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Muppet Whatnots

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

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What is your favorite Muppet Show spoof?

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  1. 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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  2. Alvin

    Alvin Active Member

    WOW...that is surprising...I can't believe how close they are in size...I would have thought Toys R Us would have been much smaller than FAO. You would think for a REAL MUPPET WHATNOT...they would be scaled to be a genuine Muppet size puppet.....the Toys R Us one just looked so small...and chincy...I don't know...now I am torn. FAO is $100 and Toys R Us is $50 plus clothes.....what to do........
  3. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Material is better on the Fao one but this might be because the velcro works better with the other material....otherwise I say get the Toys R US one because you can get clothes for cheap at goodwill unless you want a particular outfit...we did buy the princess outfit at toys r us. The puppet online wnet up to 69 dollars btw. 10 more than they were before christmas :( I think they are decent sized for what they are which is really a children's toy. Still they are big enough for an adult to use. I think they are decent quality. It would be nice to see some Toys R US stores set up temporary workshops next Christmas...they know they would sell as they sold out constantly in store and even online.
  4. Carl23

    Carl23 Member

    I got my "Kit" WhatNot for about $50 (I had a $10 giftcard/special for spending a certain amount during Christmas sales), and I think he's pretty sweet. That's him in my Avatar, by the way. I havn't seen the FAO versions in person, so I can't really comment on the visual comparison between them, but the fleece certainly looks nicer. Their fingers really do have the wire in them, so like the FAO they can be posed. Unless you want something like the WhatNot suit, it's really pretty easy to get clothes for $10 or less.

    I picked the TRU Kit because it's a little easier on the wallet, and the entire puppet is made with a Velcro reactive fabric, so it's easy to make little props to stick onto the hands or things like glasses (other than the included ones) to wear, or even eyebrows. It doesn't look quite as nice as the Fleece, but it doesn't look too bad either.

    Another plus is that for those of you who are more crafty, you could also build your own parts, and stick them on the puppet. I've noticed that almost all Muppets and Whatnots that are orange have either brown, yellow, or black hair so I went to Joanns and picked up some fur and made hair for him.

    The biggest issue I have with it, is the Mouth. It's that "taco shell" shaped piece of plastic, and it makes it really difficult to move, and makes any sort of emotion pretty impossible. But i've heard that the FAO ones are built the same way, which is majorly disappointing.
  5. Alvin

    Alvin Active Member

    Has the Disney parks set up the Whatnot Workshops yet??
  6. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Are they going to? Not that it matters to me as I have never been and doesn't look affordable for the immediate future. Would love to see a temporary workshop set up in Toys R Us stores around Christmas time though (at least I think that would be a neat idea). Or at least the green body being available as a kit
  7. Alvin

    Alvin Active Member

    Well I had read or heard somewhere where they were planning on doing it...but yeah doing in Toys R Us would be great...would worry about the quality...of local people doing it...lol, but yeah pretty neat.
  8. Carl23

    Carl23 Member

    I've heard that too, but i've also heard "Why hasn't it happened yet" so I don't think they are in the parks.

    I would be REALLY hesitant if they started doing it in smaller TRU shops. Alvin, you hit hte nail on the head because picturing local employees trying to put muppets together scares me to no end. Plus it would take quite a bit of the "Mystique" out of it, it's not really special if you can just pick one up at any random TRU as going to one of the FAO shops. It just wouldn't end up right.

    The Kits are a good alternative, because it's lower quality, lower price, and easier to get one local. What WOULD be a nice idea, is if they would ship Whatnots to TRU stores for free. Since TRU owns FAO, they probably could do it - and offer some form of "Store Pick-Up".
  9. Alvin

    Alvin Active Member

    THAT would be awesome...instead of paying an arm and a leg for shipping!
  10. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Nice compromise there. I just don't like the idea that the only one is in New York. At least we can order them online. I do like the kits though. The atraction to me was that you could change around the puppets features. The price was nice too, though I'm happy that I have an Fao muppet too.
  11. Carl23

    Carl23 Member

    Completly agree. They really should have more around, but EVERY or even most TRU stores is not the answer.
  12. Herry Grail

    Herry Grail New Member

    I missed this thread as the better place to post my side-by-side hot-glue vs. Velcro Whatnot photo...plus my thoughts on the TRU kit, which I just bought. Here's the photo; the rest is in the Whatnot thread in the Merchandise section.

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  13. Baconroadtrip

    Baconroadtrip New Member

    Nobody answered my question! I would like to try to find another STICK for my muppet. As one arm is animated, then his other arm looks dead!! haha.. Please help me? I want it obviously to be black.
  14. Alvin

    Alvin Active Member

    Black is hard to find....you can google puppet arm rods, or professional puppet arm rods....really hard to find, or at least I haven't had any luck finding black
  15. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    www.onewaystreet.com (though I think they are now called creative ministry solutions) has some nice arm rods with wooden handles. You have to use rubber bands with them though (mine have been customized with black velcro wristbands that are sturdier).
  16. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

  17. Baconroadtrip

    Baconroadtrip New Member

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  18. Alvin

    Alvin Active Member

    I haven't either....my puppets are all in a closet...I see them when I open it, and think man...I need to do something....then I do an animal yell.....and then I bring it down...."in control"
  19. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Haven't used my Muppets much but puppeteering daily is kind of a job hazard for me. Two team practices a week and I've been doing a daily blog. Hand is cramping up lately though throwing off my lip sync but it helps keep my skills up. I haven't quite got a handle on my what nots' personalities either. Not feeling the voicse on them yet. Great for playing with the kids at home (and the wife keeps sayin " do you really need another puppet?")
  20. Alvin

    Alvin Active Member

    HAHA...mine says the same thing....and rolls her eyes when I talk about Muppets...my puppets or doing things with mine....
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