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New Fraggle Merchandise in 2017?

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Foodie, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Foodie

    Foodie Active Member

  2. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I hope they make Mokey, Traveling Matt, and Sprocket in plushes but, I will likely pick these up since I have barely any Fraggle Rock merchandise.
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Looks most like they're going to be our favorite kind of merchandising.


    Carnival/crane machine plush that are impossible to win and don't look too good.
  4. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I will agree that most carny prizes do not look good but, the Nanco Sesame & Fraggle plushes look good. I think it's a step in the right direction for people that didn't pickup any of the Fraggle plushes from before. Like me.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    First off, it sucks that Fraggle Rock isn't mainstream enough to get some solid, reasonably priced merchandising in mainstream store shelves. We haven't seen that since the Sababa Toys line, as the Manhattan line was only available for online sales and those insufferable indie owned toy stores that mostly have those awful wooden toys they think kids like. Even if they were blind box, I'm disappointed we never got that FR toyline that was proposed several years back.

    Secondly, it's not so much if the game prize toys are of quality and look good, they're still things you need thousands of tickets at an arcade to get. And that will always be the easiest option as far as rigged carny games and claw machines are concerned. These things will never be available for retail sales, which is the bottom line. For years only the Nanco plush of Pepe and Rizzo were the only ones available until the Disney Store released not nearly enough of them to go around. While there have always been some Fraggle Rock option, and it's probably easier (and considering how many tickets, sadly relatively cheaper) to track down previous ones online, that are hopefully in good enough condition.
  6. Foodie

    Foodie Active Member

    They could look good. I mean, they've gotta make it look somewhat desirable if they want people to try to win them. :smirk:
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Except the only ones who win them are those professional arcade gamers that make a living out of actually finding skill in the luck of the draw games and then sell everything they won cheap for actual retail value on e-bay.

    That and I swear that someone pays people to walk around arcades and carnivals with the largest plush thingy they have to prove the games aren't rigged.

    Why can't we have some good retail merchandise that we can buy for money and not throw to a middle man and a middle middle man? Games to win tickets aren't exactly fun.
  8. Foodie

    Foodie Active Member

    So... with all that said, and I don't mean to be a jerk but... is someone paying you guys to jump the gun on all of this? I mean, ...well, some of you seem to be jumping the gun. They haven't even shown pictures yet... unless they have & I haven't seen 'em yet. Couldn't you just be like " Ooh! New fraggle stuff! " ? Just a thought. :smirk:
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  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd be more "Oooh New Fraggle Stuff" if it was Fraggle Stuff you could walk into a store and directly exchange money for. I never liked the concept of "Not available for Retail Sale" plush toys that are in rigged claw machines or rigged carny games. I remember trying in vain to win a Heathcliff plush well over a decade ago because you can't just walk into Toys R Us and say "Hey! I'd like to purchase that thing that predated Garfield that Garfield totally overshadowed who's cartoon people only remember for the better back up cartoon."

    I don't care if these are really good or bad looking. My issue is that I just don't want to get excited for something that I'd likely find buried under a bunch of generic, ugly looking plush animals and knock off Tsum Tsums. And trust me, that's exactly how I always see these licensed crane game plush. At the bottom where you can't win them. The fact that a couple years back I saw a Mega Man in the same state broke me.

    Do not get me wrong. I'm happy we're getting some Fraggle something, I just wish it was something easier to access.
  10. Foodie

    Foodie Active Member

    Ah! I got ya. I do know that at the Barnes & Noble next door to me, they have the Manhattan plush Gobo, Wembley & Red. I've had them for a few years now & got them on line but it is really amazing to actually see them at a store. I used to dream about that sort of thing like... 20 something years ago. :smirk:

    With the Nanco fraggles... and some of the lesser quality ones, I just bought them from eBay. Hopefully these new ones will be available there. I've actually never seen any of them in a claw machine yet... which is probably a good thing because I'd have to set them free. :coy:
  11. Tordwashere

    Tordwashere Member

    Honestly, I won't be surprised if they get pretty cheap down the road. Barely any kids even know what Fraggle Rock is (Unless they have Muppet Fanatic friends or relatives) So they might just sit on the shelves until whatever arcades that are still around decide that it's been long enough that there is no point in keeping them around (one time i found an entire box full of inflatable axes behind a chuckecheese) or they inevitably go out of business.
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  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I could see them doing okay at a Dave and Busters if they have some fans old enough to remember them and still be nostalgically charged to try and win them. But I also see them being shoved near the sides and bottoms of crane machines in malls or grocery stores that have them for some reason.

    But I think you nailed it. Fraggle Rock, unfortunately, isn't nearly as popular as The Muppet Show or Sesame Street characters. Or heck, even Labyrinth or Dark Crystal. The lack of good merchandise is directly correlated with the lack of interest as even in FR's heyday, it was on a premium cable channel. Sure, we had some great stuff during the great Muppet Merchandise resurgence of '03-'06 where Henson was actively trying to get FR out there as well as the more famous Muppets. FR plush with DVD's hit Target. Doesn't get more mainstream than that.
  13. Mystic Master

    Mystic Master Member

    I fondly remember the Sababa plush Fraggles - I used to own them. I cant say I'd be interested in anything plush, but if a company did action figures, that would be cool. Funko released a line of highly detailed Dark Crystal figures, so its possible they could cover Fraggle Rock as well. I'm not sure what the demand for something like that is though...
  14. Dodo

    Dodo Member

    Take a look at this
    Looks like a company called Super Impulse is making fraggle stuff :D There were some pictures from the toy fair on Toughpigs as well:
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  15. Mystic Master

    Mystic Master Member

    Hmm looks like those might be bendy figures, that would be cool, if regular articulated action figures won't be released.
  16. Bliffenstimmers

    Bliffenstimmers Active Member

    That Wembley figurine looks familiar...
  17. Mystic Master

    Mystic Master Member

    I just read that the mini figures are going to be blind boxed! I'm not a fan of blind boxed items, especially when I'm only after certain characters. Wish they'd do a set of the Fraggles by themselves.

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