Bizarre collectibles are one of my passions so I thought this deserved a mention. Toysrevil has unveiled a line of "urban vinyl" Muppet figures. I'm not certain of their legitimacy, but these displayed items from the Pillaging Pop Culture series appear to be prototypes of licensed product from a company called Task One. Here’s the skinny: The series consists of 6 waves (3 figures each, 18 figures total) to be released every two weeks. The 18 figure set inclusions appear to be Kermit, Fozzie, Rowlf, Piggy, Bunsen, Beaker, Gonzo, Lew, Sam, Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Scooter, Dr. Teeth, Zoot, Janice, Floyd and Animal. The first wave, consisting of Kermit, Fozzie and Rowlf, will be released this Sunday, March 10th. The figures will be limited edition (of an unknown number) and blind boxed so the customer won’t know what character they’re getting. These are priced at $40 each/$100 for the set. (I guess that means that purchasing the set is the only way to get the character you want.) There will also be a “free” chase figure (not part of the 18-piece set) that will be rewarded to 2 random orders each release round and for anyone who acquires the whole set. The first chase appears to be Crazy Harry. It’s good to see the Muppets represented so I’m glad this exists. That said, I’m not biting. These Playdoughy renditions don't quite hit the mark to justify the expense. In fact, all of the Muppets’ urban vinyl attempts (Vinylmation, Funko etc) have been of middling quality when compared to the product for other properties. I’ll bite when Disney releases Muppet-shaped Muppet figures. Why doesn’t any company want to make those and why is Disney allowing the secondary market for Palisades toys make all the Muppet money? It is my belief that a quality line of small figures featuring each character in classic pose would be welcome by any fan! No articulation, accessories or off-putting head-shape necessary.