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Your Thoughts: Muppets Collector's Edition Puzzle

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Phillip, Sep 30, 2003.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

  2. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    WOW! Thanks for posting that Phil! Cindy did a nice review! and thanks to Monopoly guy too for sharing! :excited: :zany:

    I think the beging of the puzzle looks great, but the Muppets at the top seemed a little cramed, manily Zoot, Beau,Floyd,and the penguin. Fozzie's not wearing his hat, but atleast he is holding it. Robin, Bean, Scooter, Camilla, Janice, Lew, and Rowlf as well as many others fit in great!! It might just be the picture on-line but Bobo looks a little fat...lol! well he is fat so i guess i'm just being silly! . The tin box is a nice touch BTY! :)

    if another puzzle could be made I think that maybe that classic Muppet poster from the muppet show that was sold in stores the past year would make a nice puzzle with add on characters, it might have to be made the long way though due to the way the picture is, but if adding Muppets maybe not? :D

  3. Thog

    Thog Well-Known Member

    Honestly...I could do a better job on Photoshop.
  4. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    Dan, I know you could do a better job in photoshop.

    I am really disappointed in this. It's a cute idea in theory, but a big waste of time to me.

    There is no lighting distinction, color correction, and many other things that look amateurish to me. Not to mention that Zoot is hidden, and Link looks horrid.

    I guess with some companies you win some and loose some. Monopoly is a must, but I think I'll be passing on this, and if I do pick it up, I won't be framing it thats for sure.
  5. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I think it's a fun puzzle and a good effort, but I tend to agree with you. Seems a little cut and pasted. The characters cast no shadow and have no consistent light source. Color and contrast differences throughout the piece. Link looks almost as green as Bunsen. It is nice to see all of the characters, but I would have cut a few in order to have them breath easier or shrunk the image to fit them in. I'm a serious Photoshop user and a graphic designer myself, so I'm twice as opinionated when it comes to these types of compositions. I’ve completed comps of this sort in an evening. I think Cindy gave it a very fair score. It will make a fantastic family puzzle, but it's not quite frame worthy.

    *** 1/2 stars from me too. Good effort, fun piece. :)
  6. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    At first glance, it's a definitely fun piece!! If you glare at it long enough you'll see the differences in the characters as mentioned by the past 2 posts. It does look cut and paste.
  7. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member

    New Photo Needed!

    The bottom line is this:


    These Photoshop mock-ups are getting old, and not to mention a bit amateurish.
  8. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member

    waste of time??

    I was really looking forward to this puzzle since it had been built up on the forum for so long now.

    It seems like all that guess work was a bit of a waste of time since most of us here on the forum could have not only made that exact same image but done a much better job of it too!!

    You might want to focus more attention at making more great products like Muppet Monopoly and not tarnishing your image and your brand w/ this cut an past crap.

    :eek: :grouchy:
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I agree. The idea is great, but this looks like nothing more than a mere prototype. they really should pull these and make a much better one. Or at least intergrate them better than something that looks like a wallpaper you'd download from a fansite.
  10. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    The puzzle does look much better out of the box and put together, then just by the picture. I agree, it definitely could be better, but it doesn't look bad either. If you enjoy puzzles, you will like this a lot. Will it be the centerpiece of your collection? Probably not. Will it be an afternoon of fun, most definitely.
  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    yeah, I'm gonna get it; just think they should have hired Frogboy to do the graphics. Him or Scarecroe.
  12. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Awww. Thanks Kev. I am getting this puzzle and am jazzed that it's out there. Just seemed like sort of a missed opportunity for something greater. We all expected something 5 stars. Most non-fans probably won't notice.
  13. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    I think it definitely WILL be the centerpiece of my collection, but it probably will NOT be an afternoon of fun! :smirk:

    I'm, ahh, I'm just making jokes. :p I felt like I was getting eatten by pariahnas, :concern: but then found out it was just the puzzle! ;)

    Zack)Rowlf the, how's it taste guys? :) Dog.
  14. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I think it was a great review from Cindy in a fantastic writing style - her love of puzzles showed through and i liked the warm way she sets the scene of her doing the puzzle while also being informative.

    As to the actual product. Yes it's not the greatest design, although there are some nice touches such as the box. We are the hardcore fans, most likely the pop culture casual type fans at Hot Topic aren't going to be quite as picky as us and buy it for just the fun rainy day type family orientated game that it is, but lessons can still be learned from us. People who look at the forum like Sababa, USAoploy, Sideshow, and Palisades should realise that no matter how hard you hype or build up something the hardcore fans aren't going to be fooled or too easy going - you can see things from the point of view that we are a small bunch of the most discriminating customers and as long as things aren't too bad you'll do 'kinda ok' with the more casual crowd. However you'd be wiser to use us as a benchmark - strive to get full marks for your product here and you will have way exceeded the expectations of the 'average joe' and have a much greater chance of them purchasing the item.
  15. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    I agree with Zack. It looks like it'll be a lot of fun, and I really DON'T see a problem with the graphics.
  16. Stryder Wolfe

    Stryder Wolfe Well-Known Member

    gotta agree with Luke on this one...

    well, I might buy this if I see it inexpensive....
  17. Chad Kermit

    Chad Kermit Well-Known Member

    I guess they had a small budget to work with or didn't want to spend the time on the images. But doesn't seem like it would be anything for someone who knows how to use the image and illustrating software to fix these images. Of course, could be the same guy who keeps pasting the new wig on old images of Piggy which ends up looking like a paper doll application. Kermits new face is to pointed if you ask me but I have noticed this for awhile. My favorite Kermit was the one of the 80s esp MTM. But as you have all said its nice to have the product out there so it may spark some nostalgic sparks.
  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    The puzzle? Like paper.
  19. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    The paper? Like chicken.

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