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Original Muppet Whatnot Workshop now off-line

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Phillip, Oct 22, 2008.

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  1. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    As far as i know, the concept is not interchangable Muppets.

    You take the Whatnot home with you, they make it in store while you wait. The features are being glued on with a hot glue gun. If you order online or through the mail the person making the Whatnot sees your design and puts the features on exactly where you said.

    Again, the concept isnt interchangable, but if they are breaking down costs of the parts individually instore (i guess to make it cheaper for some than $90 if they just want something really basic without much clothes and sell more of them) then i doubt there is anything to stop you just walking out with the parts rather than having them glued on. They might require a body purchase when buying accessories though so you are buying an actual puppet, we shall see!
  2. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

  3. Lab Rat

    Lab Rat Well-Known Member

    I have just tried to order the whatnots but they wont ship outside the US
  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I see what you all mean about playing with this site wow i made some puppets and then the creative ideas just really began to flow!
  5. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    It's so very cool, but are these really muppet quality puppets for 90 bucks? I want one like NOW but want to wait and see what the real product looks like. I maybe have to be there opening day and get mine in person.
  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I don't know my question is I wonder how long these puppets will last? I also wonder if there will be at some point some kits to help repair your puppet.
  7. HerryGrail

    HerryGrail Active Member

    This is an awesome thing...don't get me wrong. But the online tool doesn't allow any positioning of the elements, and the comparative sizes of the noses and eyes don't look accurate when you see the actual puppets shown above the palette. (And the oval eyes, which are Muppet mainstays, go on the dummy puppet like eyeglasses, not at all slanted.) The noses are flat without looking real on the faces, and there appear to be some color options missing.

    Again, I'm not complaining! This is an incredible thing! I just wish they could have gone one little step further with the online tool and show more accurate rendering, and that we could order unassembled puppets rather than rely on someone else to do the positioning, especially if we're just talking glue-gun (scary). Those of us who would want to buy something like this would expect some flexibility, since that's what these "Whatnot" (when did they stop being called "Anything"?) Muppets are all about, and they've even done skits about it over the years. Are they trying to control what's done with them so that they aren't used for commercial purposes?
  8. mrsieve

    mrsieve Well-Known Member

  9. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

  10. TopperFraggle

    TopperFraggle Well-Known Member

    I am totally excited about this, but also wary about the final product. Fortunately I won't be ordering mine until closer to Christmas so that will give me some time to see others photos of what thier Whatnot looked like upon completion. My concerns are the same as listed above- namely the online renderings don't seem to be totally accurate, just a quick approximation, but there's just the slimmest chance that the final product would match that picture exactly. I guess it's too much to hope that the people constructing these are skilled puppet makers who know all the design secrets of the Henson Co and would make the best choices in terms of placement, etc...
  11. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    Muppet Show extras are Whatnots and Sesame Street extras are Anything Muppets. Same concept, different names and in some cases styles. If you compare Anything muppets to the older Whatnot designs you'll notice the Anythings are simpler. Scooter is an example of an old Whatnot design. To me, the orange one looks more Anything like and the blue one is more Whatnot like.

    I'm such a geek.

    Anyway, this is the one I'd design

  12. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    16" tall, thats veeeerrry cool.

    If all goes well i can see them coming out with a velcro type interchangeable version in some kinda kit, seems like the natural thing to do. I'm sure that'd cost though what with all the extra parts.
  13. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Well-Known Member

    For $90 I hope it's not just hot-glued on :p
  14. TopperFraggle

    TopperFraggle Well-Known Member

    A good example of what could go wrong in terms of parts placement: If you select the "bald fringe" for your puppet, the digital mockup shows the fringe running along the top of the puppets head, like a sideways mowhawk. Of course I assume this is an error, but there's always the chance that it's not. That's a big error that would spoil my puppet.
  15. TopperFraggle

    TopperFraggle Well-Known Member

    Hot glue sounds cheap but I think it would be a better solution for the overall look than velcro. Velcro would create either a very noticeable gap between parts or a hold that wasn't very strong and especially parts like noses could flop off while the puppet was being performed.

    An interesting option would be for people to be able to purchase just the body, as construction wise this is the most difficult for an amatuer to do, but I know plenty of people who wouldn't mind trying thier hands at making eyes, noses, hair etc...
  16. SesameStMuppets

    SesameStMuppets Well-Known Member

    Can anybody tell me how they got pictures of their completed puppets? I tried to do a copy paste, but that didn't seem to work...

    Thanks in advance :) !
  17. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    It is definitely hot glued on, they aren't sewing them. The job advert says they'll be glueing them even.

    I don't think there is any question of how long they will last either, they won't be using Antron at that price and i can't see them using any foam. I think these will have a very long life.
  18. Reevz1977

    Reevz1977 Well-Known Member

    Awwww Man, I've just picked mine, a birthday present from the missus, got to the checkout AND....

    they don't ship outside the US, bluddy brilliant! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
  19. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

  20. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Well-Known Member

    ^ That's pretty similar to what I had in mind :)

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