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Muppets being crafted in New Zealand

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Jul 11, 2002.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Anniversary Muppet characters being crafted in New Zealand
    Courtesy of Yahoo News

    A New Zealand design workshop has gone from making Hobbits to Muppets.

    Special effects group Weta Workshop, which won two Academy Awards for creating characters in "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," has designed miniature a range of Muppet figurines.

    They will go on sale, initially in the United States for dlrs 187 each, to mark the Muppet Show's 25th anniversary this year. No release date has yet been set.

    The Wellington-based group was granted a license last year to create 20 Muppet characters by the Jim Henson Co., Weta art director Ben Hawker said Thursday.

    Regarded as collectable rather than toys, they will be 12-15 centimeters (4.8-6.0 inch) high and will be made of polystone in China.

    Weta director Richard Taylor who won the Oscars said a model of Kermit the Frog took six months to perfect and he is thrilled with how the other Muppets turned out.

    "In many ways they are is the crown jewels of America and being allowed so close to them is a great privilege," Taylor said.
  2. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Well-Known Member


    I honestly think the should re-consider and make a Floyd Bust.

    See ya
  3. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Well-Known Member

    Re: New Muppet busts being crafted in New Zealand

    dlrs 187?

    Would someone kindly translate that for me?
  4. towels

    towels Well-Known Member

    Re: Re: New Muppet busts being crafted in New Zealand

    My guess would be $187.

    "Crown Jewels of America"???
  5. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Well-Known Member

    But aren't these the WETA Busts we can pre-order from Side Show? And isn't the most expensive one about $60? I'm confused.....
  6. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member


    OK am I Missing Something here or does this make um ... NO SENCE or WHAT???????

    More Info would be appreciated...

  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Okay, so are these figures too or is this more info about the busts? Very confused. And they are $187? No way could I afford that!
  8. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    I think these are non articulated, mini resin statues of the characeters. I wouldn't put those out if you ask me...stick to the busts. The market will jump on the action figures at 8.99 before a 187...I mean, granted, their sculpts are phenomenal...but sometimes you can just have too much of a good thing. BUt who am I to judge? Maybe I am being blind...
  9. towels

    towels Well-Known Member

    187 is a really weird sounding price point too...
    but for the Crown Jewels of America ...
  10. Bean Bunny

    Bean Bunny Well-Known Member

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