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If new Muppet action figures were made, which characters would you like to see?

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by muppzd, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. muppzd

    muppzd Well-Known Member

    I would like to see some more Muppet monsters like
    Luncheon Counter Monster
    Beautiful day monster
    Gorgon Heap
    I would also like to see some lesser known muppets like
    Wayne and Wanda
    Nigel (Both)
    Bean Bunny
    Mad Monty
    Lewis Kazzager
    Fleet Scribbler
    Bubba the rat
    and tinfoil suit Gonzo (from Muppets from space):D:concern:
  2. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    That's a pretty interesting question to consider actually because it would be a situation akin to EFX picking up the Muppet replica niche after MR wasn't able to continue - a largely successful product line that garnered raves from both the fanbase and industry gets picked up later by a different company. How do you (a) top the quality of what's come before and (b) how do you satisfy the mix of the core classic characters that were previously done and characters not yet released...since Palisades got so many minor and fan fave characters included, that's a hard act to follow!

    I'm sure Miss Piggy would be high priority if such a new line existed - not only is she a "top gun" but there never was a Piggy Palisades figure that matched the quality of its other figures - the original was when they were in the "learning curve" and when they did a better Piggy, it was in Pigs in Space mode - so there's one dropped opportunity to pick up on.

    Would love to see Sal, Bobo, Lewis Kazagger, Nigel (conducter), Big Mean Carl, Mildred (once a pipe dream but maybe a bit more plausable as RL usually manages to squeeze her into each issue of TMS Comic Book and was also in Robin Hood) and Mahna Mahna (he got the pvc treatment but not action figureized). Would also like to see Link out of his PIS costume.
  3. muppzd

    muppzd Well-Known Member

    oh yeah i forgot about Big Mean Carl:)
  4. ohtherain

    ohtherain Well-Known Member

    I want:
    Sal Minella
    New Piggy
    New Statler and Waldorf (two-pack?)
    Theater playset
    Robin the Frog non-scout
    Thog (this probably won't happen, but we can dream?)
    New Gonzo and Sam the Eagle based on recent puppet rebuilds
    Veterinarian's Hospital playset/figures
    Big Mean Carl
    New naked Rowlf
    George the Janitor
  5. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Part of me wishes new figures would be made, but part of me would honestly get depressed... I've begun customizing Muppet figures again mainly because it was 'safe' since the company was defunct. I got burned too many times on Star Wars customising because Hasbro would eventually bring out the characters that I thought were safely obscure.

    Having said that, I do wish the Sesame Street line had seen production. (Poor Super Grover is a tad lonely.) And the Fraggle Rock offshoot would have been nice.

    But I think the real opportunities for a new product line would be with the characters who are perfect 'companion pieces' to Palisades figures who seem oddly alone: Patrol Bear Fozzie, Johnny Fiama, etc.

    I have done two custom "Sgt. Link" figures, one for myself and one as a commission, so I know there's a demand for him. And I'm currently contemplating hand-sculpting a Sal Minella from scratch (possibly even having a mold made of my original so I can engineer the articulation in the recast).

    Let's see... The Vet's Hospital trio are also on my personal custom list, along with a custom playset. (Have the extra figures ready, just at a loss how to fashion their scrubs from a more flexible material.)

    But had the big P actually produced any of those figures, they'd have been no-brainer purchases for me.

    From the Muppets Tonight era, I'd like to see Bobo the Bear, and call me kooky, but I would also want a Gary Cahuenga action figure. His accessory would of course be a repaint of Robin's steamer trunk.

    Oh, 'naked' Robin would be another great choice. I customized one, but it was not an easy sculpt, and I never did match the paint to my liking.

    And I want them to finally make the proposed accessory packs, for the little aliens seen in the Jonathan Winters episode, plus you can never have too many chickens.

  6. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    This is what Disney should do:

    Disney should create a line of small figures for all of their licenses and brand them as collectible. (This is the way to get those avid Disney collectors into the mix and create a successful series complete with obscure characters.)

    One of these lines would the The Muppets! Pixar would be another one, Disney animated classics would have one and even Marvel could have one too.

    The figures would be no smaller than 1.5 inches (for rats and penguins) and no larger than 5 inches (for monsters) but the average Muppet sizes would range between 2.5-3 inches tall. They would have very limited articulation: neck and arms, possibly waist and legs joints.

    They would be sold in case sets of 4 characters between an SRP of 12.99-24.99. Popular characters like Kermit and Fozzie could be sold as singles at an SRP under 9.99. This makes it more beneficial to buy into the sets while people who just want a Kermit don't have to get a lot of unwanted Muppets.

    The assortments would generally have:
    1 Main Muppet: Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal etc
    1 Supporting Muppet: Sam, Dr. Teeth, Bunsen, Scooter etc
    1 Small Muppet: Camilla, Robin, Penguin, Pepe, Rizzo etc
    1 Muppet Monster: Sweetums, Thog, Luncheon Counter, Carl etc.

    4 sets would come out a year and the line would keep going. Main characters would always be available for sale as single purchases, but would be redressed to keep the original ones more valuable for collectors.

    Just imagine a set of Gonzo, Camilla, Doglion and Sam or Kermit, Robin, Sweetums and Floyd or Fozzie, Pepe, Dr. Teeth and Luncheon Counter Monster. Cool, huh? And the thing is, Muppet fans would collect these just as much as uber Disney collectors. It just is important that the scuplts be good! Kind of like quality PVCs with attractive paint aps and a few swivel joints. No accessories are really needed, but could be included. A flat cardboard backdrop could be included behind them in the packaging. I like this idea. It's do-able and the only real way to get some of the weirder Muppets.

    What do you think? I sometimes hope Disney is watching these threads, but they are in some financial trouble these days. Who knows what they can afford?
  7. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Absolutely awesome idea! Total cosign. Where do i sign up? Placing pre-pre-order now!
  8. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    This sort of plan wouldn't tread on the Palisades line because of the different scaling. It would also keep the ball rolling by maintaining Kermit and the core gang as available for purchase throughout the line's run.

    Palisades suffered from weird waves and the fact that key characters were always hidden away as expensive exclusives. Beaker only came with a playset, Convention tux exlusive or Super Beaker exclusive. Animal only came in his playset at the beginning of the line, the Convention tour exclusive or as a retail exclusive at the end of the line. Too much was devoted to playsets, accessories and articulation. They were wonderful and it's amazing they got us the amount of characters that they did, but this new proposed method can really go the distance under the Disney merchandising banner and sold in their stores. I look at what they're doing with vinylmation and it's amazing how popular even the ugly designs have become.
  9. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    If we were in the same room, i would totally kiss you right now.

    Disney, are you listening? How many goats do i need to sacrifice to make this happen?

    (Oh, and speaking of goats, i forgot to add Clueless Morgan on my list!)
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Can't you see something like this in Disney stores, on their site and in the parks?

    This is just a 10 minute package mock-up of what I'm talking about. Kermit's about 3 inches, Luncheon Counter is a little over 4inches. Of course it would look much different with different assortments and combinations. Too many heavy-hitters in this one. Basically these would be nice, posed PVCs with a few swivel joints.
  11. muppzd

    muppzd Well-Known Member

    wow! it sounds a little like the Marvel Super Hero Squad figures but I love those and this sound like a great idea I just want to add a couple of things
    they should have special movie packs like the Muppet Movie with Kermit in sitting position with a banjo
    Fozzie with the steering wheel to the Studebaker in his hands Gonzo in th clothes he wore in that movie
    Piggy with her miss bogen county crown
    and the Muppets take Manhattan with
    Movie usher Scooter (Not the palisides one just similar clothes)
    Rizzo as a waiter
    Kermit in the disguise he wore at the fancy resteraunt
    Miss Piggy in the clothes she wore in that film
    and the great Muppet Caper with
    Gonzo as a photographer
    Animal holding the baseball diamond
    Pops holding a flyswatter
    the Muppet Christmas Carol
    Bean Bunny
    the Ghost Christmas Past
    the Ghost of Christmas Present
    the Ghost of Christmas yet to come
    Muppet Treasure Island
    Polly lobster
    Clueless Morgan
    Mad Monty
    Sweetums in the clothes he wore in that movie holding a tree
    Muppets from Space
    Gonzo in his tin foil suit
    Uber Gonzo
    Pepe in a tutu
    Muppets' wizard of Oz
    Kermit as the scarecrow
    Gonzo as the tin thing
    Fozzie as the cowardly lion
    Piggy as the Wicked Witch of the West
    It's a very merry Muppet Christmas Movie
    Frozen Kermit
    Scooter as a cage dancer
    Sam as pacifier sucking glow stick dancer
    Piggy as a cat lady
    Kermit's swamp years
    Young Kermit
    and there should also be packs with different versions of that character like Kermit's would be
    Regular Kermit
    Frozen Kermit
    reporter Kermit
    Piggy would be
    Miss Bogen county
    Cat Lady
    Benjimina Gunn
    Regular Muppet show Piggy
    Fozzie would be
    regular Fozzie
    pick pocket Fozzie
    Squire Trelawny
    Gonzo would be
    Photographer Gonzo
    regular Gonzo with purple suit
    Muppet movie Gonzo (This time holding balloons)
    Gonzo holding Amy the dancing brick
    and so on
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I don't know about a Marvel one. Seems Disney wants to keep the brand separate from everything else they own so far. Plus, I'm sure Hasbro will put out more of the (over priced) Marvel figures in Star Wars style. I still have no idea what Disney plans for Marvel, but as a casual observer, I don't notice any real changes. Otherwise The Disney Store would be glutted with Spidey and Wolverine and especially Iron Man, when they finally got back to the Mickey and Donald basics.
    I would love for Disney to do this with their characters PERIOD... not just Muppets. I really wish the Disney Heroes line (the male counterpoint to the Princesses) took off and stuck, that would be a great test the waters move. And it would be a great potential for collector friendly characters like Scrooge McDuck, or even at the moment nostalgic characters like Darkwing Duck.

    But so far, Disney seems to be filled with Mickey's Clubhouse, Princesses, the other Playhouse shows, and Power Rangers (which has potential to have a nostalgic following, since it does have a respectable older fan base)... I would LOVE for them to do something beyond the PVC line (I really want to see Up sets in every store by the end of the year, and some sort of Muppet set), and a line of smaller action figures in a smaller FP Muppet type scale, but with good detailing would be a step in a great direction.
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    At first, I thought maybe a series 10 could be produced, and older figures could be rereleased, maybe as part of a "Classic Muppet Figures" line.

    For example, series one of the "classic muppet figures" line could include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy (though a resculpted one would be better), Pepe, and Johnny Fiama, while the new series 10 could include Sal (finally), Photographer Gonzo, Fozzie as Squire Trelewny, and Louis Kazagger.

    But then reading down the list, I like the suggested idea of smaller figures with different sizes. Maybe there could occasionally be themed sets representing movies and specials. Or maybe each year could include a limited edition "Muppet Christmas Carol" set as well.

    This would make a good line-up for series 1-8:

    Series 1
    • Kermit the Frog
    • Dr. Teeth
    • Pepe the Prawn
    • Sweetums

    Series 2
    • Miss Piggy
    • Floyd Pepper
    • Foo-Foo
    • Mean Mama

    Series 3
    • Animal
    • Janice
    • Robin
    • Thog

    Series 4
    • Gonzo (in purple tux)
    • Zoot
    • Rizzo (in red cap and jacket)
    • Carl

    The Muppet Christmas Carol Special Edition #1
    • Bob Cratchet
    • Emily Cratchet
    • Tiny Tim
    • Peter Cratchet

    Series 5 (themed around The Great Muppet Caper)
    • Reporter Kermit
    • Reporter Fozzie
    • Bellhop Rat
    • Lips

    Series 6
    • Rowlf
    • Sam the Eagle
    • Baskerville
    • Fletcherbird (I know, goes against the monster rule, but he's full-bodied)

    Series 7 (themed aroudn Pigs in Space)
    • First Mate Piggy
    • Captain Link Hogthrob
    • Dr. Strangepork
    • Koozebanian Phoob (or Chopped-Liver Monster, or alien from Jonathan Winters episode)

    Series 8
    • Fozzie Bear
    • Clifford
    • Penguin
    • Gorgon Heap

    The Muppet Christmas Carol Special Edition #2
    • Charles Dickens
    • Rizzo the Rat
    • Belinda
    • Betina

    I'd like to post more, but I don't have time right now.

    Adding on to what I've listed, here's a continuation:

    Series 9
    • Scooter
    • The Swedish Chef
    • Camilla
    • Bobo the Bear

    Series 10
    • Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
    • Beaker
    • Johnny Fiama
    • Sal

    Series 11 (special Muppet Treasure Island set)
    • Captain Smollet
    • Benjamina Gunn
    • Polly Lobster
    • Mad Monty

    Series 12 (another "Great Muppet Caper" set)
    • Photographer Gonzo
    • Bellhop Rizzo
    • Pops
    • Beauregard

    The Muppet Christmas Carol Special Edition #3
    • Ghost of Jacob Marley
    • Ghost of Robert Marley
    • Fozziwig
    • Ghost of Christmas Past

    Series 13
    • Gonzo in checkered suit
    • Statler
    • Waldorf
    • Seymour

    Series 14
    • Kermit in purple tux
    • Lew Zealand
    • Hilda
    • Gaffer

    Series 15 (Veterinarians Hospital-themed set)
    • Dr. Bob
    • Nurse Piggy
    • Nurse Janice
    • Behemoth

    Series 16 (Muppet Treasure Island)
    • Squire Tweleny
    • Sam Arrow
    • Clueless Morgan
    • Pirate Sweetums

    The Muppet Christmas Carol Special Edition #4
    • Charity Collector Bunsen
    • Charity Collector Beaker
    • Bean Bunny
    • Ghost of Christmas Present
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    There might be a problem with the single-character releases. If only one major character were released in each set (though some small characters like Rizzo and Pepe would help double the major characters), there'd only be one single release at a time. But then again, maybe after every four releases each previously-released main character could be released individually.
  15. blackaerin

    blackaerin Well-Known Member

    2 electric mayhem members in a series? wouldn't it be better if janice or animal came in a later series?
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I was trying to help make it "possible" (it's a realistic wishlist after all) to complete the band as soon as possible.
  17. blackaerin

    blackaerin Well-Known Member

    ah, i see. and i agree, i would definitely get series 3 if it means getting 2 members of the band first
  18. I would like......
    extra pigs(in space)
    Mildred Huxteder
    steppin out Sam the eagle
    Mega Bunsen
    extra koozebans
    Mega Jim Henson
    Mini Jim Henson
    Mini Eletric Mayhem(including Lips and Rowlf)
    Mega Kermit
    Mega Piggy
    Mega Fozzie

    O and Lenny the lizard
  19. Pepe Fan

    Pepe Fan New Member

    Andy and Randy
    Bill the Bubble Guy (obscure, I know)
    Bean Bunny
    Howard Tubman
  20. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    A Thog figure was made- or at least a mini-figure. Hey, if we want to get crazy, how about a Thig figure? :crazy:
    Or Betsy Bird or Sam and Yorick and Gaffer and Brewster and Wally and The Beaver(s) (from the "For What It's Worth" number):):insatiable::skeptical::fishy:

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