Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LEGO Muppeteers!

Ivan Guerrero is back with his fourth LEGO Idea set: The Muppeteers!

Go on a behind-the-scenes look at the Muppets with four of the original puppeteers behind the groundbreaking, television phenomenon known as The Muppet Show! This LEGO set celebrates the art, the music, the comedy and the magic of the Muppeteers, featuring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz and Jerry Nelson.

This is the fourth set I’ve designed based on Jim Henson and his works. Please make sure to vote on my designs for Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and Labyrinth.

Each Muppeteer includes a mini figure of their most iconic puppet creation, as well as a theater stage backdrop illustrating their expertise.

  • Muppet creator Jim Henson comes with a mini Kermit the Frog puppet, a banjo, a Rainbow Connection backdrop, a bicycle (inspired by The Muppet Movie), and a television set with The Muppet Show logo.

  • Director Frank Oz comes with a mini Fozzie Bear puppet, a banana, a Manhattan Melodies poster and a television camera. His backdrop is split between a stage curtain and a backstage area, highlighting his career as both a puppeteer and a film director.

  • Dave Goelz comes with a Gonzo the Great puppet, a plunger, a cannon and a Muppet chicken. His backdrop features a Muppet Workshop supplies cabinet (based on The Art of the Muppets exhibit), to showcase his early career as a Muppet designer and builder. 
  • Musician Jerry Nelson comes with a Floyd Pepper puppet, an electric guitar, a speaker and a microphone. His backdrop features a stage lighting set-up inspired by the Electric Mayhem band, as well as a theater poster featuring popular songs performed by many of his characters.
All that's missing is Richard Hunt, and Louise Gold, and Steve Whitmire. Though, I'm sure he's saving them for wave 2!

Another great job Ivan!

You can vote for the "The Muppeteers" to be an actual LEGO set here, and be sure to vote for his other idea sets at the links above. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jim Henson Puppets Coming to Princess Cruises!

As if Splash and Bubbles doesn't keep him busy enough, John Tartaglia has once again teamed up with the Jim Henson Company on a nautical musical adventure. 

From Cruise Critic:
"The Secret Silk," the third Princess Cruises production show in collaboration with award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz, will be a contemporary spin on an old Japanese folk tale, featuring life-size puppetry by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. 
The storyline is adapted from the fable "The Grateful Crane," and features Lan, described as a selfless young woman who possesses a magical gift: secretly creating beautiful silk fabrics. The show, created and directed by Tony Award-nominated John Tartaglia, will include an original song called "Sing to the Sky". 
Tartaglia is known for his work as a puppeteer/actor/singer/dancer/voice artist/comedian on Broadway's "Avenue Q," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Shrek The Musical." Schwartz, the creative director, is heralded for acclaimed musicals "Godspell," "Pippin" and "Wicked." The partnership between Princess and Schwartz has already resulted in two original onboard productions, "Magic To Do" and "Born To Dance". 
"Presenting this timeless, ancient fable as the third production in our partnership, through the accomplishments of John's creativity and Stephen's guidance and vision, will no doubt deliver an outstanding entertainment experience for our guests," said Denise Saviss, Princess Cruises vice president of entertainment experience, in a news release.
"The Secret Silk" debuts exclusively on Royal Princess starting in mid-February during its Caribbean season before heading to Island Princess in May 2018 for its Alaska season, and then on to Diamond Princess in fall 2018. 
A fourth Stephen Schwartz production for Princess Cruises will be announced in 2019.

You can watch a teaser for the production below:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fraggle Rock Turns 35!

35 years ago today the world was introduced to the world of Fraggle Rock. 

Follow me as we look at some of many Fraggle products both past and present. 

Since the show was on HBO, and therefore limited to premium cable subscribers, the first merchandise for show consisted of books and records introducing the world and characters to non-cable homes. 

Plush and figures soon followed.

The Fraggles even got their own Saturday Morning animated series!

As well as a widely popular Happy Meal toys, stamps, and lunch boxes.

Since the series was produced around around the world, there were many other countries fortunate to have Fraggle products. 

Some were mere translations of products available in the US, while others were unique to that country. 

Recently, Fraggle merchandise has had a bit of a renaissance.

Sababa and Nanco release plus in the early - mid 2000's.

The 30th anniversary kicked off with products from Dr.Romanelli, Manhattan Toy plush,  high end Doozers, and beer cozies!

Today, Archaia has released new comics and graphic novels.

Hulu streams a Doozer animated spin-off.

Super Impulse has a line of Fraggle plush (and we hope their other items in the lien are produced well)

Enjoy the Ride has a special color vinyl:

Fraggles can be found in claw machines thanks to The Toy Factory. 

and Funko has a new line of Fraggle pop!

All proof that you can not leave the magic!

Happy 35th Fraggle Rock!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

First Muppet Thought of the Week of 2018 ft. Uncle Deadly!

What happens in Uncle Deadly's first 2018 "Muppet Thought of the Week" stays in 2018's first "Muppet Thought of the Week."

Monday, January 8, 2018

First Look At Power of the Dark Crystal #10!

The tenth issue of The Power of the Dark Crystal hits comic shops this week.

Main Cover: Mark Buckingham

In this issue:
Kensho and Thurma finally make it to the home of the Firelings, and Kensho learns long hidden secrets.

Subscription Cover: Sana Takeda

The Power of the Dark Crystal #10 will be available Wednesday at comic shops and can be pre-ordered through Amazon now.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sesame Street: Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas DVD!

You can keep Christmas with all you through the year with the home video release of last year's Sesame Street primetime special Sesame Street: Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas.

Among it's bonus features, the DVD also includes the full length special A Sesame Street Christmas Carol.

A book based on the special was also released.

Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas Book:

All are now available at the links above.