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Authentic, Fully Licensed, Muppet Replicas Coming!

Discussion in 'Muppet Replicas' started by BigDumbWookiee, Oct 26, 2005.

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  1. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    Back when I was in elementary school I wrote the Jim Henson company and asked them innocently enough if they had any old Muppets they were throwing out and if they'd mail me one.

    What I got back was a very nice form letter stating that the Henson Company could not, for legal and copyright reasons, sells any puppets, new or used, or any patterns used towards their creation. Obviously I was disappointed.

    So seeing as how they're now selling what appears to be a pretty good replica, it almost seems weird to me, like they've revoked their old copyright standards and practices. Of course, it's Diney now, not the Hensons, so I realize all bets are off.

    But given that my interest in the Muppets is still as strong today as it was when I was ten, I'd obviously buy one of these Kermit copies if I had the cash.
  2. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    Actually, I'd like to retract that last statement.

    For my birthday last month, my beloved fiance Laura bought me a mint condition, never-been-out-of-the-box Kermit doll circa 1981, the one with the Sesame Street News trenchcoat and fedora. I had that same doll back when I was seven, and it was my favorite toy ever. Sadly, the doll got wrecked and lost long ago. So having Laura find me a brand new one and repairing that broken part of my lost youth meant the world to me. So what I'm saying is, that Fisher Price Kermit doll means more to me than any dead-on replica ever could. So I guess I won't be buying it after all!:)
  3. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    OMG! Jay I had that same one! Actually I still do, but it's in rough condition. That is absolutely the best replica ever (except the hands of course). What a fantastic gift!!!
  4. rumtar_10165

    rumtar_10165 Well-Known Member

    years ago I made my frist muppet lookalike. It wa for a school project. aAnd I got an A++ for my Kermit in a tux. But unfotntely I had it damaged due to school bullies.
  5. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    Okay, I'm forming a possee to head out and kick the crap out of those Muppet-damaging bullies. Who's with me?
  6. wes

    wes Well-Known Member

    Yea! lets Hot glue and Feather Them(Random Puppet builders joke):p :) :sleep:
  7. tomahawk

    tomahawk Well-Known Member

    Who's damaging the Muppets?
  8. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I'm on your side. Just that I know that I'll be buying all the replicas. That is if I have the cash too.
  9. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    Just read rumtar_10165's post, three before this one.
  10. rumtar_10165

    rumtar_10165 Well-Known Member

    I hate to say this but first not only they dammaged him they did others.
    and second it was 30 yrs ago when I was 10.
    but hey thanks for the back up, but it's 30 yrs too late.
  11. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    Oh well. If I ever get that ol' time machine up and running again, consider yourself avenged!
  12. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    We seem to be losing momentum with this thread.So to put it back on track, I found an article with pictures on some foreign forum www.collectiblez.nl Could it be Netherlands? Can anybody translate? Something about $199. Dont know how they could have a price when it is"still in the pre-production phase."Kermit looks uncomfortable with his leg in one pic!
  13. keithallison

    keithallison Active Member

    I hate to sound negative... but I probably will. I wouldn't mind owning a kermit replica.. and a bunsen honeydew and an ernie.... The MR replica looks great except for the mouth... in the fornt-on pose, it looks goofy.... anyhoo, I can't believe that nobody in this thread mentioned the one true fact here. Once these go on sale, one or more people will buy a replica, grab the closest seam ripper and make replica replica's. You'll be able to buy them on ebay for $100. It's a cold hard fact that people nowadays do not respect copyright laws. Everything is fair game to them. THEY will do more damage to the muppets than MR or Disney will ever do. Oh.... and when they ripoff the patterns from the MR replica, they [the thieving scum] will make it into a workable puppet to sell on ebay as 'an authentic kermit replica puppet made from the original pattern'.... then people will buy it for $1200.
  14. Whatever

    Whatever Well-Known Member

    The Muppet Show fans (verb)! Master Replicas comes with an exact copy of the original Kermit the Frog. The exact replica would from the original Henson. Growing release date, something 2006. the retail price lies at 199 dollars.

    Sorry, I don't speak Dutch very well. In fact, I don't speak it at all really, but I can usually get the gist because it's similar to German.
  15. rumtar_10165

    rumtar_10165 Well-Known Member

    I agree to what you say there be fake muppets not original.
    I remember as a child what Jim Henson said in a book. Quote It's usally best to keep the muppets original. We frown on fakes and carbon copiesthe original is always the best but lets ask the important Question, did Henson and Walt disney give them permission?
  16. tomahawk

    tomahawk Well-Known Member

    I would think that Disney would have to give them permission. It's under the Disney line that Master Replicas is producing. If you go to the website(Master Replicas) you''ll see the other Disney stuff they are doing.
  17. tomahawk

    tomahawk Well-Known Member

    So I was looking at the new Toy Review magzine last night and they have a whole page dedicated to Master Replicas. They also had two new pictures of Kermit. They had him on a directors chair and a log. He looked really good. First off they said the paterns were based off of the poseur Muppets not on the actual Muppet puppets. They also said they were planning on releasing two a year. This year(2006)would be Kermit in the first quarter and Animal in the second half of the year.
  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I wonder how folks feel about owning this as a fake Muppet that are for the changes in voice actors and performers for other Muppets? If you get what I mean there, the whole double-standard thing? Anybody fit that description? Just curious because...I'm...curious...
  19. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Great!Does Kermit's mouth still have that down turned look or has it been revised?:)
  20. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    I have always wanted a Muppet to live with me.I could never get the actual thing,so this is the next best.I am against substitute performers but a lot of people are blaming this as a Disney thing.The Jim Henson company have done this.Miss Piggy for example was Richard Hunt for the first season of TMS.If you study who performs what characters,you will see that there is a Main performer,substitute performer and understudy for when the other two arent available.You will see different performers doing the character for different films.This was BEFORE the Disney takeover.Still dont like it.I guess now you can only be a fan of the character instead of both the character and Puppeteer because you wont be sure if it is the same.:(

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