Jim merely used puppets as a way of getting into television. He was not protective of The Muppets at all. He realised that they were a way to make money and a way to entertain. He was not in favour of Muppet Puppets because he thought it might spoil the illusion he took time to create on screen and for no other reason. Muppet toys and puppets have been available since Sesame Street first aired in the States and this new Kermit photo puppet is no different to anything else that has ever been available, only more expensive.