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#608798 MIMP Star Monster captured!

Posted by fkro6784 on 20 March 2015 - 12:17 PM

So guys, I found a Star Monster.

 

I FOUND A STAR MONSTER!

 

Here's the deal:  I regularly purchase MIMP lots for figures I need, and whenever I get new ones in I put all the extras in a big bag containing smaller bags separated by color, not usually paying much attention to them. I stored this monster in there at some point (not certain when or what lot exactly I got it from) without even noticing the back of it. The other day, I was going through my duplicates and comparing the condition of them with the versions in my master set, turned around one of the purple Jotun Trolls, and noticed it looked off. Upon closer inspection, there it was. A star! I couldn't believe it, and am still so excited about it.

 

First, I do not intend to sell this figure, so please no offers or inquiries about buying it. I am posting this just to share the news with my fellow collectors here.

 

Second, you will notice the star looks different than it did on the neon purple Star Monster that was sold here late last year, which I'm sure most know was the first time an example of any Star Monster was ever publicly shared. I have no idea what the reason for that is, but the two examples are considerably different. On this one, there is a circle set into the back of the figure, with a very slightly raised star inside the circle. On top of the star is a slightly-raised "20," which is quite a bit narrower and in a different sort of type than the "20" on a normal Jotun Troll. It seems like they would have had to have a unique mold for this figure, considering the very different way the star and point value are treated.

 

Okay, now here are photos I took of the figure, showing the star from different angles:

 

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And here's a comparison shot of a normal purple Jotun alongside the Star Monster (they are both regular purple, just some slight variation in shade as can happen with MIMP):

 

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I have no doubt this is a legit figure as I don't know how it would be possible for someone to fake it the way the area is treated--it's so different from the normal point value.

 

It was really a huge thrill to discover it, especially since I've wanted to find one ever since the first time I looked at the back of a MIMP package when I was 6 years old.

 

So don't forget to always check your Jotuns. These beasts are out there waiting to be found!


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#485663 Let's have a little come-to-Jesus...

Posted by ironmask on 28 February 2013 - 10:50 AM

Allow me to take you back to a time, that we all remember... It took place on a different calendar day for each of us, but the heart-and-soul of the matter stays the same: The day we rediscovered our respective loves for MUSCLE. We all went through the process of remembering these things, thinking about them fondly enough, and making the active decision to search them out to try to rebuild a collection.

In searching MUSCLE out, we'd invariably find pictures of ones that we remember having as well as ones we always wished we had. We'd research what they are, and find them on eBay or on forums like this one, and try to rebuild our collections. The fact that we are all here, reading this post, is indicative that we all found more than we bargained for. We set out to purchase toys, and we wound up collecting new friends and acquaintances through the process of building our collections. We get really stoked on collecting, and come up with grand designs on how we'd like to shape our collection... We come up with ways to extend the collecting process to make the thrill of the hunt last longer, while trying to educate ourselves about the form in general.

And then, as it always does, shit hits the fan. I'd like to believe that the "shit" in question can be summed up in one word ("greed", but there is also a lot of hubris), but in reality what happened to MUSCLE collecting, happens on a cycle and most of us that have been around for years have see that cycle repeat several times. There are mind-boggling trends that have fallen on the MUSCLE community, and the community as a whole seems to cosign on the behavior. Those who disagree, just fell out of the hobby. Those who were ambivalent stuck around, and I believe unwittingly bartered down ethics of the community in a handshake-with-the-devil for the sole purpose of keeping the hobby alive.

Breaches in the ethical boundaries of the community always happened... If you go back to the pioneer days of the AKIA (pre LRG) you still had the shill bidding, price gouging, taking advantage of newjacks, and people artificially driving up the prices of figures for their own monetary gain. You had members trying to manipulate the database to make common figures look more rare (to sell at a profit), or to make rarer figures look more common (to purchase, then resell at a profit). The fact that there is a lot of shady shit going on around MUSCLE collecting is nothing new... The widespread acceptance of it, however, is.

The bullshit that has become commonplace in the MUSCLE community, has driven a lot of people out of collecting. People bargain down their own expectations for their personal collections, just to avoid that breakdown in ethics being displayed by the fish-headed majority. That majority is actually a MINORITY, but only seems like a majority because nobody stands up to them. Real talk: people have looked away for so long in the interest of "just getting along", that they have stood back and watched the hobby turn into a psychotic shit-show OR just left the hobby all together.

I have noticed that people are more or less stalking each other on eBay, that they are buying lots at inflated prices, and then turning around once the value has been artificially augmented and reselling their doubles/triples/quintuples/etc for that higher inflated rate... Hell, even that purple claw's value is known to be an artificial value generated by Alex Forbes, who has been ostracized from the community to the point that we're not even supped to invoke his name! But for some reason, the greedy machinations left behind in his wake are considered acceptable? This makes zero sense. People on the board are doing the same shit that he was banned for, but I guess they are just smart enough to do it incrementally.

People tout that Class A's are so valuable, and the price only goes up... But when there are enough of the common Class A's that there is discussion that maybe some of the Class A's aren't as valuable and may actually be "Class B's"? Well, that conversation gets swept under the rug. We can't dare use the information, that we as a community (Namely Veers and Soupie) compiled (not for monetary reasons, but to understand the origins of the hobby better) to lower our artificially high prices... We can only use it to gouge the prices up higher? Right? Pfff

And don't even get me started on how Uncommon MUSCLE auctions go for 1:1 MUSCLE prices... The MUSCLE community doesn't accept the concept of "outliers"... Somebody pays 20% more than the value of a figure, then forevermore that becomes the value... We can't accept that it was some dummy paying a lot more than the figure was worth (and then move on).

MUSCLE collecting has become a drag, and to be frank, I am sick of it. MUSCLE, at one point in time, was the thing that brought almost all of us together.

We're ruining it, one shady interaction, shill bid, rule-of-two auction, and bold faced lie at a time.
Hell, maybe I am just the self-appointed sheriff of LRG... But I honestly feel less like that, and more like a friend who just found out that his best friend is a junkie.
It just f@#$ing sucks.
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#511370 My New & Improved Mancave!

Posted by ALLSPORTDVD on 16 June 2013 - 06:06 PM

Hi all.

 

Well I've done my move & unpacked all my toys - finally I have some nice space for them!

 

Apologies for the quality of the pics - these were taken by my phone - better pics to come when my newest display piece arrives!

 

More updated pics & the Coke fridge is running whoo hoo!

 

Just updated with my latest addition! Inspired by a pic I saw on LRG

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#398397 Reason for taking down Monster Collecting

Posted by DarrylWestley on 30 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

After sleeping on it and speaking to General Veers the website will return
this coming week. I will take responsibility for making the current updates,
uploading all the files etc.

Yesterday was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster and I apologize for some
shortness in my messages while my patience was stretched rather thin. But from
the hours spent just fleshing this thing out it became clear to me I still have
a passion for this toyline and perhaps I shouldn't cut my nose off to spite
my face.

I now am content having General Veers aid me if problems occur and I am unable
to continue maintaining the website. For the very near future I will still
control the website but take a back seat to collecting. I really just need
some time-out and completely understand the website doesn't need 24/7 handling.

I was very glad to hear from those here that you appreciate it and hope you
continue to find it a useful resource.
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#415709 Reason for taking down Monster Collecting

Posted by asator on 11 May 2012 - 10:55 PM

I know I'm late to the topic, and I doubt it matters now, but it was this kind of stuff that made me stop caring about collecting in the first place.  Guys hoarding, paying outrageous prices for rare figures that they already had, and really just being complete asses about collecting.  The reason I loved this site so much was because of the camaraderie.  "What, you don't have that figure?  I have an extra, wanna buy it?"  Very common.  Dudes helping other dudes put together collections.  It wasn't a competition, it was guys who loved collecting, banding together and sharing the love.  After a while it turned into this battle, at which point it stopped being fun.  I still don't have all the figures that I'd like to have, but it's just not worth the trouble anymore.  And unfortunately, it was one collector that ruined it for me.  Was that my fault?  I dunno.  I didn't have to stop, but it was that collectors fault that I stopped finding it to be fun.  I like to think that I was pretty helpful and always willing to help out my fellow collectors.  Some people don't play like that.  Fine.  But now I've gotten to the point where, when I found out that someone started 'following' my photobucket account, where I have tons of MIMP photos up, and I recognized the name of the collector, I set my account to private.  That person made me not even want to share my photos.  That, in my opinion, is the definition of a person who is bad for the hobby of collecting.  I am proud however that one of my photos graces DW's Monster Collecting site.

Like I said, I used to LOVE this site, and not just because it helped me fill out my collection.  I met some REALLY awesome people here, people that I actually still think about to this day, having not signed in for almost a year.  Sites like this are what it's all about.  But sometimes people show up and make you realize what the exact opposite side of the spectrum is like.

I didn't read the whole thread, just the first three pages and then a few posts at the end.  I'm glad that DW has the site back up, but I completely understand why he initially took it down.  It's tough to be part of such an awesome community and then all of a sudden start being fncxed over.

As for myself, I probably won't return to hard core collecting any time soon, what with my one and half year old son, and another on the way, I've got other things to think of now.  But if I do return to collecting, this will be the first place I come because you guys (the vast majority of you, at least) are awesome.
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#641930 A HUGE thank you to everyone

Posted by Pran on 20 January 2016 - 12:55 PM

Hey Gang,

I just wanted to gave a big thanks to everyone here and everyone who helped me finish my flesh collection.  It took roughly 6 months to complete.  If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask :)

 

Next up...

Army Ants and Series 1 Battle Beasts :)

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#595640 The birth of a monster - Tug O' War

Posted by PlasticSoul on 30 November 2014 - 12:15 PM

This thread will all be behind the scenes stuff about the process of designing and sculpting then producing Tug O' War. I often get asked questions about this stuff so i figured anyone interested in that aspect might appreciate everything laid out in one spot. 

 

Usually the original idea and design change significantly from concept to execution and that is exactly what happened with this monster. Here is the first quick sketch of the idea. Basically a monster with a tug boat on it's back used to disguise itself as it swims around looking for whaling ship to destroy.

 

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Once the idea itself was approved work began. Of course basic changes take place throughout the entire process. Stuff like the pose being made more dynamic and other various details as well. Some stuff because it simply doesn't work well in clay but mostly because as weeks and months go by you just come up with better ideas along the way.

 

The head and torso took shape first. Both done roughly but when you sculpt in actual size for a mini-figure you really need to go step by step or things get much to big and ruin the scale easily. Using a clay that you cook in an oven makes it simple to cook as you go and add raw clay over whatever piece is finished. Overall the sculpt was probably cooked well over a dozen times before it was finished.

 

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Then the hands came next which i had planned as the most detailed part of the monster from the very beginning. Something about the idea of a mostly smooth sea monster with skin like a shark seemed to work well with the contrast of some armored scales and tons of detail and texture on the hands. 

 

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Then the arms which changed a lot from the original idea because i decided i wanted more of a muscular monster look rather then what you normally see with a classic giant monster. Obviously a lot of the creatures design comes from all the old japanese monster movies i love but at the same time i am always influenced by cool stuff from childhood like Street Sharks and Insectors. Which is why Tug O' War has so much muscle.

 

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Next the legs and the boat were made. The legs i made as short and stocky as possible since it is mostly a sea creature and the boat was designed to look like a cross between a tug boat and a toy boat since i didn't want any part of this figure to be hyper-realistic. I always lean towards the overall look of a toy rather then a model just because that's what i like.

 

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Then it all came together. The tail was a must otherwise i couldn't see this thing actually swimming and the shards of ice and crystals around the boat are just because if the monster was underwater and the boat was above the water it would look really cool. Plus it makes more sense because the boat has to be attached somehow.

 

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One thing i always tell everyone who asks for tips is just not to give up. This thing took months and months and changed over and over along the way. There were plenty of setbacks and mistakes. A couple breaks and one bad air bubble. There is no big secret to making a cool monster. It's just practice and time and effort and not quitting even when you really feel like it. You have to love what you're doing. It probably won't ever pay off as far as money for your time or anything else really tangible. All the effort and time and stress is worth it for me when i get a bunch of my toys in the mail to play with and when people tell me they liked what i created and when i see it on someone's shelf next to other toys i think are awesome. That's the payoff and for me it's well worth it. 


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#525561 Rarest premiums

Posted by Leviathan on 24 August 2013 - 02:59 AM

I´ve also got my 2 last missing figures from this seller and they are mint&legit, my collection is complete.

If you haven`t seen already on my Instagram this is the first result of photographing the group.

 

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#640656 Draznar's collection

Posted by Draznar on 09 January 2016 - 06:35 AM

I finally decided to get around to scrapping my ancient collection thread, and starting anew. My tastes have changed, my dwelling has changed, and so naturally my collection has also changed. (By a whole lot.)

This isn't everything I have on display, but one of my displays is waiting on some risers to look really sharp. (Right now it just looks cluttered.) A few are just straight up dusty so I want to give them a little cleaning before posting. ;)

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My Battle Beast collection, (which many of you have seen by now, I'm sure). One away from a totally complete set! (Including variants.)


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A few pictures of my mini Pac Man display. My wife custom painted it for me, and I custom painted the Isz on the inside as a "psycho" Pac Man.


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This picture didn't turn out, but due to the lighting of my place, I doubt it ever will. My Starcraft figures, (ON CARD!?), that I found in the wild for $10 a pop. Pretty sweet deal. My two favourite Transformers comic covers, and our Lego Dimensions stuff. (That's more of a family collection.)

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My full detolf!

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My Not-Abominus, (Unique Toys Ordin), with some BMOG, Candy Beast Wars figures, Decoys, etc.

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One of my all-time favourite Transformers characters is Cosmos. (He's a goddamn UFO!) I currently have every sculpt of him ever made except for TWO! (Both Japanese variants.) And a few other favourite figures/characters.

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One of my favourite pieces in my entire collection, The Tako Tank with Ikard. I've also got some beast Wars minis up front, as well as some of those newer minis from the various generations.

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Here's a nice vintage shelf. The Pretenders are one of my favourite lines from Transformers, and these are, naturally, some of the best. (In my humble opinion.) There's also a really cool Tomy Tribot in there, (the black figure), and my all-time favourite combiner, Piranacon. I'm trying to pick up one each of his variants, but it's hard to do on the cheap. For the trained eye, you'll notice two parts of the King Poseidon combiner in there too.


That's it for now! More to come after some cleaning/sorting!


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#650238 New Ghostbusters companion ghosts guide!

Posted by fkro6784 on 20 March 2016 - 01:22 PM

This is something I've been working on for about a year now. When I started going after a full set of Real Ghostbusters companion ghosts, I noticed there wasn't a guide or checklist out there for them, so I photographed mine and pieced together this document as I went along. Finally finished it now that I'm done with my set!

 

In addition to photos of all of them I included name, series, year, and what figure or vehicle each came packaged with.

 

The only ones I don't own are the Ecto-Glow Heroes ghosts, which I'm pretty okay with since they were just repaints anyway. For the guide I was able to find auction photos of those that I could work with. 

 

I hope you guys find it helpful!

 

 

PDF DOWNLOAD:

 

Attached File  Ghostbusters_CompanionGhostGuide_FINAL.pdf   1.22MB   84 downloads

 

 

And for fun, here's a pic of the whole gang I just took today:

 

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#591835 Figures have arrived!

Posted by jkaris on 24 October 2014 - 05:37 PM

Hi all!

Figures arrived today. I am beyond ecstatic! :woot:

So, here are the details...

I will have these up for sale tentatively the weekend of 11/15. It's not certain though. I want to make sure I have time to pack and ship when the orders come in. I don't like to leave orders pending for more than a day.
When they go on sale, it will be here:
http://littlerubberguys.storenvy.com/

Prices will be as follows:
$4 each for the unpainted figures

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$7 each for the painted figures.

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Each figure will come with a proof of purchase sticker, redeemable for a limited edition figure. There are 4 very low run figures with special paint applications. Each figure will be redeemable (randomly) for 10 stickers.

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Lastly, for those of you who are getting a freebie gold figure from the Kickstarter offer, I will either include it in your first order or if you are not one of the folks who order that first weekend, I will just ship it out by itself at the same time as the other orders. You do not have to buy anything to get your promised freebie. Although it would be great if you did, ha ha!

Thanks again for everyone who has helped with this project over the years. This is truly a dream come true!!!
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#502419 What The hell...?

Posted by PlasticSoul on 14 May 2013 - 06:18 PM

The Ball of Madness and The Nebula Anemone.

 

Another fun disarticulators project that gave me free reign to create whatever the hell i wanted with a nod to the madballs lots of us loved as kids. Pretty much went as crazy with it as i possibly could in the two weeks i had to get it all done.

 

A ton of pictures just because one angle doesn't show much of the whole.

 

More pics on my blog of course and as always random members there get random free toys randomly. It's random.

 

 

 

 

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#660579 Custom MIMP display unit

Posted by Metalmonkey on 06 August 2016 - 09:20 PM

Hey gang,

Been a while since posting here but had to share this.
I finally completed my master set of Matchbox series 1 MIMP, thanks to some really awesome friends while helped me out along the way.
To celebrate, I made this custom MIMP shrine.
Hope you guys like it! It was a labour of love.

MM-

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