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Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Phillip, May 29, 2003.
I knew, I just thought maybe Sababa took Catric's stuff.
Like Cartic took IGEL's stuff.
Why do people get so weirded by Janice's shoes all the time? That's how they look in many pics. Most of what is being considered feet is just platform-type shoes.
Ah right, should have known they can't fool you BlueFrackle ! LOL ! Yeah i did some research and found Catric have gone bankrupt so maybe you are right.
I agree! It's nice to have the EM finally out, but we've waited 26/27 years for this??
although about the Janice doll, it's too bad they didn't have her face more detailed like her mouth then just lips.
The 18 inch versions that are in some Hot Topic stores are made by Sababa. They have Sababa tags on them. I agree that some of them are nearly-identical to their Igel/Catric counterparts.
Keep in mind that Igel changed their name to Catric. So when Catric went bankrupt, so did Igel since they are one and the same.
Thanks, so the 18" are Sababa but are more or less exact copies of the Catrics we have here already now. Wierd ! LOL ! Phillip - do you know when Catric actually went bankrupt ? We were getting new versions of the Catric plushes over here arriving in stores upto about two months ago and they are still on the shelves now.
It happened around last fall I think. Igel was renamed to Catric last Spring (2002). EM.TV sold their 2/3's ownership of Igel in 2001.
EM.TV heads its ugly rear...um...rears its ugly head once more in a company's down-fall.
Yikes, last fall ? Tons of their products have only just shown up here very recently. I remember posting about the keychains (piggy on an inner tube, rizzo on a crate) that were new here. I guess maybe some other company has been hired to shift their bankrupt stock and lots of our stores has taken it.
Who thinks EMTV is just bad luck?
*Raises both hands and waves them wildly.*
From what I know where I am, they stink big time--I will always say so and will always believe it. They may have done good in Europe, but NEVER here!
DOWN WITH EM.TV!! DOWN WITH...wait, they are down.
*Kicks them while they're down.*
Nearly identical is generous at best. I assumed Sababa just bought the patterns at an auction or something.
Kind of like all the old Aurora Model Kits you see being released by Monogram.....
They are indeed at Hot Topic - I bought them there a couple of weeks ago - they are also at Spencer Gifts!
How expensive were they? Were Bunsen and Beaker sold seperately? Igel and Jr Toys weren't that great about packaging and pricing.
Yeah i take it some kinda deal has gone on because they are 100% identical at least to the newest ones we had here - if a company goes bankrupt obviously the liquidators sell off all the stock so yeah maybe that goes for patterns and things too.
The 18" Catric's and smaller versions of the main characters have all been reduced right down here the last few weeks as they didn't sell very well, i think some of the Muppet figures bombed too so they didn't bother getting the future waves in.
With the reasonably priced Palisades figures, I don't think there was much of a need for things like those inferior PVCs on PB Toys website. Which figures were from Catric/Igel? PB keeps sending me annoying newsletters in German but has almost nothing in their store.
Speaking of other products, it's a week into June and I haven't heard word one about the Series 3 busts I ordered directly from Sideshow.
The PVC figures i saw from Catric/Igel were on keychains - Piggy on an inner tube, Rizzo on a crate and Kermit in the swamp i think. They were ok i guess. I think there are more out without the keychains but we don't have them here.
The figures that seemed to bomb in Virgin were the Palisades ones. Too overpriced for the non-fan browsers, just like the large plushes. The cheaper small mini plushes seemed to go well though and they ran that free Kermit plush promotion. You are right about Piggy sales FB, everything 'Muppets' i see around here the Piggy stuff is always left behind much much longer than any other character.
I have seen them at Hot Topic as well, but they don't have all of them. They just have the 18 inch Beaker, Gozno, and Animal. They were each 20 bucks.
You know, I never liked the Kermit Collection label because it unnecessarily separated him from the Muppet gang. However, more specialty Miss Piggy items should come out under the Miss Piggy Collection label. Her market is mainly hard-core fans, girls and gays. Promoting her items under a separate label and packaging would probably help move more units. That and if they could make a decent plush.
I don't mean the Palisades' figures. Those probably would need the same label.
Wow, those electric mayhem plushies...never thought I'd see the day...the dream of glorious Muppet merch is drawing near indeed.
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