Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

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

Related Posts
I've also posted about the mysterious Count puppet box here:
https://mikeysmuppetmemorabiliamuseum.blogspot.ca/2016/04/the-1973-count-puppet-box.html

Here is more info about this series of vintage Sesame puppets:
https://mikeysmuppetmemorabiliamuseum.blogspot.ca/p/sesame-street-toy-puppets-1971-1984.html

Text © Mikey Artelle, 2017

8 comments:

  1. Do you know any where or anyone that sells Vicma puppets I have a Vicma Bert Ernie Roosevelt Professor Hastings and in box Sherlock Hemlock and I’m looking for any other vicmas or the Canadian count puppet I’ve been looking st your site for a decade now and I’ve used your posts and pictures to get me through my collecting so I thank you mike!

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    1. Hi Delsin
      Thanks for the comment, I'm always glad to hear that my blog is helpful to another fellow Muppet fan!!! :) The only place I know of to find those rare puppets is on e-bay, or on a Muppet discussion board. I'm lucky to have found the Count at a thrift shop in the 1990's, but I don't have any of the Vicma puppets yet. Guy Smiley looks awesome though!

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  2. Mike also having to do with the mould, it is definitely one of the originals. Here is my reasons why... one it’s angels and designs appear so identical to the original puppet that making a full metal mould of the puppet would’ve been impossible from someone with as even high hopes to make their own count, also the cast is made using very 70s casting techniques as to layering metal and welding. We have such high technology now that we don’t need metal mounds we have other way easier ways of going about that. Was there dirt or visible age on the mould? Also if that person could get a jello like or liquid foam or some sort of filler such as Elmer’s glue etc they could make a mold of their own to compare the real puppet to the mold. That will solve this mystery...

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    1. That's a very cool theory! I hope you're right! I'm skeptical because it looks like someone made a lot of cuts and repairs to the mould, such as the ear seams to have been cut off and reattached, as does the nose, goatee, etc. Plus, with all the different angles, how does one go about getting the rubber cast out of this mould? Wouldn't it get stuck? The teeth point downwards, the ears point upwards, the nose is another angle. On top of that, the space at the back of the mouth to the back of the head doesn't leave much room to get the rest of the head out. I'm just speculating as I don't know much about moulds, but it would be interesting to try your suggestion and see how easily or difficult it would be to get the piece out and what it would look like!

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  3. What he has there is a piece of history and also an opportunity to bring forth a new breed or generation of our favorite collectibles

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    1. It's very possible! I'm surprised nobody has used a 3D printer to make Count puppets yet! I'm sure at some point someone will attempt to re-market these puppets in some form or another.

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  4. I just found some rare count photos Mike and maybe an attempted handmade count puppet aswell trying to replicate it! If you have a blog email I could send them I think you’ll really find them interesting! Thank You!

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  5. Hi Delsin
    I think you're right! :) Feel free to send the pics to me at info@artellepuppets.ca
    Thanks!

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