The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has good news for Marvel Comics fans in Indonesia: the antigraft body will soon auction off action figures of several well-known characters created by the comic book company.
“The action figures are among the items to be offered in an online public auction on June 25, apart from electronics and jewelry,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Thursday.
The action figures are Black Panther, Cable, Electro, Vulture and Lizard, made by XM Studios, a Singaporean licensed producer of premium collectible statues.
Black Panther is widely known as a superhero and the alter-ego of T’Challa, the king of fictional African kingdom Wakanda. Cable appeared in comic books alongside Marvel’s anti-hero character Deadpool. Meanwhile, Electro, Vulture and Lizard are commonly known as the villains of another Marvel superhero character, Spider-Man.
The five action figures will be auctioned off in one package with a reserve price of Rp 45 million (US$3,154). Bidders must first register at the Finance Ministry’s State Assets Directorate General to be eligible to bid on the items.
The action figures were previously owned by former Jambi governor and actor Zumi Zola Zulkifli, who was found guilty of accepting unlawful gifts of more than Rp 40 billion in connection with the province’s infrastructure projects from 2016 to 2017.
The KPK has regularly auctioned off assets seized from graft convicts after their cases became final and legally binding, in an attempt to recover state losses caused by corruption cases. (wng)