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Ask Ken at Palisades

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by Cindy, Apr 13, 2002.

  1. Gonzo14

    Gonzo14 Well-Known Member

    Has series 4 been shipped yet, 'cuz I'm still waiting
     
  2. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I think the most probable shelf date is mid-June to early-July in most places, it has been said that Target will have their stuff on shelf a bit later.
     
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Just to gain some perspective, Sideshow's target dates are kind of frustrating. Series 2 took a few weeks after their [two month] target date to reach me. Series 3 is slated for May/June. I don't expect it until mid-July. The fact that these items come directly from Sideshow and not a store is a little strange. So all companies have issues with target dates. It just seems strange that dates can't be pinned down in these modern times. I'm an impatient guy when it comes to Muppets. Me want now! :halo:
     
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I mean in general product-wise, not just Muppets, and not like housework or anything like that. Any new things you're working to achieve, or any new licenses you're working on to get?
     
  5. BigDumbWookiee

    BigDumbWookiee New Member

    Since Target is part of the same company as Mervyn's and Marshall Field's, will these stores also get the Muppets? Both have a very limited toy selection, but I was curious, since they all fall under the same company. Sort of like Best Buy Inc (Sam Goody, Media Play, Suncoast)
     
  6. Gonzo14

    Gonzo14 Well-Known Member

    Are there any Sweetums or Robin Plans yet?
     
  7. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Don't know about Robin, but Ken has confirmed that there are plans for Sweetums. He said on one of the threads in the Palisades forum, possibly the "Muppet Questions?" thread, that the jaw will be articulated along with the eyes. Furthermore, he said that they're trying to work out the eyes' articulation so that they move in different directions without messing with the sculpt. This indeed proves to be food for thought for a potential future release. Hope this helps and have a good day.
     
  8. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Are we going to get Beauregard at any point? And/or Emily Bear?
     
  9. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'm not sure if you've checked back in this thread, the lineup listed on Muppet Central's site or the actual pictures of the Beauregard figure over at the Palisades website or the Toy Fare pics, but the answer on Beau is yes. He looks magnificent too. He will come out in series 6 this Christmas along with Statler, Waldorf and Clifford.

    Beau 1
    Beau 2
    Beau 3
    The Bit

    Ken has expressed some interest in Emily Bear a few months ago, but time will tell. I don't think she's on the immediate radar.

    Check out the Palisades release schedule here
     
  10. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Great to see the updated release schedule - anyone know what the deal is with when we will actually see Patrol Bear Fozzie though ? I think Ken said he doesn't have a retailer yet, and it wouldn't be Target. Any news Ken ?
     
  11. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Ooops, sorry I thought I had heard of him coming, but didn't see him on the sceduale. Sorry guys.

    Just wondered, is his hair ment to look like it came out of a garlic press?
     
  12. Louis Kazagger

    Louis Kazagger New Member

    Hi Ken, a couple of questions for you:

    First, my comic shop owner showed me that there was a misprint on the Diamond Comics order form for the Swedish Chef playsets (not your fault, Diamond's fault). The order form listed Swedish Chef playsets as coming in "cases of 6" on the order form, when in reality for every case ordered, they were only "cases of 1". So, when my shop owner ordered three cases, expecting 18 playsets, he only rec'd three. When he got on the phone right away with Diamond to figure out what happened and to try to reorder more sets, Diamond told him they were already sold out, so it would appear that Diamond ordered from you guys based on the preorder numbers they rec'd. I was wondering if there was a significant drop off in orders that Diamond placed for this set, compared to the amount of Muppet Labs and Electric Mayhem playsets they ordered, that could be attributed to this misprint? I understand if you don't want to give out numbers, but I know from the Muppet Labs case box that I have that Diamond ordered over 550 cases of Lab playsets (over 3,300 sets), and I was wondering how this compared to the Swedish Chef numbers and if it was a significant enough drop off that Diamond should have caught the error. "Huh, we had orders for 3,000 Muppet Labs and Electric Mayhem sets, but we only got orders for 500 Swedish Chef sets. That's strange. I wonder why? Oh well.... duh....". ;)

    Second, I noticed that Wizard is now offering the PBM Express Crash Helmet Gonzo figure that was exclusive to the Netherlands chain in Europe. Now, you've told us that the cannons that come with the European Gonzo's are supposed to have stronger springs that will propel Gonzo farther, because Europe has somewhat lesser child toy safety laws compared to the U.S., which is why the U.S. Gonzo cannon springs had to be weaker. So, my question to you is that if these European Gonzo cannons don't meet the U.S. safety standards, is there some issue of legality for Wizard to even sell them in the U.S., or even potential liability in the remote chance that some accident should occur with one of these Gonzos, because they aren't "street legal"? Believe me, I don't think these Gonzo cannons are going to run rampant putting out eyes left and right, but essentially, you said yourself that these toys with the stronger springs don't meet the guidelines for U.S. safety standards, which are in place for a reason, so should these toys even be for sale here in North America? Your thoughts?

    Sorry, it's the reporter in me, and there's only so many sports questions one can ask..... :D
     
  13. Hat Sharpener

    Hat Sharpener New Member

    Sam

    I was determined to put off purchasing Sam until his regular figure came out, but looking at the Blister shots, it's going to be very hard to skip this... especially since I collected Pirate Playmobil as a kid - I could probably dig out the ship from the basement.... :)

    Oh, so the point of this post was - Good choice on releasing Sam Arrow. It will save the regular Sam for later and you'll suck in all the poor saps like me with no will power... ;)

    - Derek :attitude:
     
  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I know what you mean, Derek. My will-power for any of these went out the window when I saw the photos of Series One.

    :) :mad: :confused: :D :eek:
     
  15. Crazy Harry

    Crazy Harry New Member

    You guys had will power?
     
  16. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    What is this willpower of which you speak? The concept seems to be familiar to me, but I forgot what it meant.
     
  17. Hat Sharpener

    Hat Sharpener New Member

    It comes in many forms.

    For instance, the form of the sad, disappointed, and rather angry look coming from your girlfriend that seems to say "How can I ever trust to you be able to feed our children when you just bought 15 DVD's of the Muppet show and STILL feel the need to buy what is basically a fancy doll's kitchen instead of paying the rent on time?"

    :rolleyes:

    - Derek
     
  18. Crazy Harry

    Crazy Harry New Member

    And that's why I'm still single.
     
  19. uncleduke

    uncleduke New Member

    I am Not Ken - but have some insight into these....


    Also, Diamond is Notorious for under-ordering the merchandise. I had a long talk about this a while ago with a saled rep for a different company.
    I resist ordering toys from Diamond at all - my wife figured it out once, in a calendar year, there were 2 orders from Diamond that were processed by them correctly. We literally were ordering 2-3 times what we needed, in hopes we would get almost enough! If we needed 12, we'd order 24: maybe we'd get 10!

    Anyone who wants one, but does not want to give Wizard World any more money (after last month's exclusive) should go to

    http://www.palisadestoys.com/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=PTS&Product_Code=120577PBM

    Put your money where it'll do the most good!
     
  20. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Active Member

    Only Target will carry the figures, not their other stores.

    Well, the PO is due next week on Series 5 so we may know for sure who will be taking Fozzie then...but it is not Target. They will take Koozebane Kermit for Series 4 and 5 and 6...they will get refreshed on Kermit all year, in step-down increments.

    We have signed several new things for product to be released starting late this yera and early next...all of which are pretty cool. But marketing has a plan for announcements and I can't really talk about them. But they are all very cool to me.
     

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