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Master Replicas Muppets 2008

Discussion in 'Muppet Replicas' started by Was Once Ernie, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    I already posted this in the "Future Muppet Replicas Wishlist" topic, but thought it could also use its own topic as well.


    The new Master Replicas newsletter is out with the list of products for 2008. For the Muppets, they say:

    • Set of 5 "Muppets Moments" Figurines -- feat. The Electric Mayhem Band
    • Fozzie Bear Photo Puppet

    I don't know if it was just an oversight, but note the absence of the Gonzo, Piggy and Rizzo Photo Puppets.

    I also don't know what the "figurines" are, but I guess we'll just have to wait to find out.

  2. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    interesting. Figurines? I'd assume they aren't like action figures and more like thos Disney things they do which could be very cool if they go all out on the realism. Would be nice to have a high end collectible with he whole Electric Mayhem, except lips and Clifford that is.

    I think the absence of Gonzo on that list could be because he was already officially announced and is up for pre-order. I do not think Fozzie was officially announced in a news letter yet and I know he is not up for pre-order.
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Oh, wow! This is probably why the accessory packs were cut. I like it. A great idea here.

    I know that Palisades kind of tried to do such "Muppet Moments" with the PVCs. They are beautiful sculptures but didn't quite reach that goal. Sideshow reported the moments concept in a newsletter years passed, but that fizzled. The absence of Floyd in the bust line up demonstrated a lack of understanding the Muppet fan. The quality of those was fantastic (except for the terrible Pac-Man Fozzie bust). :o

    So, back to this current incarnation. It is a way for the company to test the waters on a character's popularity before deciding on a photo puppet replica. It can also substitute for one, I suppose. I still want a Scooter! ;)

    It does concern me that only Fozzie is mentioned in the line-up. Maybe they have heard the running Gonzo commentary from fans and bumped him again? I still would like to have him. Not wild about a Rizzo, but I'd get him too. I'm certain they'll make Piggy, but beyond that...?

    Do you know if these moments are individual characters or 5 different groupings? Still so very excited! :eek:
  4. King Prawn

    King Prawn Well-Known Member

    These sound cool, Since Master Replica released Kermit and I knew the quality we could expect from them, I've really been hoping they'd do Electric Mayhem Replicas but I doubted they get to them, so I'm really pleased about these. Like Frogboy I'm also wondering if they'll come in one set piece or 5 diffrent figurines, I'm hoping all in one but I think we'll get Animal with his drums as one set and so on, each member with his (or her) instruments.

    I'm really excited about these, now I'm hoping they make more than just the Electric Mayhem in 2008. I'd love a Figurine of Rowlf playing a piano with Miss Piggy and maybe Kermit lying ontop.

    As for them not mentioning the Rizzo & Miss Piggy replicas I'm hoping it's because their holding out on giving it all away at once. If they mentioned Piggy & Rizzo then they'd be giving away all four Replicas for 2008, since we already know about Gonzo & Fozzie. The only reason we know about Piggy was because we were told by Terry, so technically Master Replicas has not really announced that yet officially and they probably know we know but have decided to hold off officially announcing it. Who know's maybe the reason they havn't mentioned Rizzo might be becuase their considering bumping him for Scooter. As much as I like the rat, I'd much rather get a Scooter replica first and then maybe Rizzo, though I'd want Pepe before him too.

    I hope there more to come, I'm very excited about these but I doubt very much they'll be more than 5 figurines in a year but I have no idea what's going on at Master Replicas so who knows.

    I'd love for the line up this year to turn out to be Gonzo, Fozzie, Piggy & Scooter.

  5. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    It also says in the newsletter this:

    They haven't announced everything as of yet. Thy still got other licenses that they have not meantioned yet. I remember when they announced last years products for MR and a lot of it was not meantioned in the beginning of the year. We found out other items later on throughout as the year went on. There is still hope, we just got to wait and see. Like I said in another post. Amy said last Friday in trivia that these are only some of the items that are coming out for next year. And that there is more to come.

    Oh YES! here is my Christmas card for you all. I did this card with my Muppet posers. Merry Christmas to you all!

  6. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Gonzo is still listed on MR muppets section.(Spring release).Somehow I cant see MR releasing action figures, so I am thinking that the Electric Mayhem will be a group statuette in a memorable scene set-up like the Disney statuettes.But I could be wrong.I was wrong once before, back in 1984 LOL!
  7. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I'm glad Fozzie is still on the cards. I think they probably announced only him because these are slow sellers so they'll probably keep it at two a year. Probably Piggy/Rizzo for 2009 if they get that far.
  8. muppetguy

    muppetguy Well-Known Member

    I agree...

    With frogboy4, I am also certain they will make Miss Piggy. They have to...she's always with Kermit and has been a staple in the muppets from the very beginning. I'm just waiting for Gonzo, Fozzie and my favorite, Miss Piggy. After that, I will be ok with whomever they make. They, to me, including animal and kermit, are the staple muppets. :mad:
  9. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    By the way, the other non-Muppet news in that newsletter is that anyone that bought an MR Membership for 2007 will get a free membership for 2008!


    RKUNKLER Well-Known Member

    MuppetCaper how did you get Animals eyebrows like that. i have trouble fluffing his eyebrows.
  11. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    I just kept working with them till I got it right. I really didn't do much other than getting there pose right and adding the clothing. Lighting was a big problem though. Just keep working with his eyebrows and you will get it to the way you like it. :halo:
  12. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    I am getting a feeling that we wont see anymore photo puppets beyond 2008, unless there are delays, but I think it could end with Fozzie, or possably Miss Piggy, which may go into 2009, but by the way Terry wasnt sure on Rizzo, and slow sales, things dont look promising.
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Maybe Rizzo's not the way to go. It appears he was green-lit because of his size in relation to the other replicas. That's not the best reason to have him made. If they want sales, Beaker would do amazingly well. I also think Pepe would fare better than Rizzo, but not by much. Rowlf would be a big fan fave and Fozzie sales will indicate popularity for his size and style replica. But I still think Scooter would be the most fun way to go.

    If Gonzo proves to be good I can see the line continuing.
  14. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    Did anyone hear about the sale being slow or bad on these replicas? I haven't heard anything from anyone that works for MR that said they are doing bad on these.
  15. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I have heard that it took a year from release to sell through the Kermit stock. That is at least a little slow even in the specialty market. Nobody said these were doing poorly. I do, however, think they could and should be doing much better. It's a great product. Love my Animal.
  16. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Oh, has your Animal arrived?

    I'm excited about Fozzie Bear, but he could end up being more expencive as he is...huge!
  17. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I hope they do make the Muppet Moments figures, that sounds like they want to do for figures what McFlarlane did after Playmates Simpsons and do figure type diorama things that made a scene when displayed together. I like that, and it could be hugely succesful for them - way more than any $300 replicas as the market should be bigger and it seems Disney are doing things (slowly) with the Mupps so that might give them some exposure.

    That said, i'd had the feeling for a while that Master Replicas as a company seems to be winding down or at least being integrated way more into Corgi. Corgi bought MR probably because they were so succesful with Star Wars but surely they needed another major license to keep them busy once it was decided not to renew Star Wars. Somethings not right there, all the licenses they now have are just continuations of older ones while they have time left to run and they are starting to take on prop making for the industry. If Corgi wanted to keep them existing as they are they would have renewed Star Wars, so it kinda makes sense to me that if this is the case its probably the reason why they aren't committing long term to these replicas or doing very much to promote them at all. It doesn't really make sense that their entire focus right now as a company is to sell through all the Star Wars stuff, rather than put the focus on future licenses they do still own.
  18. Fozzie6

    Fozzie6 Active Member

    I've been trying to help Master Replicas out by posting pics of these on other toy sites to try to get them to sell well. For the most part everybody really liked them, but they were turned off by the price tag.
  19. Reevz1977

    Reevz1977 Well-Known Member

    I agree, it also seems odd that MR aren't charging for the Collectors Society next year. This would mean that, should MR fold, they would have no obligation or commitments to honour as they haven't taking any money. It really does (to suspicious fools like me) seem that MR are on the brink of a major change - which could inevitably have a HUGE impact on the Muppet line. I wish someone would tell us the opposite and stop any unnecessary anxiety and further speculation. Guess we'll just have to wait and see I suppose - although I smell something fishy.:zany:
  20. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    There does seem to be a lot of price reductions and sold out items going on.

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