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For the 1st Time - BRAND NEW "MUPPETS" at BUILD a BEAR Workshop 2012!

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by TikiColadas, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Carl23

    Carl23 Well-Known Member

    That's true. For every 18" franchise character, they ussually do at least 2 secondary characters as 6" plush. For Alvin it was Simon and Theodore, for Frosty it was Karen Prof. Hinkle and Hocus, and for Snoopy it was Woodstock and Charlie Brown. So it is very possible that the rest might be 6", instead of full "Buildable" characters. It'd still be cool, but they've never done so many add-on characters for a buildable. I'd love it if at LEAST Fozzie got in on it too. He would translate so well, and we might finally get a great plush of him.

    Also, worth noting, their Licenced characters tend to be $23 bucks, but if these really are gonna be Puppets (not to mention Disney/Henson) they might be a bit more.

    Ballpark should probably be about $25-35 for "Buildables", and $10-15 for "Companion". And I just realized they could MAKE BANK if they play this up all the way, Kermit, Fozzie, Piggy, and Gonzo as buildables, (PLEASE Scooter, but just the 4 for roundness) At least 1 outfit "aimed" at each, such as suits, or trenchcoats, Dresses for Piggy, (tiny Banjo) Voiceboxes aimed at each, "YAAAY!!" "Wakka Wakka!" and one with The Muppet Show theme, The boxes would be themed like The Muppet Theater...

    This could be the start of something amazing. Here's hoping they're gonna play their cards right.
  2. Scooterfan5

    Scooterfan5 Well-Known Member

    OOOOOO I would love to build a Scooter :D
  3. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Especially if they sell black tank tops, shorts, and boots. I can supply the glow tubes and black nail polish myself.

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  4. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Aren't these Build-a-Bear shops simply where you stuff a premade design with cotton to varying results?

    So basically, American kids get to pretend what it's like to be a Chinese or Burmese sweat shop worker making all the crap they sell at Disney, Target, Walmart etc...except, they get to go home after a half hour and arent in dangerous conditions. D'oh!
  5. Carl23

    Carl23 Well-Known Member

    The difference is that Build A Bear products are ussually REALLY high quality, and you can choose how stuffed you want it to be, more soft, or more stiff. But, essentially the concept is the same, yes. LOL.
  6. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    So are these puppets? I just noticed at the bottom of the picture it says kermit the frog puppet..... That would be neat and explain why they are looking at more characters
  7. LeanneRivett

    LeanneRivett Well-Known Member

    The piggy is the best plush version I've ever seen I love her
  8. Carl23

    Carl23 Well-Known Member

    Totally agree with you, Leanne. That's what I was saying earlier about the quality. Really great designs on these guys, even better if they actually turn out to be puppets. Can't wait for the announcement.
  9. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing if these are puppets they are vent style with a whole for the hand in the head...that way they can be stuffed and we can spend more money on build a bear clothes for them.
  10. DramaQueenMokey

    DramaQueenMokey Well-Known Member

    Looool Kim, that's sexy ;)
  11. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    Good grief, that has "gag gift" written all over it.
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  12. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Why yes, it does. And, on that note, let it be known that I have a good sense of humor and my birthday is in April. ;)
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  13. jrxing

    jrxing Well-Known Member

    OMG! CANNOT wait
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  14. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    awesome..cant wait for these and the muppet themes clothes...me and my girl are so getting a set
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  15. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member

    Hmmm... I'm having a hard time getting excited about these. Perhaps it's my own bias against Build-A-Bear in general - $20+ to let my child kiss a heart and step on a pedal as they "build" their stuffed animal that won't get played with? Maybe that's just my kids. I just really don't get the appeal. *ok, stepping down from soapbox*

    They look cute enough but I agree with a previous poster about the proportions looking a little like Muppet Babies. And I'm not clear on how they could be puppets? Doesn't that detract from the whole "building" thing? Now I could see getting some accessories to dress up the Muppet plush we already have. That could be fun.

    I am glad to see more promotions going on though. At least they're not just going away with the movie release. Although this one doesn't wow me I'm still excited everytime I see anything new with the Muppets.
  16. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Cindy, I'm having a very hard time imagining your little ones' not playing with Muppet toys!! Ha ha. But seriously, I can see what you and others are saying about the proportions, that's just how all of their build-a products are sized though, like huggable teddy bears (I've got the most sqooshy and plump Cookie Monster you'll ever see, and I made him at BaB), you just gotta make sure you don't OVERstuff them. ;)

    As for the "puppet" part in their descriptions, maybe it's just cuz people think of them as puppet characters? Or could be that they may have a hand opening in the backs of their heads like another poster suggested. Guess we'll have to wait and see on that one.

    As for me, I can't wait!! :D Let's get excited!!
  17. Muppetfan44

    Muppetfan44 Well-Known Member

    OMG these are absolutely adorable!! I definitely agree that this Piggy plush is the best one that we have seen in a long time. Kermit looks a little chunky but not too bad-with the whole Build a Bear process it probably can't be helped.

    I know these will be a little pricey but I have to have them, lol! Now the question is should I order them online or be a silly, kooky 25 year old building my own at the store...probably the latter!
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  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's more like giving the kids an illusion that they created something. It's basically a false sense of having made something crafty.

    Still, If there was a Scooter, I'd love to see it, but I can't bring myself to be a single guy going into one of those things just to build a Scooter. Even a small one. Though... where is everyone hearing Scooter from? Is there an official announcement or something? I hate when we put the cart in front of the horse like that... we wind up coming up with series 5 of an action figure line that doesn't even get released and that leads to disappointment.
  19. Carl23

    Carl23 Well-Known Member

    Also true, DrTooth. According to OP, Kermit and Piggy are set to be released and they are considering doing Fozzie, Gonzo, Scooter, and Walter if they do well.

    Fan44, I commented on that earlier. It's the style of Build A Bear. They have a basic template (allows for the stuffing/easy stitch process) and for Licenced characters, they modify the template and design new heads. Piggy looks fantastic, but obviously Kermit's slender limbs don't lend themselves well to that kind of design.

    The one I really hope gets made is Fozzie. There's no reason that the Kermit and Piggy set wouldn't do well, and Fozzie in the style would look great. And of course anything Scooter is welcome. Back to what Drtooth said, we really don't want to get our hopes up too high. It's all the waiting game now, but hopefully this means there's a lot more Muppets in the works for the DVD release.
  20. LeanneRivett

    LeanneRivett Well-Known Member

    Funny, I thought that too, but I quite like his chunky teddy bear like arms, cuddlier than the usual spindly ones, maybe it is because I'm a girl and like to cuddle and squish things.

    Shame they didn't come out for my Birthday I would have loved one. I hope they come to UK, like the Smurfs and Snoopy.


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