Hey Guys, Thought i would tell everyone about my day at the UK Toy Fair which is being held in London's Docklands and is a trade event. I had a great time and am pretty exhausted, but saw some great products and met some cool people. Yes, seeing as i spend a large percentage of my life on this forum making a journey into the outside world is akin to Uncle Travelling Matt making a journey into the unknown on the Fraggles but you'll be relieved to know that i resisted the temptation to write this thread like one of those postcards. So anyhoo - overall there wasn't much Muppet action at Toy Fair today, they had the Miss Piggy bobblehead, and they had 'Bear' from BITBBH walking around, and it was one of the cool Henson performers too who do all the expressions. There was however one bastion of Muppetdom holding the frog flag high, Palisades Toys master salesman and keeper of the test shots - Travis - who is actually incredibly nice and cool, and all those stories Ken tells about giving him womens panties probably shouldn't be believed. It was really excellent meeting Travis, who was of course there representing Palisades. We chatted for ages about the figures, and Muppet stuff in general, and it was cool he had so much time for me and was so enthusiastic about the line, prepared to show me how different figures and accessories worked and posed and even completely re-arranged things so i could take a few photos - very cool, i can't thank him enough. Palisades Toys were part of the 'Gear 4 Games' stand who are their UK distributors who i also met today. It was kinda wierd seeing Muppets being exhibited on the same stand as Homer Simpsons and Ozzy Osbourne figures. Anyway first piece of news is that they had Series 3 product there, all the figures, but they weren't prototypes or display pieces - oh no - these were actual factory shipped PRODUCT - the stuff arrived from China at the distributors last week and i'm happy to say that Wave 3 will start appearing in the UK stores next week. Now thats pretty cool. I was REALLY impressed by Wave 3 - the photos we have seen of these figures do not do them justice - it's always been a world of difference having the actual figures in front of you rather than looking at them online - but with Wave 3 i think they've continued the trend of getting better and better as they go on and these are really something special. Especially Superhero Scooter - from seeing him online i wasn't so sure about him but up close and in person he is errr pretty much super ! LOL ! I was allowed to take a few photos of these figures and will hopefully be able to share those with you and tell you more about them later. Travis also brought along with him both some painted and unpainted test shots of the figures from waves 5-6. Pepe The Prawn, Janice, Gonzo & Camilla, Statler & Waldorf, Newsman, Beau etc etc. These were shown in mock up versions of the brand new packaging. Unfortunately i couldn't take photos of these because this is the stuff being saved for the New York Toy Fair but i can try to say a little about them and what i saw. Anyway, something really cool that i can show you is the new packaging for the action figures. They have Series 4 painted pictures in the new design blister cards and packaging. You'll notice that this is now 'The Muppets' line from Wave 4 rather than 'The Muppet Show' so they use the new logo and also the card is a nice blue shade that matches well with the green logo. It's a lot more eye catching and up to date look, and each character has their photo bottom left, and then the logo of the Henson project that figure is themed around on the right. It takes a little getting used to, but i think it looks great and is a really good design that grew on me fast. Here are some pictures of Wave 4 in the new packaging, sorry they arent as sharp as they could be but my camera isn't that hi-res :- Rizzo :- http://www.melmacian.catlovers.co.uk/toy/rizzopackage.jpg Link :- http://www.melmacian.catlovers.co.uk/toy/linkpackage.jpg Julius :- http://www.melmacian.catlovers.co.uk/toy/juliuspackage.jpg Sam :- http://www.melmacian.catlovers.co.uk/toy/sampackage.jpg Anyway thats first thing to show you, i also had fun playing with the Series 3 figures, and have stuff to tell you about them, and the test shots of the figures coming out later so i'll continue this thread as i go so the post doesnt get too long.