Hey all, I've been away from here for some time, and just did a quick spped read of what's going down in this forum, and well... uh... something has just come to mind. I would really like to believe that the Palisades Muppet figures are a far cry from the World of Springfield or Hasbro Star Wars lines which get less inspired with every variation that gets churned out for the sake of squeezing a few extra bucks out of the hardcore collectors. In my heart I still feel this way, and am still passionately attempting to get hold of two of everything... But then I saw the tuxedo Bunsen and Beaker figures. Well sculpted, attractractively presented, but that doesn't relieve the little voices in my head from asking "Why?" Rowlf with his piano and Kermit, being the el grando master of ceremonies, seem utterly justified in having tuxedo'ed variants... but I just can't see a reason for having the lab guys wearing them. As has been stated many a time by performers, the costume is very much a part of building character. From my personal observations, to transfer a character to a different costume requires the attitude of that character to be incorporated into the new costume in order to retain that character's identity. Since I've read/heard speculation that there are desires to put all characters in tuxedos, methinks some kind of character incorporation needs to be considered. For example: Bunsen and Beaker could have their lab coats as part of their tuxedos, or at the very least still have the characters' pens in their pockets. (The picture I saw of them wasn't very clear, so if they have these already, I apologise) Fozzie could have his polka-dotted tie as his tuxedo's bow tie. Or, alernatively, since the regular Fozzie figure is into such vaudevillian schtick tools as the ruber chicken and Groucho glasses (where art thou, banana peel?), perhaps he could wear black swimming flippers on his feet... Y'know, just to make the 'penguin' look of the tuxedo complete Lew Zealand... wearing a fish around his neck in lieu of a bowtie? Crazy Harry... maybe the coat could be tattered and torn with dynmaite powder or debris on it Animal... the tuxedo belt could be the rope that is used on the other Animal figures, and perhaps he could wear one of those stick-on tuxedo fronts (you know, ruffles with a bow tie attached that is stuck on the front of a shirt) Since the characters are not traditional tux-wearers, these variations on the theme would both show some sort of inspiration behind the figures and show these characters trying their best to fit into this new look.