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Dark Crystal Figures

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by MuppetQuilter, Apr 15, 2002.

  1. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Well-Known Member

    Has anyone pre-ordered the figures?

    I'm anxious to hear what someone thinks when they see them in person.
  2. Rufus

    Rufus Well-Known Member

  3. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    >>It's too bad they're not gonna make any of the Skeksis... <<

    I know! that's what I'm mostly interested in! Hopefully Palisades(or even Mcfarlane) will pick up the licence to make 5 or 6" Skesksis...that would rule!

  4. Chad Kermit

    Chad Kermit Well-Known Member

    Dark Crystal Dolls

    Has anyone recieved their set yet? Was just curious as to what they look like in person since some of the photo refrences I've seen of them in their boxes have not been the best. Or, perhaps the "content settled in shipment".

    I should have mine next week after the long delay. If anyone is looking for a set, let me know. I will have a few extra sets

  5. MrTheFrog

    MrTheFrog Well-Known Member

    I got mine 2 days ago, and they don't look as good in the boxes as in the photos. I think their bangs are too short. But the boxes themselves are really nice. I really don't want to open them so I guess I'm stuck with being less than satisfied.

    MUPPET FAN Member

    "The Dark Crystal" Gelfling Figures


    I received mine on Friday. I must admit that I am more than happy with them. I would have killed to have something like these when the movie first came out over 20 years ago.

    Their outfits are amazing. Their likenessess are about as close to the originals as you could get. Although my only criticism is that I would have liked Kira's hair to be less yellow and was Jen's hair really that blue in the film? Maybe it just did not come across that way but the actual puppet character had blue hair. They have great movement so they can be positioned in many ways. For $80 (I paid more because of Canadian dollars) they are well worth it and I am going to order another set and leave them in their boxes and display the others for all to see.

    I also liked that Jen came with his flute and the crystal shard. Having Fizzgig with Kira was also very cool.

    These are a must for all Henson collectors!

    Take care!

    Brian Knatchbull
  7. Patty

    Patty Active Member

    I'm a huge Dark Crystal freak, and I find these figures mildly disappointing. It's great to see *any* merchandise see the light of day, but the figures are so-so.

    First off, anyone who pre-ordered (many of whom did so 18 months ago) got shafted, because the figures are being sold (individually) in Suncoast Video stores for $20 less than Sideshow charged per set.

    I pre-ordered and haven't received my set yet, so I grabbed an extra Kira from my local Suncoast to bide my time. The figures look awful in the boxes, and they do "unpack" much better. I like the artwork on the boxes, but I actually think they don't do the product justice. For one thing, you can't see the figures, and when you do see the figures, they look mangled -- hair in badly wrapped styles and the heads are posed to look grotesquely alien. So I do think they will come down in price even further. The presentation doesn't make them look worth 29.99.

    Sideshow used the same "GI-Joe" articulated human body they use for all their figures. They basically plopped a new, slightly out-of-proportion head on top and threw on some new hands and feet. So I think that's why they look "weird" at first glance.

    The face sculpt is much better than anything produced twenty years ago, but the resemblance is far from striking when you compare the dolls to the actual movie characters. I think an average garage kit sculptor could have done a more accurate job considering the source material.

    I'm glad they came out at all, but I'd still like to see better, and I'd love to see other characters. Since the price for these mediocre dolls started so high, I'd be happy to see a Franklin Mint version of the Gelflings, with Wendy Froud sculpting. Art Asylum or McFarlane should get a crack at the critters. I'm surprised they didn't -- they would have had the Skeksis out two years ago!
  8. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    My buddy Chad Kermit has some under "For Sale or Trade" and looks like a great deal to me.

    I betcha Ken Lilly and crew would be able to make some VERY KEEN figures!!!! AND you could almost even get the whole cast then!

  9. Muppet Labs

    Muppet Labs Guest

    Hi Everyone,

    I just bought Jen and Kira today at SunCoast and I love them!!!! I think that SideShow did an amzing job with them and I loved both the packaging and the outfits.....I have two questions for everyone that bought them and the first is does Jen's head move alot more easily then Kira's head in that his head seems loose? The second question is who else is having problems getting them to stand in that little display they give?......I would love to know if anyone has the answers to those two questions, so please reply if you have both Jen and Kira....Thanks!


  10. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    Got mine today. I thought there were a lot of very cool things about them. There were some flaws, but overall a solid product. The distortion people are talking about in the likeness is the same problem on Miss Piggy. Whenever you do rooted hair and use a rotocast head, it sometimes gets hinky. Hard to control and you have to do some things to the head to get it to work right with rooted hair.

  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    any ideas what one could do to get the heads to be a little less loose in this case? or to repair the distortion?

  12. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    The distortion is a part of the molding process. You can't really fix that. As for tightening the joint...I don't know. You could try some of that sticky stuff they use on posters...I use it to keep my figs from falling over. You could jam some up in the seam I guess. I haven't opened mine. Don't know if I will or not, so I have not seen the joint on the head.

  13. Patty

    Patty Active Member

    Odd -- my out-of-the-box Kira's head is much looser than my Jen, though neither is horribly floppy. Jen has a wider, taller neck than Kira, so I was blaming that. Guess not.

    Neither doll fits properly in its stand for me.
  14. Muppet Labs

    Muppet Labs Guest

    Hi Patty,

    Neither Jen nor Kira's head is terribly loose but Jen's head is by far looser than Kira's head and I thought it was because Kira's hair was thicker and and her outfit was tighter on the neck than Jen's outfit.....I am having a tough time getting either of them to fit in their display as Jen is too big and Kira too small to wrap the little bar around their waists.....I think I may finally have that bar securely around them as long as I don't touch them LOL....Good luck!!

  15. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    My head is loose.
  16. Patty

    Patty Active Member

    Sorry to hear about Jen's head. My Jen's head pivots better than Kira, but Kira's head won't stay up (which is OK, since she looks strange from a low angle anyhow).

    By the way, I don't really think the molding had that much to do with why I think the gelflings look "off." Not for me. For Kira, she has no neck or shoulders -- it's like a head on an articulated Barbie doll. They used the hair and (lovely) clothing to compensate for mis-matched bodies on both dolls. They did a better job with Jen, who is beefed up by the well-designed clothing. The facial problems have as much to do with the painting as sculpt shape -- I'd say more so.

    Either way, it's a rather ambitious release for Sideshow, and I'm pleased to own them. I even bought a back-up set so I can fuss with my dolls to my heart's content -- will probably even give Kira some much-needed wings. Sideshow had said earlier that the Mystic and Skeksis releases were hinged upon how well the Gelflings sold. Strange they announced this the day after the figures shipped.

    BTW: With a little bit of hair gel, you can really use the Gelfling hair to cover up any design shortcomings. Not to mention the fact the dolls look deceivingly good from certain angles. Odd that the Sideshow promo pics didn't take full advantage of that. I'm still working on Jen to make him look less like Steve Perry (the packing made his bangs stand straight up in the air -- it's an uphill battle).

  17. Michael Crawford

    Michael Crawford Well-Known Member

    Dark Crystal review...

    I know that RTM and ROC did excellent reviews of these last week, but my set finally arrived from Aisle Sniper, and I thought I'd throw in my two cents.

    The costumes are simply amazing in their detail and quality. These are easily the most complicated costumes that Sideshow has done so far, and they did an excellent job. The articulation has suffered though, because of the new hands and feet, and the head sculpts are slightly...off. I rewatched the film to refresh my memory, but I doubt if I hadn't that I would have picked up on any sculpting issues. These both look terrific, and if you're a fan of the film you should consider picking them up. Check out the complete review with pictures at:



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