Muppet re-builds

BEAR 2

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I’ve noticed that many times when a performer retires/dies their character gets re-designed somehow for the replacement performer. Particularly, I’ve noticed this recently with The Count, Elmo and Oscar. When the new performer takes over, they get a new puppet and the design is significantly different. Any thoughts behind this and what do you think happened to the first puppet?

P.S. the new Oscar design is weird.
 

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Different performers have different preferences and often different hand sizes, that's why they usually rebuild them
 

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Plus different performers have certain preferences with characters.
 

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I know Peter said he loved the Ernie puppet from 1983, he was using. However, they had to retire it because it became too unusable. However, Peter kept the nose foam.
 
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