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Is a Pepe Plush a dream or reality?

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by PrawnCocktail, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, as far as the classic gang goes, you can only get Mickey, Donald, Goofy, ETC as part of Mickey's Clubhouse products. Personally, I'm offended that hot Topic has all this cool Disney afternoon merchandise (They even had a Monterey Jack Keychain, and I'm told a Darkwing Duck T-Shirt) and the Disney Store hasn't really bothered trying. Though I give them credit for the 2 Scrooge McDuck plushes they had in the last 3 years. So you basically see the movie of the year, sometimes a movie "Released from the Disney Vault", and mostly Princess/HSM/Hanna for girls, Power Rangers, and Pirates. And Cars, but I don't know how much longer that's gonna last.

    Uh... I don't want to dignify that with a response, but I'm going to have to. You see, those kinds of things aren't popular for kids anymore. Mostly late teens and adults. Kids would rather watch real garbage like Hannah Montana. I couldn't blame the Asian market for the failure of Disney to mass Market the Muppets at all. I'm sure kids would still pick that kind of stuff up, and I'm shocked they haven't made an attempt to make preteen, mid-teen Miss Piggy merchandise. Seems they could if they wanted. Besides, Disney clearly wants no hand in anime at all. Their mishandling of the Myazaki theatrically released films is proof of it.
  2. Luke Active Member

    Yeah i have to say i'm so suprised to see them still concentrating on Cars in stores after all this time, and the emphasis on Pirates and Power Rangers too is surprising, i'd expect something but they have major displays for them. There have even been Disney movies since then that haven't had the store space. It must be Disneys policy to just choose a few major brands and stick to them, even if the on screen stuff isn't as high profile after that. They seem to want to be your one stop source for example Pirates stuff, while not worrying too much about exposing you to sny "Disney" brand.

    I remember back in the day they were much more focused on the Classic Disney brand itself. Everything had Disney written across it, they had the music playing, you'd walk in and the staff would be holding Mickey plushes. There's none of that here now.
  3. Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I know that I have seen more Muppet products in stores this year than I ever have before...I'm pretty sure they are slowly working their way up towards something that will sell well.

    Pepe is a very complicated shape character for a plush, with arms and antlers and mouth all over the place.
  4. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Cars was a real success. Why, when the movie first premired, you couldn't find a single Die Cast car left on shelf pegs. While clearly not my favorite Pixar film, I agree that it was a huge Marketing bonanza. I wonder if it's even bigger than Toy Story was. Probably not, and if so, not by much.

    But then again, I remember seeing them release a Humphry the Bear bean bag. No Disney character is more obscure than Humphry the bear.

    I just wish they'd pull a lot of the focus on HSM and stuff like that and get into more classic works. Seeing Huey, Dewey, and Louie plush kinda felt like they're trying to get back to that. But very slowly. Still, I'm disappointed they didn't have a Darkwing Duck or Talespin Baloo Bean bag or T-shirt yet.

    Oddly, enough, the only times I've seen Muppet stuff at the Disney Store, it was at one location, and it was always clearance items. I got a couple t-Shirts a few years back. But other than a couple shirts a while back and that Kermit and Piggy pillow, I haven't seen anything there.

    It makes me wonder... How distant does Disney want to keep the muppets from every other project? Halmark, who makes the Disney Orniments dropped the licence and Carlton picked it up. But before the TMS DVD's there are all these adds for Disney products. It's all pretty confusing and inconsistant. I see a lot of Merchandise like T-shirts and Orniments in other stores, but Disney seems to be the one place that doesn't.
  5. Bear Man Member

    You don't mean Humphrey B. Bear, do you? If so, there are generations of Australians to whom he is anything but obscure! If that's the guy, I had no idea Disney had picked him up as a property...
  6. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    He's not the animated Bear that runs amok around a camp ground (similar but a lot less smart than Yogi), and sometimes harasses Donald, is he?

    Still, I'm disappointed by the lack of Ludwig VonDrake merchandise.
  7. Bear Man Member

    No, the Australian Humphrey B. Bear was/is a guy in a suit, who used to host a preschooler TV show (as well as any bear who can't talk can host a show)... www.humphreybear.com
  8. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, the animated one was the one I was referring to. The character did pop up in an episode of Rescue Rangers, "Bearing up Baby." I believe. I guess this was before the big Beany Bag crash, because they were trying to make as many obscure characters as possible for collectors. Still, I wish they tried Ludwig Von Drake or Gyro Gearloose instead.

    It's a shame we haven't seen a single Muppet (except for Bear) at the Disney Store so far. I was hoping to at least see Bean bags similar to the Disney world ones. Out of curiosity, when does Sababa's licence end?
  9. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'll be passing by the store in an hour on my way to a meeting. I rarely go in anymore. It's a shame that most store managers and employees don't know that Disney owns the Muppets! Also, when Oz was on ABC they didn't even stick a poster in their window as is done for so many other such ABC Disney projects. I did get a Kermit & Piggy mug a while back. That's something!

    It would be nice if they'd carry beans. I could see a bunch of Kermit beans in a bin. That is if they didn't want to stock a Kermit plush. They carry so many Disney character plushes they really should throw a Kermit in the mix!
  10. Zack the Dog Active Member

    Hottopic has had a lot of Disney Afternoon stuff with in the past year, i have Darkwing Duck, (on whom i was for Halloween 2007) ChipN'dale, and DuckTale's t-shirts! They also have a Montaray Jack key chain believe it or not and another charm thing for your phone with Chip, Dale, and Gadget on it. plus some Pins of ChipN'dale and a Ducktales one too.
  11. PrawnCocktail New Member

    Wow, first I was annoyed but thanks to you all I'm informed. So I can sleep a little bit better. Is there one crazy muppet fan out there who wants to seduce the Disney manager and then demand that they'll make a pepe (or any other missing character as well) or else............ ;)
  12. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    the Photo of the Pepe plush from the e-bay Auction wouldn't be so bad if there were wire frames under the antenas. Maybe they weren't curled up. The 35th Anniversary Gund Yip Yip plush has the same problem. You just have to curl the antennas right.
  13. lilyjade New Member

    pepe plush!

    Hey everyone! I, too, am desperately searching for a Pepe plush doll... does anyone know where I might be able to find one? I checked out the French ebay site, but it appears that auction ended a long time ago... anyway, any information whatsover will be so helpful.

    Thanks in advance!:rolleyes:
  14. simonmf New Member

    What I have read here ends my search for now. I have been looking for a Pepe plush for about a month now. Hard to belive they havent released one. I mean, from a company that will do anything for money...

    Anyway, thanks for all the information everyone has posted. Hopefully one will be out for sale soon!
  15. MadForPepe New Member

    After more than two years.......he's back? :rolleyes:Who, you might say? It is me, the Prawn Cocktail. Why did I change names, you say? Well basically because I forgot my password and somehow the muppet central forum email doesn't get through to my old email adress.

    Anyway, I was and still am mad for Pepe. I've managed to suppress my obsession for a Pepe doll (not an ugly Nanco doll, which frankly, looks more like an elephant). I think the Pepe book comes close, but still doesn't quite do it, for me. If you see how popular he is, also in Europe (or at least where I live), I still don't get it. Because why make two series of little Palisades toys but ten thousands of Kermit plush dolls? :confused:

    So now, forgive me, for using Muppet Central Forum, once more, is there any gossip or even better, some kind of magical door to pre-ordering a (serious) Pepe plush in 2011? Or does someone know a private puppet maker who would be more than willing to make a buck and make me an unofficial, but likeable, loveable Pepe plush to end this obsession?

    Hoping to hear from you, a die hard Pepe fan (aka Prawn Cocktail):excited:
  16. beaker Well-Known Member


    Yeah I've seen about 10 Pepe Nanco plushes sold for under $20 on ebay lately, but to me they look attrocious. I'm a huge Pepe fan but I don't even want it, heh. Hopefully next year we'll get some. Rumor had it that in 2002 there was suppose to be Lohn John Silver's Pepe plushes but I don't think it happened.
  17. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's the thing with Nanco... Some of their plush looks REALLY good (basing it on a variety of licenses, that is) some of them don't. The Simpsons ones tend to look as good as Simpson plush and 3-D merchandise could possibly look.

    I'm guessing the Pepes on e-bay are all used and stuff too... I dunno what to say about used plush... all dusty and stuff.

    It seems that, quite obviously, any and all Muppet merchandise WILL coincide with the next movie. We just don't know if Pepe is one of those characters. I'm very disappointed that the Pook-a-looz line isn't being continued (at least to my knowledge... some say the rare Miss Piggy was produced ONLY for the surviving FAO Schwarts stores... but that's about it. Man, I really was hoping to see Pepe, Chef, and Beaker (which would have been perfect, as his head ALWAYS sinks down into his shirt), but that's not very likely.

    This IS word that there are prototypes of Disney store specific Muppet Plush shown at Toy Fair this year... but no pictures could be taken of them... and I'm guessing they only had the main Kermit, Animal, Fozzie, Piggy and Gonzo stuff... it really is a shame Sababa didn't give us Pepe... I mean, they gave us the FIRST plush representations of the Electric Mayhem... 3 versions of Janice (2 smaller ones in sets, one actual full sized ones) but no Pepe.
  18. Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    recently i was actually lucky to find one of the Namco ones on ebay that didnt cost me an arm and a leg, so i was happy about that

    what annoyed me most about the namcos is that i never saw them at carnivals or fairs or even my local beach that has prizes the summer that they came out

    but im sad there isnt more pepe mechandise, and one of my hopes is for a new Disney Plush once the movie comes out
  19. MadForPepe New Member

    The book?

    Ok, well after three years I still won't give up. And the long john silver ones, I know about them also but as far as I found out, it didn't happen (indeed).

    What do you think about the book? I really love it. Why can't they make a Plush with the same Pepe factor?

    :batty:
  20. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Among other things, they aren't currently (outside of the Pook-a-looz assortment) have available Muppet plush, or much figural merchandise for that matter. Though, there was some stuff that had Pepe on it recently (shirts and beach towels), so I'm sure they'll take that direction eventually. Plus, if they intend to market this the same way they marketed Toy Story 3, I'm sure we'd see every single Muppet available.

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