Yep, that JC Penney set over in the UK has been on eBay for a while now. Those sets go high, but not THAT high ;-)
The seller is above the stratosphere with that price. In my observations, Sears & JC Penney Metal Man sets have commanded between $125 - $200. And those auctions had toys & the brown shipping boxes in WAY better condition.
While I never received any MM for Christmas, I agree with your sentiment, Hobub. I always felt they were a very cool, coveted non-mainstream toy back in the late 70's. I was amazed to learn about the Microman Gakeen and Super Joe Shield connections later on.
I could never find Metal Man toys in our small town stores, but a trip to the big city in 1982 yielded a Metal Man spinner rack at a Kay-Bee toy store chock full of MOC figures. I only bought a Questar with a wing pack, and I have serious buyer's regret for not snatching every figure there. AND the spinner rack!
Yes again, there is a very tight and competitive contingent of Metal Man bidders on eBay who watch for the rare stuff. Sets with multiple pieces (medic/stretcher set, raft set), vehicles, and catalogue sets always fetch a premium.
I'm a bottom-feeder myself who usually doesn't go over-board with bidding. I'm just happy to get them on the cheap whenever I can.
Finding them on eBay is an adventure because of the plethora of incorrect spelling variations. And that's *IF* the seller knows what they are! Like Drain indicated, you'll infrequently find them listed as "Metal Robot" or soldier, figure, etc.
I actually found an undocumented Metal Man figure (!) in its package and two samples of an undocumented alternate color variation for another. They're now in the collection of a friend because my own collection is too humble to have something that cool ;-)
I'll let him know about this thread. Maybe he'll jump in & join and share some amazing pics of his Metal Man stuff.
1. I might have a headless Astronaut figure. I'll check.
2. Finding a loose NASA canopy is pretty hopeless ;-) I'd love to find somebody who could maybe cast one in clear resin someday. I'd cough up the sample. BTW, they're almost always missing one of the plastic hinge "nubs" that secure them in place. Same with the UFO saucers.
3. I don't think you can turn the yellow back to white. You'll notice that the darkest yellowing occurs between the fuselage seams and is actually caused by the glue used to bond the two halve together. Some folks have mentioned using denture cleaner on white Force Commanders with limited success, although I've never tried it myself.
Chris Farley: "Mother of Mercy, I don't speak Japanese!!!"