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It's Official: Series 9 & 10 Announced!

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by Fozzie Bear, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Calm down, EM9. The reason you didn't see Sweetums' name included in that listing is two-fold.
    1 He'll be sold most probably as an exclusive figure, and thus won't form part of any 2004 series's regular lineup.
    2 Due to what we've experienced this past year and a half, you know that anything's possible and that sometimes things change. It could happen that some shifting would take place that would allow Sweetums to make it into a regular series lineup. But the safer bet is that he'll be sold at some point during the year of 2004 as a exclusive released figure.
    Hope this helps and have a great weekend.
  2. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    OH yeeeeeah...

  3. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    But her character sold well in the '70s and '80s, and people were just obsessed with looks then--women didn't want to see themselves as fat sows even at that time. I think because of the perfectionist mentality of Madison Avenue, women often see themselves as fat sows even when they're not, so they felt a kind of kinship with Miss Piggy. Here was this not very feminine, not very delicate character trying so hard to be everything she's not. The fact that she DID become a superstar anyway made her even more of a hero in the female audience's eyes.

    I agree with you, actually, that the character has lost touch with audiences today--which I attribute to Piggy's long absence prior to Eric taking over the role. People basically just forgot about her, and the new writers haven't had enough experience with her to take her character in an interesting and yet consistent new direction (the way Gonzo matured so nicely in the '90s).

    Anyway, I'm just trying to make a minor correction on one point: it sounds like you're saying Piggy merchandise would never sell well to women, and I'm just reminding you that at one point, it did.

    I agree that this is the way Hollywood sees their audience and markets their products as such, but I think Hollywood sells its audience way short. Sure, there's not-very-smart stuff that becomes wildly popular every now and again. But the really smart stuff always sells well, because people are hungry for it, even if they don't realize it. (Otherwise, movies like "The Sixth Sense" wouldn't be so popular.)

    LOL! I doubt we'll see any of that. The Muppets are for the entire family, and putting that stuff in would leave the kids out. And we were all kids when we fell in love with the Muppets. The type of Muppet production you're describing would have to be directed by Martin Scorsese! ;) (And remember that Scorsese was making films in the '70s even before the Muppets were. So you can't say the Muppets should be more like him because he's more "contemporary." Jim and co. made a very specific stylistic choice with the Muppets.)

    However, I will agree with you that the Muppets face a very distinct challenge these days. We're living in a post-"South Park" world, and it's going to be very hard for the Muppets to seem fresh and relevant to the older audience without simultaneously alienating the family audience that once made them popular.

    I could see the Creature Shop doing a satirical production featuring subject matters along the lines you described. But I don't think the Muppets would be much better served if everyone was getting high and drunk and tested for STDs.

    (And it should be noted that VMC made it clear that Howard is an "alternative" Muppet as you described, and there were a few subtle references to various substance abuse and experimentation in the film as well. Those moments didn't really work for a lot of people, though, myself included.)
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Get the film "Meet the Feebles." It's all in there, like Ragu spaghetti sauce.
  5. wembleyfraggle

    wembleyfraggle Well-Known Member

    Have there been any new pics of the upcoming figures?
    Like Naked Sam, Usher Scooter, Dr. Phill, Marvin Suggs, Lips, Pops, Dr. Bob, Nurse Piggy, Nurse Janice, Sal, or Uncle Deadly?
  6. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    There have been pics of Naked Rowlf, Naked Sam, Marvin Suggs, Dr Phil. Some painted, some not. You need to search through the 'Daily Bits' at the Palisades website (www.palisadestoys.com - whats new section)
  7. Mr.Penguin

    Mr.Penguin Well-Known Member

    The best news I had all week!!! :D
  8. rexcrk

    rexcrk Well-Known Member

    :eek: Lips?! Gonzo and Rizzo from Muppet Treasure Island?! Elecric Mayhem PVCs?! I'm stoked! :halo: :D
  9. Meepster12

    Meepster12 Member

    posted by Irving Bizzare
    Confederate Sam. Red jacket. Confederate flag shirt.:p
  10. Cap Backfire

    Cap Backfire Well-Known Member

    I need a truly Universal Remote .

    Dudes and dudettes, I SO need a Universal Remote for Time so I can simply fast forward to acquire this entire set, from front to back. Waiting for Uncle Deadly is simply too time consuming... HAHHAA...
  11. ANOTHER JANICE! YEAH!! :flirt: :flirt: :flirt:

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