Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

Friday, May 8, 2020

It's Super Grover!!!

"Presenting the further adventures of everybody's favourite hero, the man who is faster than lightning, stronger than steel, smarter than a speeding bullet! It's Super Grover!"

...and I'm cute too!!!

In the early to mid 1980's Applause made (to my knowledge) the very first Super Grover PVC figure, shown above left. Roughly two decades later in 2004 a very similar PVC figure was produced, and is marked 2004 on the base. This figure was then reissued in 2010, shown above right, marked 2010 on the base. It was then reissued a third time in 2014, marked 2014 on the base. I have yet to determine what company it was made by. It's possible that it was made as a cake decoration and sold with custom cake orders through grocery store bakery departments. The above two figures are so much alike that I didn't notice this variation until recently (in April 2020). Once I found out about this interesting variation, I had to have one for my collection. Below are additional images comparing the two figures.

An additional variation seems to have also been made prior to 2004 by Tyco Toys. The Muppet Wiki website has a photo of a boxed set of Sesame figures which includes what looks to be the Applause Super Grover PVC figure. Unfortunately the photo is cropped so a Tyco logo is not visible in the image on the packaging, so the only connection to Tyco is the text on the Muppet Wiki website. There's also no information about a year or decade that the gift set was made. I've noticed that on a few odd occasions the Muppet Wiki site has mis-identified PVC figures, so I'm always cautious about confirming what company made what figure. I'd like to see a better view of the gift set with the Tyco logo on the box before I've convinced it is a Tyco figure, and if the box or figure had a date on it, that would also be nice to see.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Marvel Fraggle Rock Comics!

Hi there Muppet fans! It's been awhile since I've updated the site, so in addition to tweaking things here and there I finally added my collection of Marvel Fraggle Rock comic books, as well as some Fraggle Rock colouring books, to the Fraggle Rock 1982 to 1989 page of this blog. Check them out!

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Mystery of the Rare 1970's Muppet Show Toy Puppets!

As Muppet collectors we love to talk about the rare Canadian Count toy puppet with the sculpted rubber head, or the rare Herry Monster toy puppet, and the Vicma or Harbert Sesame Street toy puppets. These are all very cool and exciting Muppet collectables to search for, or to display proudly in ones Muppet collection. However they are not the only rare toy Muppet puppets from the 1970's! There are some that, believe it or not, are even more hard to find!

I'm talking of course about those odd hand-made looking Muppet Show toy puppets that are infamous among Muppet collectors... the so called "Mexican Muppet Show puppets". These puppets are such a mystery nobody knows for sure who made them or if they're even really from Mexico! Shown above is Kermit, Gonzo, two versions of Floyd, Dr. Teeth, and Fozzie Bear. Puppets of Animal and Miss Piggy from this line are shown below on this page. I haven't seen any other characters for this set (such as Scooter or Rowlf). Any of these puppets are quite rare to find.

The above collage shows one version of the Dr. Teeth puppet (which I will call Dr. Teeth #1), shown in the first photos of it to appear online. These images have been floating about the internet circa the mid 2000's, and are responsible for starting the buzz about this odd series of Muppet toys. Many thought this Dr. Teeth puppet was just a one off hand-made item, but it does appear to have been manufactured, at least in limited quantity. Dr. Teeth #1 has blue eyelids and a yellowish-tan coloured hat, thin black stripes on his red shirt, light blue pants and yellow sandals. The fur hair is bright orange.

Back view of Dr. Teeth

What is even more bizarre about these puppets is that the bodies are similar in design to the Fisher-Price Animal puppet, but the hands are similar to the Fisher-Price Kermit puppet. It's very likely that this entire line of toys are bootleg products rather than officially licensed items, as the quality of these puppets is lacking. Yet, they are quite awesome none the less! It's a shame Fisher-Price didn't make these as part of their Muppet Show toy line! Who wouldn't want a Fisher-Price style puppet of Dr. Teeth or Floyd Pepper!!!

A second version of the Dr. Teeth puppet (Dr. Teeth #2), shown on the left, and a third version (Dr. Teeth #3) shown in the middle and on the right. There seems to have been many production variations for this puppet. The same is the case for the Floyd puppet, shown below.

Dr. Teeth #2 has pink eyelids (instead of blue) and a plastic looking round nose (could this possibly be a repair job by a previous owner?), what looks to be the same green body and shirt as the first puppet but with darker blue pants (instead of light blue), and an orange hat (instead of yellow/tan). The orange fur hair seems to be darker as well. Puppet #2 seems to be a hybrid between puppet #1 and #3, with similarities to both puppets. The green body and red shirt are similar to puppet #1, but the pink eyelids and orange hat are similar to puppet#3, only the peak of the hat isn't folded. I don't have a picture of the feet for puppet #2 so we don't know what they look like.

Dr. Teeth #3 is quite different, with pink eyelids (same as puppet #2), an orange hat (also like #2) but the green body seems to be lighter in colour, and the shirt is made of different fabric with wide light and dark orange stripes. The light blue pants appear to have a denim look, and the sandals are red instead of yellow. The fur hair is even darker orange than puppet #2.

I always thought it was strange that Floyd Pepper wasn't marketed more often. He is certainly one of the coolest Muppets who would have made for some equally cool toys, as demonstrated by this bootleg puppet. Floyd puppet #1 on the left, with grey hair, is also shown on the left of the blurry image. On the right is Floyd puppet #2 that has the correct orange hair. Floyd #2 also has light blue pants instead of the denim pattern seen in Puppet #1, along with darker coloured eyes and hat. Even the red shirt seems to be darker in colour than puppet #1. Floyd himself is supposed to be purple, but these two puppets were made with different colours. Puppet #1 is Kermit green, while puppet #2 seems to have been made with the lighter green that Dr. Teeth #3 was made with, shown below.

Floyd puppet #2, Dr. Teeth puppet #3, and the only puppet of Fozzie Bear from this series that I'm aware of (aka. Fozzie #1). More images of Fozzie are shown below.

Many collectors say that these puppets are from Mexico and made by Exin. This Muppet Wiki page is about the Dr. Teeth #1 puppet shown above, and provides a link to an English translation of the Spanish Wikipedia page about the Exin toy company. That page states that Exin was a Spanish toy company founded in 1951, with it's main factory in Barcelona, Spain. It closed in 1993. I don't know enough about Exin to know if they had production facilities in both Spain and Mexico, however based on the Spanish Wikipedia it seems more likely to me that these puppets would be from Spain... if they were in fact made by Exin at all!

This Mego discussion board provides a wealth of information about these bizarre Muppet toys. The discussion seems to be from 2008 -2010. One collector "rche" posted images of the Dr. Teeth #1 puppet in 2009, and stated that it was purchased "from a fellow in Belgium" who "claims it is from the Exin toy company in Mexico". That the toy came from Belgium, which is in Western Europe, would support the notion that the toy was made in Spain, however as the seller told the buyer that the puppet was from Mexico it does confuse the situation. The same collector, "rche" also posted the same photos and info on the Muppet Central Discussion board in 2009.

Here is a very nice look at the Fozzie bear puppet. This is a second copy, not the same one as shown above in the blurry image, therefore this puppet is Fozzie #2. As you can see he has clay pads on his hands and feet. His eyes, nose and hat are also clay, and there is a clay shape to form his head which the fur has been placed over top of. This is a very cool full-bodied puppet of Fozzie!

A closer look at Fozzie's face. Unfortunately, one of the black felt irises has fallen off.

Here is a look at Fozzie's back. The puppet opening is the same horizontal style as the others.
The owner of this puppet said that there is a zipper around the puppet hole.

Here are the Kermit and Gonzo puppets. This is the only photo of the Kermit puppet from this series that I've seen. Both photos of the Gonzo puppet appear to be the same copy of the puppet. Some of these images are found on Muppet Wiki on this page, here.

Miss Piggy is by far the ugliest puppet in this series, and was appropriately featured on the Tough Pigs website in an "Ugly Muppet Toy" pageant. This information and photo was brought to my attention by a post left below from "The Crumpit Puppet Troupe". Thank you for this awesome info!

It's funny to see an orange skinned Miss Piggy, and with black hair no less. The fuchsia pink outfit doesn't help much either, but I love those sculpted shoes!

I've saved the best for last..... ANIMAL!!!!!

Here is the very bizarre Animal puppet from this series. I really like that this puppet has red fur for the face as I find it suits Animal better than the typical pink hair that so many toy companies use when making Animal plush toys.

The Dr. Teeth, Floyd and Animal puppets were all made with the same type of body, only Animal's was made with cream coloured fabric rather than green. They all have the Kermit style hands and very odd sculpted feet which seem to be made of a fragile clay, or possibly liquid latex. The eyes and noses of the puppets also seem to be made of the same clay-like material.

A nice closer look at Animals eyes with glued on felt irises.

The owner of this specific Animal puppet, who kindly submitted these photos, said that the mouth no longer opens as the clay has dried out. There are white painted clay teeth inside the mouth but these are the only ones that are visible.

Here is another variation of animal, aka Animal #2, which has a different shirt
and lighter blue denim pants.

The mystery remains... were they made by Exin? Are they from Mexico or Spain? Are they home made or produced in a factory? Alas, we may never know!!!!! But one thing we do know is that Muppet collectors love these bizarre puppets!

If you have any further information about these puppets, or want to share images of copies that you own, please do contact me. You can post a message below or e-mail me at info@artellepuppets.ca

Happy collecting!

-Mikey :)

Photo credit: Many thanks to the Muppet fan who sent me many of the images shown above on this page, including those of Animal and Fozzie Bear. The die-hard Muppet fan in question wished to remain anonymous, but wanted to share these photos from his/her collection with other Muppet fans. Frankly, this blog page wouldn't exist without their enthusiastic input! Thank you so much!!! :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Casting for Big Bird Documentary

A production company in Los Angeles is currently working with Sesame Workshop on a short documentary about Big Bird and looking for stories to share.

They're looking for amazing real-life stories or anecdotes from parents, kids, and fans of all ages who Big Bird has had a positive impact on, from teachable moments to nostalgic ones, to getting themselves or their kids through a difficult time. In other words, what are you favourite Big Bird stories?

If you have a fun, heart-warming or inspiring story that relates to Big Bird, they want to hear from you! If you wish to make a submission, please e-mail Colleen at colleen@matadorcontent.com for more information.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Now Available!!! Funko Shop Flocked Fraggle Rock Five Pack!

Awesome Fragglish Funko News! The five main Fraggle Rock Pop figures are now available in a limited edition boxed set!!! All five figures are flocked and are being sold through the Funko online shop as an exclusive run of 3000 pieces! https://shop.funko.com/pop-television-flocked-fraggle-rock-5-pack.html Get 'em while you still can!

A little bit of speculation.... I'm hoping the arrival of this five pack set is a sign that because the Fraggles have been selling so well Funko is interested in creating more product for us Fraggle/Muppet collectors! It would be awesome if this momentum lead to Funko releasing a 6 inch Junior Gorg at some point! Fingers are crossed! :) He would look so cool next to Ludo, Snuffy and Big Bird!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Yayyy! Fraggle Rock Pop figures coming soon!!!

On Oct 31st Funko announced that they will be releasing a series of 6 Fraggle Rock Pop figures! Each of the five main Fraggles comes with a mini Doozer figure, and rounding out the set is Sprocket the Dog! Thank you Funko!!!!

There's no mention yet of Junior Gorg, though if the series sells well hopefully Funko will add him to the collection too! He would be neat to see as a 6 inch figure. Here is the official announcement for the series: https://funko.com/blogs/news/coming-soon-fraggle-rock-pop

Update: Uncle Matt was announced on Nov 1st, 2017 as a Funko Speciality Series addition:

Here's more info about other Muppet and Jim Henson related Funko Pop figures:

Flocked Red Fraggle is exclusive to Books A Million

Sprocket is exclusive to Toys R Us

Uncle Traveling Matt will be released as part of the Funko Specialty Series!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Count Puppet Mould Mystery!!!

Hello Muppet fans! I'm very excited to report that the mystery of the rare plastic head Count puppet grows ever more mysterious! This past summer I received an inquiry from a Muppet collector who sent me the above photo of a Count puppet head mould. As you could imagine I was VERY surprized to see this photo!!! The collector wanted to know if I thought this could be one of the authentic moulds used between 1972 and 1974 for the manufacturing of the infamous plastic head Count puppets. However, as I have very little knowledge of moulds made for toy production, I am doing a bit of research to determine the answer to that question! Of course, I thought the easiest thing to do is to post the photo and ask for comments on it from anyone who might know more about such things.

Is this the real deal from the 1970's, or is this a modern attempt to re-issue the Count puppet head? Please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions, or theories, and if anyone has any actual facts that would shed light on things, that would be most helpful too! :)

In any event, I'm sure there are many Muppet fans out there who would find this photo quite interesting!!! FYI, the collector in question has requested to remain anonymous which I certainly respect, and has given me permission to post this photo. Many thanks to this Super Muppet Fan for sharing their unique find with the rest of us. SMF reports that this mould is 8 pounds and was purchased on e-bay from a US seller. Otherwise, the provenance of the mould has unfortunately been lost.

I'll post any new information from my research down the road, so check back here for future updates! Until then, I hope you enjoy this Muppet oddity as much as I do! -Mikey

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I've also posted about the mysterious Count puppet box here:

Here is more info about this series of vintage Sesame puppets:

Text © Mikey Artelle, 2017