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Class A M.U.S.C.L.E. Classificiation

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#26 bigburty

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:26 PM

Am I right in thinking that #102 Mapman isn't represented amongst Class A's? I've only recently started getting into MUSCLE, but I always presumed that every figure had at least one Class A version.
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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:07 PM

Am I right in thinking that #102 Mapman isn't represented amongst Class A's? I've only recently started getting into MUSCLE, but I always presumed that every figure had at least one Class A version.

Not every sculpt has a Class A color. Some sculpts have 1 or 2 class A's while others have zero. Mapman happens to have no class A instances.


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:22 AM

Very good idea, thanks for putting in the time and effort.;)
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:08 PM

Hi,Thanks so much for this, just got a big lot of flesh and colored M.U.S.C.L.E figures and found a class A salmon! One question though, are their no Grape Class A;s? Were they only board game figures? Thanks...


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:53 PM

The Grape ones are not class A - There are also no Orange Class A figures


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:17 PM

The Grape ones are not class A - There are also no Orange Class A figures


Is there any particular reason there are no class A orange figures?
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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:56 PM

Is there any particular reason there are no class A orange figures?

They are just all fairly common.
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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:02 PM

They are just all fairly common.

 

But the million dollar question is why are all the orange figures fairly common...


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:37 AM

Since completing my MIMP collection goals, I began taking more of an interest in MUSCLE. Seeing as my MUSCLE knowledge is about 1% of others on here, I'm trying to build it up, which at times means I have to ask those basic/probably annoying questions. Anyways, here's another in regards to class A figures:

I came across this paragraph on musclefigures.com which mentions where class A figures were produced. I always presumed (as that's what I'd read) that class A were Canadian releases and the UK only got the more common figures. Did the UK get class A figures? Granted I've only been looking on eBay UK for class A figures over the last month, but the only one I spotted was a 136m that ended for a very low price last week.

From musclefigures.com:

"CLASS A

Class A figures should not really be considered rare, but rather ‘uncommon’. As they do not show up very often they were most likely manufactured towards the end of M.U.S.C.L.E. production, thus the lower numbers in circulation. It is also safe to assume that they were mainly produced in Canada and the UK, further shrinking their numbers. Some collectors think that Class A figures should be classed as rare and indeed some figures truly are (Purple #153 for example). Even the less popular sculpts can command significantly high prices if it is a Class A colour."

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:03 AM

I've only been looking on eBay UK for class A figures over the last month, but the only one I spotted was a 136m that ended for a very low price last week.
 

 

There has been an eBay lot with a 136M that was re-listed several times. The start bid was reasonable enough, which leads me to believe most folks feel that 136 looks better in other colors, or he just isn't that popular a sculpt. I've also proposed that 136M should be downgraded to a Class B...

 

I'll attempt as best I can to answer your question about what Class A figures went where. Some of the easier to find and/or less desirable ones can be found all over the place. However, lots of the really tough ones went to Canada, or at least that's where they seem to crop up most often. We could speculate endlessly about why that is, but that does seem to be where most of them went. Of course, only childhood collections and old store stock would need to be considered if this were to be truly accurate.

 

By the way, considering the asking prices for some of the figures on mucslefigures.com--specifically 77DB and 183P, both of which are extremely common and should sell for no more than 50P--I'd take anything I read on there with a grain of salt.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 08:15 AM

From musclefigures.com:

"CLASS A

Class A figures should not really be considered rare, but rather ‘uncommon’. As they do not show up very often they were most likely manufactured towards the end of M.U.S.C.L.E. production, thus the lower numbers in circulation. It is also safe to assume that they were mainly produced in Canada and the UK, further shrinking their numbers. Some collectors think that Class A figures should be classed as rare and indeed some figures truly are (Purple #153 for example). Even the less popular sculpts can command significantly high prices if it is a Class A colour."

I don't like to brag (ok, maybe a little) - but sometimes it's best to go to the original source for information: http://blog.uofmuscl...log/archeology/

 

ALL M.U.S.C.L.E. figures were made in Japan. Period. No room for debate.

 

Also remember that the Class A ranking was created by me. It can be wrong. In fact I was working on something last night that may significantly alter the guide. We'll see. But I think it will become more accurate. Again, we'll see.

 

Jet-Mech already pointed out what we've seen with Class A figures showing up in Canada. Yes, most have shown up there. But, at this point, I think there is less and less to be taken from "country of origin." eBay and LRG, after over 10 years of buying, selling, and trading, have changed the game a great deal. Figures have shown up all over the place. That's not a negative, and not that there isn't something to be said from figures' origin, but it probably doesn't mean as much anymore.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 04:09 PM

 

Also remember that the Class A ranking was created by me. It can be wrong. In fact I was working on something last night that may significantly alter the guide. We'll see. But I think it will become more accurate. Again, we'll see.

 

I seem to remember--though when and where escapes me at the moment--that Veers said that the classes were not set in stone. That means that every figure could, in theory, be downgraded to a Class C eventually. In practice, that probably won't happen...but hell, I can dream, right?

 

I also briefly considered that desirability should be a second factor in determining a figure's class, but dismissed the notion pretty quickly. Desirability is just too subjective, with too much variance between individual collectors. (I've said before that there are no sculpts that I outright dislike, just sculpts that I like better than others. Though it might seem blasphemous to some, there are sculpts that I like better than the Claw.)

 

And Veers is also correct that country of origin doesn't mean as much anymore. Not to say that there are no more Class A figures stored in Canadian closets and basements anymore, but that more than a few of them have left Canada in the past 10-15 years.


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Posted 27 May 2014 - 08:42 AM

Love the accessible guide. Now I can look through my collection and find class A's I have so I can trade and complete a flesh collection.

I do have a question? How common do people think were the board game purple one's?

I know the game wasn't a popular item at all. I even remember getting it at a second hand type store when muscle was around since I never saw them at toysrus or those type of stores.

I since have been able to obtain an unopened game which I know I paid more then I should have but it was a big part of my childhood do it was worth it.
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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:42 AM

Board game purple are common enough. I wouldn't pay more than $1 each for them.

Nice score on an unopened game!
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Posted 26 February 2017 - 06:48 PM

have there been any updates in the last several years?  did the "significant" Veers update happen?  is there a "B-guide" post like the first post in this thread?


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 06:51 AM

This is really cool, thanks for setting this up. Just looked through my pile and I have none!

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:27 PM

I have two of the same one, which I suspect would be removed in an update.  is the guy who future announced further progress years ago no longer around?


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 02:35 PM

Makes me wish I still had my dark blue Daiyaman from when I was a kid :(


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