OAFE, which actually stands for Online Action Figure Entertainment, and one of their contributors, who goes by the moniker yo go re (and no, I do not know what that means though I am guessing something Japanesey) contacted me recently regarding this guy from the Muppets action figure line, the Jim Henson as Muppet figure.
Specifically he asked me about the proposed 'sock puppet' version of Kermit the Frog that was originally planned for release with the figure. It was sort of our own homage to Jim's creation of Kermit the Frog, but in the end the concept was rejected by The Jim Henson Company, the licensor. I was disappointed, but I understood the ultimate reason why...it was kind of weird for a Muppet to work a puppet, since the whole universe is based on the fact that Muppets are real, and not actually puppets, or something like that. In the end, we didn’t make the accessory and just added in some more stuff we already had tooled.
The image below is the full size concept drawing, penciled and colored by yours truly, and submitted to the Henson folks in order to get go-ahead to make the figure.
So what's that got to do with yo go re contacting me about the puppet accessory? Because he was doing a 'Retro Review' at OAFE, and wanted to talk about it in his write-up. You can check out this nifty new review of an old favorite by clicking the link!