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Mega Muppets: Your Top Choices

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by frogboy4, Jul 28, 2002.

  1. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    If it were up to you what would you decide in what order? If one mega-Muppet comes out per wave starting this fall/winter that would mean 12-13 slots (wishful thinking). We know that Beaker is the first so lets start with him.

    01 Beaker
    02 Scooter
    03 Pepe
    04 Gonzo
    05 Janice
    06 Animal
    07 Sam
    08 Fozzie
    09 Rowlf
    10 Piggy
    11 Bunsen
    12 Statler/Waldorf
    13 Clifford

    Runners up: Swedish Chef, Rizzo, Zoot, Dr, Teeth

    And what would you want the characters to wear?
  2. Squigiman

    Squigiman Active Member

    ANIMAL! ANIMAL! ANIMAL! Sorry. Just thought this should be a given, being that it would be a cool way to get a movie-based toy without necessarily having to officially say so. I think it would be really cool, even if you don't get to see his full body in the movie. Who wouldn't want a huge Animal to terrorize his/her other action figures? See ya.


    -Squigiman
  3. FER SURE

    FER SURE New Member

    1. Jaince with rooted hair. I would rather her hair be rooted with ratail cord, but I suppose anything would work. I would love to see her in go go boots

    2. Chef he could come with the Musket handgun

    3. Dr. Teeth

    4. Lew Zeeland

    5.Sam the Eagle

    These are the my top 5 choices from the first 4 series.
  4. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Yeah - I really hope these have some sort of rooted hair. I hope they will also have some fabric clothing, but that may be asking too much for the small cost of these. A wild card character who I would love to see, but it would never happen is Uncle Deadly!
  5. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here's my list. I kept it to the top 10 which goes through Spring 2005. This has been shared with Ken over the past couple days, but I thought I'd jump in on the discussion Jamie started as well.

    I've been thinking about the top 10 characters I'd like to see in this lineup taking into account how the general public perceives these characters and also what fans might want too. Some are favorite standbys, others are more sought after. You'll notice in my list, it alternates between a slightly rarer character (Beaker, Janice, Pepe, Scooter, Rowlf) and one of the "top five big guns" (Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal) with one release per quarter.

    (1) Beaker (Winter 2002) - He's planned first and a pretty good choice. Is there ANY way you can make his head move down to just his nose??? His mouth could "move in" when the large figure is pressed down. Just add that one feature and everybody will LOVE Beaker. If you work on adding *one* thing extra to each character like Beaker's head movin' down that isn't included with the regular figure, it will go a long way to thrilling fans.

    (2) Great Muppet Caper Reporter Kermit (Spring 2003) - The trenchcoat will add a little more fun than just plain Kermit and is a design that will sell extremely well with fans and casual shoppers alike. A lot of detail can be done on Kermit's coat, hat, and textured skin. We all have a variety of large Kermit plastic figures so that's why I went away from his normal "naked" look.

    (3) Janice (Summer 2003) - Janice is going to be a huge seller (mega and the action figures). She's one of the top main characters left that has *never* had a doll or action figures made of her. She's also another female character to help balance out the Mega line. Regular Janice with hat would probably be best here instead of Nurse Janice so that she'll have her most recognizable look to her.

    (4) Animal (Fall 2003) - Possible normal Animal with drumsticks. Moveable jaw and definitely moveable eyelids would be a nice touch (maybe they would move from a lever on his back).

    (5) Pepe (Winter 2003) - He'll appear a year into the line to give some added life. A lot of great texture can be added on this one not possible with the smaller figure. Enough said, ok. :)

    (6) Miss Piggy (Spring 2004) - My first response here was to maybe do a Pigs in Space Piggy large-scale. Pigs in Space is generally regarded as the most memorable sketch on the show. Her outfit would also work well with a large figure because you could add a lot of detail in the design with her space suit, not possible with the action figure. The Miss Piggy in evening gown has been done a lot before, so that's why the Pigs in Space outfit might be the way to go. Ran this idea by Cindy (since she's the Piggy expert around these parts), and at first she was hesitant but she agreed with me after looking at all the other Piggy stuff out there. We've never had a real Pigs in Space doll/figure before (fisher-price did a bad rip-off), so we're in agreement if you can get Henson on board.

    (7) Scooter (Summer 2004) - Scooter's a fan favorite and I'm real excited about seeing a large-scale Muppet Show jacket on him. Thick orange yarn or something might be a possibility for his hair.

    (8) Gonzo (Fall 2004) - This needs to be the Gonzo in tux with a lot of detail and texture, especially on his face. A small little chicken emblem on the left-hand breast of his jacket pocket might be a nice touch.

    (9) Rowlf (Winter 2004) - Jim Henson's first *major* Muppet and one that fans miss seeing the most. Rowlf holding a musicbook or something might help this figure appeal to musicians.

    (10) Comedy Fozzie (Spring 2005) - To conclude the line everyone's favorite furry-man Fozzie. The ability for Fozzie to wiggle his ears from a switch in the back might be a nice touch.

    Of these, the ones I'm *most excited* about are Janice, Pepe, and Scooter. Definitely hope mega Muppets get made of these three characters. I did *really* want to put Dr. Teeth on the list just because the detail with a large figure would be amazing. So if the line went twelve figures, I'd add Sam for Summer 2005 and Dr. Teeth for Fall 2005 to conclude the line.
  6. Gonzo

    Gonzo Active Member

    Excellent choices, everyone--if Phil's line were produced, I would buy every last one of them. That's an excellent order and choice of characters; I would probably bump Sam up a few notches (depending on what his full body sculpt looks like) and possibly bump Scooter down. Although a lot of Fans like Scooter, I don't know about the general public.

    Of course, you could probably say that about any of these...I would also throw in a Mega-Camilla with Gonzo, and then we could recreate the Wonder Pig sketch where she's attacked by a giant chicken...

    Or I may just go pick up a chicken.

    Quinnnnnnnnnnn
  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Excellent choices! I really like the First Mate Piggy the best. These are going to be mainly plastic pieces so it seems to me that it is unlikely for the clothes to me made out of real material. A Piggy in a frilly dress wouldn't look as good as a mold. The Pigs in Space uniform opens this figure/doll up to a different market than just the hardcore fan and girls. I predict sci-fi buffs will love this sclupt and boys will be more willing to buy it than a glamour Piggy. And Palisades may be looking for an angle when releasing future Piggys.

    Trenchcoat Kermit it wonderful, however I do wish they could make the clothes removable. I think Kermit will sell in either form but this version does seem exciting.
  8. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Active Member

    i would love a rowlf!


    Zack)Rowlf the mega Dog.
  9. Blake Wright

    Blake Wright New Member

    Top of the list...

    All of these are great choices. I'd love an Animal mega muppet in the first four or so offerings. That way, you can play out the scene in the ghost town from TMM! Rooted hair is a must, if possible.

    Blake
  10. ZootandDingo

    ZootandDingo Member

    Great list, Phil! It's really hard to think of a new list after reading yours.

    However, the only new thing I would have probably said would be that Gonzo come in a colorful sweater or one of his more modern outfits (such as his Muppets Tonight-era suit). As much as I like the tux idea, I just think for such a large scale you'd want a figure that stands out visually.

    And I probably also would have snuck Zoot onto the list somewhere. :)
  11. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Member

    I think Phillip copied my list! :eek: J/K. But seriously, he really has some excellent picks. Especially the first six. My Mega Muppet wishlist is as follows:

    1. Beaker -- essentially the same thing Phil said. Beaker really does NEED to have a head & neck that moves up & down at least. Fuzzy non-sculpted hair on top too.
    2. Reporter Kermit the Frog!
    3. Jumbo Janice! WITH swingy rooted hair! Oh like, WOW! :D
    4. Animal
    5. Pepe
    6. First Mate Pigs In Space Miss Piggy! Also with straight, swingy blond nice rooted Piggy hair! Rooted eyelashes too (just like Janice).

    Then I'd want
    7. Sweetums -- who can resist a big bad monster named Sweetums? The Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer action figure lineup by Playing Mantis has an Ultimate 16" Abominable Snow Monster Action Figure with "Roaring" sound feature, and he's fuzzy too! Yes, I definitely would be on cloud nine with a Mega Muppet Sweetums.
    8. Statler & Waldorf -- who'd also sell very well with fans & casual or non-fans alike
    9. Rowlf
    10. Sam Eagle
    11. Gonzo

    Runners up:
    Rizzo
    Scooter
    Fozzie
    Link Hogthrob
    Zoot
  12. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Active Member

    Hate to tell you all this, but Beaker's head will not move up and down on this figure. Basically, to do that would require a completely different sculpted figure. Down the road there is a plan to do a carded Beaker that may have that functionality, but not for this MEGA version of the small existing figure.

    Why? Because there is no room for his head TO go down. You have two double disc ball joints in his shoulders that nearly touch each other in the inside of his hollow ABS torso cavity. That prevents any movement down into the torso.

    Those of you who have an open Beaker have seen his mouth is soft enough to push in. That's generally the way the head of a "head down" Beaker needs to be, but unless we do a completely different design on the torso/arms, it can't happen.

    Minimal enhancements will be made to these MEGA versions, and rooted high pile hair is being investigated. As will any tweaks on future releases.

    As for the trenchcoat Kermit, I wouldn't hold your breath. The only way we were able to do a trenchcoat Kerm at all was in the Koozebane playset, and that itself was a very difficult thing to get permission to do. Bottom line is that Kerm in a trenchcoat is very much a Sesame Street type thing and nobody wants to step on anybody's toes. I will try, but I doubt I can get permission to do it in the MEGA line.
  13. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    Ken,

    I would have thought a Trenchcoat Kermit is a good choice, Because he WAS in The Muppet Show so all those fans would buy him, And then he was in Sesame Street , So all those fans would also buy him.

    See ya
  14. Jonathan

    Jonathan New Member

    waldo
    bean
    and diget
  15. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I can see why the trenchcoat would be a different thing and lets not forget - a MegaKermit Palisades style will blow any other verion out of the water so I'm not worried. It will look spectacular and I don't think there will be any problems selling it.

    Hmmmmm. THe silence about the FM Piggy is making me wonder....:)
  16. Electric Mayhem

    Electric Mayhem New Member

    In order:

    Pepe
    Animal
    Rowlf
    Gonzo
    Dr. Teeth
    Kermit
    Fozzie
    Sam the Eagle
    Zoot

    I would want all of them to be as true to their classic selves as possible, considering we'll probably only see one of each of them...
  17. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, here's a thought...how about a regular Pepe figure first?

    I think Im not the only one on here who hopes to see a sculpt of him in Toy Fair NY 2003 coverage online.
  18. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Member

    about trenchcoat Kermit

    Kermit is considered to be Sesame Street's #1 guest star, whether he wears the trenchcoat or not. He is not owned by or licensed through the Workshop. He is a Henson owned commodity. Which is why there are no Sesame Kermits other than the singing Caribbean Amphibian singing & talking Kermit the Frog, who does not wear the trenchcoat by the way.

    The trenchcoat is very much a Kermit thing as opposed to it mainly or mostly being a Sesame Street thing.

    Any Kermit reporter/trenchcoat merchandise of the past was not Sesame Street. It was always Muppet Show or Kermit in general. The Sigma mug, and The Muppet Show dress-up Kermit, for example.

    No new news, I know. I'm still just wishing.

    "I wish I had a coat of silk the color of the sky"
  19. A Jumbo Janice...

    Heeheehee...

    :D
  20. scarecroe

    scarecroe Active Member



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