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Ask Ken at Palisades

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

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    they smell?
  2. MuppetVision

    MuppetVision Well-Known Member

    So any chance of a Gorgan Heap or Sweetums figure???? :D
  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Sweetums will be released as a retail exclusive in 2004. When or where we don't know yet.
  4. MuppetVision

    MuppetVision Well-Known Member

    Retain meaning store or convention? Or is that what you don't know? :D
  5. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    retail means store as in retail store. A convention exclusive would be called...a convention exclusive.
  6. MuppetVision

    MuppetVision Well-Known Member

    lol...sorry...I'm a little slow. Cool...I really want Sweetums. Is Gorgan Heap to random of a muppet to be made? :D

    also: Does Paliside have the rights to the newest Muppet Christmas Movie (the name slipped my mind) Were They did the "moulin Scrooge" They would be awesome characters. :D
  7. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    I don't see why Gorgan Heap couldn't be made. He's big, but not too big. He'd at least make it as a possible PVC.

    I don't think Palisades has the license to A Very Merry Muppet Christmas, but I believe they could do figures if they wanted to if they got special permission. Though, Scrooge Sam from the deleted scenes was nixed by Ken I think. But, with all the figures to do from the 6 movies, 2 TV shows, and the possibilty of figures from the next TV movie I doubt we'll see AVMMC figures anytime soon.
  8. Cap Backfire

    Cap Backfire Well-Known Member

    Random as I wanna be...

    Just resetting up my Muppets for hte new year and noticed something that I previously noticed, but now I have "met" Ken and know he replies from time to time... So here's the query- Why is Crash Helmet Gonzo's crash helmet glued to his head??? I ruined (or nearly so) mine trying to make it "come-offy" so that I could maybe put it on someone else... don't know why right now, I just did. A little glue later andit's back to normal. more or less... Any reason in particular for this one-time hat sticky-onny??? Just curious...
  9. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    Probably for a few reasons. One might have something to do with that feather duster hair he Gonzo has. It would make putting a helmet on very difficult because the helmet wouldn't sit flush with the head. To solve that, it was glued on. Also, it gives people a reaon to buy regular series 2 Gonzo. If you want a Gonzo without a helmet, you have to buy the regular one.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't know if Ken Lilly is still lurking around here, but I recall that it was once said that Mahna Mahan wasn't included in the contract at one point, then he was eventually allowed and made as a PVC. So what I'm asking, if you are reading this Ken, is how you knew he wasn't included. Was there a big list of what characters from The Muppet Show were allowed in the contract? it is a bit surprising that the robot rabbit who came with Bunsen would have been allowed but not Mahna Mahna (the rabbit was more obscure; I had never been aware of that character until I heard it was going to be released with the Bunsen action figure).
  11. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    I still lurk a bit.

    I don't recall the circumstances of saying he was not covered in the contract. The only thing I can say for sure is that when we first got the gig the contract covered the entire show, then later was expanded to the films. Those contracts did not have an individual list, but we still had to get character (line plan) approval from the licensor, and in some rare cases they might not want us to do a certain figure (like the Henson puppet, which took more work to get approved).

    Not saying I didn't say what you said I did, but I just don't remember it.
  12. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    How obscure were you guys hoping to go? Or was that ever even an issue? Really good to see you around, Ken. God I miss Palisades!
  13. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    I dunno, that's so relative. As a fan? I wanted to go super obscure. But as a company we had to reign that in a little bit because the sales on the line always struggled beyond series 1 and 2.

    And I miss Palisades too.
  14. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    It's possible that certain versions of Mahna Mahna were not allowed as very similar characters were on Sesame Street. So, I would assume, that at the time someone may have been asking about a non-muppet show vesion.
  15. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    We never got that specific in any of he discussions, us and Henson I mean. I would love to see the quote he mentions of what I said about it at the time. If I could see it I could probably tell you right away what the circumstances were.
  16. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member

  17. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    Matt, is ANYONE was gonna know that it was gonna be you. You amaze me with that knowledge and history. You should write a book.

    Anyway, yeah seeing it and reading it DOES jog some memory. I remember looking over the first contract and it was VERY specific in the character list it gave us. And as I recall I questioned it with some people at Henson initially but only in a soft way, asking about what would need to happen if I wanted to do something not on the list. And the list was appallingly simple as far as mostly main characters with some few that were surprises like Deadly and Sweetums, not mains at all but certainly not as obscure as, say, Snowths (by name recognition I'm talking).

    As I recall eventually they just ignored that part of the contract to be quite honest...we had built up enough respect for each other as a group that there was a trust factor and they let us pick and choose what we wanted without following the legal letter of that first contract. The amendment that included movies and MT was simply a money/royalty based addition and did not address characters or anything.

    Wow, I could get lost in that old thread...I saw this while I was looking at the page...I wrote this about someone asking about Star Wars Muppets.

    Great suggestion, but probably for naught. Would you ever want to be faced with the possibility of facing the legal juggernaut known as Lucasfilm? Well, neither does anybody else!

    Ironically, that is EXACTLY what I faced when I made those C-3PO and R2-D2 based designer bomb figures. Funny how stuff works out.
  18. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    It had to have been because of the characters appearance on Sesame Street.

    Edit: nevermind
  19. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    But not at all a bad assessment Mwoo, I know the conflict of Kermit in a trenchcoat was ALL SS related.
  20. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    And I think it all came down to a hat in the end.

    The Henson company being split up caused all kinds of issues. I miss the company being whole. :(

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