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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. King Prawn

    King Prawn Well-Known Member

    Ask our question's here?

    maybe we could ask are questions to Travis where it says title as you write your message (as above). I can see Travis missing a few questions seeing as we're all so excited and the threads getting longer each day. Some very good questions have been asked and I'd hate if Travis missed them and didn't answer some next time around. We could always post our questions in bold seeing as some are longer than others.

    Anyway this is just an idea, we used to do this with Ken and it worked pretty well, made it much easier for everyone to follow.
  2. ElecMayhem

    ElecMayhem Well-Known Member

    Wow... FYI, you guys are killing me. I promised myself I would only come in a couple of times a week, but questions are pouring in, and I cannot resist... Aaarrrggghhhh!

    Fozzie will not have a stand. I assume this would be true of any of the larger Muppet Photo Puppets, but we're not there yet. Case, by case...

    ... Wow. Truth be told, there's nothing else planned currently. (As I mentioned in the other thread, PR and Marketing Campaings are currently back burnered until I get a few other things sorted out.) Good question though! Bad answer.

    Ya know, Disney gets a lot of flack over the Muppets. While I agree that the company needs to DO MORE with the characters in terms of media... in terms of licensing, they're a lot of fun, and are fairly easy to work with.

    Now, that's a double edged sword. The Jim Henson Company was very protective of the characters and -- with Palisades anyway, especially once we showed what we could do -- demanded perfection. Disney is a little more... what's the word? I don't want to imply that they're lax in any way... but they don't know the characters inside and out the way the Henson Company did. So there are different standards, and different ways of doing things. I can tell you that the Licensing folks at Disney are VERY passionate about the characters... but in a lot of ways, they (The Muppets) are still new to them -- are they are therefore something of an enigma.

    Um... wait, did I even answer your question?

    Very, very challenging. Hm, let me put on more "very" in there. Very, very, very challenging.

    Would I say he is 90-100% right? No. But not because he is not. I cannot answer that question because... it's going to depend on (a) what reference you look at, and (b) what you preconceived notions of what Gonzo should look like are. For instance, are you a Season 1 Muppet purist, who thinks that we should have made a S1 Gonzo? If so, then he's probably 78.3% WRONG! He is a very nice amalgamation of 30+ years of Gonzo.

    The ****** nose. Again, not the structure, just the material. But I've addressed this before. For the record, I am fine with the color of the suit. Some of you will not be.

    That is the plan, but we're not far enough into production for me to give you a real answer. I would have said yes for Animal once upon a time. But for one thing, Fozzie's tongue is thinner... so materials aside, it should not be an issue. I will tell you that Engineering was in here the other day looking into Fozzie's mouth! (No cavities, btw!)

    I have no idea. Miles to go before I sleep... I will be working on this with Terry (hopefully!) very soon!

    Anything is possible. Yes, he will be considered. But let's see how Gonzo and Fozzie do first. (For those of you who don't know, Scooter is a nickname of mine from Palisades... So, I definitely want to see him made. Even though I am a little sick of the nickname...)

    You are correct. And yes, it is very weird.

    Yes I did... and for the record, I think you are pretty dead on with the eyeball placement. Here's the tricky thing on the eyes. (We all know that the pupli placement is the key to nailing these characters, right?) Since they're hand made, there will most likely be variations in the final product. I hate it, but it's a fact of this kind of manufacturing. Like I said, the one I have here looks good to me. But then, I think Animal looks pretty good too. It's going to come down -- please see one of my earlier answers -- to what you think Gonzo should look like. Cause his pupils have moved around over the years, too.

    Oh man, you guys are killing me. He's on my wishlist, but nothing else is final beyond Fozzie. (Yes, Miss Piggy is officially still next, but even that could change.) If I had it my way, Rowlf will be next. But Miss Piggy is going to be expensive, and we're trying to stagger the larger and smaller characters (or, I should say, I want to stagger them!) But in terms of what percent chance.... Idunno. You guys are killing me with these math questions!

    I was told there would be no math...

    No, but he's not really on my radar either. I would sooner attempt all 4 (remaining) members of the Electric Mayhem Band, before I did Pepe. I guess I am more of a traditional fan, and unfortunately, my biases will be felt to some extent.

    More than Pepe, yeah. Certainly.

    I would put them higher up on the list, but for the fact that they are extremely complicated, and therefore would be very expensive. And -- again, this is just me talking outloud -- I would want to do all 4 band members together, since I wouldn't want to risk the line coming to an end before all 4 were produced. I don't know how feasible that would be, though.

    No, but then... I've never successfully contacted him. He lives like half an hour from me... maybe I should just show up at his house.

    I believe we -- meaning Terry -- have found something. More on this later, once we actually start work on her.

    Are you insane? People are already complining about price points! Do you know how many we would have to sell, and at what price, to justify making such a thing? Palisades couldn't get it done on a 6 inch scale, and you want the real deal? I tell you what... next time you're out West, come to my house and we'll play with my power tools and build one. (I am not kidding, btw.)

    No question here... but I have to say. Wowee Keeermit, she is really good. Would you drop me a PM when you have a chance? I've been meaning to contact you...

    I would have to look. I don't know that our license covers that, honestly. Because it was not human sized, and would therefore be apparel, not a replica. (I have reference for it, of course...)

    Good idea King Prawn... I have no idea if I've missed any questions... (So... many... questions...) That might help. (If it's good enough for Ken, it's good enough for me!)
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I don't keep up with the 'net enough. Congrats on the young'un, Trav!

    It my perfect world, we would have the entire Electric Mayhem as Photo Replicas. Other than your projected list, what would be in your perfect world of Muppet Replicas?

    Also, will you personally be working only with replicas, or anything under the Muppets' license? Again, I don't keep up too well and want to know what to beg for.

    What all (merchandise, productions) is covered under the Muppets license? Die cast? Clothing (for those, like me even, who would love to have the Scooter jacket)? Knowing this, we'll know what we can begin begging for! UPDATE: You just answered this in the previous post. We posted at the same time.

    I'm glad you're working on this line, Travis. It's good to know a Muppets fan is in the ranks!
  4. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Hi, Travis!

    I sent you a PM... did you get it?

    (At least that should be an easier question to answer!)

  5. ElecMayhem

    ElecMayhem Well-Known Member

    YAY! An easy one! Actually, yes I did get it... and I apologize for not responding yet. I've made a commitment to be on here answering public questions, and so I've been using whatever spare time that I have to do just that.

    That said, I will PM you back now... since there's a bit of a lull between question sessions.
  6. Rowlfharris

    Rowlfharris Member

    Plastic/vinyl parts on Muppet replicas

    Hi Travis, thanks for all your really informative answers!

    Do you have any opinion on solving the foam head dilemma using a plastic/vinyl "dolls head" substitute rather than fabrics & foams? (more info in my earlier post: http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showpost.php?p=610444 ).

    Though it compromises these replicas being totally soft goods, I can't see how the "Gonzo 'sock' solution" could ever be used for the scale of moulded foam-work on Piggy & others. And it seems that MR tried very hard but couldn’t find any alternative for Gonzo.

    Would you be totally opposed to hollow semi-flexible plastics or vinyl being used for difficult parts of the photo-muppets in place of foam heads?

  7. Fozzie6

    Fozzie6 Active Member

    Can you give us any insight into the "Muppets Moments" figurines that are slated to be released this year? Maybe a release date, size, or what they'll look like? Thanks!
  8. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    Don't forget about our Gonzo pictures Travis, the shipping date seems so far away and we need something to pacify us fans! :concern:
  9. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Hey there Travis! I want to commend you on doing this for us ravenous fans here! Public Relations is something I LOVE to see in a company, and who better to do it than you? :D Anyway, on to my questions...

    Are your photographers told how to display the replica prototypes when they take pictures of them for the site? I ask because some of the poses seems strange and some seem rather (please don't take this offensively) lazy. Such as the picture of the Gonzo replica leaning against something. It seems like a very bad angle.

    This might've been asked/answered elsewhere, but... Will the Gonzo replica have poseable eyelids? Also, will his mouth be moveable?

    Is there a projected price-range for the resin figures planned for later this year? Will you be able to get more obscure characters made into resin figures as opposed to full-blown replicas?

    And just a little annoying fan-boy question... Will the resin figures be in-scale with the Palisades figures? If so, would you consider making sculptures of some of the "missing pieces" of the Palisades line? (e.g. Sal, standing Robin, Bean Bunny, Bobo, etc.)
  10. Kevin Knight

    Kevin Knight Well-Known Member

    Isn't Gonzo's shipping date like in 12 days? Dear Lord!

    Travis, wow thankfully your job requires this type of interaction with the public eh?

    With (we'll say then, the probability of) no stands for the larger replicas please tell me we'll still be issued the same size adhesive numbered plaque for the subsequent replicas? I have not applied my plaques to the stands as I have plans to use them in a wall sized display case later on.

    Will MR be sending Animal, Gonzo, or Fozzie on a nationwide "trip" like Kermit did? That was a very good idea that would be very cool to see again. Heck I'd even be willing to start the trip here in Hartford. Ya know the saying start at the bottom! LOL Hey we're the insurance capital of the world. Especially with the absence on-line of Star Wars products to look at!

    With the timelines that you've seen so far, as a hypothetical, ballpark, when can you look for Fozzie to ship? I ask cause I really haven't a clue or where in the process MR's at right now.


    With the problems encountered with that blue alien weirdo, will this change MR pre-order policies of not offering it up until at least the first item is off the production line? **** for photo's sake at least! **** that thing!


  11. ElecMayhem

    ElecMayhem Well-Known Member

    No opinion at this juncture, though I haven't really thought about it/looked into anything yet. I think that the foam that makes up Miss Piggy's face is quite different than the foam from Gonzo's nose. (I have the bible from the puppet builders.) It's a lot less porous... so, I don't know if it has the same issues with degrading over time. Right now, we're very Fozzie focused. Though, I hope to start on Piggy soon...

    But am I opposed to it? No, not at this juncture. But I would need to research it more.


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    No, they are not. We don't really even have a photographer. Our Director of Creative Services (i.e. Graphics, etc.) doubles as our photographer. Generally speaking, he does an excellent job... but these Photo Puppets are challenging. I am going to ask to be involved in any Muppet shoots, going forward... (Not that I am an expert either...)

    Both eyelids and mouth move. I would classify the mouth as poseable, while the eyelids are moveable, like Animals, but do not stay back.

    Again, more on this at Toy Fair.

    Sorry, no. They're different, and I don't want -- even in resin -- to try to step into Ken's shoes! :)

    The plaques will be the same, yes. They will come with free-standing plaque-stands, like those from our Star Wars replicas.

    There was a plan for Animal, but it has not panned out. But it was quite different -- the only similarity was that Animal would more from place to place. But we would not have needed any volunteers from collectors. (Too cryptic? Or not cryptic enough?)

    Well, like I said earlier -- it's hard to say, and I'd hate to be wrong, and have to listen to "... but you said..." Especially with a new factory in the mix. Let's say 3rd or 4th quarter... that gives me a 6 month window.

    Most likely, no. This is not a new issue for us -- or for collectibles companies in general. So, I don't expect any policy changes.

    Okay, thanks gang. Have a great night. I am going to bed!

  12. antonydavanzo

    antonydavanzo Well-Known Member

    Hey Travis. Thanks a gain for answering our Q's

    I really love the Gonzo pics you posted. Anyway my Q is

    What other Henson related projects would you like to see done via MR.....as a wish list. Also what did you think of Lost!
  13. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Piggy head

    Sorry, Trav, the head does break down.Look at this
    From the mould you could make vinyl heads and flock it.
  14. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member

    Hey Travis,

    Question on Fozzie.

    When the protos were made, I believe the only fur available was 3.5 inches long, and the Fozzie fur should be 2.5 inches.

    Has this shorter fur been found to use on the replica or will he be made from the longer fur?

    Next, Do the offical Muppet Posers have wires in there feet/toes?

    With future Replicas, is the eye lids opening and closing something that could be fixed so it didnt need to be pinned?


  15. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member


    Where is that head from, is it on display somewhere? Do you know which productions that head was used for?

  16. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    No questions here, lol! I'm stunned by the amount of answers we've already had! Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, and for showing us new photos of Gonzo.
  17. Rowlfharris

    Rowlfharris Member

    Yipes that's a scary picture.....but that's why I keep bringing up this vinyl head concept. All foam degrades in time, and the Pig's head has always needed continual replacement.

    The moulded hollow vinyl head idea might achieve a compromise of at least looking exactly like the real puppets, but still poseable and lasting almost indefinitely. If it was flocked or fleeced over, you wouldn’t even know it wasn't foam until you tried to 'squash' it.

    Had it been used for Gonzo, it could have been surface textured to look like foam (similar to the Palisades sculpts), and moulding his difficult mouth shape would not have been such a challenge.

    I don't intend cancelling my Gonzo order, but would prefer a more true-to-form outcome on Piggy.
  18. mrsieve

    mrsieve Well-Known Member

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  20. muppetguy

    muppetguy Well-Known Member

    2 Questions For Travis

    Hey Travis, still on the Miss Piggy thing (I CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE HER, IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY...AT ALL- Keeermit's Piggy Puppet is amazing! God, I want it) Anyways, stay focused. I know that last time you guys (MR) were at a comic convention and there's one coming up in April, in New York City, my home town. My question is, well, acctually two, 1. Will you be there showing off master replica items (more in particullarly Muppets and Disney items)? and 2. Will we see a Miss Piggy prototype Poser? (SO HOPING YOU SAY YES ON THIS). Oh and LOST was amazing last night by the way, saw you talking about that in the Gozo pic thread, LOVE GONZO, by the way. I love his side views. Hope to hear back from you soon.:mad:
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