Is There A Reason There's No New Figure Line?

minor muppetz

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Recently, there was a line of Muppet figures spoofing Star Wars... I wonder if Disney should try more Muppet figure lines based on other popular franchises. Marvel superheroes comes to mind right now.

Hmm, I wonder if there'll be new Muppet Star Wars figures when the new Star Wars movies come out.
 

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...and Major Box Office Bomb Legends of Oz actually has a toy line (!)
 

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I honestly don't know what toy company could produce good "mass market" figures that are worthy of the Muppets. The palisades line was truly amazing, and totally spoiled us lol, but I feel like all mass market toys in general have been lacking. I don't know if that's a result of me just getting older if toys really are getting "worse".

Like Transformers, the new toys for Age of Extinction all look pretty crappy to me, whereas the toys for the first three movies were all pretty great.

I think I'd rather see the Muppets not have any toys at all than not-so-great toys.
 

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I honestly don't know what toy company could produce good "mass market" figures that are worthy of the Muppets. The palisades line was truly amazing, and totally spoiled us lol, but I feel like all mass market toys in general have been lacking. I don't know if that's a result of me just getting older if toys really are getting "worse".
If we saw Palisades quality Muppet figures today, they'd be well over 20 bucks a piece. The action figure bubble burst years ago, and it's only a matter of time before we lose the small amount of general retail TV cartoon based toy lines go away again. The only specialty figures I see anymore are 30 dollar video game based ones, and maybe a slightly cheaper 25 bucks a piece horror movie ones. There's no room for classic television programing toys anymore. And face it, back when they had them, only a handful of companies did a good job. The rest just over-saturated the market.

I find it HIGH time we get over the "spoiled by Palisades Quality" crap. We never saw that quality of Muppet merchandise before, and we were happy. The Fisher Price puppets look like garbage compared to those figures, it's true, but they were high quality for their day. Worst we'd get is Disney store figurine quality, and those figure sets are quite well done.

Like Transformers, the new toys for Age of Extinction all look pretty crappy to me, whereas the toys for the first three movies were all pretty great.
There's a rather lame excuse for that. There's a side collector's line that I can't really find, but the entire line was made with younger children in mind, which is why we have so many gimmick driven One Step changers and stuff like that. Which stinks because the Transformers Prime line was pretty good quality, especially the smaller ones that turned into detailed vehicles and robots instead of being crappy little brick things.
 

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Well at least they have Pop figures now, which although they can't begin to compare to the Palisades figures, are decent. Ones I have so far are Dr. Teeth, Fozzie, Gonzo, and Kermit. I still need Animal, Mahna Mahna, Snowth, Sam, The Swedish Chef, and Miss Piggy and then I'll be all caught up. I find that if you don't take them out of the box, they stay in good condition. I mean sure, I take my Dr. Teeth and Fozzie ones out of their boxes from time to time, but i put them back in afterwards.
 

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As much as I do love the Palisades Muppet line and still treasure my collection to this day, I do feel it's about time people here stop comparing EVERY Muppet figure (rather it's the Disney store figurines, Vinylmation or Funko Pop figures) to them.
 

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As much as I do love the Palisades Muppet line and still treasure my collection to this day, I do feel it's about time people here stop comparing EVERY Muppet figure (rather it's the Disney store figurines, Vinylmation or Funko Pop figures) to them.
YES!

Large, highly detailed action figures were a turn of the millennium thing, and no one wants to admit it. They don't sell like they used to, and we're not going to see that kind of boom ever again. There are only hard core gamer licenses and current or cult movie licenses by semi-independent companies with no room for nostalgic or kid friendly ones. If so, Jazzwares' Nickelodeon line should have been a bigger hit than it was. Nope. it ended before a second wave which would have featured Rocko. If that was such a license to print money, we would have seen him. We didn't. And the big lines, like Pacific Rim and Team Fortress 2 are like upwards of 30 bucks.

If we saw a Muppet figure license like that, we'd see 1 or 2 at most lines of A-list characters (no Van Neuters, Marvin Suggses, or Link Hogthrobs) that would cost 20 bucks at least, come with no accessories (or maybe just one small one), and you could only buy them at comic book shops (or if you're lucky, TRU) because the big entertainment retailers that sold the Muppet line went under because everyone's using Netflix instead of buying enough DVD's to keep them in business.

That said, the Disney Store figure sets are tops. Especially if you don't mind rebuying the same figures with bases so they actually stand. I'm disappointed they didn't release a mega figure set with more characters for MMW.
 

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Exactly just like baseball cards and comic books before it, actions figures were hot, than went down.
 

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If we saw a Muppet figure license like that, we'd see 1 or 2 at most lines of A-list characters (no Van Neuters, Marvin Suggses, or Link Hogthrobs) that would cost 20 bucks at least, come with no accessories (or maybe just one small one), and you could only buy them at comic book shops (or if you're lucky, TRU
Isn't $20 minimum what some of us are paying on the secondary market? Many times loose with little to no accessories.
That said, with heavy heart I do conceed that another line like Palisades is nothing but a dream. The Disney packs would be great if they kept expanding to other characters too.
 
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