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eFX Collectibles to produce Muppet Replicas

Discussion in 'Muppet Replicas' started by FennShysa, Jun 9, 2009.


What Muppet Replica do you want the most?

  1. Rizzo the Rat

    43 vote(s)
  2. Miss Piggy

    79 vote(s)
  3. Pepe the King Prawn

    42 vote(s)
  4. Fozzie Bear

    150 vote(s)

  1. Jacquelyn

    Jacquelyn Member

    As much as I love reporter Kermit, I would not buy it since I have Kermit. I can only get animal b/c his price when down so much and my birthday is coming. And I bough Gonzo for myself b/c his price dropped. I would LOVE to have Piggy, but doubt I will be able to afford her. Passing on Rizzo and Pepe likely. I really think Fozzie and Piggy should come before them and before another Kermit. I really really hope they do Piggy justice and she is a classy classic version and doesn't look tacky.
  2. antonydavanzo

    antonydavanzo Well-Known Member

  3. James Denny

    James Denny Well-Known Member

    I also think forbidden planet used to sell them in the U.K.
  4. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    A few thoughts & opinions...

    Would Miss Piggy be a big selling Photo Puppet?
    -You betcha! It all depends on how well she is made to reflect the genuine article. Something like this has never been attempted and the type of collector who would buy a poser would definitely buy a Piggy poser. Sure the action figures and other Piggy related items don't do as well when pegged next to other Muppet characters, but this is different. It's not a doll, figure or Pez dispenser. This is owning a real life Miss Piggy! The pig does best when she can really shine. That's what this is...if done right. Also, let's not forget of the success of the classic Piggy puppet from the 80s. It was a great likeness and a good seller when pegged next to Kermit, Rowlf and Fozzie.

    Will EFX inherit the same challenges as MR?
    -Yes and no. MR bravely explored new ground and of course made some mistakes along the way. EFX can learn from these missteps - from material and likeness issues to marketing. Disney is now pushing the Muppets more than Henson did in Palisades' prime or Disney did while MR held their license. That alone tells stores that the Muppets are rising in public consciousness and backed by heavy-hitter Disney. Retailers will take a second look at this. I think MR suffered from lack of firm support from both Disney and their parent company. It seems to me like timing played a great part in things. The wild success and exposure of the Whatnot Workshop provides proof of a working high-end Muppet merchandise model.

    What's with another Kermit, Rizzo and Pepe?
    -A respectful reboot! EFX never had the chance to handle the frog and it's important that they release one. Muppet merchandise is hard to sell unless a Kermit is present. It's a fact of life (not just opinion). The promise of a Kermit coming will only increase future sales to new collectors. They need new customers. That means hold off on Fozzie Bear and more difficult to manage character items in favor of sure-fire favorites. Rizzo and Pepe are crowd pleasers that are light, take up a small fraction of warehouse space and they are easy to ship. Once EFX hits a healthy stride they can take more chances. i just hope that Kermit would be the GMC version and not a rehash. People really do respond to Reporter Kermit.

    Should we start a Scooter Fan Club?
    -Frog yeah! These are collectors items and honestly, at this high end - success can sometimes have more to do with quality than character. As long as it's classic shiny jacket Muppet Show Scooter he could fare very well. He's also small enough to ship without incident like a Rowlf or Fozzie Bear (or Sweetums ;)). Heck, I think we should include the Mayhem in the fan club too. I don't know how two-packs like Statler & Waldorf or Bunsen & Beaker would fare because it doubles the already expensive price point. However, there is potential in all of this if sales of initial offerings (Piggy, Rizzo, Reporter Kermit & Pepe) are strong enough. How cool would a Janice, Sam Eagle or Dr. Teeth be? I think they are possible!

    So that's my two cents from the tiny bit that I have experienced. The usual Muppet product equation shouldn't be ignored, but it doesn't easily fit here. This is new territory. It's success factor is anybody's guess. I just hope that EFX will also branch out into other sections of Muppet collectibles. Their Star Wars items look amazing.
  5. James Denny

    James Denny Well-Known Member

    I haven't yet bought any of the replicas but am very excited about the prospect of Miss Piggy, in fact i promised myself if she got made i'd get one.

    IMHO the reason the Palisades Piggy didn't sell well as beacuse of the way her hair was, she looked good in the exclusive variant.

    So yaay for eFX and lets be happy that we're getting all this cool new stuff :mad:

  6. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I think honestly you are right in a way, there is no knowing how well they will do, but i don't see that a lot has changed since Master Replicas. Still a small company, with the same distribution channels. I think as you say, the Muppets being higher profile now will help, and doing smaller posers at first which retailers may be more likely to stock will help. Other than that i think it is really upto this new company to take the ball and run with it in terms of getting the look and price of the product right, and really hammering on the retailers doors to stock the things. It is all down to them, i'm sure if the work is put in they should succeed!

    I'd love to see Scooter and some of the more background characters. It's not just hardcore fanboyish or the few people here who would want them. Characters like Scooter, Sam, Chef and the Mayhem ARE well known by most people and considered very cool - even Sam was shown on the WWE wrestling a few weeks ago. I actually think they are better known than Pepe amongst the casual fans in their 20-30's.
  7. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    For thos of you who have not dealt with eFX. They are a whole lot better than MR has ever been. Byran Ono listens to the people. Most of you don't realize that he checks up on these boards to see what the fans want. Also what is even better and might happen here to is they have payment plans for large priced items like they did when I got the Star Wars X-wing. I paid it in full but they had I think like four or five installments before shipping it out to you. eFX is paying more attention to every detail to there new products. Disney is help making these replicas instead of Terry this time around. I doubt for little mess up on these like MR did. And let your voice be heard on the Muppet poser stuff cause you may never know when Bryan will pop in here. eFX is a really good company that I have gotten two replicas from them and love them totally.
  8. Kim4muppets

    Kim4muppets New Member

    I am so excited. I have my heart set on getting Fozzie and now I want Miss Piggy too. Not really keen on Pepe though. I would love it if they made Statler & Waldorf, Bunsen & Beaker and the Swedish Chef. I just want all of them, hehe. I need to start saving.
  9. drudo

    drudo Member

    This is WONDERFUL news! It was a great way to start the day this morning.

    I just wanted to add my voice to the support for a Miss Piggy! I am disappointed that Fozzie has apparently been put on hold, but I wanted a Piggy equally bad, so I'm okay with it. Just imagine how cool it will be to have her posed with Kermit!

    Also, count me in the Scooter Fan Club. I'd love to have a Scooter.
  10. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I just don't understand why on earth they would bump Fozzie back so far .. madness. The number one choice in a poll of hardcore fans and they will have to wait for at least 3, maybe 4 posers to come out before him. Thats probably two years away. Crazy ... i hope they address that or change it when they see fan reaction. I'm liking the choices overall, and i like the other eFX product but two years is way too long for the one everyone has been building up for. Bring on da Bear!
  11. rexcrk

    rexcrk Well-Known Member

    You could always buy them and keep them in the box... that way when you DO have room for them you'll have them instead of being like "Aw man, I wish I'd bought them when I had the chance, they're too expensive now"

  12. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    You know guys, they can change that...nothing is in stone and this isn't Mr where talking about. We still might get Fozzie before Piggy.
  13. Meepsterboy

    Meepsterboy Well-Known Member

    Pepe will be the one I finally buy. I am a sucker for the king prawn, okay?
  14. goldengonzo

    goldengonzo Well-Known Member

    If they're going to make Piggy before Pepe, they might as well do Fozzie before Piggy. Miss Piggy doesn't have one signature look, so fans are going to be split no matter what look eFX decides to go with. I really hope eFX can do Pepe and some other smaller or sure fire sellers before they test the water with someone too expensive.
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    To me it would make sense to make a smaller one first. That way to kind of get the feel of things a little better. I also would love to see Fozzie made since everyone has really been wanting to add him to there collection.
  16. goldengonzo

    goldengonzo Well-Known Member

    Interesting news...

    If eFX does plan to release Fozzie, they may have to start from scratch. Terry, the man who made the original Muppet posers, is not working on this new crop.

    "Very sadly I am not in involved with the eFX's Muppet Posers at all. No one called me at all. So for sure they don't want me which means I am 100% out of a job and up the river. 2009 is one bad year for me work wise."

  17. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    thats interesting and yet somehwat sad.
  18. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    Me to as far as work is concerned.
  19. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Terry is the guy who got all this going. It was his idea that he shopped around in the first place. I really do think they should retain his services for these items. I don't think any other builder would have as much inside knowledge like Terry has. Either way we all owe him a big thank you!
  20. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    Yes, Terry is the man and always will be.

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