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Preliminary Thoughts on Master Replica's Fozzie Bear

Discussion in 'Muppet Replicas' started by Kevin Knight, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Keeermit

    Keeermit Active Member

    all i hope is that they don't make the rubber tongue like they did with animal, I don't think they have a problem using foam at all - considering both animal AND gonzo have been given foam eyelids - I think its that they would have to be carved and that would take much longer and would end up costing more. Thats my opinion anyway. Because they can't go around saying we don't want to use foam because it rots away in time and then use foam on two of the three replicas to date - but where they have used foam its just sheet foam. ponder that for a while :o
  2. LeanneFuller

    LeanneFuller Active Member

    Does anyone have a link to the list Ernie mentions, I would be very interested to read it.

    Thank you, I love reading all your posts.

    Leanne
  3. antonydavanzo

    antonydavanzo New Member

    here you go Leanne.

    Its a wish list from travis, do not take any of this as a green light for these to be made......notice no scooter! After a sucessfull poll for Scooter to be made I hope we may see him
    Fozzie (Spring 2008)
    Rizzo (Summer 2008)
    Rowlf (Fall 2008)
    Bunsen & Beaker (Spring 2009)
    Statler & Waldorf (Fall 2009)
    Sam the Eagle (Spring 2010)
    Swedish Chef (Summer 2010)
    Miss Piggy (Fall 2010)
  4. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I think your absolutely right!

    A lot seems to be coming down to budget and the factory abilities with these, although thats not what people are told. If the first factory pulled out because what they were doing was too time intensive for the money then there would have been no chance carving a nose.

    I really wish they would just make "replicas" at whatever cost, using the same materials. That's what they announced and thats what they have the license to do. That is, if they could actually find anyone over there to make them that good. What they are doing now is great but they aren't that far from being perfect so they oughta just concentrate on the really high end collectors and go the whole way.
  5. LeanneFuller

    LeanneFuller Active Member


    Thank you Antony, no relation to Angela Davanzo at all? This list sounds wonderful, although I thought that Piggy was coming out the end of the year. I am agast at only one female? surely they could balance it off with Janice, or even Camalia, a chicken would be cool.

    A clothing range would be even fantastic Franklin Mint did this for their Lucy / Marylin and Jackie O Dolls. and they are wonderful. Think about Having Rowlf, Piggy and Janice with a set of Veterinarian Hospital outfits or for our very own Kermit the Frog, that Sesame Street fashionable trench coat and hat (Microphone accessory too) These are my own thoughts, but being a girl, I would naturally think of clothes and accessories. Sorry boys!

    I totally agree that Scooter should be made, he was my favourite after Piggy when I was little. The main feature being the fantastic bomber jacket with the Muppet Show Logo on the back. Every Christmas I would ask Santa for one, alas, apparently Santa didn't have the license!


    Does anyone know whether MR would fancy having at go at the Fraggles after they have exhausted the Muppets?

    Keep up the posts guys, you are my number one source for my life long addiction. I love you all.

    Leanne
    x

    (bring on the leading ladies!) :mad: :flirt: :excited:
  6. antonydavanzo

    antonydavanzo New Member

    Thats my Mum....how do you know her? :zany: You gotta let me know this as that is crazy! Do I know you at all
    Anyhow, Scooter should be made, the poll we did clearly showed that he would be a fan fav and Terry did tell me that Scooter would be his no 1 Muppet to make.
    Piggy is getting made after Fozzie, that list has since changed now....my hope is Piggy then Scooter then Rowlf.

    Ant
  7. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I thought Travis commented she might be bumped?
  8. antonydavanzo

    antonydavanzo New Member

    I may have missed that, I guess I am partly assuming its Piggy as its her name that is generally used for being after Fozzie. I would love to see her next OR Scooter.
  9. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie New Member

    Animal is 38" tall, Fozzie is supposed to be 44" tall.

    :p
  10. Ignohippo

    Ignohippo Member

    Thanks!
    So only 6" difference? Fozzie looks much larger.
    That'll be perfect for my display!
  11. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Animal is always crouching so I suppose he seems shorter. That's my guess. Animal's stand also appears to favior a shorter crouched pose. :halo: Fozzie's nearly four feet tall! Wow. :o
  12. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Active Member

    That's a lot of bear to love! :o
  13. Telly

    Telly Active Member

    When's this go on pre-sale again?
  14. antonydavanzo

    antonydavanzo New Member

    Soon Telly ....I would guess late spring. Hows your Gonzo?
  15. Telly

    Telly Active Member

    Gonzo's doing good. Still gotta do the pupil adjustment. Plus I ordered clothes from eBay for him. Too bad the clothes are too big. I'm either gonna have to find somebody to alter them or buy smaller clothes. He's so much cooler looking in person. One of my friends stopped by yesterday to lok at him. She was holding him like a baby and walking back and forth and bouncing him. She's like, "This is what i do with my baby nephew!" My roommate got mad and said I treat them like babies. He said it's annoying. :zany:
  16. Kevin Knight

    Kevin Knight New Member

    Wanted to see if there was any interest in keeping this thread going and pose a question to all of you that have been here awhile... How much information were you given prior to the Gonzo and Animal releases? Like how long did you know Animal was being made till the time he went for pre-order? Also I guess this would be for the photos threads but what are Kermit, Gonzo and Animal doing in this waiting period before da bear comes home? (In other words pose your muppets?) My Kermit has been doing dishes, raiding my fridge for fly marmalade, and watching TV. Pretty lazy frog if you ask me. ;)

    Kevin
  17. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Yes, it is definately worth keeping this thread going as Fozzie is the next release.Kermit we found out about in around oct,2005,
    when the first factory prototype went on show at San Diego Comic Con.We were kept informed all the way and shown every updated prototype for our opinions.Kermit pre ordered around March,06 and shipped August 06.Gonzo was announced the next muppet in july,06 with Animal being likely to follow.However, with the problems of Gonzo's nose, Animal became the next muppet and preordered in May,07 and shipped in June,07. Gonzo pre ordered in November, 07 and shipped in feb, this year, a year and a half from when he was first announced.Unfortuately, since Kermit, we didnt get the informed updates that frequently.My photopuppets are kept behind glass and I try not to pose them that much.All pre orders mentioned are MR's dates, as Gonzo did pre order earlier with Wizard as has Fozzie over in the UK.
  18. ButchCat

    ButchCat Active Member

    Hi all,

    Sorry I didn’t get back to you guys as soon as I got back. The trip I took was nothing really. I was getting my car paint fixed up and my Mother knew of a guy in Amherst Nova Scotia that could do the job for a good price. Sorry if it sounded like something was up. I grew up 20 miles outside of Amherst and that’s 2 to 3 hours from Halifax. I also used that time to bury the ashes of our cat of 19 years on the farm where he was born and I grew up. He had been very sick and we had to put him to sleep on April 14th. It was very hard to do but it had to be done. Yes it has been a hard month as my Aunt also passed away and of all things on the same day the 14th.

    Now I will try to answer a wee bit about the Master Replicas business. As Bear Man correctly pointed out I don’t have 100% insight into what is going on at MR. All I know is what was told to be by Travis on the phone and that was that MR will not be ready to green light Miss Piggy for another two months or so and I made this call early in April. In fact they still don’t know if they will put Piggy off and do another character but he told me that so far the Muppet line is still on. It makes it hard for me because I have to get other work on the side as I wait for MR to figure out what they want to do.

    Travis had also gotten the first factory prototype from China and he is not happy with it at all. Travis has decided not to show it as he does not want anyone getting upset about it and I think that’s a good idea. I had to give him Fozzie naked foam head pictures to help them over in China. So far that’s all I know.

    As far as Corgi selling off thing I’ve got nothing on that, sorry.
    Kevin I am very glad that you like the way I take my pictures of the posers that I had built and the reason they are good is because I am a puppeteer too and working with Henson on Fraggle Rock as a performer I know how the puppets are suppose to look in pictures. I know about the focus and the fact that the puppets have to be tilted in such a way to work. The puppets should never be strait up in the shots. Anyway you know what I’m saying. Now I have offered to help them out in the picture taken department way back before Travis came along but they turned it down and I think it’s because of the $ plus they have a guy on staff I think.

    Now as for your other question Kevin yes I have been surprised on a few things but in most cases I understand why they did what they did and I will leave it at that. Well I guess that’s it for now.

    Take care everyone and have fun,

    Terry

    P.S. I almost for got that I have a new web site up now and it’s a simple address http://www.anguspuppets.com

    Enjoy
  19. Frogster

    Frogster Active Member

    wow... I'm gonna get Kermit now just so I can get Fozzie. That's a pretty sweet Fozzie. When is Fozzie released and how much will he be?
  20. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Mupdate -

    This is a very old thread. Master Replicas fell on hard times and was sold to the Factory in the UK while most of its employees formed EFX Collectibles in California. Everyone wanted Fozzie, but they decided he was too difficult (large and expensive) to produce as their first Muppet product so they went with Rizzo instead. Fozzie's still on the list, but much later. He will also be completely redesigned due to the loss of the prototypes by Master Replicas. For whatever strange reason, they've decided to go with other puppet builders instead of Terry Angus who pitched the idea of Muppet posers in the first place. The prototype pieces do look great so far, but I still find that to be a very lame move by EFX. Nonetheless, I'm sure they didn't come to that decision lightly. The world of these products is a tough one for everybody involved. So, there you go.


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