Merch Hunter #18: The Muppets Merch Special

Merch HunterIt’s time to play the music, it’s time to spend your dough. Something something Muppet Show. Ta-dah!

New theme music. Just trying it out for this week. I think it needs some work, and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it somewhere before. Anyway, onward to merch heaven. And this week, it’s quite literally a Muppet orgy. In celebration of FSR’s Muppet take-over, I do have bent over and welcomed in the sweet mistress of Jim Henson’s best-loved puppet creations.

Even within the Muppet collecting world, there are different levels of financial requirement, from brand new action figures that come in at sub-$10 to a $10,000 collection of almost all of the Muppet Show Palisades Figures currently sitting on eBay. Below are three more relative rarities from the online marketplace, which should all appreciate in value quickly. And not only that (since Greed isn’t everything, counter to what Gordon Gecko tells us) they’re also classic celebrations of our dearest felt friends.

1. Kermit The Frog Sideshow Bust

Kermit the Frog Sideshow Bust

Sideshow Toys don’t just make the coolest, jaw-droppingly cool superhero collectibles – they also turn their hand to a host of other popular culture icons, like The Muppets. Which means that the collectible company have in the past produced some seriously essential Muppet merchandise, all of which is now Sold Out on the site (but, of course!) but which regularly appears on eBay, mostly at prices around the $200 mark for a bust like this, so to find one at such a reasonable price is a treat. Typically of a Sideshow product, the execution is as close to perfection as you’re likely to see, and the design is both wonderful and authentic to Henson’s original vision.

Seriously, $54.75 is a scandalously low price for this bust, even with the almost $40 shipping costs. Try your luck at winning it here.

2. Miss Piggy & Rowlf Cookie Jar

Miss Piggy and Rowlf Cookie Jar

It’s pretty rare to find a Sigma ceramic canister in good condition, and while this certainly isn’t the most valuable of the hugely collectible ceramics, it is a steal at the listed price. Made around 1978 by the Japanese company, this charming little two piece jar is completely hand painted and represents a genuine curio from the Muppets’ original period of dominance. The problem with ceramics is of course that they tend to smash or chip, so the opportunity to pick one up in mint condition – especially with a lid, which might as well be a bloody chip magnet – shouldn’t be missed for genuine collecting nerds. Just look at it, if that isn’t the perfect antidote to minimalism (my natural enemy) I don’t know what is.

Get bidding here.

3. Mega Beaker Palisades Figure


Beaker is the greatest muppet character of all time – closely followed by Pepe. I don’t care what anyone says about Kermit being the heart of Jim Henson’s colourful puppet show, Beaker is the soul: he is delightfully odd, socially awkward and ruggedly handsome. Many a night I have stared into his googly eyes and begged for my Beaker figure to squeak sweet nothings into my ears. Ok, maybe not, but his character design is just about the most perfect expression of Muppetdom – just look at that face!

Palisades are now sadly defunct thanks to the demon of bankruptcy back in 2006, but for their twelve active years, they produced the finest Muppets and Sesame Street action figures, statues and plush dolls and were a first stop for collectors until the sad day of their demise. The product designs were always pitch perfect, and the execution made a mockery of the “toys” label of what was released under the Palisades banner. Now that they’re gone, their products trade for inflated prices, but quality demands recompense and they can only get more valuable over time.

Buy it here for the princely sum of $200.

T-Shirt of the Week

The Muppets Statler and Waldorf T-Shirt

Click the image above to see it at 80stees.com.

For more from our Muppet-rific Extravaganza, check out our Guide to the Muppets homepage.

Born to the mean streets of Newcastle, England the same year that BMX Bandits was cruelly over-looked for the Best Film Oscar, Simon Gallagher's obsessive love of all things cinema blossomed during that one summer in which he watched Clueless every day for six weeks. This is not a joke. Eventually able to wean himself off that particular dirty habit, and encouraged by the revelation that was One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, he then spent many years reviewing films on the underground scene, throwing away thousands of pounds on a Masters Degree in English in the process, before landing feet-first at the doors of British movie site ObsessedWithFilm.com, where you can catch his blend of rapier wit and morbid sardony on a daily basis. Simon is also a hopeless collector of film paraphenalia, and counts his complete Star Wars Mr. Potato Heads collection among his friends.

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