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Palisades style Mini Muppet project update thread

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by MWoO, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    I decided to create a new thread for this project as it will include multiple pieces over time.

    Today I have a fully painted test sample of an almost complete figure. I set up a paint station last night and want to see what some airbrushing and dry brushing would do. I am also considering doing a dark wash on the fur, but right now it's just a base coat with a dry brush. The tie's spots got a bit smudged, so I will be reworking how I do those a bit.

    Still missing is the part of his tie he will use to dab the sweat off his brow, his hat which will be in his hand and is being sculpted at the moment, and a small square base that will look like wooden floor boards to match the style of bases used in the last mini muppet line. The next picture I post should have all those elements added.

    I hope you all like the painted sample! I am using a different casting method and can now turn out 5 to 10 castings a day so I will be casting more pieces on my next day off and then paint them all up at once so I could have a little fozzie army by the end of the month.



    Thanks to all who have supported me in this project via private message and in the other thread! I plan on a sheesh kermit next and am taking suggestions for more so please post your suggestions below.
  2. Mister Muppet

    Mister Muppet Well-Known Member

    Cool Fozzie can't wait to see it when it's finished and the other Kermit sounds cool also a suggestion for another Mini Muppet could be Rowlf
  3. BobbyBenson64

    BobbyBenson64 Well-Known Member

    Awesome I know your just starting this but Ive never seen any merchandise for Bobby Benson and his baby band. loved to see what it would look like!
  4. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Well-Known Member

    That is amazing looks like rolled out of palisades. And there's an obvious suggestion Sal!! :)
  5. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    Thank you all. I like the suggestions so far. Bobby benson would be a good choice because then the basic head sculpt can be used for Wayne. At some point I want to make the lost electric mayhem set that we never got that would include Rowlf. Maybe even a piano to go with him. It's certainly on my radar.

    Sal seems to be a figure of great demand and I certainly want to make him. If I did though it would be a joint full size figure and I think I figured that part out, but have to sketch up the way his joint would work. I think 3d printing can accomplish that. Of course I can only do a couple projects at a time. Maybe I will make a poll and see who people want the most.

    Once I have final painted Fozzie minis I will be offering them for sale. Muppet central members will get a discount of course. I'll have more details when the project is complete which should be in 2 weeks or less if all goes well.
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  6. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    See? I told you Sal would be a frequent request!

    I found those reference pics of the Sal prototype if you're interested.

  7. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    Sure! Any reff material helps Do you happen to have those pics of the actual puppet you had mentioned as well? It would be much appreciated and a huge help.

    I don't like making promises, but I think Ina few month it is possible sal will finally be made. I've worked out a lot of kinks that halted previous projects with the help of 3d printing and using a vacuum chamber. *crosses fingers* I really want to plan out my approach to avoid snags.
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  8. j3h

    j3h Well-Known Member

    Your work looks fantastic!
    I am very much looking forward to seeing what wou could do with Sal, especially if you make him in scale with the full sized Palisades Muppet figures.
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  9. BobbyBenson64

    BobbyBenson64 Well-Known Member

    Bean Bunny or Robin :coy:.....Maybe even some Fraggles
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  10. SkeetScootSquat

    SkeetScootSquat Well-Known Member

    That is great!!! Personally, I think if you make a muppet bunny, bean or not, you should make a Carl the big mean bunny, or Carl the big mean magician, or Carl the big mean Skeet scoot squat eater...

    You-Know-Who: Anybody call???

    Me: Oh no.
  11. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    Thank you guys very much. In a few days I'll be finishing the painting, I'm just waiting on some krylon matte finish sealer which I hope arrives Thursday or Friday, if not tomorrow. In the meantime I'm figuring out the joint system for sal and future figure.

    Dearth is a huge help and sent me a picture of the palisades sal figure next to Johnny Fiama for scale, which I was then able to run through life sizer so now I have a scale to work with, where before I was just going to eyeball it. I'll be starting on Sal as soon as I get the skeleton back from being 3d printed. I'm skipping my kermit idea because the Constantine mini that comes in the new MMW figure set is basically the same thing.

    Bean sounds like a good idea. I like his design. And of course the fraggles! I have another old project I am going to bring back, but more on that when it happens. If it works out then my next figure after sal will be a Sesame Street character.
  12. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that pic of Sal next to Johnny was always my favorite. Don't remember where I first saw it, but I couldn't hit right-click-and-save fast enough.

    Looking forward to seeing you finally re-create what Palisades had planned. It's going to be magnificent!

  13. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Another item I really wish Palisades had produced was the alien pack-in for the proposed Swinetrek accessory set.


    Based on the onion-headed little guys from the Jonathan Winters episode, I would have bought two of this set in a flash!




    Add that one to my MWoO wish list!

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  14. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Well-Known Member

    Can't wait to see these items progress very exciting stuff its like the return of Palisades. I'm silly I didn't realise 3d printers could actually help make articulated action figures looks like I might have to find one in the future. Can' wait to see who that Sesame Street character a feat of engineering if it was Big Bid lol. I don't know why and I hope i'm not the only one who would want to see the Jerry Nelson and Frank Oz country trio puppets they'd be cool. Maybe even Mahna Mahna and the Snowths, Annie Sue or Digit. And of course the other obvious suggestion is Bobo.
  15. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    3d printing is really cool for projects and such. It comes in handy when you need small uniform parts but don't want to spend the time/money on equipment to make them. It could also be used to make action figure accessories as well. Plus it just makes for some cool designs.

    I don't own a printer myself, but I do use a printing site called Shapeways.com. I even have a small shop that I am currently starting to populate with Muppet stuff. http://shpws.me/qQm3 I just put up a Kermit pendant: [​IMG]

    And will have more up soon such as Fozzie, Beaker, Bunsen, Statler and Waldorf, etc. Whats nice about this site is all production costs and processes are handled by them. All sales will help fund supplies for the future muppet figure projects (ie: paints, brushes, sealer, etc a pressure pot which I desperately need, etc) I'm hoping to one day get my own 3d printer because I have the makings of a 3d model for the Sesame Street play set that I would love to print and paint.
  16. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    This episode was actually the one I watched most as a kid. It was the only one I had recorded on VHS and I watched it over and over again. I love the song these two do with Scooter and Fozzie.

    :o;): "He kissed?"
    Aliens: Who did?
    :o;): "He did?
    Aliens: "Where?!"

    These may be on the list after, or even at the same time as, Sal. Probably non-articulated.
  17. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Crossing my fingers!

    Conversely, I don't remember ever seeing the Jonathan Winters episode, and have only watched it recently thanks to YouTube.

    My favorite part of the entire episode was Winters improvising with all the hats in the trunk. I've been doing improv comedy for over ten years now, and although I didn't really think JW's ideas were all that hilarious, when Fozzie would praise him and Winters would ad lib a self-deprecating remark, that just slayed me.

    Yeah, non-articulated Alien pack-ins were probably what Palisades had in mind too. Although having their shoulders articulated would have been cool.

  18. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Well-Known Member

    Agreed there the aliens would of made a really nice addition to the palisades muppet line Suprised palisades didn't include one in the swinetrek as a pack in kinda like what they did with the talking cake and the gorilla detector. They certainly were nice designs. I wonder what the scale would be for these guys though would they be smaller than the chickens or would they be as tall as their frog scout Robin figure. Another figure that I would love to of seen palisades tackle was Louis Kazzager he was a great design and would they would be able to make him to stand with his big nose. I feel Seymour, Waldo, Droop and Nigel would of made great additions why oh why did palisades have to leave us so soon.
  19. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    I think the aliens would be somewhere around penguin or Gonzo size. Certainly bigger than a chicken I think.

    I really want to do a mini Nigel, TMS version that is. Perhaps in a trench coat. After all, he was the first host of what would be known as the muppet show. I think Droop and MT Nigel are basically the same, except Nigel has a head set and a vest I believe. Plus Nigel is a bit brighter. If I were to do one I would certainly do the other as it's an easy transformation, but he isn't high on my list.

    Anyhoo (as Clifford would say) here is a small update on the Fozzie project. My supplies came in so I was able to go forward with the painting. I have 5 almost totally ready to go, with a 6th that is half done. I fixed a few of the colors, made the fur a bit lighter as well as the nose which I think I finally got right. We're almost at the final stage!


    I've decided that Sal will have the same articulation as series 2 Fozzie with slightly curved arms, no elbow articulation, ball jointed neck and shoulders, and maybe v-cut hips. It will make things much easier and faster and its all he really needs I think.

    Any thoughts from you guys? Feedback is always welcome.
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  20. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    My jaw is in my lap. It's like looking at a factory assembly line, yet I know it's all painted by hand. Amazing.


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