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Inside the Blinking Eye

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Puppetplanet, May 7, 2004.

  1. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member

    Good of you to mention

    I almost overlooked the rest of the page. :o Thanks for the tip! These examples are what I was looking for more or less. They help alot.
  2. thatonekid

    thatonekid New Member

    you know, i've always wondered how they did that.
    but here's my question: how the hewey did they make that?!
    i mean the more i look at that pick the more it looks like they had it factory made,
    do they have a factory for the muppets?
    do they use parts of something else to make the blinkers?

    oh well maybe i just think too much :rolleyes:
  3. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member


    that wasnt a HENSON made puppet, it was made for retail sale during the hey day of the muppet show by fisher -price, a great toy, and a great example for beginers, the eye mechs on the muppets that are used on tv and film can be much more complicated .
  4. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Active Member

    I've often wondered if the Muppet Workshop was consulted on the design of those - they are some of the best mass-produced "toy" puppets ever made. Considering what most "toys" of that era were like it would be surprising to me if the manufacturer (Fisher Price?) came up with it completely on their own.
  5. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member


    im not sure, i do know that back then many toys were prototyped by henson staffers, but not sure about the mechs,

    interesting side note, the fleece used on the kermit toys by fisher-price is the same that is used on the kermit puppets that were built back then and is still used to this day, it was part of the deal made with fisher-price, , jim got a large amount of the production fleece used on the toys, they have many rolls of that material in storage for use only on kermit., its the only puppet at muppets that i know of built using a pre-dyed fleece, its a stronger material and not as floppy as the current fleece being used

    up until that deal was made you might notice some slight differences in color and texture on the kermit puppets:)
  6. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member

    heh that's crazy

    how do you know all that stuff? I'm always amazed at what kind of small details people know. Well that was an interresting story though.

    About the eye mechs. I think the parts were factory made yes. You'd have to study the mechanics and think of your own way to make such a thing. Or rip one of those dolls apart and use those mechs on your puppet. But I personally think that's a waste ofcourse.
  7. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member

    how do you know all that stuff? I'm always amazed at what kind of small details people know. Well that was an interresting story though.

    i used to work there
  8. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member

    ah :) that explains it
  9. Karrion

    Karrion New Member

    Link seems to be dead. Temp problem?
  10. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Member

    Yeah, it's a temporary problem. I hired someone to update my site, tranfered hosts, and currently the whole site is down because my new hosts were supposed to take over my domain name too.... but they dropped the ball there too. Needless to say, I'm not too impressed with my new web hosting company right now.

    The blinking eye page, resource page, and some other pages have not been added yet... and my gallery is still empty. I've kinda been busy building puppets. ;)
  11. Karrion

    Karrion New Member

    Cool. I have my own ideas how to do it but I like to see how other people tackle the same problem.


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