This awesome PVC figure of Kermit in a leather jacket with his motorcycle was made in 1990 by Presents. Shown below are two other figures that are part of this series: Fozzie as the Soda Jerk, and Animal with a guitar. (It's weird that they gave the drummer of the Muppet Show band a guitar, but even weirder that they show him playing it... if Animal ever got hold of a guitar he would likely just smash it!) Unfortunately the Animal figure does not stay standing up on it's own. PVC figures of Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and Rowlf were also included in this collection.
In 1990 Mattel made this "Learn to Dress Kermit". This doll has a plastic head and is wearing a fireman's outfit. Below is a better view of his hat which has a K on it and is part of the plastic head. A Miss Piggy doll was also made as part of this set. She is dressed in a nurses outfit.
Above is a set of ceramic magnets from 1990 made by Presents. Each one has a round magnet glued onto the back.
This is the Life magazine from July 1990 about the death of Jim Henson. A very sad and unexpected turn of events. Unfortunately I never had the honour of meeting my idol. Jim Henson was unquestionably a creative genius, a remarkable businessman, and a very talented puppeteer.
Above is the T-Shirt I bought at the Muppet Vision 3D gift shop at Disney MGM Studios in the early 1990s. This is an awesome Kermit logo which is printed on a Froot of the Loom shirt.
This Kermit mug is made by Dakin in the early 1990s. I think this may have been a stand alone piece that was not part of a series.
Also in the early 1990s, I was given these Kermit Slippers for my collection as a joke gift. I'm not sure what company made them, I'll have to check the tag next time I'm going though the boxes of Muppet stuff! Oddly enough, as bad as these are there have been several different companies to have produced similar Kermit slippers over the years. It would be a collection in itself to find them all. These ones are extra weird because Kermit's eyes are looking up, instead of forward, and the slippers have arms which is uncommon.
A Miss Piggy mirror on the original card, made by Kid Care in 1991.
Here is a very well done Kermit doll by Child Dimensions in 1992. Like the Fisher-Price Kermit, this doll has Velcro at the hands and feet (on the back of the wrists and leg). The box is nicely designed as well. Miss Piggy was also made for this set, and is shown on the back of the box, below.
The following year in 1993 Child Dimensions offered this funny Kermit wearing a blue summer outfit. The thing in his pocket comes out and is attached by a string. I'm not sure what it is. The blue hat is attached to his head. I don't know if a matching Miss Piggy was made to go with this Kermit.
Here is an awesome book, "Jim Henson the Works" written by Christopher Finch and published by Random House in 1993. This book is a "must have" item for Muppet and Jim Henson fans! It expands on the 1981 book "Of Muppets and Men", that was also written by Finch.
This is a 1994 promotional badge for the direct to VHS video production Muppet Classic Theater. This was made for employees of video stores to wear.
Here is a softcover book If You Were Kermit" published in 1994 by Muppet Press/Merigold Press (Golden Books). It features several of the Muppet Show characters.
Another shirt in the Muppet Parodies series "Kermit Clein Under Where?" Unfortunately the die from the cardboard box that I had this shirt stored in has discoloured the white fabric of the shirt. I have since moved my entire collection into clear plastic bins!
And another shirt from the same series "Kermit the Frog wears Khakis"
Back in the mid 1990's I actually fit into these shirts too! (sigh!)
I have one more shirt from this series that is black and shows the main cast all wearing sunglasses, which I'll add a picture of eventually.
In 1995 the Muppets were cross licensed with the NHL as part of a major marketing campaign by Canadian McDonald's restaurants. Four very well made and detailed NHL Muppets plush toys were sold at McDonald's in conjunction with a sticker game contest that was very much like the occasional Monopoly game promotions. The Miss Piggy and Animal plush toys have plastic heads, while Kermit and Fozzie have fabric heads with plastic eyes and helmets. All four plush toys came with a removable plastic hockey stick. As Fozzie is the goalie he has a unique goalie stick. I've never seen this much detail go into a McDonald's promotional toy before or since. The names of each character were even sewn onto their hockey jersey. A back view of the plush toys is shown below.
Unfortunately, despite the quality and detail, McDonald's restaurants ended up clearing out these plush toys for some time well after the promotion was finished. I don't know if this was because of a lack of consumer interest or if McDonalds over produced the toys by ordering too many, therefore flooding the market. These were commonly found at second hand stores for quite awhile in the late 90s and early 2000s, but today they are not so easy to find. I'm glad to have them in the collection. These NHL Muppets are some of the better Muppet plush toys to have been made. Animal is my favourite of the series. It's nice that they gave him the extra detail of "torn" edges on his clothes to match his character. I have a second set of all of these in the original unopened baggies as well.
Here is the NHL Muppets contest game board flyer (front and back) that was given out free at Canadian McDonalds restaurants in 1995. Each NHL team logo was re-imagined with one of five Muppet characters incorporated into the design (Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal or Gonzo). These logos were made available on stickers that were randomly attached to drinking cups and fries packages. A prize was won if a specific row of NHL Muppet stickers was filled in on the game board. Below is the game board that I filled in, with only one sticker missing in each row. Darn it, so close!
As you can see in the bottom row on the game board, one of the prizes was an "NHL Muppet Melton and Suede Jacket". These were limited to 1000 prizes.
Here are all of the extra stickers that I ended up with. The one on the bottom right corner is an instant win sticker for a Nestle Crunch chocolate bar that I never redeemed. So technically I did win something!
The Fozzie Bear McDonalds NHL Muppets fries container, front and back.
McDonald's staff also wore NHL Muppets promotional pins. There were four different pins, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal and Fozzie. I only have the Fozzie pin as they were not supposed to be given out to the public, but one of the employees thought it was interesting that I collected Muppets and gave me theirs. There was also a very cool large cardboard store display for the NHL Muppets plush toys, but unfortunately that was out of the question.
Here are the three different sizes of the Eden Gift Kermit dolls. At left is the bendable doll, the musical doll is in the middle, and the large Christmas doll is on the right.
Applause also made a series of three PVC figures in 1996. I`m not certain if they are officially part of the "The Kermit Collection" or not. The third figure that I'm missing shows Kermit sitting on a rock with water around it.
In 1998 Applause made the small Animal plush toy shown above on the left (with the dark blue Applause tag on his hand) as part of the Kermit Collection. For the first time, Animal is wearing a white T-shirt. This plush toy is a bendy figure with wires in the arms and legs. In the late 1990s or early 2000s, a similar Animal plush toy in a white T-shirt was made by Nanco in various sizes, from those shown above to a jumbo size (about four feet tall!). Despite these being give away prizes at exhibitions and fairs, they are very well made. In truth, I find these Nanco toys to be the best Animal plush toys ever, with exception to the Fisher-Price Animal puppet. I like the fact that they included a chain around his neck, this had never been done before. They are also very soft as a plush toy should be. FYI: The Applause Animal is standing on it's own, while the two Nanco Animals are on doll stands to hold them up.
Here are the Nanco Kermit plush toys, which are bendy figures with wire in the arms and legs. As with Animal, jumbo size Kermit was also made.
Nanco also made Slinky Pets of both Kermit and Animal. Here are the two different sizes for Kermit.
In 1999 Burger King sold a selection of Muppet toys based on the Muppets From Space movie. I have Miss Piggy, Rizzo and the Muppet bus with Kermit on top. According to the Muppet Central website, the other toys in this set are a plush Animal head and Gonzo in his spaceship.
In 1999, Wendy's also made a series of Muppet toys based on Muppets From Space. I have the plush Kermit key chain and Gonzo in a spaceship. The Muppet Central website shows the remaining toys in the set are another version of the Muppet bus, a "voice changer", and an activity book.
The horses with Animal and Gonzo.
And last, the pawn is Rizzo with a pizza.
Though it would have likely been to expensive to produce, I think it would have been neat to have different characters on each side of the chess set. For example, one team could have been the Electric Mayhem band with Janice as the Queen, Floyd as King, Rowlf and Dr.Teeth as bishops, Animal and Zoot on the horses, Bunsen and Beaker as the castles, and Muppaphone puff ball Muppets as the pawns. Then the other team would be the same as what's already shown except with Scooter on the horse in place of Animal, and chickens for pawns.
Photos and text © Mike Artelle, 2010, 2013