MR Kermit the frog

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Lynn TXP 0369, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    I just got the Muppet Show season one DVD and it is AWESOME..

    Is there anything new on when the MR Kermit the frog will be released?
    I know it was mentioned the 2nd QTR for it's release, is this still on?
    Any new pics other then what has been posted or linked to already?
    Watching the Muppet Show DVD got me really excited for this piece.

    Lynn
     
  2. jedilos

    jedilos Well-Known Member

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    i hope it looks better than what they showed a while back, i also cant wait for this. been trying to learn to make puppets for year and love th muppets. I have to buy that dvd set soon
     
  3. Prop-Maker

    Prop-Maker Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I'd love to see this.

    "NEW FROM MASTER REPLICAS.
    Jim Henson's Kermit the Frog. Never before has such a fine replica been made from a combination of the finest green fabrics, foams, black metal rods and plastic than the product we're offering for the ultimate Muppet collector. Hop on it as quickly as possible, because Kermit will go fast at an unbelieveable price of just $349.99 plus shipping. Hurry and you can purchase our Collector's Edition Kermit the Frog with display case for only $425.99. Act now before they're all gone."

    Don't get me wrong, I love the genius that is Jim Henson. But this is something even I can make. And that says something.
     
  4. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    How do you make a Kermit Muppet???
    I can't believe it is that easy, got patterens??

    Lynn
     
  5. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    For the "Photo" puupet he looked pretty good.
    Lynn
     
  6. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Maybe Summer?

    When it is released I will be in for at least one.
     
  7. Prop-Maker

    Prop-Maker Well-Known Member

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    Well, it's not as easy as it seems, I'm sure. But with a lot of homework and close study, I believe it can be done. The whole point of my post was that I'm absolutely positive a great Kermit can be made by any of the talented people we have here without going to the expense of buying a multi-million dollar MR piece. I've seen some awesome lightsabers (just an example) created by fellow RPFers that were made spending half the amount one would spend for an MR version.
     
  8. Tatooine_Todd

    Tatooine_Todd Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Any idea on when these will be available for pre-order?
     
  9. Trooper_trent

    Trooper_trent Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I make muppet style puppets but I have too much respect for Jim Henson than to make or sell a non liscensed Kermit or any other specific character.
    Here's "Milton" Just finished him last week.
     
  10. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Cool puppet..

    Lynn
     
  11. SFPROPS

    SFPROPS Well-Known Member

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    Trent: That looks great. I was WAAAY into puppets as a young boy and would have killed for a nice muppestesque creation like that back in the day. The best you could get back then where those out of proportion velour monstrosities that church groups used for puppet ministries.

    As for Kermit, if it looks like the pre-production photos, and uses the correct materials (as it appears they did), I'm almost good as sold. I've heard unconfirmed rumors of a price point at around $200. If that's the case, that's MORE THAN REASONABLE if it's using the Henson patterns, correct fleece and materials, and they keep up decent QC. If there's someone on this board who can do all that for less cash and not lose money for their time/money/materials...SPEAK NOW...

    ....(silence commences).....

    :lol
     
  12. vaderdarth

    vaderdarth Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I used to make puppets like these.......but for the time it takes, I was charging $350 plus. Seriously, we're talking lots of man hours on these things. If it really looks right, has the right materials and colors......... $350 is a steal... I'd pay $400 for a good one. Anything less than $400 is candy...

    Dave :)
     
  13. Lukes Roommate

    Lukes Roommate Well-Known Member

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    They are going to be priced at $200. Seems a far cry from a multi-million.
    And the MR sabers have all been reasonable, seeing as back in the bootleg heyday, saber runs here were going for $400+ (with the exception of Larbels)...
     
  14. vaderdarth

    vaderdarth Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have spent 25+ hours on a puppet before. There is alot of hand sewing involved. It's very time consuming. Cutting and fitting the foam form under the fabric takes time. Dyeing the fabric takes time.......creating eyes from pingpong balls........creating mouths from felt and glue....and foam..............yeah 25 hours labor is pretty conservative. It's one thing to make an all new puppet and just letting the process go where it goes.......but to make a familiar puppet like Kermit........that takes time. You end up making and remaking stuff because there are no available patterns.

    Trust me, if you can get a kermit that is a poseable puppet..........for $200-400........grab that sucker...

    :)
     
  15. The Death Curse

    The Death Curse Well-Known Member

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    I'm glad this thread popped up...It answered a lot of my questions; including how well the MR price sits with others. Seems like everyone's in general agreement on the "awesome factor" of these replicas. Good to know.

    I'm personally hoping Kermit will sell well because I want to see MR offer a Gonzo or Swedish Chef sometime in the future...Though it's a long shot that they'll get that far down the character line, I can still dream. :unsure

    Ryan
     
  16. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well hopefully if Kermit sells well there will be more to follow.

    Beautiful work on Milton Trent..

    As been noted in this thread a lot of Puppet-makers will never do a Muppet out of respect for Jim Henson.
     
  17. Aegis159

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    I love the Muppet Show DVD set as well.The kids and I watch them all of the time.. it's funny to hear Miss Piggy in the begining when she wasn't being done by Oz, and her eyes were different as well... but back to the puppets themselves...

    This one of the few MR pieces that my wife actually does like, hehehe..
     
  18. Lukes Roommate

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    If Kermit does well, Animal will follow..
    BUY UP THE KERMITS PEOPLE...
    I needs me an Animal.
     
  19. Aegis159

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    I had heard that the next one they had in mind was Animal, who I also like, but I would also like to get a Gonzo as well.
     
  20. jedilos

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    my puppet does not look as good as milton there but its my first foam base character. my 4 year old is helping me make it its her vision, shepicked out the color and saw the eyes and nose at the store and wanted those instead of the foam ball i had bought. either way ista her puppet so she gets what she wants. itsnot finished this is a work in progress, we are adding ears and hair and still need to add the second arm and get the puppet dressed.


    I do hope the kermit is under 400 so i can snag one up. growing up watching shows like these has been a great experience and love sharing that part of my life with my children.
     
  21. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks good so far. I like your daughter's style.. :)
     
  22. Prop-Maker

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    If you guys think $200 seems pretty fair, then I can't really argue with that. You know a lot more than I. Seems a little high for me, but I'm not really in the puppet trade and if they're hand-made by a single person, then I can understand a high price. My initial post was meant to lighten a mood and few laughs. There are plenty of things I've seen MR do that have just seemed to cost an ungodly amount of money. But, then again, I only make six bucks an hour... so everything's expensive to me (although I AM working on fixing that little problem). All I know is for how expensive MR's Anakin AOTC saber was, the thing's tiny. I would've been IMMENSELY disappointed to pay that much and get something so small (I was told Hayden Christensen has small hands). But the AOTC saber size is a whole different thing altogether.

    That Milton puppet is really cool, by the way.
     
  23. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    I PM'd you about something.

    Lynn

     
  24. Tatooine_Todd

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    Back to my question. Does anyone have an idea on when these will be available to order?
     
  25. Trooper_trent

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    If its $200 and its accurate, thats actually a steal. I kinda worry about it though. If it's made from actually Henson Patterns, There is going to be an epidemic of bootleg Kermits popping up. I was under the impression that the MR wasn't actually a puppet, but just stuffed. If it was an accurate full body puppet replica from the one Henson Used/uses a $200 price tag is ridiculously low. I'd expect at least 7-8 hundred for something like that.
    I've sold puppets similar to my "milton" for around 4-5 hundred depending on the features (moving eyelids, human arm, etc)
     
  26. Star Wars Chick

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    If they do Kermie, ya gotta have a Miss Piggy to go with ;)
     
  27. SurferGeek

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    I remember the way he introduced himself was "Kermit D. Frog". Does anyone know what the D. stood for or did it have no meaning other than a play on "the"? I would love to have one if it's at the $200 mark.
     
  28. RedTwoX

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    It's my understanding that Kermit wll be the "photo Muppet". Effectively a stuffed doll with a wire frame skeleton to make it possible. You don't need a puppeteer to take a picture, just something that looks like the puppet and can hold a pose long enough for the camera shutter to go "Click.". That's what MR is producing. That stated, I believe they are using the real "photo Muppet" patterns, just not the "performance Muppet" patterns.

    I was quite the Muppet fan as a little kid. I have fond memories of The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. However, I don't think I'll be in the market for these. I'm still very new at the prop thing and I have a LOT of blasters ,lightsabers, and helmets to get before I think about stretching out beyond Star Wars. That stated... a Gonzo would look really nice up on top of this book case over here, with his feet dangling off the side. If they ever get that far I'll think about it. If it's a set with Camilla the Chicken I'm in :lol
     
  29. Funky

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    I always thought he was saying, "the", just very pronounced.
     
  30. BrundelFly

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    I want to build an ELMO for my Daugher.

    Its my latest project.
     
  31. Montagar

    Montagar Legendary Member Community Staff

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    I have always seen it listed as Kermit the Frog, on things like video packaging, Disney web site, etc.
     
  32. TFrosst

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    For those interested, the next muppet scheduled to come out after Kermit is Animal.
     
  33. CanadianKnight

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    Not sure about Kermit... I'm kinda cash-poor these days. But if they produced an Animal.. I'd buy one in an eye-blink. :D
     

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