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Custom Whatnot Workshop Kit

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Mjolnir, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Mjolnir

    Mjolnir Active Member

    So I bought my two sons Muppet Whatnots from TRU for Christmas but wanted them to have something closer to the FAO Schwartz experience in terms of really customizing their Muppets. The TRU kit comes with a decent assortment of parts but I wanted them to have tons of choices and be able to create any Muppet they could imagine. So I bought a carrying case with storage trays from the hobby store and then set about creating various muppet eyes, noses and hair options the old fashioned way (ping pong balls, felt, foam and hot glue). Tooks a few hours over the course of 2-3 weeks to create over 20 new sets of eyes, about 15 new noses and 6 new facial and head hair options. All are backed with velcro so they stick to the Muppet just like the stock parts do. I also created a felt "practice" sheet (slides under the 4th tray) so they can plot out the design of the muppet before they actually place parts on the Muppet blank. Thought the folks here would appreciate this. Can't wait till they open their Whatnots and this kit on Christmas. [​IMG]
  2. crazy chris

    crazy chris Well-Known Member

    You are the coolest parent EVER!!

    that AWESOME!!

  3. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    thats awesome
  4. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Very professional.I wish you could actually buy that!!
    I noticed the labelling was different for the noses.
    Surely the kids could pick their own noses!! Ha Ha.
  5. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    That's is really cool!!!
  6. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Awesome!! I love this kit!! :)
  7. ilovemuppet4eva

    ilovemuppet4eva Well-Known Member

    That is so cool. I am so jealous. I wish I could make something for myself like this but I lack artistic ability :)
  8. Mjolnir

    Mjolnir Active Member

    Thanks guys. I had a lot of fun making the kit. Kinda surprised that Disney hasn't already done some sort of take-home kit for more customizing options. Seems like an easy enough online only type offering. Oh we'll, as a long time toy customizer, I gave up waiting on big manufacturers to give me what I wanted long ago. Now, I just make the stuff I want! Thanks for the feedback.
    KermieBaby47 likes this.
  9. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    You, sir or madam, rock.
  10. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Wow, what a great idea!! I want one!! :)
  11. ilovemuppet4eva

    ilovemuppet4eva Well-Known Member

    Did you use the ping pong balls whole for the eyes or cut them in half?
  12. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    this is awesome i need to get me one of these
  13. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    WOw if they actually made that it would be on my wish list
  14. Mjolnir

    Mjolnir Active Member

    @ ilovemuppet4eva : I cut the balls in half then hot glued them to a firm felt. Once the glue set, I cut them off the felt, flush with the ball and applied Velcro to the underside. Whole balls would also probably work for really bulgy eyes.
    KermieBaby47 likes this.
  15. Plaid Fraggle

    Plaid Fraggle Well-Known Member

    Absolutely the best thing ever
  16. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    So here I've been thinking all this time that I was the bestest Dad ever. :D You ROCK!!!
  17. davidandora

    davidandora Member

    This is so fantastic! Thanks for sharing your efforts with us!

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