Epilogue – Week of November 1st

When I saw this comment I thought I might talk about the relationship between time and M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting. I thought I would muse on how time is necessary to be a M.U.S.C.L.E. collector. You need it to learn. You need it find your figures. You need it because these figures push you away and bring you back. You need to look back at the past. You need to look ahead to the future.

I think it would have been a nice little soliloquy.

But then I saw this comment:

First, I post everything. I hate censorship. I want to afford everyone the same opportunity to say something brilliant or absurd; and everything in-between. And it’s not just a M.U.S.C.L.E. thing, it is one of my values.

Ok, second – I’m not making fun of this guy. Seriously.

That comment probably reflects more poorly on me because I MUST understand it. That comment has fully occupied space in my brain. It’s like a god damn riddle I keep thinking about. What the fuck is the message?!?!

Let’s break it down.

david thorne :

someone i was close with. he had a boglin after school.

So far, so good.

  1. Sounds like David had a friend.
  2. Sounds like the friend had a Boglin.
  3. Sounds like he saw it after school.

But why would he post that on the #69 M.U.S.C.L.E. Figure Guide entry?

Let’s continue.

david thorne :

he shown me said what i make in class something i did there i did get my verion of him it was great be with him .

Oh boy. We’re missing some critical punctuation.

I think the “he shown me” actually belongs to the previous thought. I think David was shown the Boglin after school. I think.

The next part of the sentence, “said what i make in class something i did there i did get my verion of him it was great be with him,” leaves me speechless. Huh?

Here’s my best reconstruction: My friend said I made something in class. I think he might trade the Boglin for the thing he made (or maybe figure #69). Again, I think.

But if my reconstruction is anywhere close to accurate, then the next part makes even less sense.

david thorne :

so i guses this best aren to go to and after bits where this aren and rest

Huh? I’ve got nothing.

Codebreakers get to work. Give me your best interpretation.

Or David, sober up, slow down, and explain what you were trying to say. I am genuinely curious.

Speaking of curiosity, I wonder why the most recent poll isn’t working. I’m guessing it’s as simple as the plug-in hasn’t been updated to the newest version of WordPress, but still a bummer. Looks like that voting, and a new AOTW, will need to be paused.

I want to start my eBay exploration with the Dollar Store (still a working title). I want M.U.S.C.L.E. listings that start at $0.99 to get the attention they deserve. THEN we can make fun of, and critique, the other listings.
137 Flesh figures starting at $0.01.
Glad it started at $0.99.
29 Flesh figures starting at $0.99.
13 Red figures starting at $0.99.
Ok, this started at $0.99. But what the hell? $21.49 as of writing?!?!

Five listings starting at $0.99. It’s better than nothing.

I did ask last week if it is possible to block sellers on eBay. No response. Does that mean it is not possible?

Let’s look at the rest of the mess.
So hungry to matter.
The DB will always be a child’s bath toy in my mind.
I pointed this out last week, but I failed to read, “Arm was glued to side.” Dear lord.
I’ll apologize on behalf of Michigan. (But Fenton sucks.)
I just wish there were more pictures for this single figure.
Of course they said, “Rare.”
Do you have any “**RARE**” figures in your collection?
I’m living in bizarro world.
“I’ve also heard of bootlegs/knockoffs. I’m thinking this is a legitimate version…”

Based on what? What is the legitimate version? I hate when sellers people make declarative statements without any sense of the truth/data/facts. I think it is one of the ultimate signs of stupidity.

This week we’ll wrap-up with Forever Unsold.

Two weeks without our 9 figures=6 MUSCLE MEN. That listing might be paused, but I know it will come back. That seller has too much garbage to ever give up on their M.U.S.C.L.E. listing.

In August, I suggested this listing should join the Forever Unsold club. Now seems like the perfect time for it to officially join.

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