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Ask Ken at Palisades

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

  1. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Ken-

    Very cool that you are haven't totally nixed Thog. As for the ratio of these characters in relation to the Muppet gang, I wouldn't mind if he was "cheated out" a little bit in order to make him easier to make. It may also make it easier for collectors to display the figures. It would be weird to have a Sweetums that couldn't at least fit inside the Muppet theater, but I'll take him either way. Y'all know best with these things, I'm just a fan! LOL!

    Have the Tux Rowlf & Fozzie totally been scrapped or will he appear later in the series as a regular? And as a comment - though I would love these characters, I , for one, would prefer Nigel, Lewis Kazagger, Lips or other such fan faves rather than a tuxed series one release. Lips has been rallying some support on the threads these days too. Woohoo!
  2. scarecroe Active Member

    Ken: Rowlf figure

    I seem to remember a discussion at Delphi not too long ago in which folks were talking about what way they wanted to see Rowlf represented: upright vs. baby grand piano.

    I didn't get a chance to enter my 2¢ at the time, so here it is now:

    I think the standard Rowlf should come with a brown upright. This is the "apple pie" Rowlf; the "backstage buddy" Rowlf; the "family dog" Rowlf. I think this perception of Rowlf pits him best with a somewhat more plain piano, that being a brown upright; which of course we saw him with many times.

    Then there's the Rowlf in a tuxedo exclusive. This is classy Rowlf; performer Rowlf; Beethoveen-playing concert hall Rowlf. To me, it would more suitably fit for him to be matched with a black baby grand piano.

    The simple comparison? Black baby grand piano Rowlf would tuck a cloth napkin in his shirt to prevent food from staining his apparel. Brown upright piano Rowlf would let the spaghetti sauce fall on his belly and shrug it off.

    Does anyone else agree with me?
  3. scarecroe Active Member

  4. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Scott

    I believe Palisades decided this a couple months ago and planned to go with a brown baby grand. It is easier to package than the upright and Rowlf actually did play the brown grand more often on The Muppet Show. I was surprised too, but I watched several eps to see if it's true, and sure enough it is. He played the upright in the credits and a few times on the show, but he mostly played the brown grand.

    As for the tux exclusive - that has reportedly been nixed or pushed back into 2003 in the regular character catorgory I believe. Not my first choice for placement, but Ken was concerned that people would feel jipped if they couldn't locate one of these choice exclusives.

    Hope this helps. If you've already gathered the info, please disregard this message
  5. MrTheFrog Member

    Hey Ken.
    Just read about the Wedding Kermit and Piggy. Are these for real or was it a joke. If they're real, are they official from Palisades or something you're throwing together yourself? Are they new sculpts or repaints? And finally, is there any way to offer these to members of Muppet Central? Just wondering, and congratulations.
    -Artie
  6. Joggy Member

    Ken: re: Rowlf at piano

    Rowlf's not coming with a stool? Hmm... piano players almost always sit. Then again, we never actually see Rowlf's legs, unless in a few occasions.

    I just hope that he'll look realistic standing behind his piano (a la Little Richard). I know he will - Palisades has never disappointed me so far!

    Great photos by the way! I so love these guys! Especially Floyd. I can't wait to see him playin' the guitar!
  7. ResidentLilly Active Member

    I just read this a few minutes ago...

    Hey Ken.
    Just read about the Wedding Kermit and Piggy. Are these for real or was it a joke. If they're real, are they official from Palisades or something you're throwing together yourself? Are they new sculpts or repaints? And finally, is there any way to offer these to members of Muppet Central? Just wondering, and congratulations.
    -Artie


    See what I mean!?!?
    :)

    The answers though are that it is not an "official" product of Palisades. It is not a joke, it is happening. I am having it actually produced here in China and shipped over. Repaints or Kermit in Tux and Piggy with Long Hair and a fabric bridal veil and maybe a sculpted bouquet. And as for offering them to Muppet fans, I really am not sure if I can or will be able to do that. It is a special consideration Henson has made as a gift to me. I can't take advantage of that by giving them out here. It would go against the spirit of the offer. If there are any left over after the reception I might ask Henson about holding a contest or something for the remainder but that is probably the best I could do.

    Ken

    Oh and Rowlf is not coming with a stool. When you see him you will know why.
  8. FER SURE New Member

    Ken-

    Ken congrats on the wedding. Here is to you and your fiance. Just one question. How does your wife feel being represented as such in the wedding gift?
  9. ResidentLilly Active Member

    Not good. She is like every other woman (generalization commencing...)

    She thinks she's fat when she has a killer bod. I'll never understand chicks when it comes to that. I've never dated a single one that didn't think she was fat.

    Ken
  10. Raech Member

    Ken, Just noticed you are from Baltimore. My guy's family all live there. Cool.

    So are we gonna see a pic of beaker's new head before he hits shelves?

    A way to fit Sweetums on a card? Hmm maybe the top half and the bottom half packaged side by side and then it clicks together out of package? :)

    As for your fiance not being happy being Miss Piggy. Tell her they are not representative of the two of you. It is just a party favor "of them" at "their would be wedding". It is silly she should be unhappy. You aren't putting them on the cake right? Heck even if you were it isn't like yo both look like them at all. It is just a way to show off your job, and that you are proud of it. ;)

    BTW, leftover sets.... I am not that lucky. Or it would take some skill I do not posses to win of that I am sure- Thanks for the thought though. These woulda been cool. And I so woulda paid for shipping. (sigh) See you never shoulda told us. Just kidding we will live. And soon we will all drop this. Right guys??? I did have to laugh that yet again you got an ".. and congrats" at the end.

    As for the person who voted upright piano on Ralph.... Ken stated on other board that the pianos would have to be smaller than scale. And that not only would an upright be too costly, it would not look right reduced in size, and that since the grand would... that is what they are going with.
  11. Joggy Member

    Piano Stool

    Sorry for nagging on and on about that piano stool (I'm just a very picky musician LOL!) But here is a small suggestion (which I stole from Playmobil toys LOL)

    Is Rowlf able to bend his legs forwards and backwards? If so, why not make a diagonal stool?

    If you want him to sit at the piano, you can bend his legs forward (so that he 'makes a bow'), and let him lean against the stool, with his feet to the piano, to make him sit.

    Actually this is how real pianists sit too. Oh my gosh. Am I really such a freaky diehard?!!
  12. ResidentLilly Active Member

    Ken, Just noticed you are from Baltimore. My guy's family all live there. Cool.

    If you ever make it out stop in and see us. We love it when people come in to say hey.

    So are we gonna see a pic of beaker's new head before he hits shelves?

    I just don't know where. I can show it no prob, but can't post here.

    A way to fit Sweetums on a card? Hmm maybe the top half and the bottom half packaged side by side and then it clicks together out of package?

    Ewwww. How about some intestine's hanging out too? What is this, The Muppets Take Raccoon City?

    As for your fiance not being happy being Miss Piggy. Tell her they are not representative of the two of you. It is just a party favor "of them" at "their would be wedding". It is silly she should be unhappy. You aren't putting them on the cake right? Heck even if you were it isn't like yo both look like them at all. It is just a way to show off your job, and that you are proud of it.

    I didnt mean to make it seem like she was unhappy, she just commented on it. She has this hang-up about her weight, body, that sort of thing. But she is cool with it overall, the figure, not her figure...and she let me pick the song too so I got to have two things I wanted. The rest is ALL HER and I stay out of sight.

    BTW, leftover sets.... I am not that lucky. Or it would take some skill I do not posses to win of that I am sure- Thanks for the thought though. These woulda been cool. And I so woulda paid for shipping. (sigh) See you never shoulda told us. Just kidding we will live. And soon we will all drop this. Right guys??? I did have to laugh that yet again you got an ".. and congrats" at the end.

    Only one possibility. I haven't ruled anything out yet. Where do you live?

    As for the person who voted upright piano on Ralph.... Ken stated on other board that the pianos would have to be smaller than scale. And that not only would an upright be too costly, it would not look right reduced in size, and that since the grand would... that is what they are going with.

    Too true. Grand it is. And it will STILL be a huge package. Although some of us wouldn't mind that.
    :D

    Ken
  13. Raech Member

    I just don't know where. I can show it no prob, but can't post here.

    I can either a have you email it to me or B give you my ftp info via two emails One with info one with password. (my email is in my profile if you want me to email you the FTP info then email me. We could see the drums this way too.

    Only one possibility. I haven't ruled anything out yet. Where do you live? Jacksonville, FL we moved away to here 3 yrs ago.

    Too true. Grand it is. And it will STILL be a huge package. Although some of us wouldn't mind that. Yes, I like big packages. ;)
  14. matleo Active Member

    ken

    what strikes me as funny with people asking you about the wedding figures is A) we WILL all have accesss to a Kermit in Tux (maybe a bit different but stil kermit in a tux) and B) You yourself have said that if the ine continues one thin you'd like to do is a movie line in which case a bridal piggy wouldn't be out of the question down the line, if things go well. And considering the reponse you've already gotten to the figures, convincing Henson to do a line in this vein wouldn't be tough. They've already approved (and sold) a set like that for Igel. Anyway, congrats again and good luck with your future! Have you kids set a date?

    --Matt

    PS--I know this sounds crazy, but when I got married last year, this was the best advice I got, so now I pass it on to all friends I know who are taki the plunge....Continue dating!!! Even after your married, take her out to dinner, the movies, even just getting dessert at the TGIFridays. It gets yo out of the house and stops you from falling in a rut. You talk more about stuff (mostly stupid stuff) but you're still talking and your focus is on EACH OTHER with little other distractions. Also, beware the first few days of marriage. Yo uspend all your time and energy and focus on the wedding and then after it happens...it's over and you try to remember what you're relationship was about before that. It's weird but if you keep you cool an a dialog open, it makes things go a bit smooother. Good luck! --Matt
  15. Raech Member

    Ok not to be a downer but that is assuming the line makes it that long. I think it will, but you never know.

    I personally am buying Daredevil Gonzo just in case the line doesn't make it to the next Gonzo. That being said. I think the line will go at least 2 or more years. But there is always a possibility it will not.

    BTW, you marriage advise is good. Yes, people still go out, but to make them real dates and often is important. To make things new is hard, but very important. Change breeds excitement & growth.
  16. Pschtyckque New Member

    Congrats, Ken! (See? I'm starting with that. :D )

    Great work on the upcoming figures. Nice paint jobs. Can't wait to get my hands on these!

    And like everyone else, I have a question about your special wedding figures. I'm the best man for my friend's wedding in November, and was hoping there would be some way of obtaining a set as a gift for them. I've read your posts, saying that tehre may or may not be any left, and Henson's feelings about distributing them, but I figured (no pun intended ;) ) that it wouldn't hurt to ask.

    Keep up the fine work!

    Chris
  17. Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Rowlf

    Question, Ken:

    If the regular Rowlf comes with the brown baby grand, will tuxedo Rowlf come with a black baby grand?

    Great to hear Thog isn't a definite no. As far as the scale, I can't tell exactly how tall Thog is- he's at least a foot taller than Sweetums, that I can tell. The actual Thog puppet no longer exists but they may have kept some documentation or sketches or measurements. Sweetums is about 6 1/2 feet tall and Thog is at least 7 1/2, probably more like 8, possibly 9. So if you were to cheat the scale a little, say make Sweetums 9 or 10 inches tall, you could get away with making Thog 11-12 inches tall. He'd still be pretty big, but not as huge as a 15-16 inch tall one (if Sweetums was 12"). Just a thought. I know Frogboy said he doesn't care about the scale, and in truth I think that the figure just being made is more important than scale, but even so I would like the scale between Sweetums and Thog to be close if possible.

    Later.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  18. Raech Member

    That would probably be the case. But since there is no Exclusive Tux Rowlf anymore it would be down the road. Sorry just trying to help out with reposting stuff that was posted previously. I forget where but it was.
  19. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    David-

    I meant that I didn't care much for the scale - as long as the characters get made. Ken voiced concerns about he large size of Thog. Would you rather have a slightly smaller Thog or none at all. That was my view on it. Plus having these characters be a foot tall as was originally commented, could make them difficult to display along side the other characters - not to menion - would they even fit in the theater?
  20. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Is it true that there will be (ZEUS willing) Pigs in Space characters? If so Link Hogtrob is the one figure that, if I could only get one of the WHOOOOOLE series, I'd get! Man, He's one of my fav characters that you don't see as much anymore.

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