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Ask Travis: A Master Replicas Photo Puppet Q&A Thread

Discussion in 'Muppet Replicas' started by ElecMayhem, Jan 30, 2008.

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  1. ElecMayhem

    ElecMayhem Well-Known Member

  2. ElecMayhem

    ElecMayhem Well-Known Member

    The whole Animal mouth thing was... well, before I was involved in the project in any official capacity. So I really cannot speak to it. The mouth WOULD close, if the tongue were more spongey or foamy. It was the replacement materials that the team chose that prevent the mouth from cloing, moreso than the size of the tongue, which is accurate, I think.

    Animal, in the early stages, was intended to come with the chain. And drumsticks, too. Those had to be dropped. Tooling on those kinds of items could have easily run upwards of $25-30,000... and that doesn't even take into account the cost of the materials. It's a common problem with limited edition collectibles -- the math simply did not work.

    If we were making 20,000 Animals, the amortized cost of the chain (with tooling and materials) may have been only $2-3 per unit. Then it would have been justifiable. But since only, 1500 were made, the chain (with tooling and materials) may have cost anywhere from $15-20 apiece. (These by the way, are made up #s, but you get the gist) And then we have to mark that up. So, for Animal's chain... add $50 to $100 to the price tag of the product. In the end, we felt we were pushing the limits -- in terms of price -- of what a mass produced Photo Puppet could yield.

    But yes, Fozzie has the bowtie and hat.
  3. antonydavanzo

    antonydavanzo Well-Known Member

    And a nightmare for my wallet:) .
  4. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    Two more questions:

    We all hope that Fozzie's mouth will close all the way please, can you give us some insite on that. Will his mouth close fully?

    And how will you defeat the foam issue when it comes up with puppets that are made out of mostly foam heads, such as Piggy, Waldorf, Statler etc?
  5. doc hopper

    doc hopper Well-Known Member

    Travis -

    thanks for answering our questions. I think we've been dying for a little communication around here.
  6. antonydavanzo

    antonydavanzo Well-Known Member

    Q Travis, would you consider Scooter to be made?
  7. Kevin Knight

    Kevin Knight Well-Known Member

    Company needs vs. personal desire!
  8. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Travis! Congrats on Xander! I feel a Buffyverse influence in your name decision. ;) Awesome. Does it feel wierd to be a Dad?

    Onto the Muppets questions: Did you ever see this photo alteration that I posted on the MR Forum? Just curious, was hoping to affect his outcome a little, but it is very encouraging that your opinion of the one in your office is so high. :) The anticipation of Gonzo's delivery is killing me.

    Next question: Even though Rowlf only appears on your wishlist, how likely is it that we'll see his addition to the fantastic MR Muppet line? I ask because he is my absolute favorite Muppet (due to his unique, loveable, & sometimes sad character representation/connection with/of Jim... imo), and having him posed with the rest of my MR Muppets would be a dream come true.

    It's great to see your support here again, thanks for that!
  9. muppetguy

    muppetguy Well-Known Member

    Hey Travis

    Just to add in my oppinion, for Miss Piggy. I would love her to look like she did in Muppet Caper, but modern looks are great too. But instead of the purple dress, the one she wears in muppet caper (the pink one wth the feathers) would be my choice of dress for the piggy poser! She just looks amazing in that dress. Just my oppinion passing it along. About peices as you mentioned more of a cost for animals chains and whatnot, would that be the same for Piggy (pearl necklace, ring, etc?) Just curious. Thanks again Travis.:mad:
  10. doc hopper

    doc hopper Well-Known Member

    You gotta have the pearls. Part of the whole piggy thing (and it was used to hide the head/body separation).
  11. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

    Man...to own a Rizzo replica! What are the chances I can bribe some of the factory workers into making one for me? :o
  12. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    You're one brave dude, Travis!

    I would spring for Statler & Waldorf, but I'm in it for the long haul. However, not certain I could swing $1,000 at one time!

    Some sort of production cost cuts would need to be made to keep it in the $600 - $800 range. Also their signature chairs would be a nice touch as some sort of seperate product to add through the site. They could aslo be used for other Muppets in the collection. It's something to think about way down the line.

    Is Pepe out of the question? Would Scooter really be an option?
    Scooter was featured with speaking parts in NBC's 2003 "Muppet Christmas Movie", ABC's 2004 "Muppet Wizard of Oz" since his 1999 "Muppets From Space" one-liner. He's remembered and beloved by even the non-fans as the Muppet who opened each show with a knock on the dressing room door. ;) I can't imagine Sam selling better than Scooter as a stand-alone piece. His color and design visually pops more than most Muppets. Campaign over. He he.

    How likely would a Dr. Teeth or even Janice be? :D :flirt:
  13. Blinky_Fish

    Blinky_Fish Well-Known Member

    The Home for the tragically hip

    Sgt. Floyd Pepper. I mean, no love from WETA, Palisades version as you know is probably the best sold rendition. Lookin' forward to some exploring on your behalf on the Hippest Hip-ster of all.

    Did Dave G give any insight on Gonzo?

    I was just wondering if you had located a Pig head mold. As far as I know Heap is the only place to get a Pig head. Or is Terry going to make it by hand?

    Any thought on large scale display cases or maybe partnering with a company? and, that option would be great when it comes to S&W... Maybe a balcony set?
  14. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    I know this for a fact that Terry has a friend that will be making the Piggy head. Terry said that he is going to make the body out of foam. He also said that foam is VERY expensive like when he made Fozzie.
  15. Keeermit

    Keeermit Well-Known Member

  16. Fozzie6

    Fozzie6 Active Member

    I'm curious about this question as well.
  17. lithiumbrain

    lithiumbrain Well-Known Member

    Thanks Travis! Now we can all sleep a bit better at night! Ha! But seriously, your time is much appreciated.:)
  18. muppetguy

    muppetguy Well-Known Member

    Beautiful Piggy!

    Keeermit, your Piggy is beautiful! I love the 'modern' twist to the muppet caper dress. I'm so happy someone else thinks that that dress would be the ultimate dress for the piggy poser! Amazing work on Piggy, wish I could have her. You have an amazing talent!:mad:
  19. uppitymuppity

    uppitymuppity Well-Known Member

    No Question...

    Golly this is all so exciting! There are enough questions here for Travis to answer well into next month - I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK!

    Keermit your piggy is stunning! She's the perfect pig. I want her!:mad:

    RKUNKLER Well-Known Member

    Hey Travis is there a chance we can get a human sized replica of Scooters jacket.

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