Last year fans rejoiced as Master Replicas Inc., an industry leader in movie and television prop replicas, released a top-quality Kermit the Frog "photo puppet". The Kermit replica is a top-notch display replica of the world’s most famous Frog – produced using the original patterns and materials. The full-body doll is fully posable, highly detailed and skillfully crafted. Master Replicas is planning to continue their line of Muppet replicas and the next release - Animal - is planned for later this year.
Master Replicas is proud to be able to present this first-ever authentic replica of an Animal photo puppet. Like the Kermit replica, Animal is created using the same patterns and similar materials as the original. Animal will be a fully posable replica with mouth expression, and movable eyelids; plus full articulation in neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles and fingers. The replica will also come with a custom display stand and numbered plaque. The Animal "photo puppet" will measure approximately 38” x 5” x 8.5”. Please note that, just like Kermit, this is not a functioning puppet but rather a replica of the full-figure posers used for photo-shoots and displays.
The Animal replica is being held to a very limited edition production and will be strictly limited to 1,500 pieces worldwide (so be sure to pre-order your copy before they all get scooped up). With a price tag of approximately $399, this is a high-price collector's item – but given the quality and uniqueness of this item, it is surely worth the addition to any Muppet collection. Pre-orders are popping up on the web so collectors should start getting ready to reserve there copies.
The next replica in the pipe-line is said to be a Gonzo photo puppet replica which is said to follow later this year (it was planned to precede Animal, but has been delayed due to "nose complications"); and word on the street is that the next Muppet after that will be Fozzie Bear in 2008. I'll keep you posted on these releases as more information surfaces. Until then start saving your pennies, and be sure to get your Animal (or Kermit) photo puppet while you can.