Like the rest of you, I was surprised many times by the characters in this book. Gorgon Heap, Splurge, the two Nigel's, Miss Mousey, Brewster, Paul Revere, the Clodhoppers, the Bossmen, were all very unexpected surprises for me.
However, what really won me over was the Sam and Friends inclusion. Seeing their name on the list made my jaw drop. I wasn't even aware Disney owned them. The very characters that Jim started with are with the Muppets again. That's so exciting!
I like the fact that Timmy Monster is in the book. Hopefully they explained his absence in the arches in TM!
I count 101 individual character pages. Honestly, when I heard this book was first announced, I didn't expect more than 50. Overall, this book is a great surprise, chock full of obscure and old characters, hopefully many more funny jokes and back-stories, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!