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Discussion in 'Muppet Replicas' started by muppetperson, Sep 26, 2008.
Is there a poll at Toughpigs.com?
Telly, I think that's a great idea
Hey Telly, that's a great idea. we should put polls on other sites that would be interested in fozzie. I don't know how to do that though. But we'd be getting more people and more votes.
Is there a way for Master Replicas to advertize the Fozzie poll more, maybe in a e-letter from MR explaing the "Save the Fozzie" Poll?
Just a thought.
(chants) We want Fozzie, We want Fozzie, WE WANT FOZZIE!
I just wanted to put in my two cents about the Master Replicas Muppet series. I have been a long time fan of the Muppets, but have only recently started collecting muppet items. I started with getting the Palisades figures ( of which i still need a few), and have paid as much as $120 for the Zoot figure. I wasen't going to get the Master Replicas figures because frankly i questioned the cost and the quality of the item. Lucky me when this weekend my partner bought me the Kermit. The quality of this figure is amazing, the likeness, quality of materials, and frankly the sheer joy of having my own Muppet is amazing. So amazing that i have ordered the Animal and Gonzo figures as well.
I am hoping that Master Replicas continue doing these because the quality is amazing. These replicas are so close to the original i am frankly amazed that they were produced. For those of you who were sitting on the fence ( like i was) about buying these replicas should really consider giving them a chance. You will be so glad to be able to touch, and play with an item that so closely matches the muppet it replicates. Considering how much some of the Palisades figures cost now on Ebay these replicas truly are not overpriced and the quality and skill that goes into these are beyond measure. For those out there with the $ to support Master Replicas please do, so that we can finally get Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and all the other Muppets that have brought you so much joy.
Tough Pigs usually stays away from product promotion of that sort and have appeared to refrain from talking about the replicas except for a handful of posts. A poll would be nice, but unlikely. There’s already one here and one at MR so I think the Muppet and corporate angles are covered. I would like to see a pole up on a more general collectors’ site. That could make a difference.
I don't know how to vote. I'm in no position to buy them at all ... right now. It'd be nice if they were available by the time I was out of school and employed again, though.
Nearly two years before Kermit was released and I first heard about this project, I was told they'd cost about $1200 each. Of course, at that time, they were talking about them being puppet replicas, so that may account for a little increase in the price.
But to those of you voting "money is no object", are you really willing to spend $1200 or MORE for a Fozzie poser?
I'm just curious.
In all honestly, I seriously would be willing to shell out $1200 for Fozzie. Of course I'd have to save up for awhile. If I knew he was truly going to be available in a year or so, I would start putting away money so I could pre-order him the second I got the chance. Kermit and Gonzo aren't complete without him.
Installment plans. I thing finding a factory that can achieve Fozzie’s correct facial subtleties is holding this product back and driving up the price. Such quality craftspeople are expensive. Those subtle facial proportions, along with the unfortunate photography, are why Gonzo and Animal aren’t selling so well.
Fozzie was the hot ticket item seen at ToyFare last year, moreso than any of the other replicas. I think the character is an easier sell and that he could come in at a price in the $500-600 range.
What if MasterReplicas was to do the pre-order to see how much they were going to have to make, and then pay Terry to make them? I know it would take a lot of his time and we wouldn't get them all right away, but at least we'd know that they were accurate and made with love! Of course course, Terry would probably hate all of us by the time he was done!
If you have seen my collection of Star Wars props and other stuff I have, you would know that I would pay anything to add to my collection.
I voted for the "money is no object" category. I'll try to hold off on my complete pessimism though.
Once again, I have to bring up the point that had the first three been marketed correctly (or at all), we wouldn't be having this problem with Fozzie. The idea that they still have those awful photos of the first three posers up on their site – after all of the feedback they've received – is complete insanity. The quality of these things is phenomenal and they should've sold out very quickly. If it weren't for this site, I would never have purchased them.
It's going to look like Muppet product doesn't sell well (once again) because these replicas were doomed from the start by bad marketing.
This is MR's response to the market test pre order.
This is a good suggestion and we're looking into something that may make this feasible. We're paying close attention to the polls right now.
Other Poll places
Started up 2 other polls.
Figures.com(general toy discussion) and action-figure.com (Lair of the Legion). Where ever we can get the 500 first!
Opened one last poll at disneyworldtrivia.com/forums (Disneyana-Disney Merchandise & collectibles) to cover the Disney angle.
Just to say regarding them not selling well - have friends within the UK distributors. They are all selling out and being sold at much higher than RRP. Gonzo is really the slowest one, Kermit and Animal more or less gone.
Sounds like by choice.MR still has stock of Animal and Gonzo to supply them.If they ordered more, it would give more faith in releasing more muppets.
They made 1,000 fewer Animals so that stands to reason. The Gonzo really is very good once the eye focus is corrected. I have had him for months and still can't stop fidgeting with the weirdo. He isn't perfect, but of the three he's the only one that made me verbally squeak with glee upon opening the box.
Eye focus or not, there is no excuse for such poor photography for these products. The person(s) responsible for the promotional images of Gonzo and Animal should be kept far away from photography in general. It still irks me. Every fan photo good or lack-luster has been far better than any of this "professional's" work. That's the face of these items.
I believe only a certain amount was shipped to the UK distributors, obviously not as much as the USA so yes, it does probably explain the demand but they're selling well, good to see.
Regarding the Fozzie. I don't hold out a lot of hope, but what with the christmas film, tv shows and stuff coming out maybe with the increased profile they might take a chance on a small exclusive run. They still hold the license for a while yet.
It might be worth posting about the poll on teddy bear collectors sites, since Fozzie is a bear after all and that market is huge. I'm sure having a lifesize bear would be of interest to them.
And there are hardly any bears more famous than Fozzie
That's an excellent idea, Luke! A lot of teddy bear collectors might not even know about the proposed Fozzie and it would boost some sales...
But which teddy bear company should be told about it? There's a lot of them out there.
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