Friday, April 28, 2017

Bean Bunny Easter Pin!

Ever wonder why Disney doesn't take advantage of using Bean Bunny in more merchandise around Easter time?

Well, it seems that this year the mouse finally woke up and released they had another bunny character!

Disney Parks recently released this limited edition Easter pin in their theme parks.

Thanks to reader Kurtis Findlay for the scoop. It's a start, now how about more Bean merch, Disney?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Muppet Show Tumblers!

Good news! While Diamond Select Toys' Muppet action figures have been pushed back, their new Muppet Show tumblers are now available! The glasses were set to be released in August, so this is MUCH earlier than expected. 

The fast-food inspired glassware of yesteryear feature Kermit, Fozzie, Bunsen, Beaker and the Swedish Chef, as well as many other Muppet favorites. We now have our first glimpse at the backs of 3 out of the 4 as well!

Muppets Muppet Show Kermit Glass Tumbler:

Muppets Muppet Show Bunsen & Beaker Glass Tumbler:

Just like Diamond Selects previous Muppet glasses, each glass costs $9.99 and comes in a full-color window box.

Each is available from Amazon at the links above and at Entertainment Earth.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sesame Place Classic Character Slimey Plush!

A few years ago Sesame Place started releasing classic plush of fan favorite characters. First was the Two Headed Monster, followed by Herry Monster and last year it was the blue Yip Yip Martian.  

This years classic character plush is one of the smallest Muppets of all, Oscar's pal Slimey!
The larger than life 15.5" plush costs $26.95 and is available now at Sesame Place and on their website!

Monday, April 24, 2017

We're 5, We're 5, We're A Big Blog Now, We're 5!

5 years ago we launched our little blog! We hope you've all enjoyed it so far!

Let's hear it for 5!

The 5th episode of The Muppet Show not only featured Rita Moreno, who won an Emmy for her appearance,

but it featured the first appearance of Veterinarians' Hospital!

The 5th episode of The Muppets featured a battle between Reese Witherspoon and Miss Piggy:

And Fozzie's girlfriend serenading him with "True Colors":

Depending on what order you look look at, the 5th episode of Muppets Tonight also featured a female guest star, Cindy Crawford, and one of my personal favorite Muppets scenes of all time (7:03 mark):

5. That's that number of the day! Ha ha ha!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Swedish Chef Plays with PAM!

The Muppets have a had long tradition of appearing in commercials. This week Conagra Foods released two new ads for PAM featuring everyone's favorite culinary calamity - The Swedish Chef!

Both ads come in 30 and 16 second varieties. Bon Appetit!

The Swedish Chef Makes Sautéed Vegetables: (30 Seconds)

The Swedish Chef Makes Sautéed Vegetables: (16 Seconds)

The Swedish Chef Makes Croquembouche: (30 Seconds)

The Swedish Chef Makes Croquembouche: (16 Seconds)

 For a Throwback Thursday bonus, check out the chef is this 2012 ad for Bounty:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

First Look At Power of the Dark Crystal #2!

The second issue of The Power of the Dark Crystal streets today.

The issue was written by Simon Spurrier with art by Kelly and Nichole Matthews
“While Thurma’s arrival creates chaos at the Crystal Castle, Aughra tries to get a glimpse of what the future may hold for the fireling and Kensho, and discovers a familiar darkness on the horizon: Skeksis!”

Check out all the covers and a few sample pages:

The Power of the Dark Crystal #2 is available now at comic stores and through Amazon.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Labyrinth Soundtrack Vinyl ReIssue!

As we first reported back in February, the Labyrinth soundtrack is getting a vinyl reissue.

In addition to The Dark Crystal Soundtrack being reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day, Capitol Records will reissue the Labyrinth soundtrack only a few weeks later!

We now know that this is a new remaster of the classic soundtrack.

It's also the first time it's been available on vinyl since its original 1986 release.

It will be released May 12, and you can pre-order now through Amazon

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hoppy Easter!

Our facebook friend Sally, sent over these pictures of the eggs she and her son Connor

Marvin Suggs, Lew Zealand, Constantine, Johnny Fiama, Uncle Deadly, & Dr. Teeth eggs

Marvin Suggs even comes with little Muppaphones! Nice touch!

Connor also received a Bean Bunny plush from the Easter Bunny this morning.

Speaking of Bean, here is his debut in long out of print special The Tale of The Bunny Picnic:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fraggles & Funko!

In our latest video from the Muppet Stuff museum, I show off Super Impluse's new Fraggle plush and talk about what it means to be Funko's "FUNactic of the Week."

You can get you own Red and Gobbo at Think Geek:

My Funko FUNactic of the week interview can be found here and you can view more Funko items in the collection here.

Please support The Jim Henson Exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image at their Kickstarter.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Jim Henson Exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image Fundraiser!

Just like the Center of Puppetry Arts asked for public support to complete their Henson exhibit, it seems Museum of the Moving Image is now looking to crowdfunding to complete theirs as well.

The exhibition will feature more than 40 original puppets — including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Fraggles, and a Skeksis from The Dark Crystal — as well as puppet prototypes, original character sketches, rare behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, and interactive puppetry design and performance experiences.

Just like most crowd sourcing there are a lot of great pledge incentives including memberships to the museum, an invitation to the opening reception, a signed copy of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, Palisades Muppet toys, and a personalized autographed from a character performed by Dave Goelz!

For those with more than just disposable income a set of limited edition lithographs (also offered to help the Center of Puppetry Arts) is a available as well.

The video introducing the campaign is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and features Bonnie Erickson as well as many frequent MOMI event Muppet fans including Matt Soberman, John Papovitch, and Mo Monster creator Sam.

You can watch the video and check all the great rewards in in more detail on their Kickstarter page!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meet Julia!

Julia, the first Muppet with autism, makes her Sesame Street debut today!

While the character was introduced in storybook form in the 2016 digital storybook "We're Amazing, 1, 2, 3!", today marks her first official day on the street!

In a move that I hope continues, HBO agreed to let PBS stations have the episode the same day it airs the episode instead of the usual 9 month gap. 

Which means you should be able to find it now on both HBO and your local PBS station!

The characters is performed by new Muppet performer Stacey Gordon whose own son has autism.


Check out the HBO promos:

To help promote her debut 60 Minutes took their, hard to believe, first ever trip to Sesame Street last month to introduce the character and show how she was created.

Julie and the
 Sesame gang then headed over to the Today show to tout her debut.

Autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete, Abby Cadabby and Julia even went to Washington last week and spoke about Autism at the Capitol Visitor Center

Sesame Workshop also created an official website for children and parents who are dealing with the challenges of autism, which currently affects 1 in 68 children.

In the episodes all-new street story, Big Bird learns about autism when he's introduced to Julia, who helps her new friends invent a game called "boing tag."

Don't have HBO, and can't wait to meet Julia? Sesame Street made the entire segment available online:

Julia will appear in one more episode this year, with more scheduled for next season.

If you donate $100 or more to Sesame Workshop's Yellow Feather Fund you can receive a limited edition Julia plush, while supplies last.
Everyone, meet Julia!