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Funko Pop Series 2

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by muppetlover123, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    I just read this about a blogger who talked to a Funko president of funko because there was a rumor of funko dropping the muppet line...he was concerned and went to the source (the president of funko) and asked about a series 2 and they are planning on doing some tie-ins to Muppets Most Wanted! :p He said Series 2 he would like to see would be Bunsen Beaker Swedish Chef and he asked about Walter since he has been in the teaser picture, they both agreed Walter would be a logical choice!!! Excited

    link: http://popvinyls.com/2013/02/13/pop-vinyls-com-exclusive-a-toy-fair-sit-down-with-brian-mariotti/

    On another Funko note im excited about the Kermit and Piggy cupcake figures

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  2. SkeetScootSquat

    SkeetScootSquat Well-Known Member

    CUPCAKE HOLDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is disney really THIS desperate to make money???????
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    No. Those are one of Funko's sub-brands. They have basically Disney and MLP ones of these and...well... they aren't selling well. I've never seen the Kermit and Piggy one, which leads me to believe the line has been canceled completely. They're pretty awful, actually. I just don't get the point of them when the Pops/vynal figures/Bobbleheads are far superior products for Funko.

    That said, this thread is several months old. Series 2 has been revealed already. But it's just the Chef and Sam so far.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Disney shouldn't be desperate for money. Disney could just, you know, release season four of The Muppet Show.

    Or, if Disney was really desperate but didn't want to get music cleared, they could release every little Muppet production that doesn't require music clearances (most of which are either fairy tale specials or direct-to-video projects aimed at little kids).
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  5. SkeetScootSquat

    SkeetScootSquat Well-Known Member

    Good point. I guess my rage got the best of me there,Probably because I just watched the Lady Gaga and the muppets special. Boy, that video is hor-ee-baal!!Somtimes I wanna slug Disney.
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I think I've already seen pictures of The Swedish Chef and Sam the Eagle toys somewhere.
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  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You realize of course that I essentially just said Disney has zip to do with a crappy toy line, other than letting some company buy the license, right? And even if they did, they totally okayed their princesses and Fairies before the 2 Muppets.

    Funko is a great indie toy company, and I love the fact they can get licenses from Warner Bros and Disney and Hasbro and Mattel at the same time. But the Cupcakes thing was a huge folly on their part. There's only so much quirky you can shove into something before it becomes so cutesy poo that it's far more the latter than the former. The Cupcake line was clearly intended for the female collector, as a guy I just don't see anything but a unicorn puking a rainbow here. But its'... just... not as cool as their other lines. Nor as successful.

    As for the POP line... I hope that after the movie has it's run, down the line we'll see some more additions to the Muppets. Those ones really flew off the shelves. I really want that Chef and Sam, but what I'm drooling over are the Ghostbusters. Ugh. I'm like pulling my hair out with these things. I only have like 4 of them, and they keep releasing more and more cool ones.
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  8. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Just got my Vinyl pop figures of the Swedish Chef and Sam the Eagle, today.:)
  9. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Where did you get them? I want my Sam so bad!
  10. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

  11. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

  12. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Wha?? Funco purchased a Muppet license so of course they're going to use it on all the lucrative products they offer. If cupcake holders didn't make money, they wouldn't make them.

    I also think Disney/ABC did as much as they could to minimize any potential damage of a watered-down special. It was barely promoted. However, the Muppets were great in it. I don't think it harmed them at all. They were the bright spot. Gaga has since admitted to personal struggles at the time that program was taped. She bears the responsibility for it. Not Disney.

    I'll agree that Eisner deserved criticism for all of his cheapquels, but Disney has done mostly right by the Muppets since 2008 when they first greenlit the development of their feature film with Segel. Why the heck would anyone want to "slug" them?

    While I'm frustrated that the last two seasons of the Muppet Show are still under lock and key in Disney's vault, I trust there's a good reason. It's likely do to music rights that are beyond their control. Who knows? The Henson Company never released full season sets so Disney has already gone above and beyond in that department.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Exactly the point I was trying to make. The Cupcake figures (not holders, figures for some reason shaped like Cupcakes) just didn't seem to move. They were intended for a female collector, going for Disney princesses and Fairies and MLP:FIM licenses. Suffice to say, the Muppet ones were probably not produced for the whole line's failure. And it wasn't exactly their first flop of a toyline. They had some really stupid flat, angular figures that didn't really look all that good that only produced a couple Simpsons and Batman before being discontinued. Meanwhile, Pops, blind boxed figures, and Bobbleheads still manage to have healthy sales.

    Still find it funny that Disney gets any blame other than having a license purchased. Glad to know I'm not the only one who knows that.

    While I don't think the special was great by any means, I find the amount of hate it gets just ridiculous considering:

    A) it was never meant to be an annual classic, and was only made to promote and album and a movie.

    B) we've sat through admittedly much worse for 5 minutes or less of just Piggy and Kermit with maybe like one more character

    and C) the Liberace episode of The Muppet Show was far far far far worse in terms of celebrities upstaging the Muppets. He did it on their own show!
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  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

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  15. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Ive been thinking since its a "MMW" funko line it would have been cool for them to make Jean Napoleon Pierce, Dominic Badguy, Nadya, and Constantine
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  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I actually found out the reason why...Seems they're re-releasing Kermit, Piggy, and Animal as well as the 2 new characters. Which is disappointing, as they are unaltered and not even variants. Not even an alternate color of Piggy. Unfortunately Dr. Teeth, Snowths, and Mahna Mahna aren't getting rereleases.
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  17. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    Meh...if you ask me, re-releasing the figures is a bad move. They should've introduced more figures of characters we haven't seen yet, like Rowlf, Beaker, or Bunsen. I mean, if history shows, secondary characters actually sell out faster than the main characters. Just look at the Disney Store plushes. Rowlf and the Swedish Chef sold out within the week they were released and they still haven't gotten off their keisters and restocked them. There's a pile of money just sitting there for them.

    We've seen lots of Kermit, Piggy, and Animal merchandise before. Everyone owns something with their face on it. They need to give other characters their turn in the spotlight. I'm not saying we should get plushes, action figures, and shirts of Nigel, Timmy Monster, or Wanda (although that would be awesome). But, good lord, give us SOMETHING with Scooter on it.

    Granted, Scooter would look pretty ghastly with Funko eyes. :eek:
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  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's a pretty logical step to rerelease the characters. The figures have all sold out, even the Kermit and Piggys quite some time ago. If you can actually find one, consider yourself lucky. Personally, I'd rather they restock the entire first series line up and the new characters with promises of a third and fourth series once the movie hits home video.

    Though I really think they should have at least given Piggy a variant color dress. Maybe animal with a variant body (like a different shirt, Palisades style).
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  19. SkeetScootSquat

    SkeetScootSquat Well-Known Member

    Piggy should have worn her green dress and Animal should have worn his white shirt,or maybe they could wear the gold and white tuxedos.
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  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Anyone see the Sam or Chef yet?

    I know the Peabody and Sherman (and Rocky and Bullwinkle) ones were just released a couple weeks ago...

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