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Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by brkndwnbus, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. RockSTAR girl

    RockSTAR girl Well-Known Member

    i want! cant wait to see the rest. and id never seen the piggy pook a looz. nice!
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't know if this is the right thread for this or not, but concerning the subject of the possibility of Walter merchandise, I've noticed that whenever there's a new Muppet movie featuring new characters, the new characters pretty much don't get made as toys when the movie is out and being promoted (later toys from Palisades don't count). The only such toy I know of is a Mad Monty PVC (I think Polly Lobster was sculpted into that toy) that got released when Muppet Treasure Island came out. And MTI had the biggest number of interesting original characters.

    If there are more series of these puppets, I don't think we'll get a Rizzo or Pepe until at least series 3, considering their small roles in the film.
  3. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    I know what you mean.. it is difficult marketing newer characters, but I do have faith that if anything, the Disney Store will produce a Walter plush... Many of the Disney Store plushes are of obscure characters (Carl from meet the Robinsons?)
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah... but no Carl from Up... :attitude:

    Yeah, MTI didn't really see any of the pirates as merchandise, did it? Even with the Palisades line we only got Polly Lobster as an accessory. And I don't think there have been any toys of any of the other movies either.

    But somehow, I see a Walter something in the future if the film does well enough.
  5. TheMonsterAteMe

    TheMonsterAteMe Well-Known Member

  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Ehhh... not loving the eyes on that thing.

    I think the Disney Treasures plush managed to get the eye problem down right, making them cloth.
  7. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member

    For those lucky enough to have one, nothing will ver compete with the original Fisher Price Animal puppet. one of these days I'm going to buy another on ebay and make an Animal replica.
  8. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Animal looks okay.. a little too pink, not enough orange/red.. Fozzie just needs to be darker! I'm hoping once I see these guys in person Fozzie is down a shade:o.. Despite what everyone else is saying, I think Beaker looks the most spot on..They even got the upward puppet design in there! The suspense is killing me.. I must see Kermit!!!

    .. And when(if) Gonzo comes out, I'm going to get him.. even if he looks like the MV3d plush:concern: lol
  9. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    I don't know what it is, I can't put my finger on it, but Animal doesn't look very Animal-ish to me. He looks too calm to me or something.
  10. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Its the eye lids... They need to be 3d and kinda "Pop" to give him that crazed look...Maybe its a bad angle... I'm hoping in person they pop a little more..
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Seems like the Eyes have it...


    The problem with this puppet is that it uses completely round eyes, when animals are a little flatter/further in his face.

    Not to mention the fact that his eyebrows always cover his eyes to an extent, not exist entirely behind the eye, like how the puppet was made. Other than those eyes/eyebrow issues, it basically looks like every Animal plush I've ever seen and there isn't too much wrong there.

    It's all in the buggy eyes. They work wonders for Beaker, but don't work at all on Animal.
  12. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member

    Animal looks ok. As always with all animal plushes even the fisher price puppet they always forget that animal has lower eye lids it would make all the difference if he had them!
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    We're not likely to get anything like the Fisher Price Animal these days due to expense, methods and wide variety of materials used in that model, but they can give us a better Animal than this. It's definitely how they treat the eyes here. Igel's version wasn't perfect but it did the character justice:
  14. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Are you sure that's Animal? I can see Marvin Suggs bopping him on the head.
  15. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Aw, it actually looks much better than that. We're going to get some dumbing-down of the character - especially in the hair/fur department. Nothing can replicate ostrich feathers. Other than that, this is a very close version that can be kept on budget with approved materials.The Fisher Price woven mohair method is no longer evident in modern toys, so the Muppephone-look is always going to be present...it just doesn't have to look like this Gund version.

    It would be nice to see medium-end versions of the Muppet puppets with ostrich feathers like the Whatnots have, but that presents an expense and quality control issue that wouldn't likely get Disney's approval. They tend to favor uniformity over likeness.

    I'm impressed by Beaker and Fozzie. I do wonder why they've hidden Kermit from view. :)
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The lollipopping of Animal is something we've seen quite a lot over the years, but it's something we're used to. It is quite hard to get Animal's mangled fur quality and precise head shape in a plush toy... but they eyes are another thing

    If his expression was more like this 3 minutes of effort right here:

    you'll notice the eyes are a tiny bit more distanced, the shape of the eyes had also been changed slightly. It seems Gund had some left over Elmo eyes and used those. That's the only problem I see... Maybe the eye brows are a bit too big, but that's kinda what a common Animal Plush looks like.
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  17. ZeppoAndFriends

    ZeppoAndFriends Well-Known Member

    It's a Muppaphone inflicted with the curse of the Were-Animal! :eek:
  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Okay, here's my take on it. The first tweak is something that could be accomplished under the same manufacturing process. Just different, flat-faced eyes and some fur management. The third revision here is what I think could be accomplished using the same materials, but such detail could translate into a slightly higher price point. [​IMG]
  19. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Well-Known Member

    know that is the way it should look the original big odd eyes is odd and the orginal with its pink fur the evil diease every animal toy gets. so i want you revision frogboy :halo:
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  20. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Wow, That revisioned puppet is perfect Frogboy4! now that you've done that, you should send it in to GUND!.. Toy companies sometimes listen.. back when Toy Story 3 came out, they released a Barbie and Ken movie set..except Ken looked nothing like the one in the movie..so they rereleased the set weeks later with the updated "Correct" face after fan backlash :)
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