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Kermit the Frog

The Muppets
by yo go re

It's the OAFE toy review with our very special guest star, Kermit the Frog! Yaaaaaaaaayyy!

It's time to play the music/
It's time to light the lights/
It's time to meet the Muppets on the
Muppet Show tonight!

It's been 25 years since The Muppet Show first graced television screens across the country, which means that the generation raised on talking socks now has disposable income and fuzzy memories of their childhood. In swoops Palisades Toys to alleviate both of those problems!

Palisades' first series of Muppet figures includes Kermit, of course, as well as Miss Piggy, Dr. Teeth, Bunsen Honeydew, and a deluxe Laboratory playset with poor beleaguered Beaker.

I'm not sure what scale these figures are in - while they're each in the 5" range, it's not like there are any humans to compare the puppets against. Kermit has poor posture (he's a bit hunched over and his legs are bent), so he's about 4¼" from head to flipper, and has the Big Five in articulation.

Where this figure really stands out, however, is the likeness. It's not just that tiny plastic Kermit has the same design as the real thing; Palisades went the extra step of giving his itsy green body an irregular texture, just like real felt would have. His eyes (plastic in the original) are smooth, and his little neck frill is a separate piece. There's also a variant "Anniversary" Kermit wearing a fashionable tuxedo.

Kermit may not have many paint apps, but attention was paid nonetheless. His body is solid green, with a lighter frill. The whites of his eyes don't spill down onto the head, and the pupils are clear and sharp. The interior of his mouth looks just like the puppet's, with a red mouth, pink tongue, and black throat.

Kermie comes with a Muppet Show logo base that helps him stand (although he will do so on his own, quite well) as well as a personalized white coffee mug (with black lettering reading "KERMIT" on the side) and a TV camera. The camera is 5⅞" tall, has a swivel at the base, and a handle on the side. For adjusting the focus, we presume? I don't know, I've run the electronic scoreboard at an NCAA basketball game, but I've never run a television camera. The base is black, the stand is silver, and the body of the camera is dark blue with a light blue lens. The Muppet Show 25th Anniversary logo is stamped on the right hand side in yellow.

For any fans of the master, this is a great toy. Everyone loves Kermit, and he'll look great on your desk, doing his best to put on a show.

-- 11/08/02

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