| Included in set:
Set One: Kermit, Ms. Piggy, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew,
Dr. Teeth, Muppet Labs Playset
Set Two: Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Sgt. Floyd Pepper,
Crazy Harry, Electric Mayhem Playset
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Jim Henson's wildly
popular puppet variety show, Palisades Marketing has created
a line of action figures based on the series characters. The
initial line consists of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Dr.
Bunsen Honeydew and Dr. Teeth. Also available in the first
release is the Muppet Labs playset with Beaker, Honeydew's
The sculpting of the figures has been done with a painstakingly
amount of detail to replicate the characters. The fact that
the figures are sculpted to imitate the fabric of the puppets
is a wonderful touch, rather than trying to make them smooth,
like previous figures have done. The characters have folds
and creases where they would in the fabric and even the accessories
are well detailed. There are enough bendable points for good
poseability, but not so much so that it takes away from the
quality of the figures themselves. The little touches, like
Dr. Teeth's glasses are what really rise this series to the
top of the quality ladder.
Each figure comes with a base and accessories, and as said
before, the accessories are as good in quality as the figures
themselves. In fact, the accessories are fairly sizable, unlike
some lines that just add something to put in the character's
hand. Dr. Teeth's keyboard and hat are essential (especially
if you plan on having him posed as part of the Electric Mayhem).
Honeydew's Muppet Labs book and robot rabbit are possibly
the best of the accessories, especially considering that the
robot rabbit is basically an additional figure all it's own.
Ms. Piggy comes with her own dresser table and mirror and
Kermit comes with a coffee mug and television camera.
Coming in September 2002 is the second series, which will
include Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Sgt. Floyd Pepper and Crazy Harry
(the one who likes to blow things up). Also coming in September
is the Electric Mayhem Playset with Animal. If both lines
do well, I expect to see more and more of the classic characters
brought to the toy stores. And to be honest, how are you gonna
make the best of the Electric Mayhem Playset without Janice
I can, with no doubt, state that this is the best lineup
that Palisades has released to date. The level of detail and
quality is superb. Fans of The Muppet Show will be
pleased, with maybe only minor quibbles about the exactness
of color tones. This series proves to me that Palisades can
put out a top notch series in competition with McFarlane.