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Other Henson Worlds 1980-1989
The Dark Crystal (Movie) 1982
In 1982 the first non-Muppet Jim Henson movie, The Dark Crystal, was released in theatres. This is the novel based on the film published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1982. It is written by A.C.H.Smith who would later do the same for the movie Labyrinth. There is a section at the centre of the book with 14 colour photos from the film.
It took me years to find a copy of this one. Thank goodness for the internet! "A Tale of the Dark Crystal" is the storybook version of the movie. It is published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1982. The illustrations are amazing and depict the characters perfectly. A super book for Dark Crystal fans!
Marvel comics did this popular two-part comic book series of the movie. They were sold in April and May of 1983.
In 2002, exactly twenty years after the release of The Dark Crystal in theatres, Sideshow Toys produced these two 12 inch dolls of the Gelflings, Jen and Kira. Each doll was packaged separately in a super awesome display box that has the original movie poster artwork on the front flap. Jen came with his flute and the crystal shard, while Kira came with her pet fluff ball Fizzgig. The detail in these dolls is amazing. Jen's costume, is especially impressive as it is embroidered with elaborate details. Any fan of this movie couldn't have asked for better. Below is the back view.
On the topic of dolls, in 2007 Toy Vault produced a rather crudely made plush toy of Fizzgig. I don't yet have one in my collection but they are easily found online.
Labyrinth (Movie) 1986
This is the original soundtrack record album from Laybrinth, which is my second favourite Henson film after the very first Muppet Movie. I recall saving my pennies to buy this record brand new at the record store, so I left the original store wrapper on it and just sliced open the side to get the record out. It was released in 1986, same as the film. Even though this record is quite common, it's one of my prized items in the collection. I really like the artwork and photography included on the front and back covers and on the record sleeve. Take a look:
There were 12 tracks included. Side 1: Opening Titles including Underground, Into the Layrinth, Magic Dance, Sarah, Chilly Down, Hallucination Side 2: As the World Falls Down, The Goblin Battle, Within You, Thirteen O'Clock, Home at Last, Underground.
Below are the two sides of the paper record sleeve.
Below are some Labyrinth stickers that were available free inside Sheddies cereal boxes in 1986. They have all been removed from the original sticker sheet, but I recall that each sheet had two stickers...a main character and a goblin. I'm not sure which goblin goes with which character though. However, I do remember that there was a Sheddies TV commercial advertising the Labrinth stickers, and it showed one of the animated Shreddies characters carrying the ludo sticker as he said "I'm ludo!".
The Sheddies cereal boxes had different location scenes on the back to put the stickers on. The side of the box also had collectable cards to cut out. I wish I had just saved the whole box! Card number 1 is Ludo, 4 is a goblin, 7 is Humongous (the giant robot guard).
Here is the Novel of Labrinth based on the movie. It was published in 1986 by Henry Holt and Company, and was written by A.C.H Smith who also wrote the novel version of The Dark Crystal.
Above is the hardcover version of the Labyrinth storybook based on the movie. It was published in 1986 by Henry Holt and Company. Below is the soft cover version which is identical. This book has awesome illustrations and captures the essence of the film very well.
Here are the Marvel comic books of the movie Labyrinth, published in 1986 as a three part series.
The Storyteller (1988)
Although the TV series aired in 1988 this book was not published until 1991. As with the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth storybooks, the illustrations are perfect and have the same feel as the TV episodes. I highly recommend this book for Jim Henson fans! All nine stories from the TV series are included. Published by Alfred A. Knoff, 1991.