Epilogue – Week of November 15th

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There has never been an Epilogue with two updates – until last week. Regardless of your personal opinion, it is quite the M.U.S.C.L.E. story. I’m surprised more people didn’t publicly comment. I didn’t see anything on Facebook. I didn’t see anything on LRG.

My guess is people had one of two reactions:

  1. That seems like normal M.U.S.C.L.E. shenanigans; nothing more to say.
  2. I don’t care. It didn’t effect me.

Is there a reaction I’m missing? I don’t think so – but please correct me if I’m wrong.

If I had to bet which reaction had the majority, then I think it is the second one. Longtime M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors (of which there are not as many as there used to be) probably just shake their heads.

Newer M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors don’t want to rock the boat. They don’t want to do or say anything that could hurt their chances of adding to their collection. I think that is the majority of M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors right now.

Like it or not, M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors will probably talk about this sale for a long, long time. When “a lifelong muscle collector” like 78bird33 (I’d use his real name or a screen name, but no M.U.S.C.L.E. collector seems to know them) sells something like the Quik tube they get remembered for it. Again, it’s a tiny pond. When he’s trading figures with other collectors, posting on LRG, and sharing his Needs List on Facebook I’m sure people will humbly inquire, “Do you regret selling the Quik tube?”

And he’ll nonsensically respond:

Whether buy something, sell it next day or next year, no different.

M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting. The hobby of gentleman.

I have enjoyed highlighting the $0.99 listings two weeks ago. Last week there wasn’t a single M.U.S.C.L.E. listing that started at $0.99. What will this week hold?
Love this $0.99 listing; good pictures and nice mix.
Close enough.
Also close enough.

This isn’t a $0.99 listing, but you should instantly snatch this lot. First of all, Luke’s recasts are awesome! Plus, the set was originally $200 – and this is the full 10 figure set for only $25. Congratulations to the new owner of these figures!

Before I get to the “other” M.U.S.C.L.E. listings, I need to spend a little time with (4) Vtg 80s YSNT MUSCLE MEN Rubber POCKET Action Figures Toys. This listing just kept getting funnier and funnier to me.

Let’s start with the price tag. The lot of four Flesh figures has a $17.50 BIN (plus shipping). That works out to $4.38 per figure. Obviously a terrible per-figure price, but it gets funnier.

Two of the figures have a BB lodged in their chests. I’m not a stickler for figure condition, but these two figures are ruined. That means you’re really paying $8.75 for the two undamaged figures. It gets funnier.

The two $8.75 figures are the same Flesh #73 figure. Which means you’re really paying $17.50 to add a #73 figure to your collection. It still gets funnier.

Check out the first part of the auction description:

Miniscule Uncles Solving Crimes Literally Everywhere

Normally you can figure out where sellers got their bad information. I could not do it. Did she just guess? And if she did, THAT’S HER GUESS?!?! There is one last joke.

Also from the auction description:

Sold as is! I. My research I did not find the ones with the metal bead in the chest so look at all pictures before purchasing.

Is she very subtly suggesting that the “metal bead” figures are rare?

At best she’s saying, “If you buy these figures with BB’s in them, then it’s on you for being stupid.” Again, that’s at best.

Is it just me, or are we seeing a lot of Super 7 WWE being purged lately?
$39.99 opening bid. Fuck that seller.
Start this lot at $0.99 and you have a winner.
$25 BIN for that lot.
Must be the dollar store figures driving that price up.
Should have started at $0.99; I would have bid.
It’s a $100 opening bid on an opened 10-pack.
Nice lot if you’ve been hunting for Future Strength figures.
$4.20. He he.
I wondered if it was the same seller.
Do you think most bidders know it is keshi? I say no.
87 figures and not a single BB. Too bad.
What is it with terrible can lots this week?
Normally I find price tags charming. Not this time. Yuck.
People never fail to disappoint.
This one doesn’t have the ‘metal bead.” Forget it.

Finally we have our Forever Unsold friends. Earlier, I said if this listing wasn’t so new, then I would have included it. That price tag is beyond absurd. One more week, and then he’s added.

Two other competitors are angling to enter the race. This MUSCLEMANIA lot is not very good. They are the shitty versions and one is ruined. That lot would sell for, at most, $5 in an auction set-up. It’s not going anywhere at $20.

The other lot was spotlighted in an Epilogue as an AOTW. I think added this one would be good next week. Am I missing any?

Asshole of the Week has been on hiatus for far too long. I kept holding out hope my plug-in would be updated and everything would go back to normal. Of course, that didn’t happen. The good news is that I found a new plug-in that seems simple and serviceable.

If you want more commentary for these AOTW winners, then click each combatant’s picture. I won’t rehash it for previous readers.

Finally, cast your vote (below) and crown the next AOTW Battle of the Champions Fatal-Four Way winner. Here are the four contestants:


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

Who is the AOTW Battle of the Champions Fatal-Four Way Winner?

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.

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