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Diamond Select Toys to Produce new Muppet figures and mini mates!

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by rowlfy662, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It has been said that there'd be a daredevil variant. Of course I've assumed the variants would be repaints, so I wonder how any of Gonzo's regular outfits can be repainted into a daredevil one (Gonzo has worn a number of different daredevil outtfits, some in the same basic style but different colors).
     
  2. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    C2E2 ends today. Is there any more news on this whatsoever?
     
  3. j3h

    j3h Active Member

    Latest ask DST has quite a bit of Muppet Q&A:

    As Diamond Select Toys’ offerings expand in new directions, the “Miscellaneous” mailbag of Ask DST has swollen to unprecedented heights! DST president DSTChuck is here to answer your questions about Batman, Gotham, Muppets, Ghostbusters, Nightmare Before Christmas and more! Got your own question? Click on the “Question?” link up top, or e-mail us!

    (Edited for just Muppet related questions for posting here)
    J. (Me) :)
    Will the upcoming Muppet figures come with display bases? Might I suggest that each Muppet figure come with their own archway that could connect together and stack to make a display of the Show’s opening? It would be fairly inexpensive to add since the same tooling would be used over and over (twice over in each two pack). I see that the design would have to be modified slightly to accommodate a full body figure rather than half a puppet, and for stacking stability. Wouldn’t that be a great way to display a collection as the line continues on? Eventually DST could even make the Muppet Show logo with an opening “O” for Kermit or Gonzo.

    DSTChuck: That is a neat idea, but the figures are already coming packed two figures per package, as well as some with accessories. Also, as you say, it would need major modification to work, and would need to be packed two per package as well. Maybe down the road.

    J3 H. (Me again) :)
    Greetings! Could you share a little bit more about your plans for The Muppets? You stated you have a few waves planned, but how many 2packs will be in a wave? Would a large character like Sweetums be by himself or packed with someone tiny like Robin? Anything else you can share? Thanks!


    DSTChuck: Four two -per series. Right now, for the most part, it’s two similar-sized characters per pack, but yes, something like Sweetums and a smaller character could be something we would do.

    Michael K.
    If the Muppet action figures are successful, what are the chances for characters like Bean Bunny or the Muppet Babies getting made?

    DSTChuck: I don’t think we have gotten far enough to look into anything past the Muppet Show.


    Tanya O.
    I think it’s great that DST has acquired the Muppets license, as we haven’t had any real Muppets toy lines since the incredible Palisades Muppets a decade-plus ago. I know that for sales reasons the Diamond Select Muppets lines will mostly be covering all of the heavy-hitters, but is there any chance of in some form covering the one gaping hole left over for Palisades Muppets collectors: Sal Manilla? Sal the Monkey was the only Palisades Muppets Series 10 figure that was sculpted and didn’t get released in any form, and as a result Muppets collectors have 3 Johnny Fiamas and no Sals. In fact, no company has ever produced a Sal figure to put with Johnny. Even if it’s just as a non-poseable, undersized pack-in PVC figure or a Minimate, what are the chances of getting a Sal Manilla figure from Diamond Select to “complete” the collections of long-time Muppets collectors? I think knowing that a Sal figure of any kind is finally coming would go a long to winning over Muppets collectors with preexisting Palisades Toys Muppets collections. Thank you!!!


    DSTChuck: Right now we have the first four series kind of roughed in, but it’s not set in stone. Only the first series is sculpted at this time, so too early to say for sure…
     
  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hmm... So they're planning a total of two 2-packs per serie with the first four series roughly planned out. That gets us a total of sixteen of the twenty-four Muppet Select figures mentioned only as a guestimate in a previous ASK DST segment. We know the first half of S1 will be the pairing of Kermit :) & Fozzie :o, but who's the other two-pack?

    BTW: DST also has the license for NBC? ! ? :fanatic:
    What are their plans with that line if you can LMK via PM JH3? Thanks.
     
  5. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Tanya, if you read this, did you know that a French Company has made mini Porcelain Muppet figures, which includes Johnny and Sal!
     
  6. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    [​IMG]Bottom row, far right.
     
  7. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Active Member

    They're all scary though. I don't see someone calling these the crown jewel of their Muppet collection. These are the things you hide in the corner of the closet.
     
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  8. Mr Sweetums

    Mr Sweetums Active Member

    16 out of 24 already planned? How interesting :batty:

    :):o:concern::mad::halo:

    This means we have 11 mystery Muppets and I think it's safe to say :attitude: :hungry: :confused: :eek: ;) :sympathy: :fanatic: will be represented and that already makes me happy, everything else will simply be a bigger pleasant surprise.

    If I had to guess I'd say the last 4 consist of :sleep::boo::shifty::rolleyes: or :D:sing::flirt::cool:

    And as much as I eventually want them to get to Sal I think I'd prefer to have Bobo Bear first
     
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  9. fufumuppet

    fufumuppet Member

    I am personally very excited for this new line, seeing how I own no Palisades figures :concern: , and I can't wait until the first set is released!
     
  10. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    I have looked through all coverage from the event, and it does not look like they displayed any muppet Minimates. How disappointing.
     
  11. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Active Member

    I think they were there but much like at Toy Fair they were under wraps and you had to ask to see them but weren't allowed photos. I'm guessing we have to see something at Comic Con if not before.
     
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    So they said that there's plans this year for one character who wasn;t made into a figure by Palisades, and that it was an important character, yet they seemed to state that it won't be Walter, and I think I saw something that said that only characters from The Muppet Show are planned for this year.

    With that in mind, it can be hard to figure out who it is (especially if the character is "important"). The closest I can think of would be somebody who was primarily featured in the first season. Maybe also Annie Sue, maybe also Louis Kazagger. Foo-Foo is kind of important, and wasn't made into a Palisades Toy, maybe it's Foo-Foo.

    Or I wonder if it could be Mahna Mahna and/or a Snowth. Palisades released them as PVCs and planned to release them as action figures but never did. And they seem to have become slightly more important since the Palisades era ended.
     
  13. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Active Member

    Actually rereading the Q&A diamond say they only have rights to the muppet show which means movie characters and Muppets Tonight might be out the question right now which does make me think it might a snowth and mahna mahna set could be wrong though
     
  14. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    I think the Muppets' license includes all the Muppet shows, but I could be completely wrong about that.

    However, movies are a different issue. MTM and MFS are the trickiest since the rights are shared with Sony Pictures. I've run into that wall in my work before. Things like a banjo strumming Kermit don't usually require a TMM license. There are weird rules.

    One thing I can almost definitively say is that the bulk of Henson Hour characters are probably off limits simply because Disney has shown little love for them.
     
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  15. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Hoping if the TV show takes off, Disney can make a smaller line of Muppet figures in the scale/way they made those amazing 2011-2013 Muppet Star Wars figures. Never understood why they didn't make a regular line with those.
     
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  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    At first the Palisades line only included characters and things from TMS (and at first they were even limited in what TMS characters were included, though I find it interesting that Mahna Mahna and the Snowths initially weren't included but the Robot Rabbit was) before expanding. I wonder if that's normal for a Muppet toy collection or if it was because the line was specifically celebrating The Muppet Show's 25th anniversary. I remember that when it was announced I felt that The Muppet Show line should be limited to TMS and that there should be separate lines for all the movies as well as The Jim Henson Hour and Muppets Tonight (but I ended up liking what ended up happening with the line).

    But I think my theory that "it's specifically TMS so it should be limited to TMS" is more likely, since there's been plenty of toy lines before and since that included Bean Bunny, Pepe, Walter, Constantine, and a few others that weren't on TMS.
     
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  17. j3h

    j3h Active Member

    MS Word dropped a few more nuggets of info:
    Kermit & Fozzie are both in wave one, BUT NOT in the same 2pack together.
    Wave one will be three 2packs which means on the day of release you can take home a total of 6 Muppet characters.
     
  18. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    Ahhh I can't wait to see these figures!!!
     
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  19. los

    los Active Member

    Arrrrgh. When are these coming out. I'm tired of waiting. Please just a teaser pic to hold me over :o. I'll eat my hat for a pic
     
  20. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Maybe they'll show something at next month's Comic Con? That's anybody's guess.
     
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