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Original retail Whatnots from 70's

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by stupendousman, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. stupendousman

    stupendousman New Member

    Back when I was a kid, we'd go to the local Hill's department store to look at the toys, and they always had the complete assortment of whatever Muppet/Sesame Street puppets that would be available. As a kid who was really into puppets, this was a great place to spend some time.

    I remember though going one time and they had a "Whatnot" puppet. It was in the same style box, featuring all the same art and logos as the others (Fisher Price I think), but it had the puppet along with a couple of different sets of eyes, ears, noses and hair. They only had one and the box had been opened and it looked like pieces where missing, so Mom wouldn't get it for me. We went back several times looking for new stock, but none came. I was really bummed for a long time over that. I remember it clearly and vividly because it was the first time I'd seen the "Whatnot" terminology used to describe a puppet with multiple accessories and thought that this concept was really cool. This was probably back around 1979-1980.

    I've done some searches, but all I can find is info on the newer FAO Schwartz Whatnots. Does anyone else have any info on this piece? I'm guessing not a lot where made, because that was the only time I ever saw one in a retail store, though I think they might have been in a catalog as well.
     
  2. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I don't know what your talking about exactly but in the 80s or 90s I believe they did make some what nots. My brother uses one for videos he makes.
    Its the purple one in this video here (He's made some modifications).
     
  3. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

  4. CherryPizza

    CherryPizza Active Member

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  5. stupendousman

    stupendousman New Member

    I think that's it! No wonder I was having a hard time searching. Somewhere in the last 30 some years I mixed up "Anything" with "Whatnot". Thanks for the clue!
     
  6. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    OOO I like that one... I searched for anything muppet too and couldn't find that... nice though.
     
  7. panmanthe2nd

    panmanthe2nd Active Member

    Wow. They should still make them. They look great.

    Anyone know how much they sell for?
     
  8. muppfozz

    muppfozz Member

    :)I have the whatnots you are talking about. I have to take a look in the closet to see what I actually have .....Just a minute.....
     
  9. muppfozz

    muppfozz Member

    Okay....I found ....Crazy creations kit , 19 pieces .It has two Balls and lots of face parts to make different faces. I think I got them from a bookstore. I also found...a clear bag with two muppets a red one , a blue one. there are also lots of pieces---like legs, hands, eyes,ears etc. also found ....craft kits 1. hand puppetss to look like muppets out of cardboard, 2.mask mania, and 3.finger puppets all of these are from the Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop . By playskool and the crafts are by golden books. If I remember they all came from the same bookstore. :cool:
     
  10. muppfozz

    muppfozz Member

  11. stupendousman

    stupendousman New Member

    Those are pretty great too!

    I was just about to chalk up my children remembrance/ obsession to insanity after years of searching (using the wrong search terms :( apparently) so I'm really, really satisfied at this point. Those Anything Muppets seem to go for about $50 when they are on eBay based on my new research, but I think that the newer FAO "Whatnots" are of much higher quality. It looks like the Anything's first came out in 1974 and had those hideously oversized plastic hands (Uggh).

    I've found a bunch of links to photos now that I know it's an "Anything" instead of a "Whatnot."
     
  12. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    See I like the older Anything muppet better than the Muppet workshop ones except for those plastic hands... I wonder why they decided to do that?
     
  13. CherryPizza

    CherryPizza Active Member

    All puppets in that series came with plastic rods with rings that held the arms (allowing the arms to be puppeteered). The large hands no doubt allowed the rods to stay in place.
     


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