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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. DSTZach

    DSTZach Active Member

    We WISH stores like Walgreens and Target and GameStop were interested in Muppets, but it is a hard sell with no current media attached. Kingdom Hearts is one of our most successful launches in recent memory.

    Hopefully we can move on to Dr. Teeth next. I think he is stronger than Sam, IMHO.

    BTW, if anyone is still looking for Series 1, we have the basic TRU figures in our webstore, as well as the Select balcony version of Statler and Waldorf. Plus all of the tumblers, mugs and pint glasses. Series 2 and 3 were all sold to retailers, so you may see them out in the wild a little more.
     
  2. Rtec1

    Rtec1 Well-Known Member

    Hopefully we can move on to Dr Teeth next!

    Are you saying that if Swedish Chef sells well you will move on to just Dr Teeth for $25 and not the actual two pack including Zoot?
     
  3. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Hey. Good to see you back! So the Rizzo/Sam, Teeth/Zoot will no longer be 2 packs, right? It's great these will finally be released!
     
  4. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    I wish it would work this way. It should, but it doesn't for a myriad of technical reasons I've never understood. Imagine how many units Disney Parks would sell if they had these in their gift stores and in Disney Stores.
     
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  5. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    I figured they would all eventually come, and I'm pretty much 100% sure he is not saying Zoot and Rizzo are getting removed, but he's just saying only Dr. Teeth because he is the "headliner" of the two.

    This is freakin' awesome; I'm the guy on KHInsider (Neo_GFX) that is raving about those figures.

    I want to smash the like button 1000x on this post... even in the Muppet gift shop alone.
     
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  6. ConsummateVs

    ConsummateVs Well-Known Member

    Man, I would so buy the Muppet figures if I had the money...
     
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  7. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    But that would make too much sense. LOL.

    The gritty truth is that Disney Stores and Disney Parks gift shops are likely seen as separate retailers. There really should be a way thorough that bureaucracy, but it likely comes down to the idea that the parks want exclusive things you can't find in commercial stores.
     
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  8. Rtec1

    Rtec1 Well-Known Member

    I’m pretty sure Marvel Select figures were available to buy in Disneyland and Euro Disney in recent years when I’ve been, and definitely in Disney Stores in UK
     
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  9. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I wonder what the next figure will be?
     
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  10. MuppetsRule

    MuppetsRule Well-Known Member

    I think this is what really hurts this line. "Hopefully". It is very difficult for Muppet fans to commit to buying the figures if there is no guarantee that their collection is going to be complete. It's a lot of money to spend when you are only going to get a half a dozen figures in your muppet collection.
     
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  11. Rtec1

    Rtec1 Well-Known Member

    100% agree with this, after series 2 all we ever heard was Hopefully, if theres enough pre-orders Hopefully...., and lots of maybe a series 5 when it was pretty obvious we’d be extremely lucky to get a Series 4 and even series 3 come to think of it. And again there’s even mention of figures beyond the last few being released, when let’s be honest it ain’t happening!
    I really want Swedish Chef, but what’s important to me is completing the Band, Do I pay well over the odds to get the Chef over here with Intl shipping and Customs to HOPEFULLY get Dr Teeth and Zoot??? Bored of it all now really
     
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  12. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    We should just enjoy the figures that we do get. After all, we will never get all the Muppets because there are too many of them.
     
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  13. floydnjanicefan

    floydnjanicefan Well-Known Member

    This is always how action figures work. Each series released determines the fate of the next. A company can't commit to making x number of characters hoping that somebody will buy them all at the end of the line once they feel enough characters have been released. "Hopefully" is the best you can expect, whether it is Muppets or something more popular. As Muppet fans, we have a bit more of a struggle since our property isn't in the forefront of pop culture, so preorders become even more important.
     
  14. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    THIS! It's the state of how all action figures work, but the Muppets are a particularly hard sell. As a fan and someone who works in products, I'd welcome the chance to better structure a line of Muppet figures. Too many main characters are needlessly held back in order to add longevity to the line...and the line ends before we get them. This is not really a complaint as much as an observation. I've worked on two lines of Muppets and I know what I'm talking about. I also know what goes into the decision making. I helped influence some key decisions as a freelancer, particularly with Palisades. We did a lot right. We also missed the mark a lot too. Personally, I think the entire Mayhem, in addition to single releases, should also be released packaged together as a branded exclusive for conventions in special packaging. Someone tell me that wouldn't sell like crazy! That's the thing. Everything feels so tentative about Muppet figures. Fans are fickle, the market if fickle, and stores are fickle. The figures are more or less like the ABC Muppets show. There are some faithful followers, but more criticism and apathy than there was back in Jim's day. The reasons, however, are different. Anyway, you bring up a very good point. One I know all too well.
     
  15. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    What was the line you worked on that wasn't Palisades?
     
  16. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    I'm not at liberty to divulge much of that, but you can read between the lines. It takes many people to make these products. I am one of those many people.
     
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  17. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    By the way, Diamond Select's Miss Piggy won the bronze in her category at this year's Poppies. That's a pretiguous toy award voted on by industry professionals. I could not have more pride in a product than I do in her. She's the notoriously a low performer in sales when compared to the other Muppets. Yeah, it is third place, but that cute, flamboyant figureskakting fella at the Olympics got the bronze too, so the Diva Pig is in good company! Diamond Select, the sculptors at Gentle Giant and everybody involved in that figure should be very pleased. I actually teared up after hearing the news. Miss Piggy has finally gotten the respect the deserves. [​IMG]
     
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  18. Rtec1

    Rtec1 Well-Known Member

    A very very nice figure! Wish we’d got that old style camera too!
     
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  19. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    Okay, I was just curious because I can't think of another Muppet action figure line that wasn't Palisades or Diamond... if you're with Diamond then that's a nice plot twist, and in that case congrats!

    @DSTZach If you ever come back, I'm curious if you could divulge why Crazy Harry didn't come with a dynamite plunger. The comment about Miss Piggy not coming with the camera (I believe it was actually supposed to come with Rowlf pre-piano) made me think of this. Was it anti-violence, or did you guys rethink the accessories when you added Rowlf's piano (I'm assuming off-memory that the piano was a late addition)?
     
  20. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    You are very close in your assessment there ;) and I'll stop there. As for the plunger, as someone who's worked on legit Muppets stuff under Henson and Disney, I can tell you that weapons for most characters who are on the same tier that the Muppets happen to be on are a no-go. In this day and age, I can't really fault them too much for that. Also, I thought that the ABC Muppets missed a great opportunity with Crazy Harry. Imagine him having to give up his career in pyrotechnics and placed in the hands of a temp agency where he keeps getting fired from mundane jobs because he doesn't fit in and he can't make water cooler conversation. They could find a way to make if funny and poignant. Just my thought on all of that stuff. It would have been hilarious.
     
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