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Who will release Muppet figures in 2007?

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by beaker, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. Meepsterboy

    Meepsterboy Well-Known Member

    If we were EVER to get smaller Muppet figures, only way I'd buy them were if either:
    A. They were Art Asylum Minimates
    B. Disney was considering completely ending the Muppets if they didn't sell.
    C. They had all the detail of the Palisades. And, Palisades figures were FAR from McStatues. Go get a '68 Comeback Tour Elvis, compare it to any Palisades figure except Rainbow Connection Kermit and Robin, and THEN tell me Palisades Muppets were McStatues.
  2. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    So you would rather cheap looking pieces of junk instead of highly detailed and fairly well articulated figures?

    The Palsiades stuff was far from statue like. Yes some of the series 1 and 2 stuff wasn't super poseable, but series 3 had all kinds of articulation added and it stayed from there. Even series 2 had a nicely poseable Floyd. And really the only figures that didn't havem uch articulation were the ones whose style just didn't allow it. Figures like Kermit where too thin and Fozzie a little too thick. And still you could get good poses out of them.
  3. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    Hard to make up my mind

    First, I despise unarticulated "action" figures (not that that applies to Palisades Muppets; I'm just griping).
    Second, I prefer smaller figures to the size most figures are now. Give me 10cm/4in figures any day over these big hulking Marvel Legends/Spawn/DC Direct-type things.
    Third . . . there's the Muppets.

    I have several of those Fisher-Price figures from the late seventies; the sculpts weren't always so good, but the scale was around what I'd like. It's the size I was HOPING for when I first heard about Palisades making Muppets. Alas, they made them in the bigger size, and so I bought them bigger.

    And now that I've put so much money and display space into the larger line, I'm not too eager to switch.

    But a new line, if such were to happen, would be redoing all the characters I already have in the larger size. It would be a long, LONG time before any new line would get around to making any Muppet characters Palisades failed to give us. (Series one would NOT be made up of Sal, Thog, Bean, and Lewis Kazagger.)

    So would I BUY a new Muppets line? If it were in scale with the Palisades figures, I'd only be getting a classic Miss Piggy and maybe an articulated Robin (it could happen)--they'd never get to the characters I don't already have, I'm sure.

    If they're a smaller size, the size I prefer, would that be enough to make me replicate my collections of larger-scale Muppets? I don't know. . . .
  4. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    In the interest of not seeming self-contradictory . . .

    Maybe nobody cares, but having just posted in another thread about the Labyrinth figures from NECA, I felt a need to come back here and add to what I said above. I'm going to buy a Jareth figure--it's in the bigger scale. It will, I imagine, be pretty limited in articulation. I don't like either of those things, but when the figure comes out I'll get one. I'd rather have smaller, better-articulated figures than NECA is likely to give me, but I doubt I'll ever get them; plus these Labyrinth figures (Hoggle and goblins and any more that might be made) will be somewhat close in scale to the Palisades Muppets.

    Muppets and Henson figures seem to be the weak spot where I'll pretty much take what I can get. (Well--Palisades "Mega Muppets" were TOO big, and so were the Barbie-sized Dark Crystal dolls; I didn't buy those, so I suppose I've got SOME limits.)
  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    inaction figures = PVC figurines. Never saw the difference other than names.
  6. Yoda Man

    Yoda Man Well-Known Member

    "So would I BUY a new Muppets line? If it were in scale with the Palisades figures, I'd only be getting a classic Miss Piggy and maybe an articulated Robin (it could happen)--they'd never get to the characters I don't already have, I'm sure."

    Personally, I don't care too much about what we didn't get. Sure, Sal is cool, but who really cares about a background monkey. Look at almost any toy line and you'll see that the main characters are the big sellers. Buffy sells better than any BTVS character, Luke and Leia always sell well, etc, etc. So if another toy line takes over Muppets, I don't really care if we don't get figures that would take years to get. I want more Piggys and Kermits, and any toy company that takes on the Muppets will probably make those. More Kermits were made than any other figure by Palisades, and all of them fetch the pretty penny on ebay. Have any Kermits sold poorly? Doubt it. I want another toy line to take over, and make Benjamina Gunn, Crachett, Squire Trelawney and so many more
  7. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    Oh, yeah, I forgot about those movie characters Palisades left out.

    It's true the ones you named would be much more likely than Sal, Bean, etc., since they're variations of the central characters and not obscure Muppets. And since, in my mind, they're legitimate variants (they come from an actual Muppet production and aren't just made up for the toy line like "Vacation Fozzie"), I would buy them.

    But a new line probably wouldn't make any Christmas Carol or Treasure Island figures early on and might not get to them either.

    And in fact one Kermit did sell poorly; series 1 Piggy and Kermit both languished on the pegs for years, because Palisades made way too many of them.
  8. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    Now that the movies were brought up, I would like to see a company pick up a license for on of the movies, maybe MCC or MTI (though MTI had a couple figures, it could use a lot more). Then maybe after that they could add other shows and such like wha was done with Palsiades who originally had a Muppet Show line until they got a license for all them ovies and MT.
  9. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    You know to be honset, I don't think I would like to see a new line of Muppet figures. I still like the Palisades line way too much.

    Course after I'm done collecting the whole set, I might change my mind.
  10. goodrastus

    goodrastus Well-Known Member

    I also agree that I probably wouldn't get others after the excellence of the Palisades set. I haven't collected any other figurines but I have a bookshelf filled with my Muppet display. If we'd had another 6 or so characters then I would have felt the set was complete for me.
  11. Pino

    Pino Well-Known Member

    For Muppets that is true Its just a shame they didnt get to make them for Sesame Street.. I sure liked those!
    But maybe a new manufactor can produce them?:D
  12. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Same here.

    Like Fozzie (and others), I felt that Sal and an articulated regular Robin would have completed the line for me. Bobo and Bean would've been cool, too.

    We came so close to having Vet's Hospital figures, too. There was also a lot of talk about an Electric Mayhem Bus playset...with tuxedo Zoot. Man, that would've done it for me. Yeah, they already made Zoot, but with Zoot so hard to find now, an extra variant would've helped fans in need of one.

    I WISH that those awesome Sesame Street figures would be made! OMGCNFO still has my money for a set!!! Grrrr.....

    Convincing John
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Well... Originally, the EM bus playset was to have come with Janice. But playset sales dipped after the first two and series lineups jostled to make room for the realignment of who was in and who was out.
  14. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    That's right...Janice was supposed to come with the bus, not Zoot. (Forgetful Jones impression) "Oh, er, I fer-got! Duh huh huh huh huh!":o

    Good thing they DID make Janice when they did, eh?:flirt: Palisades did an excellent job with her.

    Convincing John
  15. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    Actually there are a few problems with Janice that would have been corrected by the EM minis. Sadly we never got that. The figure's eyes tilt the opposite way and it walys bugged me since it was such a simple thing to fix.
  16. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'm pretty much happy with this one and only set.
  17. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Right on! Again, for anyone who remembers the Fisher Price 1978 line(which to me still looks darn good) or the 2003 Jack and the Box Muppet Show figure line, that is exactly my dreamline of figures to see someday. Kind of like if the Palisades minis were posable. In this scenario, you could have so many possibilities, and more space.

    I remember in the 90's when action figures started to move to the "Mcfarlane Standard", ie" details to the point of grotesqueness...it really didnt interest me. Not saying I want figures to have that bad 70's Star Wars figure or
    GI Joe look, but I think ya can get away with a good amount of detail in smaller figures as well, and save a lot of space and money.

    Would you consider modern Star Wars figures cheap junk? The fact they are able to have so many figures of virtually every character is amazing. I have very little doubt people would be complaining if we started to see similair treatment given to muppet figures: 3.5-4" figures spanning a wide swath of characters. When I say statues, I do not mean lack of articulation. I mean, having to have crazy post Mcfarlane detail.
    I just never was a big fan of large figures, I prefer small figures. Maybe Im too much of an 80's kid?
  18. Engineernerd

    Engineernerd Active Member

    Child of the 80's here as well. Does anyone know a site with (good) pictures of the FP figs? I had Fozzie and Kermit and remember those goofy stick they came with to pose them. The girl that lived next door's father built her a stage with a slot that you pass the stick through for them.

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