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What is the Koozebane

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by tikithetoo, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. tikithetoo

    tikithetoo New Member

    What is the Koozebane and wouldn't it be better to have a backstage playset where most the action takes places.
  2. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I don't think i even fully know what the Koozebane is, other than a planet with little aliens that Kermit reports from. I also think it's too obscure for a Playset but it seems to be a favorite with most of the really hardcore fans. It won't sell anything like the Kitchen or Mayhem stage but i'm sure they'll shift a few anyway.
  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Koozebane is a Muppet planet where various aliens live. Kermit reported from Koozebane several times on the show along with the Pigs in Space crew visiting there as well. Including Koozebane was the *only* way Ken could get the Reporter Kermit figure included in this line. While the playset is somewhat obscure, it should have a lot of play value (with hopefully various Muppet aliens). It will also have a look and texture that's significantly different than the other playsets.
  4. Louis Kazagger

    Louis Kazagger Well-Known Member

    Thanks heavens Reporter Kermit is such a strong figure that he can sell the set by himself. I didn't even remember what Koozebane was until I started watching the old episodes with my son. I'm sure many people will say, "Koozebane, what the heck is that?" but then think that the reporter Kermit is so cool and buy it anyway. :)

    Now I can't wait to get the set and we can put our Luke, R2, C3PO and Chewie Star Wars figures on the planet with the Muppets. Now, all that's missing is Gonzo as Derth Nader (sp?).
  5. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    >>>I also think it's too obscure for a Playset but it seems to be a favorite with most of the really hardcore fans<<<

    hey, obscurity is a GOOD thing! Besides, as Ken alluded, JUST THINK how many koozebane figure we might get wiht this baby!(male and female koozebane, phoob, merdlilops, oh mannnn!)
  6. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    Luke, do you not want Koozebane to be made as a playset? It just seems from everything you've written on the subject here that you're not really in favor it. Personally I'm thrilled and dumbfounded about it. Only in my childhood imagination did I ever imagine that I would ever have figs of Koozebanians, and now it's on the way to being real! You can't ask for more than that. I'm looking forward to my Koozebane playset, and I hope despite your outlook on it that you may even want one as well.

    Remember this also: this is a way to get the obscure alien characters out. This is perhaps the most obscure product in this line so far and it is in design stages now. This is a good sign for obscure fan faves to be made (it's certainly a fave of mine.) I'm very much in favor of getting this out, just as I'm in favor of Thog, a deluxe backstage playset, and a fine crop of monsters, frogs, chickens, pigs, dogs, birds and backdrops. Don't rain on the parade, it's a good thing to mix it up like this. If it were Vet's Hospital in series Five instead then we'd have no playsets left over to sustain the line. Gotta save some things for the future and put some obscure stuff out early in the interest of sustaining the line.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    The Koozebane playset also plays into the Pigs in Space playset before it. It increases the play factor and brings Kermit into it too. Ah..increasing play. These are action figures afterall. Sometimes I forget that. PLAY WITH IT!:D
  8. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Hey Dave

    Personally, if i was being selfish - no - i wouldn't want a Koozebane playset, for various reasons. It doesn't interest me because it's so obscure, there are better things that could be done (though i take your point on the longetivity of keeping 'big gun' playsets back) and i think my point that it wouldn't sell like a very well known setting (like Electric Mayhem or Sweedish Chef's Kitchen) isn't all that far fetched and Palisades make less money on these playsets as it is that any unpopular one put into the big toy stores could pretty much unbalance all the chances of future playsets.

    Saying that, as i also pointed out - the idea seems to be very popular with hardcore fans and so it's great for them to finally get this. I can also see the possibilitys of the different texturing, the different style compared to the other sets, the playability level and the chance to get Reporter Kermit. Therfore, yes, for the fans i certainly do want it - though i wouldn't purchase it myself.

    So i was trying to be kinda balanced - maybe it worked, maybe it didn't. Lets face it though - it will come out quite far into the line, and after people have collected all the rest a large percentage of the figure fans will buy it whether they are familiar with Koozebanes or not !
  9. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    >>>Remember this also: this is a way to get the obscure alien characters out. This is perhaps the most obscure product in this line so far and it is in design stages now. This is a good sign for obscure fan faves to be made (it's certainly a fave of mine.) I'm very much in favor of getting this out, just as I'm in favor of Thog, a deluxe backstage playset, and a fine crop of monsters, frogs, chickens, pigs, dogs, birds and backdrops<<<

    here here! just the fact the koozebane playset with lots of little figures was announced, Im amazed! This is really beyond cool, as who would have thought this would be coming out next year?
    Im surprised some people wouldnt want it because its 'too obscure'!?!? Thats the whole point of Palisades new line of Muppet things, making th eimpossible possible. A year ago, would people have said 'too much beaker stuff, Koozebane playset is too obscure'? No, because at one time those were just dream wishes.

    I mean whats next, 'oh, theyre coming out with a set of Frackles...how passe and cliche!'
    How far into insanity have we gone?
  10. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    LOL (ya know you get me laughing my socks off every night nowdays !) - the thing is Cory, believe it or not - very few toy companies nowdays like to make a product that has never been heard of by a large proportion of the public. It kinda drags sales down a little !

    If they can get the Koozebane out there and selling though, all power to them - it is kinda special that it will actually get made being as obscure as it is.
  11. Jackie

    Jackie Well-Known Member

    It's amazing enough that they have the Muppet figures selling. There hasn't been big Muppet news for the general public in years.
  12. towels

    towels Well-Known Member

    Well, the visibility of the Pepe LJS commercials, the Hollywood Squares appearances, the Denny's commercials, the Weezer video, the Time Life releases, and to it's limited extent, the Nascar promotion certainly couldn't have hurt.
  13. kansasteen14

    kansasteen14 Well-Known Member

    also I know this sounds stupid but these are sold at Walt Disney World and Disneyland where 50,000 people go Every day and see Muppet Vision 3D and right afterwards they go to a gift shop.
  14. Jackie

    Jackie Well-Known Member

    Yeah but think of all the people who don't have a LJS, who don't like Weezer, who don't go to Timelife.com, and who don't watch Nascar! They are in the DARK!
  15. MrTheFrog

    MrTheFrog Well-Known Member

    In my opinion, if koosebane is half as hard to find as Muppet Labs, you'll actually have people on the hunt for this playset. And being that one can only assume that they'll produce less then they did Muppet Labs because of its obscurity, it might well turn into a collectors piece. I searched all over NYC (no luck)and Florida, and after 5 days, and about 20 phone calls of searching, I finally got my hands on a Muppet labs at an EB in Orlando.
  16. Louis Kazagger

    Louis Kazagger Well-Known Member

    I think it's ironic that so many people are having trouble locating the Muppet Labs playset.

    Diamond Comic distributors actually ordered way more playsets from Palisades than they did Wave 1 figures.

    Diamond's cases are numbered, and the wave 1 case I got was numbered out of 417 cases Diamond ordered from Palisades, so, at two per case, comic shops only got 834 Dr. Bunsen Honeydew figures.

    In contrast, my local comic retailer's case of Muppet Labs playsets was numbered out of 556 cases Diamond ordered from Palisades, so at six playsets per case, comic shops got 3336 Beaker/Muppet Labs playsets.

    Diamond's order numbers can't be the norm for the other retailers, otherwise there would be a heckuva lot of playsets with no Bunsen's available to make an appearance in the lab.
  17. towels

    towels Well-Known Member

    Actually TimeLife tends to run a lot of cable commercials for their releases. I kept waiting for the full half hour infomercial, but all I ever saw were the 60 second ones ("If you order in the next half hour you can get the first two tapes for only $9.95")

    Isn't there something that measures public awareness for things like this? I'm thinking it's called Q Score or something like that...
  18. Jackie

    Jackie Well-Known Member

    You rarely saw those 60 second commercials! They went by so fast and no one ever goes for those infomercial things. LOL! The muppets need this christmas special coming out in December!
  19. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    LUKE: >>>If they can get the Koozebane out there and selling though<<<

    Well, all I care about is getting my hands on this...I just hope the line does well so I dont have to shell out thousands for the unreleased prototype!

    But yeah...if its darn hard to find the beaker playset(which I will reserve my comments on...I just bought it for Beaker!)
    just imagine when the Koozebane playset is released!
  20. Michael Crawford

    Michael Crawford Well-Known Member

    Koozebane was necessary

    As Philip said, Koozebane was a necessary evil. No, it's not likely to be the most popular playset ever BUT Kermit in the trenchcoat wasn't a Muppet Show only version. To get away from problems around other shows and other licenses, they had to do it with the Koozebane playset to make it ABSOLUTELY clear that this was Kermit from the Muppet Show. And Kermit in the trenchcoat is definitely going to be popular.


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