This blog is devoted to merchandise featuring Jim Henson's Muppets. The name is a reference to the former "Muppet Stuff" stores that operated from 1980-1993. Our mission, to paraphrase theirs, is "Muppet Stuff – A blog with nothing but!”
Issue 7 of Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal hits stores today.
Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
Preorder Cover: David Petersen
In this issue:Kensho and his companions must journey further into Thra, to a Valley that has not been inhabited in over a hundred years. Meanwhile, Thurma makes a crucial decision that alters her fate and that of the entire Fireling land forever.
You can find Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #7 in comic stores and through Amazon.
Deadline is reporting that Neil Gaiman is working with Fremantle and The Jim Henson Company to develop a re-imagined version of The Storyteller.
In the new incarnation, written and executive produced by Gaiman, The Storyteller will create a mystical world combining various fairy tales and folklore. It will be updated to work “for the binging kind” of viewer of today, Gaiman said.
“Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don’t know.,” he said. “Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I’d love to do is an inside story that’s as long as the outside story. We’re going to find out a lot about who the storyteller is, we’re going to find out things we don’t even know that we don’t know. We’re going to begin in a Northern kingdom where stories are forbidden and where the act of telling a story is liable and can get you imprisoned or executed. If you put a storyteller into that situation, things would need to start getting interactive.”
No network or time frame for the debut of series has been announced, but I hope Brian Henson is back as the dog!
The Dark Crystal is being adapted into a Little Golden Book!
Yes, you read that correctly. Jim Henson's dark, sometimes scary (my grandmother once said I wasn't allowed to watch it),1982 fantasy film, will soon join perennial classics "The Monster at The End of This Book" and "The Poky Little Puppy" as a Little Golden Book.
Below is the official description:
Jim Henson's epic fantasy film from 1982, The Dark Crystal, is gently retold in a beautifully illustrated Little Golden Book. Children ages 2 to 5--and The Dark Crystal fans of all ages--will be delighted to read about Jen the Gelfling's dangerous quest to heal the Dark Crystal and bring the vicious Skeksis and the peaceful urRu back together and restore harmony to the land. The Dark Crystal Little Golden Book will be released September 24th, and is available to pre-order now through Amazon.
We're back with our yearly look at all the cool new Henson related items at Toy Fair!
This year, while it may not have the volume or range of shows represented as in the past, there were certainly some surprises to be found at the Javits Center.
Let's get the bad news out of the way.
Super Impulse has even more dramatically scaled back their Fraggle Rock line. So much so, that even though they said they are still offering Fraggle items they didn't have any display or in their catalog.
Super Impulse's 2018 booth
While Funko is continuing to sell their line of Fraggle Pop!, they did not have any on display, nor did we hear anything definitive about the figures for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Netflix series!
Last year, The Coop told us they made a deal to make The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Fraggle Rock items. They didn't have anything on display, but that doesn't mean they're not still in the process of making them.
Kalan, who made Sesame Street items founds at stores like Five Below, no longer has the license. So you won't being seeing Sesame items like the ones below at stores much longer.
McFarlane Toy's plans for Jen and Kira Dark Crystal figures again seem to be on hold. Though they do have another Labyrinth Jareth figure (more on that below) on the way.
OK enough doom a gloom and on to the good stuff. It's Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary and as such there was plenty of new items to celebrate that meiletone.
Last year, Leap Year was still in the development stage of their Sesame line, but this year all there current and a few future Sesame art supply plans were on display.
Be on the look-out for their markers, stickers, and doh based Sesame products.
They even have a plush fronted sketch book with a that giggles when pressed:
They will soon be offering Sesame wobbling markers, including a Honker!
This jumbo art set will can found at big box bulk stores like Costco, while the other items in the line can be found at Rite Aid and Michaels.
Baby King continues their line of Sesame Beginnings infant items.
Sun-Staches continues to have Sesame sunglasses, though no new characters were announced.
Likewise Little Kids has a few Sesame products, and is supporting the 50th Anniversary, but didn't show off any new products.
Last year was Green Toys' first year with Sesame products, and this year they are expanding the line.
Kids Preferred has a new line of plush Sesame books:
Infinity Games has rebranded their Elmo's World Hide & Seek Game, to just be called Elmo's Hide & Seek now.
Old vs New Packaging
Animal Adventure has a set of plush Sesame luggage:
Water toy plush:
and a set of My Pet Blankie Plush/ blanket hybrids:
Over at Gund, they were celebrating Sesame's 50th in full force including walk around versions of Elmo and Cookie Monster.
They showed off their new 50th anniversary blind box collection:
and had most of regular plush on display, though the folks we talked to remained tight-lipped as to who the chaser character is.
Considering the box itself is designed to resemble Oscar's trash can, it may not be much of a stretch to guess Oscar as the chaser, but we will see.
They also had a bunch of large plush on display,
Including a brand new 50th Anniversary Elmo:
Medium, big headed plush. Bert's eyes and Oscar's expression are particularly great.
Rowlf is finally making his way to the new Muppet Babies!
Rowlf will debut this week in an episode titled “The Best, Best Friend.” The episode will see Rowlf visit the playroom leading to duet with Kermit about the friendship between frogs and dogs.
Check out a preview in the clip from the LA times below:
The pair’s musical compatibility and Rowlf’s general likability, however, cause Fozzie to worry that he might be losing his best friend, Kermit. “The Best, Best Friend” will premiere Feb. 15 at 10 AM on the Disney Channel.