my M.U.S.C.L.E. addiction never spread to all of Kinnikuman. Chasing some of that stuff could make you go broke.

I’m glad I’m chasing a sane, reasonable goal. (To the many readers that frequently misunderstand this website. My “goal” is not sane nor reasonable. I was trying to use absurdity for a humorous result.)

I didn’t see anything. Did you?
Hey, it started at $0.01!
Nice coloring.
Holy shit. This found a bidder. If it finds another, then I might die of shock.
What am I missing?
People are going to get way too excited over this lot.
Yikes. Ugly.
Huh?
Future ‘Forever Unsold?’
I hope I’ve pointed this out before. It should join ‘Forever Unsold.”
It’s been some time since we such such a large Blackfoot group.
This is how greed physically manifests.
I don’t think that’s Part 2.

Asshole of the Week has been on hiatus since the last Epilogue, but we still crowned a winner. It’s time to find the fourth AOTW Winner to face-off against three other winners.

The AOTW #1 stopped me in my tracks. It has a $14.95 BIN (plus shipping) for a Flesh figure. I don’t think her Make-An-Offer will accept the reasonable $0.50 offer.

At first glance I thought the AOTW #2 were counterfeit figures. That would have been cool. Unfortunately, these are just four ruined M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. They have been painted and/or Sharpied. And what is the cost of these four ruined figures? The opening bid is $35 and don’t forget the excessive shipping cost.

I thought the AOTW #3 had been nominated previously. I couldn’t find it, so the four beater 28-packs are in. The seller has a $299.95 BIN, plus shipping, for those beaters. C’mon.

I’m not precious when it comes to M.U.S.C.L.E. figure condition. However, you have to acknowledge damage when talking about the price…unless you don’t. The AOTW #4 thought the tip being clipped increased the value of this figure. That must be why this #195 figure has a $25 BIN.

Cast your vote and crown the next AOTW Fatal-Four Way winner. Again, here are the four contestants:

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Remember to cast your vote and crown this week’s AOTW Fatal-Four Way winner:

Who is the Winner of the 8/7 Fatal-Four Way?

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There used to be a long write-up about the first and second ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Winners. The 3rd winner has a tiny backstory, which made me think we don’t need the full saga anymore.

  1. #1 by Scott on August 7, 2020 - 5:59 pm

    This is quite a bit of humor and sarcasm to take in. I love it! My quest for Satan Cross continues. I am not sure how I will react when I complete the task. Will it be joy…relief…remorse for money spent? At any rate it will be the last chapter in my flesh collection. As all the others wait patiently in two gallon ziplock bags, I ask myself..”what will I do with them?” My son likes to do snap photography movies. Maybe I will commission him to use all 236 figures in a lego city riot scene….maybe

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