Last updated: Sept 15, 2022
Tomy Boober Fraggle doll.
Gobo Fraggle and Uncle Traveling Matt, with original hang tag.
Here is a view of Sprocket's face which is a plastic shape covered with fabric. His nose is painted. This one has a small scratch on it.
Tomy also produced some wind up Doozers for this series that were a big hit with fans, though from my experience they were hard to find in the stores. This may be part of the reason why they are still very popular among Fraggle collectors and are quite costly. It makes me wonder why the wind up Doozers have yet to be reissued. About 30 of these wind up Doozer toys were used on at least one episode of Fraggle Rock. They are seen in the background during a musical number in the Doozer village. A photo of this scene was later used for the cover of a children's book "The Doozers of Fraggle Rock" shown below on this page.
Side 1: Side 2:
Fraggle Rock Theme Catch the Tail by the Tiger
Follow Me Brave Boy, Jump Up
Convincing John Muck and Goo
Doozer Knitting Song Friendship Song
Do It On My Own Fragle Rock Rock
Wembiln' Fool Beetle Song
Why? Easy is the Only Way To Go
Lost and Found Our Melody
This is a hardcover children's book published in 1983 by Muppet Press/CBC Enterprises/Holt, Rinehart and Winston. There were several other books in this series but I only have this one.
This is a series of books originally published in 1984. They were later published in Canada in 1985 by CBC Enterprises/Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. Four books were included in the series. I'm just missing one of them: "A Fraggle Rock Party". The other three are shown here, above and below.
This is Mokey Fraggle from the second series of Fraggle Rock plush toys, made by Pedigree in 1984. The series included Red, Gobo, Wembley, Boober, Sprocket and Uncle Matt. These were only sold in the United Kingdom and were unknown to collectors in Canada or the United States until the mid to late 1990s.
Here is a children's Fraggle Rock sweater made in Canada by Club G.H. during the mid 1980s. The Muppet Central website says a line of similar children's clothing was made in 1984, so I am assuming that this sweater would be from the same line.
Here is the lunchbox I went to school with in grade two! This Fraggle Rock lunchbox was made in 1984 by Thermos. The bottom of the lunchbox says "Canadian Thermos Products Limited, Scarborough Ontario Canada".
In 1985 Marvel Comics produced a series of 8 Fraggle Rock comics under their "Star Comics" brand. Marvel also produced a series of Muppet Babies comic books at the same time, also under the "Star Comics" brand. Those comics are shown on the Muppet Babies page of this blog. For the Fraggle Rock series, I'm missing issue #7 but have all the rest. Issue # 1 and 2 are shown above. The stories used for this comic book series are taken from actual episodes of the TV show.
Issue # 3 and 4
Issue #5 and 6
In addition to the "Star Comics" version of the comic, which were sold at comic book shops, Marvel Comics published news stand editions that were sold in commercial stores. These editions had barcodes on the front in place of the star logo. In addition, the section showing the price of the comic as well as the price, was revised. Above are issue # 5 and 6 of the news stand editions. I have yet to double check to confirm, but in theory there would have been a news stand edition for each issue that was published. Therefore if you're the kind of collector who likes to have all the variations, there are actually two of each Fraggle Rock comic issue to collect! Yay! :) But wait, there's more!....
In Europe the comics were published in a larger magazine sized format. Above is the European version of issue 5 shown next to the North American version for size comparison. Therefore in theory, if all 8 issues were published in this larger format, then there are actually three variations of each issue to collect! Yay! :)
And now for some Fraggle Rock Book Club books! Yes, I was a member! :)
Below are 17 out of 20 books that were available from 1984 to 1986 through the Fraggle Rock book club. Originally they were published by the CBC in Canada in both soft and hard cover editions. The book club editions were all hardcover books that were published by Muppet Press/Henry Holt and Company. A similar series of book club books was also done for the Muppet Babies. According to the Muppet Central website I'm missing three books from this series:
Boober Fraggle's Giant Wish, 1984
Wembley and the Soggy Map, 1986
Wembley Fraggle and the Magic Stone, 1986
Here are all the others...
These last two books are the CBC editions.
They have a glossy cover and the books are slightly larger than the book club editions.
Here is a comparison in size between the hardcover CBC edition (left) and the book club edition (right).
CBC also published soft cover editions (left) shown compared with the hardcover book club edition (right).
Here is the back view of the record sleeve which included the lyrics for each song.
Another of the colouring books published by CBC, with the back cover shown below.
The third series of Fraggle Rock plush toys was made in 1985 by Hasbro. Shown here are Gobo, Wembley and a Doozer. Other characters in the collection include Red, Mokey, Boober, Uncle Matt and a Doozer with a moustache. I recall buying this Gobo doll new from the store. It came in a rather nicely illustrated box which I regret that I didn't keep. I found the others second hand.
here is a closer view of the Hasbro Doozer.
Side 1: Side 2:
The Fraggle Rock Theme Dum De Dum
Go With The Flow Rag Time Queen
Perfect Harmony I Seen Trouble
Without a Hat Dreaming of Someone
Music Box Pantry Chant
Here to There Helping Hand
Sail Away Time to Live as One
Workin' Closing Theme
Here is the back of the album. A small photo of the puppets is shown with a cut out photo of Junior Gorg and a Doozer.
In 1987 McDonalds offered this series of four Fraggle Rock vehicle toys which proved to be quite popular. Two different Doozer vehicles were also made in very limited quantity as part of the test marketing for this promotion. Some sources claim that these Fraggle cars are worth hundreds of dollars. I've seen them posted on ebay with very stupid asking prices. The notion that these four Fraggle cars are hard to find is just silly. The two Doozer cars are valuable due to how rare they are, but the four standard Fraggle cars were mass produced and are extremely common, so much so that they still turn up at thrift stores in 2021 and probably always will! Save your money folks, $2 each is generous for these!
Here are two of the inserts that came in the baggies with the toy cars.
I've noticed a variation for Mokey. The one shown above on the right has light pink painted hands and eyelids. The more common version on the left does not have painted hands and has darker pink eyelids.
A variation for Red Fraggle is small pupils or large pupils.
Gobo PVC figure from McDonalds
In addition to the Fraggle cars McDonalds also produced two additional PVC figures which were given out to children under three years of age instead of the cars. Only Gobo Fraggle (shown above) and Red Fraggle were made as figurines, but they weren't promoted as much as the vehicles as fewer of the figurines were made. Therefore, the two PVC figures are slightly more challenging to find than the four Fraggle cars, though they are certainly not as rare as the Doozer cars.
It's too bad that McDonalds didn't just make a complete set of these Fraggle PVC figures, I like them better than the cars. The Fraggle cars were sold within a year of the popular McDonalds Muppet Babies PVC figures available in1986, which could be removed from each of their vehicles to be played with separately as a figurine. The Baby Piggy figure even came with a car, so the fact that the Fraggle characters were attached to their cars and couldn't be removed made the toys much less interesting to me, as though McDonalds was being cheep by not giving us actual figures.
During the same decade, Garfield the Cat (1988) and Looney Tunes characters (1989) were also made by McDonalds in the same style as the Muppet Babies, as PVC figures that could be removed from their vehicles, which only made the Fraggle cars look even more pathetic to me. I really wanted to take those Fraggles out of their cars and play with them!
Dakin made three Fraggle Rock puppets in 1988. Above is the Doozer. This one is missing his antenna. The hair also used to be much longer and fluffy. Gobo and Red Fraggle were also made for this series. The puppets were sold at Muppet Stuff stores. Unfortunately by 1988 the Fraggle Rock TV show had been cancelled and the popularity of the show was fading. These puppets are somewhat hard to find, and are among the last of the Fraggle Rock items to be marketed for quite sometime.
Photos and Text © Mike Artelle
I have a copy of A Fraggle Rock Party, by the way have you seen the 1999 movie The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland? beacause at the begining if you look in Elmo's bedroom you can see What's a Fraggle and Traveling Matt's Adventures in Outer Space on his shelfReplyDelete
Yes, I've seen that movie. It's cool that they put little Easter eggs in there for Muppet fans to spot! Thanks for the info!