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Muppet Kubrick Collection

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by frogboy4, May 1, 2008.

  1. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Here is a picture of my current Muppet Kurbick collection!

    The rare Beaker is coming to me soon! :eek: I already have the color-coated Oscar assortment. I'm skipping the multicolored Elmos (go figure) and I might just get the Blue Twiddlebug someday, but the green one is good enough for me.

    It's so cool they made Herry, Little Bird and Prairie Dawn. Of course they skipped Zoe, Telly, Snuffy and Cookie among others, but this is such rare decision making. My thought is that they planned multiple series of both Muppets and Sesame that didn't come to fruition. I remember it being said that the Muppets were to have Scooter, Rowlf, Animal, the Swedish Chef and some others for an additional series. Does anyone have reporting on what that defunct line-up was to be?

    Anyway, thought I'd share. After collecting and working on Palisades' figure assortments I am both inspired to collect, but also picky. These have such a unique, adorable kitschy value to them that after getting the Oscar colors for my birthday I had to keep going. It's sad that these seem to have stopped. If anyone in Japan is listening - we want more Muppet Kubricks! :super:
  2. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Great collection.Are you going to get the Kermit supreme kubrick?
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, My guess is this... I remember hearing someone say that while Sesame Street was popular in Japan, the Muppet show really wasn't. Outside of maybe Kermit, but since he is a regular on SS, he may be considered a Sesame Street character. So, I think the Sesame line sold enough to warrent a second series, but the Muppet show really didn't. Personally, I'm kicking myself for never getting the Muppet sets, and they never sold the Sesame line around me... but someone did give me a Grover.

    As for Sesame Street... well, I guess they could have had a thrid line up, but the only major major character they're missing is Cookie Monster. Shame he isn't in the line up.

    Personally, I'd kill for the Kinnikuman Kubricks... Unfortunately, I do not have a picture or could find one of them. But trust me.

    Of course, if they had a Kinnikuman trachea plug, I'd buy it-had I any cash. but that's just me.
  4. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Love these things!

    Unless I can find a good price I'll likely pass on the Supreme Kermit Kubrick. I'm not that much of a completist, but if that Kermit came with some sort of signature skateboard he could ride that would be a different matter!

    :eek: I still couldn't believe they left Beaker to be a chase. Animal and Beaker are sure-sellers! Sam should have been the chase. But these are geared to Japanese tastes so who knows?

    :halo: Animal, Scooter, Rowlf, Swedish Chef, Rizzo and a Robin chase would have made for an excellent second and final Muppet Kubrick installment. I do remember some of those mentioned as possibilities, but the packaging doesn't reference a series number so it is my belief that it was planned upon release to be a one-shot deal.

    :insatiable: Cookie, Zoe, Sherlock Hemlock, Snuffy, Telly and a Pink Twiddlebug chase would have made for a great third and final Sesame Street Kubrick installment.
  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I remember seeing these Kubricks a long time ago (right?) but I skipped them. I think I spent all my money on the Palisades figures, and now the NECO Labyrinth and Master Replicas prop Muppets...no money to collect these neat things.

    So, are you going to make a playset for them to hang out in? :)
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    But you know why I usually say how I dislike the pseudo-Japanese looking blind boxed packaged vynals? It's because I like the original Japanese stuff like this much, much, much better.

    Anyway, I can't find it, but something you may be interrested in. I remember seeing a set of Woody Woodpecker Kubricks, and one of the characters was Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit- a couple years before the character was sold back to Disney. Of course, they're slightly different from the regular ones. I think their called "Taitio Prize Kubricks", or something like that.
  7. shimauta

    shimauta Well-Known Member

    A Woody Woodpecker Kubrick? That sounds awesome! I found a store here in Tokyo that sells nothing but Kubricks so I will have to see if I can find it!
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They're the ones that come in the larger boxes, and I think they may be arcade prizes or something, but that was years and years ago.
  9. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Those are pretty cool, but I don't really know too much about them, but after seeing some of the threads about this Muppet ones and I've seen a few others, I'm starting to get a little interested in collecting them myself. Is there some kind of guilde or something for them?
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    You kind of have to hunt them down.

    :attitude: The Muppets complete series of Kubricks contain Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Sam and a very rare chase Beaker. These are all blind-boxed assortments. There's also a Supreme Kermit (a skateboard brand) that wears a t-shirt.

    :wisdom: The three series (counting the color scheme thrid series) Sesame assortment includes:
    Big Bird, Little Bird, Count, Grover, Ernie, Bert, Herry, Prairie Dawn, Oscar (with 6 additional color schemes), Elmo (with 6 additional color schemes) a rare chase Green Twiddlebug and a rare chase Blue Twiddlebug.

    :eek: These are blind boxed so you don't really know what you're going to get. It seems to be all about the secondary market with Kubricks so they kind of turned me off until I tracked down the compete sets. I am missing the Blue Twiddlebug, the Supreme Kermit and the 6 other Elmo assortments, but my Beaker should be arriving soon. Most of this is from Ebay. Hope this helped.
  11. mikealan

    mikealan Well-Known Member

    If we want more Muppet/Sesame Street Kubricks figures, here's what we would like to see in order:

    Muppets Series 2:
    Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
    The Swedish Chef
    Chase: Rizzo

    Sesame Street Series 4:
    Cookie Monster
    Mr. Snuffleupagus
    Sherlock Hemlock
    Green Honker
    Chase: Pink Twiddlebug

    Muppets Series 3:
    Dr. Teeth
    Floyd Pepper
    Crazy Harry
    Chase: Camilla

    Sesame Street Series 5:
    Abby Cadabby
    Telly Monster
    Baby Bear
    Guy Smiley
    The Amazing Mumford
    Chase: Orange Twiddlebug

    Muppets Series 4:
    Lew Zealand
    Chase: Robin

    What do you think?
  12. karamazov80

    karamazov80 Well-Known Member

    In terms of Muppet block figures, what we need is Muppets Minimates! They are U.S.-based, have significantly better articulation than Kubricks, are are just cooler. Here is a picture of part of my Minimate collection, to give you an idea:


    They are terribly addictive, though :(
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    No... no... As for me, give me the original Kubricks. The "let's copy Kubricks and make our own block figures" movement soured me on Toy collecting. I did like what Mezco did for a little while, though. Especiailly the Dick Tracy Line.
  14. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Potato vs Potatoe

    Kubricks, Palz, Minimates...it really is a brand thing. There's nothing wrong with the original Kubricks, but if they were to make a more extensive line of these with a different or off-brand I'd consider them. It really is a quality thing too and I don't see the Mates any better than the original Kubricks. Actually the Kubrick company gets a little more creative with paint schemes and sculpts than I've seen elsewhere and the articulation is the same. ;)

    My friend, neighbor and fellow designer Sean/PXLforge created the pattern for Palisades' Palz along with most of their paint schemes so I've been introduced into the world of this style of mini figures. :)

    Personally I prefer the Kubricks, then the Palz (wish they'd continued) and then the Minimates, but they're all cool and Sean owns all of the kinds.
  15. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    Although technically speaking, Kubricks copied the LEGO figure style.
  16. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Thanks a lot that does help a ton. But I was starting to like the Disney ones as well, and I was kinda meaning a guilde to the whole Kubrick line. Although, the Muppets are my main ones, but I understand there are also some Nightmare Before Christmas Kubricks, and I'm also a huge fan of that film as well and I've found one of the clown, I'm thinking about bidding on it.

    And something about me is that when I get interested into collecting something, than I tend to go all out
  17. shimauta

    shimauta Well-Known Member

    I dont know how helpful this will be, but this site has lists of all of the Kubricks. There is some English on the site, but unfortunately the majority of the information is in Japanese... If you had specifics that you were looking for maybe I could help you find the information.

  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    From what I have seen there are seven series of seven Disney figures. There are also a few chase "secret figures" thrown in the mix, one per series I think. The properties cover the classic animated films from Peter Pan to Beauty and the Beast, black and white Mickey Mouse classic characters, Roger Rabbit, Nightmare Before Christmas, Pixar films like Monsters Inc, the live action Black Hole film and many more. It's a really odd and interesting line-up the put out there. I still can't seem to find a good list of them. I did get a black and white Donald Duck and a Peter Pan for my partner. Those are two of his favorite characters. And they are amazing looking!
  19. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    What interesting looking figures!
  20. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Thanks Shimauta, that site is helpful.
    Yeah I think you're right, as I've said when I start to get interested in collecting something, I go all out and I tend to do a little reseach. I went ahead and bought a Roger Rabbit one from series 6, I just had to, it was too cool and I love that movie too. I'm thinking about buying the Gonzo one too, but I'm trying to resist, :) , after all I can't spend too much money. Really cool figures, wacth knowing me, I'll probably have a big collection by the end of the year, ;) .

    Oh and just so I know too there are no plans on making more Muppet Kubricks, right? Cause it sure would be awesome to have Rowlf and Janice

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