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Muppet Whatnots

Discussion in 'Muppet Replicas' started by Muppetfan2011, Sep 6, 2011.


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  1. LouieMartini

    LouieMartini Member

    Now that I think of it, it was a bit awkward to move the mouth. Not sure of it was due to the tight fit of my hand getting pass the neck though.
  2. Wockawocka721

    Wockawocka721 Member

    Do you have issues rotating the neck of your whatnot? I have the orange body and in other videos it seems simple but i can't when I'm working his mouth with one hand and his arm with the other
  3. LouieMartini

    LouieMartini Member

    I do have problems rotating the neck, but due to it being tight on my right hand. Its a bit more loose on my left hand. How does yours fit? It is a FAO whatnot or kit from TRU?
  4. Wockawocka721

    Wockawocka721 Member

    I have the orange body and I purchased mine through FAO.com. I wish they had the green body available in TRU...that will be my next Whatnot base
  5. Wockawocka721

    Wockawocka721 Member

    Also to answer your actual question, it fits nicely. I feel there is too much stuffing in his head though as my hand gets exhausted when I'm performing a song or quick dialogue
  6. Rugby

    Rugby Well-Known Member

    I have to say that the quality of this year's whatnots is a bit questionable and the photos used in promotional material on fao's web site and catalogue are quite misleading. The photos show puppets made of fleece with seamless faces and noses and show defined mouths that close all the way. The three whatnot puppets we got for Christmas from the fao web site are not like that at all. Heavy seams down the middle of the face and nose and puffy mouths that you can still see the inside felt of when completely closed.

    I think most people would expect more for $99 a piece. I bought a Terry Angus monster puppet a few years back for $200 that is a true quality muppet-like puppet and would spend that money again any day over buying another one of these whatnot puppets. And they are very tiresome to operate as well. I find I have to let the mouth pop open just to give my hand a break. The only think I can call truly muppet-like on these puppets are the eyes. Other than that, they are little more than glorified toys and not anywhere near owning a true muppet. Very disappointing.
  7. Boba Lynn

    Boba Lynn Well-Known Member

    Agreed 100% on all points mentioned.
    Have the WhatNots been this way since they started?

    The nose totally sucked and it wasn't even close to looking oval shaped, the sewing dimpled it badly and looked terrible, and needed it to be replaced to look good.
    The head was way too stuffed and didn't look as nice a online.
    The fleece in the promo shots is Antron style and what you get is polar fleece.

    I got my Whatnot monster and covered him in the extra purple suit material I got free, but I really don't know if I will waste anymore money on these now that I have seen the quality of material you get.
    Disappointed as well.
  8. Baconroadtrip

    Baconroadtrip Member

    I got a What Not for Christmas this year. I love it. Though I do believe that if you go into the ACTUAL Workshop in NYC they do a better job of making your What Not. Because you're standing right there. My friend got one 2 years ago and it looks fantastic. I will admit mine his eyes are a little too close together, but it's ok.

    I wanted so badly to go to the actual store and MAKE a muppet, but sadly I just couldn't afford it. But making mine online, then getting it for Christmas was a more than suitable substitution.

    I have seen online the TRU What Nots but I think they look a lot cheaper quality. I've been reading reviews and they seem much smaller and not high quality. I like being able to change the eyes, etc. but they aren't again, as higher quality. I'm happy with mine and would like to get another one next year.

    I did want to know if there's a way to purchase another arm stick from FAO!!?? I obviously want 2 instead of just one. And I like the black.

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  9. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I'm getting the two what not kits in the mail. Now I admit they will probably be at home puppets for my daughters and I to play with, because for work I'd much rather use slightly larger puppets, but I do have students who use the What nots to perform with. Anyways I never thought they were the best quality puppets even from the begining. They always were more toys than performance puppets. That being said, it is kind of neet to have Muppet banded puppets that you can actually manipulate like a "real" muppet. They certainly are durable enough if not the highest standard of a puppet. I'll have to see how the kits compare to my What Not that I ordered a couple years ago.
  10. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Got my two Muppet what not kits...my daughter and i noticed that in the orange one you have all the parts needed to make Danvers from the Tales of a sixth grade Muppet book.
  11. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Yup, did you buy the red hoodie to complete him??
  12. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    No.... but I have a red puppet shirt in my puppet closet at work so I pulled it out and put it on him...but I'm kind of hoping I can find a small gonzo shirt somewhere. My daughter dressed the blue one in the princess outfit though.
  13. Alvin

    Alvin Well-Known Member

    I heard someone say that Toys R Us Whatnots are the same size as the FAO Whatnots...is that true??
  14. Oxyriffs

    Oxyriffs New Member

    I wish they would ship to Australia :grr:
  15. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    They seem about the same size.. a tad smaller maybe... My hand fits better in the toys r us orange one than my fao blue one but that seems to be more due to head shape....I'll have to take a closer look after work...maybe do some side by side shots. I saw some some where else here and they look pretty close. The material seems different though. more smooth but that may be because of the velcro. Either way I think they are pretty awesome. I never would have imagined we would have our own Muppets some day... I know they did one some year ago but I don't think the quality or size was quite as good (However if you want to see one in action do a search for Damien Fuzzyface on Youtube. My brother found one of these older Muppets at a yard sale and did some videos with it. Much smaller than the Fao Muppets)
  16. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the reports danny! I really don't know wether or not I want an FAO or TRU whatnot..but thanks to your posts, the TRU whatnots don't seem that bad! while I do like the blue muppet body, I'm not great at female voices(they really should have done half and half) But like you said the orange kit can build Danvers..so Im still undecided..
  17. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Well I bought both of them and it really is only $40 more than what it would cost to get them at FAO. And asa bonus both Toys R US and FAO have free shipping on a purchase that big. That being said I'd rather get the two puppets and buy clothes at good will (24 months or 2T seems to work okay. I'm tempted to glue the parts on for my daughters, but at any rate I moved all the extra wigs over to the case for my orange one. Their are some nice parts in both and really can't keep him looking the same way for too long. The hair seems to be a problem too. I need to put velcro on the wigs so they stay on. I do like having him look like Danvers though.
  18. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I'm tired of Blue Puppets by the way. I've been using my puppet you se in my picture for almost ten years. My first what not was blue as well. It seems like anytime one of my puppet team goes out and gets a puppet they want a blue one too. Orange was a nice change of pace... though I don't see my self performing too much with this one. More to play with my daughter and to help teach her some puppetry skills. They do look decent on stage though.
  19. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it was not so much the blue color but the shape that I liked about the blue whatnot... It looks like walter's head shape.. And the only reason I was considering FAO's over TRU is because I liked the fleece they are made of. And if I got one from TRU, chances are I would also glue the pieces on(your right, it is cool to have an accurate Danvers puppet!!)
  20. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I do like the material from the FAO puppet better... I guess on a plus side the Toys R us ones won't Pill as much. Well here they are side by side. The one on the left is FAO and the one on the right is Toys R US. The Toys Rus one seems to have a wider mout but its more how it was constructed than a difference in size. The Toys r us one is a little more comfortable on my hand but that is more of a stuffing issue.

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