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Luke At The UK Toy Fair - Featuring Palisades

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by Luke, Jan 27, 2003.

  1. GWGumby

    GWGumby Well-Known Member

    Hey Se-Bas you may want to post this either in "Ask Ken" or over at the Palisades forums (www.palisadestoys.com and follow the links -- though the board is currently down at the moment.)

    By the way, the word is "rare" not "rear." Just thought I'd point that out because they mean completely different things!
  2. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    I have a rather rare rear. Rear is rare at being there. And so I state this simply as queer. It's nice to have a rare rear.
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Is Gonzo's nose issue about the shape or the blueness? The shape always seemed right to me, but the color didn't.

    Good to hear about Janice and Pepe too! Wow! I can't wait till wave 5!
  4. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

  5. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    One quick note. The skin color around the eyes/mouth of Rowlf in the final product is about 15% darker than you see it in the UK sample.
  6. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Count, unforunately i did not get to see Reporter Kermit and the Koozebanians. He was not there. Travis did mention though that he is looking great and he thinks people will be impressed with him - i get the impression the outfit will allow him to be a much more 'solid' (if you get what i mean) figure and pretty much totally different from regular Kermit and more in line with the other later figures. There was no test shot of Clifford among Wave 6 - that was just a general photo in the mock packaging, not the action figure.

    Some great stuff still to tell - i'll get onto as much as i can remember in a bit.
  7. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Wave 6

    Just a few more bits to add on what i saw at the UK Toy Fair, specifically the test shots in mocked up new packaging for Wave 6 Palisades action figures. Obviously this is a whole 24 hours on now and i'm having to recall single photos from memory so apologies if the detail is lacking a bit.

    Statler & Waldorf - Painted Test Shots Although these were two seperately carded figures shown it's probably easier to talk about them as a pair. Originally i thought it would be good for these figures to come in seperate waves (to promote anticipation for the next) but seeing even the test shots its clear and easy to see why Palisades have cleverly chosen to put them together, even coming seperately they are just as much the inseperable pair that the actual characters are and the figures compliment each other well. I doubt many people would go to a store and buy one without wanting the other so hopefully that will be beneficial for the line. First thing you notice is the differing skin tones. When i said they compliment each other very well - i mean to say that while looking good together there is also definitely a contrast between the two. First thing i noticed is the skin tones, one character is lighter than the other. I actually forget who ! LOL ! From a point of view of displaying one beside the other i'm not completely sold on having the skin shades so different (though perhaps the photos and lighting exagerated it a bit) but it's puppet accurate apparently so thats how the characters are supposed to be, and they still looked excellent beside each other. Facial likeness was very good, i'd think it's a more recent Statler & Waldorf look than the early 'Muppet Show' days, maybe some kind of middle ground. Being just the photo and not the actual figure it's difficult to tell much about the articulation and stuff, but their outfits looked great and Travis said the Vaudeville variants were looking excellent too. I hear these sculpts have been the subject of much debate at the Palisades office right from the beginning to the point where they are pretty much happy now and can't put them down. I liked the look of these a lot too, though as i said the difference in skin colors might take you by suprise at first look. I'm sure that as with all the other stuff i saw, once you get to see and hold the actual figures you'll be able to tell more about them than by just looking at photos and get a better impression of them.

    Beauregard - Unpainted Test Shot

    Personally, being unpainted test shots, i found Janice and Newsman very difficult to go into much detail as far as comments go - however even though unpainted it was much easier with Beauregaurd. He really is a stand out figure in this wave and i feel will be one of the best likenesses - its pretty much perfect even at the early stage i saw it. His outfit sculpt looks very detailed and very well done, as does the texturing on the body. I really thought from the photo that his facial likeness is very strong and they seem to have brought out all his features well in the sculpt. Theres not much more i can really say other than he looks to be an excellent one, and i look forward to seeing him at the painted stage. He actually looked like a fairly large figure to me, which i thought was cool, though i'm no expert on scale or anything like that.

    Clifford was not shown at the UK Toy Fair. A picture of the puppet was included in the mock packaging, not the figure. Travis did mention though that Kevin Clash himself, is totally blown away that there will actually be a Clifford action figure.

    So thats all i can really remember about the Wave 6 test shots. There's a few other stories and things, both Muppety and Non-Muppety that i could maybe share if people found them interesting, and talk avout the fair itself, so maybe i'll mention things here and there as i remember them. All in all it was a great day though and Palisades/Gear4Games was (as you can imagine) definitely my favorite stand there and where i spent two large chunks of time. It really helped having Travis there with me showing all the great stuff and demonstrating it as well as talking about the development of each figure and how the line has gone and will go in the future - his enthusiasm for, and knowledge of the product (and the Muppets themselves) will i'm sure have helped get the line 'over' with the all important buyers and press people so it was cool of Palisades to send their representative over and also provide the UK with all these sneak peaks before the New York Fair although you guys are in for an even greater treat seeing the actual figures themselves from there, and those going actually being able to hold and play with the product - it really makes all the difference and i'm looking forward to all the comments and reviews people will have.
  8. wembleyfraggle

    wembleyfraggle Well-Known Member

    series 3

    Ok does anybody know when series 3 comes to the U.S.?
    Wembley Fraggle
  9. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

  10. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    Posibly sooner even that I thought. Apparently, ALL the containers are off the water, some have made it through customs others are almost through customs. 2-3 weeks or less now.
  11. Stryder Wolfe

    Stryder Wolfe Well-Known Member

    I'm gonna hold you to that, Ken :D
  12. Crazy Harry

    Crazy Harry Well-Known Member

  13. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Apparently the Muppet Busts were at the Uk Toy Fair too, but i never saw em ! :(

    I did see some cool Transformers Armada stuff, the new Ninja Turtles Action figures & Playsets. Dr Who tardis playset, radio control Daleks - oh and one of Palisades other new figure lines - Witchblade !
  14. wembleyfraggle

    wembleyfraggle Well-Known Member

    series 3

    One more question, if you order them from the net will the ship on the ninth like ebgames page says, or will the be bumped like series 2!
    wembley fraggle:confused:
  15. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    All dates are tentative, but EB is good about keeping customers informed. No one knows the exact date that the trucks make it to the EB Games wherehouse. It's the nature of the biz.
  16. C'irdan

    C'irdan Well-Known Member

    gonzo, camilla, janice etc.

    I've got some questions for ya,

    Is Gonzo's head still going to be unearthly and repulsive?
    Is there still a sprig of hair coming out of his head?
    Is Janice's hat removable?
    How long is Janice's hair? and what's it like?
    and Are Camilla's wings flappable?

    thanks a bunch!
  17. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    Re: gonzo, camilla, janice etc.

    Don't hold back...how do you REALLY feel? :D
  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    What the heck was wrong with Gonzo's head? The eyes appear a little larger and the color was a bit off, but it's a great representation.
  19. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Re: gonzo, camilla, janice etc.

    Is Gonzo's head still going to be unearthly and repulsive?
    Is there still a sprig of hair coming out of his head?

    My memory is so hazy now - i saw like one photo of these later figures. I do know i liked what i saw, he looked heaps better. I never really disliked his head that much before, i actually liked it more than most people - it was the freakishly skinny legs (although admittedly the puppet did have them, they were just freakish period - LOL) and the dodgy looking shiny paint wash that i wasn't mad on before. Anyway at least in the photo the head was angled in a way that looked very good for the body, which looked great and more fuller figured. I think the suit came up fairly high on his neck if my memory is correct and was a fairly dark silky looking purple - quite close to the puppet version, maybe not exact but i'm no expert. I think he works way better as this kinda figure but it was nice to have the earlier version if just to shoot something out of a cannon ! (it'll be great for shooting camilla and maybe a penguin or two - who knows ? LOL). I think Palisades has done some tweaking of the hair, it's not something i focused on when i got to look.

    Is Janice's hat removable?
    How long is Janice's hair? and what's it like?

    As far as i can remember the picture of the unpainted sculpt i saw was not wearing a hat - so i'm sure it must be removable, they have been with all the other figures anyhow. The sculpting of her hair looked fine. I think her hair is one of the things Palisades have been really picky about and have been extra careful to get right so i'd expect it to be really close to the puppet.

    Are Camilla's wings flappable?

    Again i just saw a photo and Camilla was just sitting next to Gonzo at his legs. Her wings looked good, but i have no idea if they are flappable, i never thought to ask. Her head definitely swivels or moves as you could see the line across the neck so it's not a static non-articulated figure. The red was the same kinda vibrant red you see on the Muppet chickens.
  20. Stryder Wolfe

    Stryder Wolfe Well-Known Member

    isn't gonzo SUPPOSED to be unearthly??? :D

    (please don't start a debate, please don't start a debate) :p

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