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Millennium Miss Piggy doll released

Courtesy of the Franklin Mint
June 6, 1999

The "Millennium Miss Piggy" is here -- a new Franklin Mint porcelain doll celebrating the millennium in high style! This 14 and a half inch doll is authorized by The Jim Henson Company, and it's the first time that the Franklin Mint has ever produced a Muppet doll in its series of expensive collectible knick-knacks. The doll offer was announced in an ad in the USA Weekend newspaper insert on Memorial Day Weekend.

Here's the text of the ad: "Celebrate New Year's Eve with 'Moi': Brought to life in hand-painted porcelain... A Vision of porcine perfection, Dressed in a rich velvet 'haughty couture' gown, And adorned with designer jewelry and real pearls.

"She is the most romantic, glamorous, fashionable Muppet of all time. Now she's here to celebrate the biggest New Year's Eve of all -- the new Millennium. Millennium Miss Piggy is crafted in fine porcelain, and wears a glamorous gown with vibrant purple gloves and a fluffy white boa. She holds her New Year's noisemaker -- her way of saying, 'Happy New Millennium!'

"Celebrate the new Millennium with Miss Piggy -- everyone who is anyone will be there! Just $195, payable in convenient monthly installments."

Those convenient monthly installments end up being 5 installments of $39 each, plus state sales tax and a one-time charge of $4.95 for shipping and handling. The first payment is due before they'll send a doll to you.

A little pricey? You bet! But this is the first full-sized porcelain Piggy since Enesco's Cleopigtra and Marie Antoinette dolls in the mid-80's -- and those are now selling for hundreds of dollars on on-line auctions.

Here's a little more description of the doll: Piggy is standing in a flirtatious pose, with one fishnet-stockinged leg emerging from the slit in her black-and-silver dress. She's holding a large gold noisemaker that says "2000." Her hair is curled and piled on her head, and she's wearing a silver tiara. She's got pearls, purple gloves, a white boa and silver high-heeled shoes. The downside is that, pictured in the ad, her eyes look a little off, giving her a slightly blank expression.

And now, the important part: To order a doll, send your name, address and telephone number to: The Franklin Mint, Franklin Center, PA, 19091-0001. Tell them to "enter your order for Millennium Miss Piggy," and they'll send you your first bill. Unfortunately, there's no phone number or web address on the ad.

     
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