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Disney Store Muppet Merchandise Released

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by ElecMayhem, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. muppetguy Member

    Ok, so last night I went to the Disney store near me in Queens, NY. They had some of the muppet items there. Out fo the plushes, they had Kermit (they really nailed him this time in plush, in MHO), Gonzo (I feel like no one ever gets him right, the nose color always throws me off), Rizzo, Pepe and Fozzie (he looks much better in person than online). They had a Miss Piggy mug, the muppet vinylmation figurines....and that was about it.

    I did buy myself a Pepe plush and he is amazing, I absolutely LOVE him and am soooo happy I didn't wait for Christmas to get this lil guy! The colors and everything are so true to the character. I have him sitting next to my Kermit, Animal and Gonzo Replicas.

    I asked about the Animal and Piggy Plushes and the disney store person told me they get inventory every tuesday and Friday, SO for people traveling long distances to any disney stores, I suggest calling them up first and ask if the merchandise has arrived at that specific store.

    Good luck and have fun muppet shopping! Can't wait to see the plush version of Walter.
  2. Drtooth Well-Known Member

  3. Nick22 Active Member

    I so wish there was still an open Disney Store near me!
  4. beaker Well-Known Member

    Still not a single Muppet item near me...there was actually people asking for it.
    I'm guessing even when they do get some in, it won't be much...might not even be featured prominently.

    Is Disney in some ways ashamed or trepedatious about the Muppet brand?

    Why arent the Muppets, save for the FAO stuff, being seen in stores?

    I see a bunch of happy feet, smurfs, etc stuff. Hardly to no Muppet stuff. People keep saying "be patient", but is there even toys planned?
    How come theres toys for every kids movie that comes out these days but no toys planned for this film? You go to the Disney store and youd never know a Muppet film is coming out, as they as usual feature the usual pixar and disneyana stuff.
  5. Enginerd Member

    I stopped by my local Disney store today and they were fully stocked with Muppet stuff. They had all the plush in stock, 3 or 4 T-shirts, mugs, vynalmation, and 2styles of reusable bags. They were also showing the muppet trailer on the big screen. Unfortunately, some lady in the store commented "What's Sesame Street doing in the Disney store?" when she saw the Muppet plush... :boo:
  6. beaker Well-Known Member

    haha, thats the problem. The Muppets have been so far outside of the pop-tainment societal sphere of awareness, with Sesame Street being the only Henson creation with an aggressive presence...that aside from college kids, some parents and a few smart kids the whole muppets thing may be lost on them. Sadly many seem to think muppets=riding on nostalgia. But it is funny how the whole premise and marketing of the Muppets film is built around the perception amongst the public that the Muppets are hasbeens and have little visibility. The mugs and vinylmation I think have been out for some time, as well as the bags. Were the plushes and t shirts the only new thing?
  7. Enginerd Member

    Yup, that's all that was new.
  8. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think the problem is ALSO with the general retailers, not just Disney. Let's not forget TRU couldn't wait to drop Muppet action figures and didn't even bother carrying past series 2. I don't see anything going to Target that fits in with the rainbow colored nightmares of girl's toys and movies based off of comics based off of toy lines based off cartoons based off of comics toy lines for the boys. Seriously... I found the fact they made Adventure Time and Phineas and Ferb toys AMAZING as they were only cartoons to begin with.

    Still, You think you'd see more plush toys and doodads around.

    I had no doubts here or there that there wouldn't be anything except for some Disney store stuff... muscle of Disney or not, kids would rather get stupid toys that do something. Even when the Muppet toy line came out, it was geared mostly for adult collectors.

    But PVC's wouldn't have killed them.
  9. beaker Well-Known Member

    To me it's all, well a certain expletive. Im sorry, but it's total bullocks that we really don't have any muppet merch for the movie in stores. Weve been waiting a lifetime for this movie, but the one time Disney decides to hold back the merchandising blitz? "oh we're in a cautious buyer's market for toys"...geez, thats why Disney is filled with countless sweatshop pixar/disneyana crap everyone already has. None of this sits well with me

    I wanna see muppet figures, toys, tons of plushes, you name it. Total 80's era saturation. Im not going to be one of those fans who sits there going "oh gee willickers, we have stickers, a couple shirts and a book!" Screw that. "Muppet domination", yeah let's see it. You'd hardly know Muppets(2011) was coming out from visiting stores.

    I cannot freaking stand WWE/TNA/MMA, Dc, Marvel, Bakugan, Ben 10, Power Rangers, Star Wars toys(used to be into it), DWA toys, etc. Nothing at Target or TRU appeals to me(cept maybe the gamer toys, but its the same Mario vinyl toys we've gotten since 2006) Bring on the Muppet toys! Dont let 2002-2004 be the last Muppet merch deluge!
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  10. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I want that stuff as much as you do... but the difference between that and Toy Story and Cars is that Toy Story and Cars have always made a fortune off of merchandising... I don't think Disney quite gets how huge Muppet stuff would be because in the past couple years when they had anything, it was all seasonal stuff they cleared out as soon as they got in.

    I also don't like the fact that we have to wait for the movie's exact drop date for merchandise, and I especially don't like having to wait for the movie to do well to see more. There is no call on there being no Muppet merchandise to begin with in the stores anyway. What was the dumping of the Disney Dreams plush to bargain stores about anyway?

    It's still a crapload more than we got from Up (a hit movie... there was NO excuse for the figure sets NOT going into mass production at all, they would have sold a lot more than their tepid Bob The Builder only he's hispanic preschool line) and considering we got like 4 bean bags and nothing else out of ENG (They can shove the bull about the movie being about "A king who loved his country" as much as they want... it would have been a lame Road to El Dorado clone if they didn't make it awesome). But then again, when they overmarketed their precious tween pop stars, they couldn't sell the merchandise at 90% off. They were flooded with a gluttony of useless and unsellable Hanna Montana and Johnas brothers stuff. So it shows they underestimate things.

    Above all, no one's buying toys like they used to unless they're older collectors or 5 year olds. Everything has to be an iPhone app now. That's all anyone cares about. Though, there's no excuse why they never finished those other 2 Muppet Apps.

    The fact that these plush, as soon as they hit the internet, sold out proves they're wrong about the slow and easy. Something tells me, even if the movie doesn't do well, the toys will still be a hit and we'll have to wait forever for more of them.

    But the main point is... HEY! We're getting Pepe for the first time that you don't have to win out of a rigged crane game or bring your 5 year old cousin to a carnival and cry for. That's how you really win those things that take... what? 75 cents a piece to make?
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

  12. JJandJanice Active Member

    Hey Drtooth, I don't know if you knew this already or if you're interested, but Hallmark stores are selling a really nice christmas ornament Of Disney/Pixar's Up. I was considering getting it myself along with that one of Beaker signing "Ode to Joy."

    Up ornament

    Beaker ornament
  13. ilovemuppet4eva Active Member

    Does anyone know what other muppets plush will be released in the disneystore? Will there be any other besides the 9 that are currently listed (kermit, miss piggy, beaker, pepe, rizzo, animal, gonzo, fozzie, and walter)?
  14. rowlfy662 Active Member

    don't know at the moment but i'm sure there might be a couple more i guess hopefully bunsen the chef and uncle deadly will be made to go along with them
  15. JJandJanice Active Member

    Dude, if Uncle Deadly was made into a plush that would be AWESOME!!!! You can bet I would buy that one.

    I would also be thrilled if plush toys were made of Rowlf and the Electric Mayhem band members (including Lips). But I'm not getting my hopes up, still one can dream.
  16. a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

  17. JJandJanice Active Member

    I also have to say, I like that "Hollywood Studios clipboard" mystery set they got there, I'm so thinking about buying that one, would be happy to have Kermit and Jack Skellington, but really I feel like I couldn't go wrong with those characters, :).

    Pretty exciting to hear of all this new merchadise featuring the Muppets.
  18. Walter Active Member

    Darn it! I was too late, I hope they restock soon.. He looks great though! and the suit looks very nice as well :)
  19. beaker Well-Known Member

    Whoah, he looks just like in the film...almost like a Walter poser. These suckers are big tho, I hope they release 6-8" versions of all these guys. Love the Beaker, Pepe and Rizzo though. Gonzo...well he looks like he's on something:)
  20. beaker Well-Known Member

    I'd be more thrilled about vinylmations if they were individual sculps like the simpsons/futurama/family guy/street fight mini figures. But it's amazing they exist...I mean freaking Waldo! Who woulda thought?

    But yeah, I just have to hold out hope Disney is waiting til right before the movie and the black friday-christmas period to hit us with the Muppet merch tidal wave.

    Im hoping to walk into Disney store and front and center is a big muppets merch display with tons of stuff. Anything less than that, we should not be happy. My fear actually, more than a so-so or iffy movie was a lack of merchandise. Up had a display up front, just for some reason they only had plushes of the rabid dogs and Doug. Never once saw any pvcs or toys, cept for a couple of bootleg sets on ebay(prototypes?)

    I liked Ratatouie, especially the last act which got to me. Never bought any merch. There was way too much Wall E merch, I mean how can you have cuddly rustic robot stuff? I didnt care too much for the film or toys. (and I usually love robot or futuristic stuff) I couldnt stand, but can respect Toy Story 3. I refuse to even acknowledge the existence of the Cars franchise. I LOVVVVED Chicken Little(which to me had cg on par with pixar at the time) And I dug the Mcdonalds Incredibles toys.

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