Hey everybody, I spent some time today looking up the info on the upcoming waves of Muppets figures from Palisades. I am very excited and happy about it all, but I do have a concern. This is probably going to make me sound like the guy from the fake Onion editorial, but... Why are they releasing variant figures either before or instead of normal ones? I read previous posts on the Rowlf tux / no-tux situation, and I'm glad that they still intend to release the 'normal' version of Rowlf, but it still bugs me as a Muppet fan and Toy collector purist that what should be a variant version is coming out before the normal version which should have come out first. And to have to wait a whole year for the normal version? Lots can happen in that time, so the notion that the folks at Palisades might change their mind on releasing the 'normal' Rowlf is entirely possible, and I would hate for that to happen. And on a similar note, there seem to be no plans at all for a 'normal' Sam the Eagle figure. I love "Muppet Treasure Island" as much as any Muppets fan, but I would really much prefer to have a normal (or as Sam might say "absolutlely naked!") version of Sam The Eagle and save the Samuel Arrow for sometime down the line. Anyway, I just wanted to see if anybody had any feedback on these opinions of mine. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you all at the Madison East Toys R Us. PS: I don't ever remember Fozzie going on 'vacation', as he is depicted in action figure form. Did I miss something? If I did, I'm sure you guys can set me straight. PS again: On an unrelated note, my parody song "Peter Parker" was #1 on Dr. Demento's Funny 25 of 2002! You can hear a clip of it and my Muppet Tribute song "Who Let The Frog Out?" at my website www.LukeSki.com. Thanks!