Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vintage Sesame Street Knickerbocker plush toys!

For an entire decade in the 1970s Knickerbocker produced a wide assortment of Sesame Street plush toys. I've finally added most of what I have in my collection to this blog. See the "Sesame Street 1969-1979" page: http://mikeysmuppetmemorabiliamuseum.blogspot.ca/p/sesame-street-1969-1979.html

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted coming next month!

The new Muppet movie "Muppets Most Wanted" will be here soon! Scheduled to open March 21, 2014, it's just a little over a month away! Above is a nifty image from the Muppet Central website showing the classic Muppet gang...and Pepe, who I'm only just realizing has been hanging out with the Muppets for 20 years now. So he's technically a classic character too! (He's also either brave enough or foolish enough to hold onto Animal's chain for this picture! You'd think after 20 years he would know better.) This is a great picture of the Muppets, I like how they are all posed, It's also interesting to see Dr.Teeth with his hat off. I don't think he's ever done that before...at least not that I can recall. I'm also glad Scooter is back in with the mix. He was always one of my favourite characters. Even though his voice is completely different now, I'd rather have him as part of the gang than not. I'm not too fond of how they changed the look of Floyd Pepper though. He now has a fatter bottom lip which I think just looks weird. His voice is really well done though.

Here is a picture of the giant movie display that was at the theatre when I went to see the Lego Movie tonight (Feb12, 2014). It's made so that you can walk around the back and go inside the vault to get your picture taken with the cast, so I did!

It's a good thing Scooter isn't in the picture, otherwise it would have been hard to tell which one is me. And forget about Miss Piggy, Fozzie is the real photo hog! Wocka wocka! In any case, I thought this was quite an impressive display. Disney certainly is going all out to promote the film. Just look at all the money they leave lying around. But seriously, I really do hope this is a good movie otherwise people might vault from the theatre.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Merry Christmas from Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum!

Big Bird Santa is here to celebrate the holidays!

This is a 13 inch plush Big Bird (9 inches sitting) with the original hangtag and plastic candy cane. This plush toy was made by Hasbro/Playskool in 1988. His hat is tacked on at the sides of his head but is otherwise removable. A similar plush Big Bird without the Santa suit was also produced at the same time.  

Friday, September 13, 2013

Muppets Funko Bobble Heads!

An awesome new series of Muppet Wacky Wobbler bobble heads are now available! Five Muppet characters are being made by Funko, the company that has been making bobble heads since at least 2000, if not longer. Not only are these bobble heads exremely well made, but the set includes Dr. Teeth of the Electric Mayhem Band (shown above). I've always wondered why the famous Muppet Show band members were not marketed more often, so I'm really glad to see this figure of Dr. Teeth. He's such a colourful character, and very "Muppety", which makes him very suited to being marketed. I'm hoping that a Floyd Pepper bobble head will be added to this collection someday too. In fact, bring on Zoot and Janice bobble heads also, as the whole band would look great in this Funko format. Below is a side view of Dr. Teeth and the back of the box. The other Muppets in the series are Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Animal.  

Take the Muppet Bobble Head Survey!
Just for fun, I set up a survey to see what character Muppet fans would want Funko to make as a Bobble Head. I've never done this before so I thought I'd try something new! You can answer the survey question at this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P69QYLG

Saturday, June 15, 2013

WINNER!!! - Ugliest Kermit Doll Ever

For this plush Kermit, it's not easy being seen!

It's sad to even post this online, but I can't believe my eyes! I recently found this very poorly made 11-inch Kermit the Frog doll at a local thrift shop. It's by far the ugliest Kermit doll ever made in Kermit's 50 plus years! It's so bad that the manufacturer didn't even attach a tag with their own name on it. The Disney name isn't on this one either. I guess nobody wants to claim that they were responsible for producing this! Very sad to see Kermit being treated this way. The fabric is very thin and cheap quality, and the fabric for the legs was not cut on the bias, causing the leg to twist so that Kermit's feet turn upside-down. But worst of all, the mouth is sewn on in a frown! Hey kids, it's the frowning frog! So sad to see that Disney is letting this type of product be made. It seems to me that the quality of Muppet plush toys has consistently declined ever since Disney took over from the Henson company. Put this Kermit doll next to the Fisher-Price or Eden Gifts doll and you'll see what I mean. I sincerely hope that this is a bootleg plush toy and not an approved Disney product!!! Poor Kermit!!!

Side view of mass produced trash. Nice work Disney!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fraggle Rock Collectables!!!

I've updated the Fraggle Rock pages! The majority of my Fraggle collection is now online! I have a few more comics, plush toys, some VHS videos and DVDs to add and then these pages will be done!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sam the Eagle has blue feet!!!

I already know that I'm obsessed with Muppets. I've known this since I was nine. But am I the only Muppet fan in the world who has noticed that Sam the Eagle's feet were incorrectly changed to yellow for the Muppets Treasure Island Movie in 1996?

The problem did not start there however. It seems that there has been confusion about the colour of Sam the Eagle's feet since the heyday of the Muppet Show in the late 1970s. This is understandable as the original puppet of Sam the Eagle did not have any feet. Below is a photo I took of a photo from page 74 of the "Of Muppets and Men" book, published in 1981. It shows Frank Oz performing Sam the Eagle, and there are no feet on the puppet. Why? Because there is no need for legs on a puppet if the puppet is only going to be seen from the waist up on camera.

The same book shows the original sketch Jim Henson made for Sam the Eagle (page 77). The sketch is of Sam's head only, without a body, and especially without feet. I had always thought the Muppet Treasure Island was the first time Sam's feet were seen on camera, but it turns out I was wrong. The Muppet Wiki site shows a picture of Sam and his feet from the Muppet Movie (1979). Unfortunately the photo is in black and white, but the feet do not look light enough in colour to be yellow. I'll have to watch the movie again and pay closer attention.

Here is the photo of Sam the Eagle from the Muppet Wiki web site found at this link:

In 1979, the same year the Muppet Movie was made, the Toy company Schleigh produced PVC figures of the Muppet Show characters. Sam the Eagle was included in the collection and had blue feet, therefore leading a generation of impressionable young Muppet fans to believe Sam's feet were blue.

In 1980, Sigma produced this not-so-commonly-known-about porcelain Christmas ornament which inexplicably has yellow feet. This photo is from the Muppet Wiki site:

However Sam was then depicted in several Muppet Show children's books with blue feet. Okay not several...just two of them. The first one is "Robin Hood" published in 1980. The Muppet Wiki site shows a photo of him from the book (which I don't have in my collection).

Notice his blue feet! This image is found at this Muppet Wiki link:

The second book is called "Two for the Show" (published in 1982) and features two pictures of Sam with blue feet, shown below.

Now for those of you who are still not convinced that Sam's feet should be blue, here are some illustrations from the comic book pages of Muppet Magazine!

Muppet Magazine, Winter 1984, page 46...Sam as a child with blue feet! (Back when he wasn't such a bald eagle... wocka-wocka!)

Muppet Magazine, Spring 1984, page 44...another picture of Sam with blue feet... underneath his shoes!

Muppet Magazine, Spring 1985, page 31... after six years with blue feet they suddenly turn yellow? I'd say something's a-foot!!! Wocka-wocka! I'm such a heel!

Muppet Magazine, Winter 1986, page 27.... the brown shoes return, and are far better than yellow feet!

Muppet Magazine, Winter 1988, page 21.... Sam has blue feet again! See how natural they look. 

Then of course there is "The Muppet Show Book", published in 1978 before all of the above examples. This book shows Sam the Eagle on the front cover with orange chicken legs!

Here is a closer look at the scrawniness of Sam's chicken legs. This predates even the Muppet Movie photo showing Sam's feet and is likely the first time Sam was ever seen with feet. Mind you, in no way should this veto all of his apperances with blue feet over the years, as clearly he had blue feet more often than yellow! However....

Fast forward to Muppet Treasure Island, released in 1996, and wham-o! Sam's feet are yellow again! Not just yellow, but scrawny, tiny and yellow with little spikey claws. What were the puppet builders thinking? Could it be they used the above "Muppet Show Book" cover as reference for making Sam's feet for this shot? Didn't they do any other research to see that in fact Sam's feet should have been blue? How could they not know about the 1979 PVC figure with blue feet? The complete set of those PVC Muppet figures have been hanging from the chandelier in the foyer of the Henson Company's New York townhouse on East 69th Street since 1979!

Above is the picture from the Muppet Wiki site showing Sam the Eagle's yellow feet. It is found at this link:
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Sam_the_Eagle These feet look nothing like the feet Sam has in the B&W Muppet Movie photo shown at the top of this page, which I prefer. And why shouldn't Sam have blue feet? Many of his fellow Muppets have had blue feet for years with great success, such as Gonzo, Zoot, Thog, Uncle Deadly, a Big Blue Frog, Cookie Monster, Grover, Fat Blue, Boober Fraggle, Tutter and others.

I think the most important question to answer is this: Why didn't the puppet builders know that blue beak = blue feet? Camilla has an orange beak and her feet are orange. And there's also Big Bird. His beak is yellow and his legs...um...let's not bring Big Bird into this, he's from a separate franchise!

None the less, I have further evidence that Sam's feet are supposed to be blue! For here, I present another children's book based on the very same movie from whence the yellow feet appeared. "Muppet Treasure Island: Treasure Hunt" (1996) shows the following picture of Sam, not with yellow feet, but with blue feet!!!!

And why did the artist colour Sam's feet blue? Not because of some error. Clearly, because it makes sense to colour them blue! And who wouldn't agree that they look more American in blue? (I'm Canadian so I'm really just guessing about that last part, but I suspect that would be Sam's opinion.)

Unfortunately, it seems the blue feet only momentarily prevailed as from this point on the yellow feet caught on with toy manufacturers. And wouldn't you know it, now that the Muppets are back in vogue and collectable as ever, new action figures and toys are popping up everywhere. Sam has been made in plush form for the first time, and as an action figure for the first time, and several other times! Take a look below at some of the cool Sam the Eagle offerings of recent years, all of which have yellow feet!!!

 This Tomart's Action Figure Digest magazine ( No. 128, Dec 2004) has a section about the Muppet Show action figures by Palisades. Below are some photos from inside the magazine showing the Sam the Eagle figures. In some cases his feet aren't visible but they are yellow.

This one is a PVC figure.

These two, above and below, are articulated action figures with yellow feet.

This is a Kubrick figure. I found the image at this website:

This is the Star Wars Muppets action figure of Sam the Eagle as Obi-Wan Kenobi available only at Disney theme parks in 2011. I found this photo at the this link:

This is a Disney Muppets Vinylmation action figure. I found this image at this site:

This is quite possibly the first ever Sam the Eagle plush toy. The photo is from an e-bay auction:

And so, fellow Muppet collectors, I submit that all of these collectables have been ruined. Ruined I say! All because of the yellow feet. Alas, how many more Sam the Eagle action figures and stuffed toys must be ruined in this way? Have the Muppet puppet builders no shame? End the confusion! Correct this travesty before it gets any further out of hand. Replace Sam the Eagle's yellow feet with the blue feet he was always meant to have! Someone get Frank Oz on the phone!!!