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

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I'm just sorry we don't have any re-releases of Series 1 coming out; cause I KNOW we would get an awesome regular Miss Piggy now!
  2. Cap Backfire

    Cap Backfire Well-Known Member


    So that's the idea here... Retooling of series one... I see now. Then I totally want a retool of the original Gonzo. So that darn well better be on the drawing board. If mongoloidism can't be cured in real life, let Ken cure it for the toys!!! All the mongoloid toys!!!

    Yes, I realize I had no complaints about Gonzo when he came out, but then Ken had to put out the perfect Gonzo... Grrr... Spoiled the original completely.
  3. petrieboy

    petrieboy Well-Known Member


    I am disappointed to see Miss Piggy hiding behind the highest part of the cardboard package. I am a collector and do not open the box- I keep them for display. So, from the photos I have seen, I will have to view her from overhead using a flashlight to get half a glimpse. What was wrong with the open space on the left side? Will there be more of these made- can't you move her over?
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I'm not worried at all about Stunt Gonzo being remade; he's on display on a different shelf than my other Muppet Figures are; Purple Tux Gonzo is the one I wanted made for that line-up and they DID make a perfect Gonzo. I'd love to see a GMC Gonzo and a MFS Dressed Gonzo--just not Tin Foil Gonzo! LOL!

    My main deal with Series 1 being retooled is I know they could make another awesome Kermit, but mainly for a regular Miss Piggy to be made. They base making another of her on the sales of S1 Piggy, but if they make one more like they did recently, head-wise, I would bet she would sell better. I always felt that S1 Piggy was beneath even what they made in S1 with Kermit, Dr. Teeth, Labs, Beaker, and Bunsen. She's too fakey-fied, not as nice as the others!

    I finally got my SwineTrek, and it is SO MUCH FUN!! LOVE this thing!!
  5. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Of all the product problems I've heard in my years at Muppet Central, that's a pretty small one. It appears taht people are really digging the set. But yeah, I do understand what you're saying. You can look down in there and see her, but sealed on a shelf it's kinc of useless. I have a MIB version and a display version. Too good to pass up with this set.

    Was watching MFS the other day and noticed the jazzy tux jacket and outfit Gonzo wore in the jacuzzi party scene. I'd love to see that outfit. Who knows if it's likely or not - I just like it.
  6. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I think Gonzo is a very cool dresser-upper!
  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I agree. I have found in my research that the costume designers for the Muppets really earn their salary. Yeah, in the Muppet Movie and Caper some characters appeared to wear the same outfits throughout, but they are very careful about that now.
  8. petrieboy

    petrieboy Well-Known Member

    Yo, Frogboy.
    This is hardly a small problem. What's the point in having a character you can't see? Maybe you don't care because you open the packaging- but in order for you to relate to what I said, you need to imagine that you are a collector who does not open packaging, and that this is all you'll ever see of First Mate Piggy. If this Miss Piggy were released as a separate figure and hidden the way she is in the SwineTrek playset she wouldn't sell very well, and she would make a horrendous display item. Of course ,most Muppet fans fans seem to dig it... they open it and play with it. I said nothing against the quality of the set- I bashed the display set up. And it deserves bashing.
  9. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    That's precisely the point. The set itself has received few criticisms and I find that fantastic.

    The packaging, on the other hand - though you can still see Piggy in the pack from head to toe if you look at it from numerous angles, it would be better if they'd move her to the left where you didn't have to do so. She is not totally concealed so I don't find it a particularly great issue. As I said, I have two Pigs in Space sets in my collection. One in the box, the other out of it. Out of all the QC issues, that's a very small one in general. I don't see why the decision was made, but can see why it would annoy you. :smirk:
  10. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    The original Gonzo sculpt wasn't bad, but the paint was very dodgy. The factory messed up the process, it was supposed to look different. That completely ruined it for me unless I was standing at least 5 feet back from the figure wearing shades. The second version they did a LOT better, but still some problems (again factory) so hopefully when they get around to doing the next ones they will be even better.

    I will be getting the MTI two-pack (although hope hats won't be glued on) but the next Tux version doesn't interest me ... although i'm happy for those who do want it. The chickens are tempting me though ... ;) What i'd really like is a modern Gonzo, Jazzy tux version, and yeah - Jacuzzi MFS Gonzo as the Vacation version will be fantastic if it happens.
  11. petrieboy

    petrieboy Well-Known Member


    I made a mistake.
    I saw the Swinetrek first on Ebay. Whoever was selling it had it at the worst possible angle. It seemed that the only part of Miss Piggy that would show is the top half of her face. I just found it at Suncoast and you can see most of her, especially if you look from the left side. I still think it would have been better to put her on the other side, but the photo I saw was very misleading; it's not bad.
  12. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    I would prefer it if Piggy was seated in her seat with the plastic bubble around her in the same way the Swedish Chef was in his Kitchen. That would have been better for MOC collector's. The way it is is fine though. you can see enough of the figure to inspect the paint job on it.

    The Piggy I got from uncleduke doesn't have the best paint job. Way too many sparkles on the skirt and not enough on the chest. There is a spot on the figures thigh that looks like a bubble of paint burst. There are also spots on the face near the eye.Look like they missed the eye when painting it and hit the side of the face and then tried again. It's not a bad figure though. Still acceptable. But I will be repainting the figure with the set instead of the one Ken gave me. Either way one is being painted though. The actual set look fantastic!
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Glad you like it. It's not the best idea to put her behind the graphic, and on the other side of the room you wouldn't be able to see her very well. But she isn't that hidden. It's just mildly unfortunate.
  14. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Out of interest why not buy from a retail store ? Do you not have many places near you to do that ? It drives me crazy that the Muppet figures are only available at one retail company in the UK and I have to travel a bit to get there. I was in the states with Target and all these comic stores I would definitely do action figure buying that way so I could inspect them myself. All we ever seem to hear about from any kind of mail order are poor paint jobs and faults as people pre-order to try and be first but the early shipments have always been of the worst quality as the workers in China learn the process.
  15. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Hi I'm new here. Are they going to make:

    Wayne & Wanda
    Uncle Deadly
  16. Stryder Wolfe

    Stryder Wolfe Well-Known Member

    don't know about wiggy, but the figures are pretty hard to find here in Toronto...you've got a few places, but once they're gone, they're gone...if it wasn't for my loyal comic book guy ordering them for me, I'd get them online..either way, there's only one set to choose from. Luckily, I've been very happy with the quality and paint job of every one he's managed to get for me :)
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Greetings Wayne, and welcome to the grand hub of Muppet Central's forums!

    Of the characters you listed in your previous post... Pops and Uncle Deadly are currently slated for release in S9 and S10 of next year respectively. That is, if nothing happens which might bump them out of order and postpone their release to a later date like figures based on a possible new Muppets TV movie. We should know with more certainty in February 2004 after the 101st American International Toy Fair, and even that's only an 80% possibility of assurance. The other factor that will let us know if those figures will definitely be released in the series or not will be once the series are released.
    As for all the others, gonna have to quote the Kenster here and say... Anything Is Possible.
    Hope this helps and have a good night.
  18. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    I usually buy from Suncoast, soon to be Toys R Us I hope; but I ordered online because these are presents for me from my family. SO, they went on the ol' credit card along with a pre-order for series 7 from EB games. Sure, it will be 2 months after everyone else has series 7, but it's free for me and 20 less for the family. I just know I'm going to end up buying series 7 in the store and selling my EB order though. I'm not patient when it comes to my muppets. It's taking all the energy I have not to rip open my series 6 presents.

    Now for a question for Ken if he reads this thread anymore.

    What improvments will we see made to Nurse Piggy if any?

    Will Nurse Piggy have more, less, or the same articulation as PIS Piggy?

    Do you plan on trying that blonde hair color again much like the constant pursuit of the perfect Gonzo nose?

    Will ribbons be added to Piggy's hair for a season 5 look?

    Will that snout ever be slightly reduced so that she can be all the pig that she can be?
  19. Akasha

    Akasha Well-Known Member

    ebay always works too lol

  20. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I agree, i've always thought the figure snout was huge for Piggy. You know what they say about girls with big snouts ...

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