Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Diamond Select’s Fourth Wave of Muppet Figures "Shelved"!

Well Muppet fans, we have some sad news to report. According to a friend and fellow muppet fan who worked with Diamond Select on their Muppet action figure line, the next wave has been "shelved until they can get enough "retail interest" ". 

Below is the announcement:
"Well, ladies and gentlemen, the official word from the big cheese at DST and their forum is that the Muppets wave four has been shelved until they can get enough "retail interest" or they find a way to direct-market these. They're all perfected and ready to go into production, so there's no additional work that they require. While I am disappointed, I am not surprised. Diamond is an amazing company with amazing products and I'm very grateful about all they've done thus far. Honestly, from top to bottom - nobody is Palisades. Nobody ever will be. It's an impossible comparison because it had one of the biggest product cheerleaders ever in Ken. I've never seen someone care as much and put as much of himself in any creative field than he did. That guy never slept in those years. I'm not sure if he even sleeps now. I think he's probably superhuman. That said, I don't think there's much we can do and messaging me for help won't do a darn thing, unfortunately. If you feel the need to message anyone, go to Diamond Select's facebook page and mention the Muppets figures daily until they relent. It might not do any good, but I think it's important for all of us to finish what we start as creative people. Creative companies are no exception, but things happen that are even beyond their control. Peace all.”
As you may recall, wave 4 consisted of fan favorites Sam Eagle, Rizzo, Dr. Teeth. Zoot, and The Swedish Chef. Below are the prototypes we saw for the line at Toy Fair.

They look amazing, right? You want them in your collection, right? 

What can you do about? 

First, if you haven't bought any of the figures yet (and why haven't you??), Please do so! They're fantastic. The love and attention to detail is just as good, and sometimes even better than even the much loved Palisade's line.

You can order them from Amazon (which helps support this blog), Entertainment Earth and other retailers. 

Both sites also still have pre-order links for Wave 4. Use them. Tell retailers you want them by ordering them!

Second, if you already bought the figures, buy them again! Get any you've missed or buy one or five for friends and family. The holidays are coming and they make great gifts.

Third, as noted above "If you feel the need to message anyone, go to Diamond Select's facebook page and mention the Muppets figures daily until they relent."

We can't recommend using all three options above enough.

Help get wave 4 to Muppet fans around the world!

Monday, November 20, 2017

New Henson Movie "The Star" Now in Theaters!

Did you know there's a new Henson movie coming out?

What if I told you the cast included Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Christopher Plummer, Zachary Levi, Gina Rodriguez, Ving Rhames, Kelly Clarkson, Gabriel Iglesias, Aidy Bryant, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton, Kris Kristofferson, Kristin Chenoweth, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, and Oprah Winfrey herself. 

That sounds like a big deal movie, right? Something that would get loads of attention, right?

What if I told you that not only is this movie coming out, but already opened and is in theaters now.

This mystery movie is called The Star. Check these cast photos and the trailer below:

As you can see, there are no puppets. It's completely animated by Sony Animation. They didn't even use the Henson performance system like for Henson series like Sid the Science kid.

In fact, the only real Henson connection I could find is that it's produced by the Jim Henson Company, specifically Lisa Henson.

Here's the official description:
In Sony Pictures Animation's THE STAR, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas. THE STAR is directed by Academy Award (R) nominated writer/director Timothy Reckart (HEAD OVER HEELS); executive-produced by DeVon Franklin (MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN), Lisa Henson and Brian Henson (The Jim Henson Company); produced by Jenni Magee Cook; with a story by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore; and screenplay by Carlos Kotkin. Digital animation by Cinesite Studios.
It's currently rated at 59% on Rotten TomatoesWhich it means it just missed the cutoff for being certified fresh.

You can catch The Star now at your local theater.

Friday, November 17, 2017

It's The LEGO Muppet Show!

As promised, Ivan Guerrero's back with another Henson themed LEGO set and this one's truly muppetational!

Yep, it's the LEGO Muppet Show!

In order for this to be an official LEGO Muppet Show playset, Ivan's idea needs 10,00 likes on the LEGO ideas page

Please like, share, and most importantly vote!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Swedish Chef in new Tower Of Terror Holiday Projection!

The Swedish Chef, and a few other Disney characters, star new videos as part of Disney's Hollywood Studios Tower Of Terror Holiday Projection!

Inside the Magic sat down Tom Vazzanna, one of the show's creator discusses the show in-depth.

You can see their entire recording of videos and projections below. 

Muppet Sun-Staches Now Available!

Back at Toy Fair we told you that sun-staches would be releasing Muppet sunglasses this year. We heard a summer time frame and also that a special "Exclusive" Miss Piggy version would be available at Disney's D23 festival.

While we didn't heard if the D23 Piggy was actually being released. We did spot the Kermit and Animal sun-staches in the wild at a kiosk in Orange County California's Irvine Spectrum.


If you can't make to the Irvine Spectrum, you're in luck as the whole set is available on Amazon at the links above.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Labyrinth's Jareth Origin Comic Coming in Feb!

According to Entertainment Weekly, Archaia will release an ongoing comic that traces the origins of Labyrinth's Jareth, the Goblin King.

Writer Simon Spurrier and artist Daniel Bayliss have been tapped to produce the books and concerning the origin of Jareth played by David Bowie in the movie. 

The main cover will be be done by Fiona Staples, the subscription cover by Rebekah Isaacs, as well as variant covers by Laurent Durieux, Jill Thompson, and Bill Sienkiewicz.

“It’s the backstory of how Jareth came to be in the Labyrinth himself,” says Lisa Henson, the daughter of Jim, and CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company. “The Goblin King, he’s not a goblin, he’s human. Many people have asked, ‘Well, how did he get there?’ So, that’s something that we thought we would explore.” 
“We’re sort of having our cake and eating it,” says writer Spurrier. “The ‘Bowie form’ version of the character is very much present in our story. But there’s a huge amount of stuff about the people who loved him and he loved. What happened to them? How did this all shake out? How did he come to be who he is?I hope that by exercising both sides of that picture, as well as leaning into all the other amazing things that are fantastic about the Labyrinth as a concept, we should hopefully get our Bowie itch scratched while also enjoying the fantastical, surreal wonder of this world.”

The first issue will go on sale in February.

Kermit Appears in New Sainsbury Ad!

Sainsbury, the UK's second largest chain of supermarkets, has released their official Christmas commercial "#everybitofChristmas." The jingle is sung by people all over Britain, including Kermit!

Even better, Mat Vogel was assisted by friend of the blog Warrick Brownlow-Pike!

You can see Kermit's all too brief segments in the complete ad below:

Muppet Thought of the Week ft. Janice!

This week's surprisingly earnest "Muppet Thought of the Week" features Janice!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Deluxe Edition Dark Crystal Soundtrack!

Enjoy The Ride Records is releasing small teases of information about their upcoming Dark Crystal deluxe edition soundtrack

To differentiate this set from the Record Store Day version the deluxe features brand new art work  by Josh Bodwell, which has yet to be fully revealed. 

As you'll see bellow  they have released a few sections:

This deluxe version will come in a numbered gatefold sleeve, will be available in various 180gram color vinyl configurations, and comes with a book and CD of the soundtrack as well. 

While we wait for info on the release date, you can get in the mood by checking out this recording of Spain's RTVE Symphony Orchestra performing the songs from the soundtrack.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sesame Street Kicks Off Season 48 With Prime Time Special!

Sesame Street beings their 48th(!) season this weekend with the hour long special 
The Magical Wand Chase.

Sesame Street’s 48th season begins with an all-new primetime special, starring Elizabeth Banks and filmed in three vibrant New York City neighborhoods. 
While taking her friends on a magical hot air balloon ride, Abby Cadabby loses her wand to a curious bird, voiced by Banks. Without Abby’s wand, they can’t get back to Sesame Street. A chase ensues!
Pursuing the bird in their hot air balloon, Abby and the gang visit new neighborhoods and discover new foods, music, and languages. Best of all, they make new friends who help them find the missing wand and show them the way back home. Who knew there was so much to discover just around the corner?
The Magical Wand Chase is deeply connected to this season’s respect and understanding curriculum, using the tapestry of the city to show kids that kindness is universal and new friends can be found anywhere. (It also marks the first time the show has shot a feature-length special on location since 1994!)
The Magical Wand Chase premieres on November 11 at 7pm on HBO.

Check out a sneak peak:

Regular episodes begin November 18th with "A Sesame Street Thanksgiving." 

Here's what to expect this season:

A Sesame Street Thanksgiving – Sesame Street is getting ready for a Thanksgiving feast. When Rosita worries her Abuela cooked something that her friends would find strange, Big Bird, Alan, and Nina explain that all families have their own wonderful family traditions.
Rosita’s Sneaky Sneakers – Cinderella, played by Lucy Liu, doesn’t want to be a princess anymore – she wants to ditch her fancy shoes and play! With a trip to the shoe store for some comfy sneakers, Rosita helps Cinderella realize that she can be a princess and play with her new friends.
Martian Mission – Martians land on Sesame Street to figure out what the people of Earth are like. Elmo shows them that despite speaking many languages, having different skin colors, and coming in lots of shapes and sizes, all kinds of people can be friends.
Clothing Drive – When Rudy outgrows his favorite sweater, Nina suggests holding a clothing drive in the neighborhood. Everyone’s extra clothes can find a new home with neighbors who need them. Rudy’s sweater goes to a little girl who is very excited to wear it.
My Family Does It Like This – Abby’s family is having dinner at Elmo’s house. Elmo and Abby discover that even though their families do things differently, they can have fun working together to get the meal ready.
The Last Straw – When Ernie makes too much noise during Bert’s naptime, Bert angrily leaves in search of a quiet place to sleep. While they’re apart, Bert and Ernie think about how their actions made the other feel. They apologize to each other, learning that even though they had a fight, they can still be friends.
Hair Training – Prairie and her friend Gabrielle are practicing a dance, but their hair doesn’t move the same way. Nina helps them realize that the dance is even more fun when they each let their hair do what it wants to do! Elmo and Big Bird join in and let their fur and feathers fly free.
It’s Dance Your Favorite Dance Day – Nina knows dances from all around the world, and on “Dance Your Favorite Dance Day,” she teaches her friends on Sesame Street the moves to all their favorites.
Oscar the Kind – When Oscar the Grouch gets sick, he doesn’t feel grouchy anymore … he feels kind! Elmo and Baby Bear see how easy and fun it is to be kind to others.
Abby and Zoe Love Karate – Nina teaches Abby and Zoe all about karate. After learning how to focus and practice, Abby and Zoe manage to kick a ball off a stand with a special karate kick.
The Count’s Counting Error – Upset by his first-ever counting mistake, the Count tries to find another job. He soon finds out that many other jobs include counting, too.

Yes, you read that right. The fan-favorite Yip-Yip Martians are returning!

Sesame Street wouldn't be the same if a few famous faces didn't stop by. The celebrities lined up for season 48 include:

Elizabeth Banks (The Magical Wand Chase)
Leon Bridges
Lucy Liu
Kate McKinnon
Alessia Cara
Josh Groban
John Legend
Padma Lakshmi
Ellie Goulding
Laurie Hernandez

You can see what episodes they'll appear in and when the'll air here.

There's also new Cookie Monster segment!
Cookie Monster and Gonger (originally from UK’s The Furchester Hotel) team up to start their own food truck in “Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck”! In each episode, a kid will place an order, but the monster duo will realize they’re missing an ingredient, and they have to visit a real-world location to see where their food comes from. There’s also a catapult involved.
Our furry friends made appearances on Today and The Chew this week to promote the upcoming season.

The Magical Wand Chase premieres on November 11 at 7pm with regular episodes beginning November 18th at 8:30 AM on HBO. PBS will air each episode nine months later.