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Sesame Street Canceled Figures Interview

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by ResidentLilly, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    Not really sure where this belongs. It is mainly a Palisades Figure line related subject, but not sure if it belongs here, or in the SS section. So since I see that there are a lot of posts in this areas about SS, I figured I would take a shot here.

    I was interviewed this month in issue #3 of Little Plastic Men, an online magazine about acton figures. You can find the interview, on page 18, here.

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  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    That's exciting, I'll have to click and read it as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for posting this Ken. :)
  3. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Still til this day seeing those Sesame Street figures breaks my heart. Especially Oscar, man, I really REALLY wanted that Oscar,:grouchy:. I still have zero have no doubt they would of been absolutely amazing. Oh what might have been.

    Still that was a great read, thanks for directing us to it Ken. :)
  4. floydnjanicefan

    floydnjanicefan Well-Known Member

    That's awesome. I love reading about the old set. The Palisades Muppets are still the pride of my Muppet collection, and I'm so glad I got to be on board starting from series 1 onward.

    I do have a question -- was there ever a production picture released of the grittier 123 Sesame building that matched the texturing of Big Bird's doors? I remember seeing it once, but I have never found it again and I used to save everything Palisades posted. I often long to see it once more, but now I wonder if I made it up.

    Anyway, I hope you're doing well, Ken! I was definitely a much quieter member on the Palisades boards, but I've always really respected you and appreciated everything you did for us Muppet fans and your family.
  5. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I enjoy the interview, still wondering about accessories for series 2.
  6. MK Muppet

    MK Muppet Member

    Thanks Ken for the link. Very insightful and I can understand where you are coming from. Not getting the wonderful Oscar was tough, but am very happy with what we did get.
  7. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure what you mean by a grittier version picture. Or about Big Bird's doors. I thought we had actually eliminated the doors because of spacing issues, though I cannot recall for sure. The 123 building though, fully painted, was shown, just not very well. Partly because it was painted REALLY badly for Toy Fair. Rush job. It never got into Eddie's hands before he died.

    You know, with all the Kickstarter stuff floating around, it has got me to wondering if any line like this could ever be funded via a Kickstarter. It would be tricky. You would have to do one figure at a time, and you would have to meet with a licensor and almost work out a deal that was unprecedented, because Kickstarter activates when the MONEY is available. But I would have to think a licensor would not grant a license unless there was money in hand. SO...how do you get past that hurdle?

    A lot of kinks to work out, but I wonder if it would even be theoretically possible? And if anyone says 'Anything is possible!' I will beat them with Lew Zealand's fish. :)
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  8. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    What if someone were to say, "so as long as we keep buying/paying for them, you'll keep making them?" :p

    A full-sized figure line would be great... But I think more characters could get made if a PVC small-scale line were pursued. That's just my opinion though. :batty:
  9. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    Yeah maybe, but one of the selling features to some of of us old fogies would be that the scale be consistent with the Palisades Muppet figures. To sort of 'complete that collection'. Or not. This was just me thinking out loud. Nothing has to be any way. That's the fun of actually thinking out loud. That and it helps me hear the music in my head better.
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  10. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hmm... On the one hand, I would like the full-sized in-scale SST figures to go along with my Muppet figure collection. But on the other hand, I think that an in-scale PVC figurine line could be just as, if not more effective because you could get away with a greater wealth of characters. Keep the in-scale size of the Mini-Muppets, but I'd say increase it by, well, I'm not sure to say a half or a whole inch. The thing is, when I place the Mini-Muppet figure of :hungry: behind the kitchen island in the playset, his hands are just level with the edge of the island's counter. It'd look better if he were however necessarily incrementally taller so as to be seen with his hands above the counter's edge instead. Again, just my own observations.
  11. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    I get where you are coming from. Thankfully on a Kickstarter project I would never have to make a final decision like that. Just present the project. If it doesn't get funded, it means that people don't want it. If the people want something else, I'd find out by general consensus. One of the beauties of that system I suppose.
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  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Well, if you do decide to begin a Kickstarter project to get Sesame figures made, I'd be interested as I owe a lot of my current standing here to when the original Muppets line got underway back in 2002.
  13. floydnjanicefan

    floydnjanicefan Well-Known Member

    A KickStarter would be awesome! I'd support it!
  14. MK Muppet

    MK Muppet Member

    Count me in! I would love to see the SS Oscar come to light.
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  15. TeacherOMadness

    TeacherOMadness New Member

    Very nice article. I would have loved those. I collected the first few lines, but the last few lines almost nobody around me carried, and those that did sold out of the non-variants very quickly. It's why I still have no Lips or Pops or Robin or Rowlf.
  16. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    What I found interesting is that the second wave was originally supposed to be Bert, the Count, Yip-Yip Martians and Roosevelt Franklin (carrying on with the 2 core, 2 obscure character trend), but this interview and other accounts later had the latter 2 being replaced by Elmo and normal Grover. Maybe they anticipated this line's lifespan not being as fortunate as The Muppets, which is sad, because Sesame Street has a lot of great obscure characters, arguably more than "The Muppets", so they were probably just planning a few series of the most popular characters.

    Sometimes I think this line had way more potential than the Muppet line, which is borderline blasphemy, but they're about equal.
  17. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    You know what I would like to know, what accessories would come with characters like Grover, Alice, & others, also what variants like Waiter Grover, Bath Ernie, etc, would be regular figs or exclusives?
  18. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    I don't think they ever got that far into planning. The only way to know for sure would be if Ken visited again, and then he would probably just be speculating. Train conductor Cookie Monster. :insatiable:

    Alice? Snuffleupagus?
  19. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    Alright, here were the tentative waves 1-5 for the Palisades SS line (I have never heard waves 3-5 or the exclusives ever discussed anywhere before). This is straight from the horse's mouth from a former Palisades employee, and a special thanks to @muppetspot2 for finding this info.


    Please do not delete this post until you can link me to anywhere this was discussed on the forum before. This is a pretty big find for Muppet fans, and I'm sick of my posts getting deleted for no reason.
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  20. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Plus I think should mention Palisades was planning doing a bedtime/pajamas theme with the Sesame Street characters.
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