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MINDstyle to make 25th Ann. Fraggle figures!

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Cosmic Cow, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I think so too. The thing I never understood about the blind boxing is that most of the money for that strategy is made in the secondary market and wouldn't go to MindStyle. It really cloaks the legitimate popularity of an item.

    I'm still hoping for some pictures to surface of the prototypes.
  2. Luke Active Member

    Agree 110% Mr Frogboy!
  3. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Blind Boxed vynal PVC figures is the new it thing in toy collecting. It's one of those borrowing flavors from the east sort of thing. Of course, most of Japanese blind boxes are relatively cheap (In Japan at any rate) The reason why some of the Japanese Blinds are pricey over here is due to shipping and duty. But the Japanese ones I've seen go for as little as 2 bucks (for small candy figures) to about 7 dollars (bigger statuettes) Some more, again due to shipping and duty.

    The action figure seems to be out. The NECA TMNT line seems to be thriving, but the vynal toy fad really kicked them to the curb... plus, half the action figures I've seen make no sense. I see the appeal of the show LOST, but they don't work as far as toys. Plus, well, most of the "action figures" I've seen (mostly from McFarline) are basically just statuettes masquerading as action figures.

    Though I will say, I wish someone from MidStyle would come over here and discuss these. I know not every company can be Palisades, but even the 4FunKids or whatever it was that first did the Sesame Street line came in to ask for feedback.
  4. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I understand the strategy's origin, but don't think it's a good fit with the Western collector. Japanese toy style - sure, but marketing gimmick - needlessly irritates more than just me. I would go so far as to say that it puts some collectors off from a line completely. I have known that to be the case.
  5. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    I wouldn't mind blind-boxing if it were like it used to be with trading cards IF it came at the price of a pack of trading cards (what is it now, $3.00?). Will they sell me an action figure or statuette for $3.00? No? I certainly don't want to spend $100 seeking one character.

    Unless, if that's how it's being done, those of us who know each other well enough to do it set up a new trading-program?
  6. wwfpooh New Member

    Indeed. Well put.
  7. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Personally, I think that it's needlessly gimicky to steal another country's idea and transition it to these lame hipster toys. Once again, I like the Gary Baseman stuff, but the rest of the Smoking cigarette statues and fat Ronald Mc DOnald things annoy the heck out of me. Call me crazy, but I miss action figures.

    If they still intend to have window boxes on these Fraggles, they will have done a service. Basically these toys are designed for hipsters with too much disposible income that don't care if they waste 10 bucks a hundred times getting the same one over and over.

    But, for my taste, the only things I like blind assorted are something like MUSCLE or Monster In My Pocket. Something where you get a bunch of little figures, and it doesn't matter if you get one or two of the same guy in a package, if the rest of them are all new ones.

    But when it's one thing in there?

    We really need to set up a trading partnership when these come out, so we can get the ones we want.
  8. Redsonga Active Member

    Yay, Puppy In My Pocket :excited:! I can so see it now, someday, with all the fraggle there are "Fraggle In My Pocket"! ...And the playsets could be the size of Littlest Pet Shop ones:insatiable:!
  9. beaker Well-Known Member

    Interesting how not one picture of these things from Toy Fair 08' appeared online in any form:)

    Chances are the FR license will be given to companies who can make actual FR figures and cool merchandise. Remember the Sababa 2003 era? I LOVED their Doozer figurines and plushes.
  10. wwfpooh New Member

    But even Sababa was a little off. I mean, if you recall the larger plush toys of the core five, Mokey was--again--left out & Wembley was done horrendously.
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    How many times do I have to say... Mokey WAS going to be made. And she WAS going to happen (as was Traveling Matt). It's the lack of interest on the part of the retailers that stopped her from being made. Same reason we never got Sal Manila.
  12. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    You must not own a Sababa Wembley because that is false. They did provide more gold strands in his hair (his hair is actually made up of more than one color but not quite that striking), yet the rest is spot-on the best one I've ever seen! Not horrendous - beautiful! :coy:

    I also wouldn't say the absence of Mokey causes a likeness to be off. Other companies have left out a Fraggle before because of the odd number of pegs. Companies like to think in even numbers (usually 2s and 4s). I don't like it or agree with it, but that's how it goes. :smirk:
  13. Redsonga Active Member

    As far as Wembleys go, besides his punk rocker hair I think he was the best Wembley I have ever seen really :).
  14. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    I still want Mokey. And Sal. :(
  15. Redsonga Active Member

    Sal? Who's Sal? *knows just about every FR character by name* :\
  16. Colbynfriends Active Member

    Sal was not a FR character, he was from Muppets tonight. he is one of the figures planed for the 10 series of Palisades Muppet action figure set, but due to many factors, only one prototype was made, which stinks, because we got Johnny Fiama, 3 of them in fact, but no sal. i think he should've been a pack in figure, but anyway, back to fraggles.
  17. wwfpooh New Member

    I too would like to have a set of the entire Fraggle Five, but alas, it seems not to be.
  18. Redsonga Active Member

    They have something against just putting the whole gang together in a set don't they *lol* It never seems to work that way....:sympathy:
  19. wwfpooh New Member

    It's like...a WWF/E fan (such as myself, for instance) asking for a collector's set of The Attitude Era & they leave out the involvement of one Texas Rattlesnake, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin...and that's the bottom line, plain & simple! :p
  20. Luke Active Member

    Your on Muppet Central and you don't know Sal? OMG, go sit in the naughty corner. Outrageous! :D

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