Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

Muppet Babies 1983-2003

Proving that continuity doesn't matter, the Muppet Babies contradicted the Muppet Movie storyline but they were too cute to complain about. First appearing in Miss Piggy's dream from the Muppets Take Manhattan, the Babies made the leap to TV in cartoon form and lived there for an impressive 8 seasons (100 episodes). Imagine being locked in a room and being forced to watch every episode! ....that would be awesome!

In 1984 Milton Bradley produced a series of four Muppet Babies 60 piece puzzles with photos of the puppet characters. Shown above is the Baby Kermit Puzzle, below is the Baby Fozzie puzzle. There is also a Baby Piggy puzzle and one of Piggy and Kermit on a swing. Milton Bradley followed this series with a set of puzzles based on the animated TV show.

 
This is a Muppet Babies Colorforms playset from 1984. The side of the box has a photo of several of the actual Muppet Babies puppets including Baby Animal. This is the first time that I ever saw the puppet version of the character in any Muppet merchandise or TV show, as Baby Animal wasn't in the baby scene from the Muppets Take Manhattan movie. It wasn't until 1987 that the actual Baby Animal puppet was seen in a TV show, The Muppet Family Christmas special. Baby Animal and the rest of the Babies puppets are also seen with Steve Martin in an issue of Muppet Magazine.
 
This is a complete set of Muppet Babies squeeze toys made in 1984 by Hasbro/Playskool.

In 1985 Hasbro/Playskool produced a series of Muppet Babies plush toys. The 12 inch Baby Kermit and Piggy plush toys shown above were made in 1985, while Baby Fozzie and Rowlf, shown below, were added to the collection in 1986. I recall saving up to buy each one of these new from the store, one at a time, when I was around 11 or 12 years old. Unfortunately I didn't keep any of the boxes but I recall Kermit and Piggy's boxes just showed those two plush toys on the back, while Fozzie and Rowlf's boxes showed all four on the back. Smaller sized plush toys of Kermit and Piggy were also made. The small plush Baby Piggy was the same as this one only smaller, but the smaller Baby Kermit was dressed in a sailor outfit as seen in the movie.


In 1986 Hasbro made a Jumbo sized Baby Kermit plush toy. As you can see it's quite huge! I've included the 12 inch Baby Kermit in the picture for size comparison. Jumbo Baby Kermit is 20 inches sitting. Hasbro was also producing Sesame Street plush toys at the same time and made a Jumbo Big Bird plush toy. I recall seeing both of them at the toy store next to each other on the same shelf. This Jumbo Baby Kermit was found at a thrift store in the mid 1990s.

 Here is a full-length Muppet Babies record from 1985 with songs from the animated TV series.

Here is the back view. There were 11 songs included on the album, and the lyrics for each song were included on a sheet inside the album.

Side 1:                                                Side 2:
The Muppet Babies Theme                 Camilla
Merry-Go-Round                               Rocket to the Stars
Sleep Rockin'                                     Practise Makes Perfect
Dream For Your Inspiration                It's Up To You
Good Things Happen in the Dark        I Can't Help Being A Star
                                                          The Muppet Babies Theme (Reprise)


From 1985 to 1989 Marvel Comics published 26 issues of the Muppet Babies comic book as part of their Star Comics line. I have most of the series. Issue number 1 and 2 are shown above.

 Issues 3 and 4

Issue 5. (I'm missing issue 6)

Issue 7 and 8 

Issue 9 and 10

Issue 11 and 12

Issue 13 (I'm missing issues 14 through 20)

Issue 21 and 22 (I'm missing issue 23)

Issue 24 (I'm missing issue 25 and 26)
 
This is a large button pin that staff at McDonalds restaurants wore in 1986. As these figures were so popular, this is the second time that the Muppet Babies PVC figures were sold, which explains why the button says "They're Back" at the top. Baby Animal was added to the collection at this point, and there are some small variations to the figures. For example, the figure of Baby Gonzo is wearing shoes in this series, while in the first series he does not have shoes.

These plush toys of Baby Animal and Baby Rowlf were made by Dakin in 1988. They were sold exclusively through the Muppet Stuff franchise of stores. Below are side views.

This 12 inch Baby Animal plush toy has a silver baby bonnet hood to match his gloves and feet. The yellow tag says "Baby Animal Daredevil".

Baby Rowlf is 10 inches and looks like he's wearing a band leaders outfit. He's missing his yellow tag which would have said what type of outfit it is. The hat is sewn to his head but is not stuffed.
 
Here is Baby Miss Piggy by Dakin from 1988. This is a 12 inch doll, measured from head to foot. It looks like she's supposed to be a ballerina.

This is the 1988 Baby Fozzie by Dakin which is also 12 inches tall. It looks like he's dressed as a clown with frilly cuffs on his neck, sleeves and legs.

In addition to plush toys, Dakin produced a series of hand puppets in 1988 that were sold exclusively at the Muppet Stuff stores. A set of Muppet Babies characters were included in the series along with Gobo and Red Fraggle, a Doozer, and the adult/regular versions of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Gonzo. These Dakin puppets are harder to find than the Dakin plush toys. The Muppet Babies set included Baby Piggy (shown above), Baby Animal (shown below), and Baby Fozzie. I have yet to see a Baby Kermit puppet though it's likely that one was made.

 
This is a sticker from 1988 that was free inside General Mills cereal boxes.

Here is a program from the Muppet Babies Live show "Where's Animal?", 1988.

Here are some flyers from the Muppet Babies Live show. Below is the back view. The top one with the Dec 1988 date is for the Toronto show at the O'Keefe Centre, and the bottom flyer is for the Ottawa show at the Ottawa Civic Centre which was also in Dec 1988.


These small 8 inch plush toys were made by Avon in 1988. They are made out of a towel like fabric and are intended to be bathtub toys.

These are very popular Muppet babies plush toys that were sold at McDonald's in 1988. Fozzie and Kermit's clothes are removable, while Baby Piggy's outfit is attached. Unfortunately there was a error during the production of the Baby Piggy dolls as her hair has been sewn on inside out (I opened this one up at the back to check, and the curls are in fact on the inside of the doll!). I suspect there are other Piggy dolls that have the hair attached correctly, but I have yet to find one.

Baby Fozzie is shown in the original bag with the hang tag still attached. McDonalds produced so many of these dolls that 25 years later they are still commonly found at thrift stores, which is where I found this one. However, they don't normally turn up in the original bags!

Here's a view of Baby Fozzie without his hat to show his eyes and ears better. The hat is made of felt, has some felt Holly leaves attached, and two holes for Fozzie's ears. Fozzie is the best plush toy from this series. He's very well made and the choice of fabric for his fur makes him a very soft and huggable toy.
 
This director Baby Kermit figure is 4.5 inches tall, made out of soft rubber and is hollow. The Kermit figure shown below with the sailor outfit is 2.5 inches tall, and also a soft rubber, hollow toy but it's made with softer rubber than the director Baby Kermit. Both are dated 1989 on the bottom however I don't know what company made them.

 
(Photo coming soon!)
 
These two Muppet Babies figures have no markings at all. They look like they belong in a playset or game of some kind. It's a mystery to me what company made them, though they are likely from the 1980's when most of  the Muppet Babies merchandise was being produced.
 
These plush toys were made by Direct Connect/Amerawell Products. The two in the stripped shirts were produced in 1989 and the Piggy on the far left was made in 1991. These are all 9 inches tall.
 
Muppet Babies "Funforms" from 1989. This is a set of 8 pictures that you make using numbered stickers as the puzzle pieces. Muppets Funforms based on the Muppet Show characters were also available at the same time as these. This was made by Lee Publications, the same company that made the Muppet Babies Magic Pen colouring book shown below. I'm missing the magic pen that came with the book. There's no date on the book but it was likely made in 1989 with the Funforms.

 
Although they haven't been on TV since the late1990's, after a long absence from main stream culture Muppet Babies are slowly making a comeback, at least in regards to memorabilia. In 2003 this Mini Puzzle was produced by Bendon Publishing International along with a series of four colouring books. Two of them are shown below. The other two each have Baby Piggy and Baby Fozzie on the covers.
 
 
 

Photos and Text © Mike Artelle

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