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Kermit the Frog

The Muppet Show
by yo go re

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

Hi-ho, Kermit THE frog here!

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 included 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 four inches 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. The camera just loves you! His eyes (plastic in the original) are smooth, and his little neck frill is a separate piece.

Actually, it's surprisingly easy being green 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 coffee mug and a Muppet Show tv camera. There's also a variant "Anniversary" Kermit wearing a fashionable tuxedo.

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.

Who's your favorite Muppet? How about your favorite Muppet movie? Tell us on our message board, the Loafing Lounge.


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