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Master Replicas Muppets 2008

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

  1. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    As frogboy4 said, it took over a year for Kermit to sell out.Plus there are now quite a few people who are pondering if they are going to buy Gonzo.Dont know how the sales are going with Animal, but there are a thousand less, but he has turned a few off with his problems(wild "hair",eyeshell visable, not being able to close mouth and having to pin eyes to keep them wide open).Fozzie seems to be popular, but will it be enough to keep the line going?
     
  2. Bear Man

    Bear Man Active Member

    Without looking at the sold-out and price reduction items, it is worthwhile noting that their Star Wars license expired at the end of last year, so they needed to clear that inventory. Also I'm not sure that the Collector's Society being free is a major issue. After all, if I remember correctly, Palisades were selling their membership right up til the end.

    It is important to note though that Kermit did take a comparitively long time to sell out (of Master Replicas' site - as the ads at the top of the forum show he is still readily available from other sellers) and while there are many problems with using this board as representative of the greater purchasing public, the mood on here seems to be hesitation over Animal (both for his problems and high price) and great uncertainty over Gonzo. I think Fozzie, if they keep to his originally suggested price (was it $350? $400? I can't remember) would be enough to keep the line going (provided the production item resembles the proto fairly closely), I just don't know if Gonzo and Animal will perform well enough to get to Fozzie.
     
  3. Ignohippo

    Ignohippo Member

    Agreed. I think that if we can get to Fozzie, he should sell quite well (if he remains the quality of Terry's prototype). But the question is if Animal and Gonzo's sales will allow us to get there. As soon as we see the pics of the final Gonzo, we should know almost immediately what the fate of the line will be. My hope is that (if he isn't very good) they will have moved too far on Fozzie to turn back.
     
  4. Bear Man

    Bear Man Active Member

    I think that since Piggy hasn't even been commisioned yet, but we were told she was coming a month or two back, they have slowed the pace on the line. The unofficial Fozzies that pop up on eBay from time to time are actually looking much better (and much less Photoshopped!) than they used to, so I suppose that would be a last resort option (I know they are copyright infringement, we don't need to get into this discussion again).
     
  5. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    It is a fair bet to say that Fozzie is safe and will be released as they have now officially announced him and put lots of money into his prototype.Miss Piggy on the other hand is still up in the air, depending on sales.
     
  6. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    The Sold Outs and price reductions are in all areas.
     
  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    The thing with the inventory of product is how long the company is willing or able to sit on stock until it moves. This product is fantastic. I'm floored that Kermit didn't just hop out the door in a matter of months. I believe MR should rethink the marketing strategy on these.

    It wouldn't require more money, just a better effort at informing the fans and public on these (maybe some factory insider info listed in the Muppets ordering section of their site). Definitely some better images of these posers are required. I know many Muppet fans live in the Bay Area where MR has offices. I do. Heck, I'd ride a bus to take some shots. He he. They definitely need to swap out the Animal ones they currently have. I'll send them one if need be! Orders should increase after that.

    I know the price point is the very thing that sours most consumers - fans and non fans alike! I don't think there's much they can do about that. It definitely is the elephant in the room...stop it Seymour, okay! :rolleyes:

    I still don't think Rizzo's the way to go after Piggy. I could be wrong about that. Maybe we should take a new poll. Should someone start a new thread or do it here?

    From this list, who would you pay $200-400 for after Miss Piggy:

    • Rizzo the Rat

    • Scooter

    • Pepe the Prawn

    • Rowlf the Dog

    • Beaker

    • Robin the Frog

    These seem the most likely.
     
  8. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    My vote is for Pepe or Scooter.
     
  9. Ignohippo

    Ignohippo Member

    If they could get Rizzo out there for $150-$200 I would say a lower priced Muppet would be the way to go at that point (and that could be Rizzo or Pepe – I'd rather have Pepe I think).

    I would like to see them try to get a Mayhem set started and go with Dr. Teeth or Zoot after Piggy.
     
  10. La Monstrua

    La Monstrua New Member

    I would want Dr. Teeth, Floyd, Zoot, Janice, Rowlf and Fozzie.
     
  11. Fozzie6

    Fozzie6 Member

    My vote is for Beaker, I think he would appeal to more people outside of the hardcore Muppet fans.
     
  12. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Active Member

    My vote would be Scooter right after Miss Piggy. It would be only right. If not Scooter, make it Rowlf! :sympathy:
     
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I couldn't agree with you more. That's what would really be right. Man, I keep looking at my Animal and it's like he's gonna say something. I wish his mouth would close though, it's starting to freak me out. He he.
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I'd like to think there is more chance since they have the prototype but its never a sure bet, really all depends on how the previous three have sold and whether its worth just cutting their losses. I just really hope he makes it, that will be enough for me. I'm not so sure Piggy is the right Muppet if they even got beyond that, look at the trouble Palisades had with the figures. I would think Beaker or Rizzo would be the way to go, but i think maybe (if they are around as a company still) their best bet with Muppets would be McFarlane style premium quality figure "scenes" in scale with the Palisades line.
     
  15. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Yes, Palisades had trouble with the Miss P, but they were trying to make her smaller. There have been SO many totally amazing Miss Pigy photo types, her most popular being the ones used for the Piggy-Calander series...I don't see why the design of her could be so difficult.

    Now, actually producing her...that would be more hard.
     
  16. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    There have been some great Piggy posers i agree, i was just thinking she might be a hard sell, and hard for them to get right. Then again, Piggy does have a small but very loyal fanbase of collectors who'd probably like this more than a figure so it might work. I would have thought they need to think in terms of choosing the characters where they can get maximum quality likeness for as less financial outlay as they can. So keep the RRP down but stil have a good looking Muppet - that is why i would have said Beaker, or possibly Rizzo.
     
  17. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Beaker would have a massive following. But I think that Chef has a greater number of fans. He would be easy to buy props for too...
     
  18. muppetguy

    muppetguy Member

    I am very happy...

    That Luke notices the loyal fanbase of Piggy. I wish she was the second one out in the poser line to be honest. I would be totally devistated if they don't make her. I have been a Piggy fan from the very beginning and have always dreamed of owning a Piggy Poser. I personally think that Miss Piggy will be made. I like what Palisades did with the muppets, but with all the looks miss piggy has had, they did a not so good job on her. I mean, short hair for piggy, seriously...what were they thinking. The look of a product would sell it better. I think Piggy will sell just fine. Terry did says he will be making it, but isn't sure if he's going to start in late January or early February. As far as after Piggy, I love Pepe, so my vote goes to Pepe the King Prawn..ok!:rolleyes: LOL!
     
  19. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    What the need most of all is for the posers to be able to interact with one another. Animal can do that with Kermit in a limited way. There is only so much that Animal and Kermit can do together.

    Gonzo and Kermit will make great companions. We can set Gonzo up in a variety of situatios, with Kermit reacting. Kermit and Gonzo have never been best friends, but they are closer than Kermit and Animal.

    Fozzie will be simply great to have with Kermit, because Fozzie is always grabbing Kerm, hding behind him, whispering to him, etc. So there will be dones of great poses for the two.

    That's the reason they should do Piggy or Rizzo. Rizzo can interact with Gonzo, and Piggy with Kermie.

    I'm just not sure who Beaker or Pepe would be able to pose with?
     
  20. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I think Chef is a fantastic idea. Not too much of a challenge for them to make and should be easier to mass produce. Beaker is pretty much the same.

    Piggy i think could either turn out very well, or very bad. Once they got the face right it'd all be down to how they handled the hair.

    I agree about them needing to be appropriate choices as a group. Fozzie seems perfect for this. Piggy and Gonzo need to be done so the main 5 are complete - i just feel with Kermit and Animal turning out pretty fine they do all need to be very close replicas so it looks "right" when they're all together.
     


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