The Muppet Babies had led me to discover The Muppet Movie which at the time was weird on so many levels. First of all who are all these other grown up Muppet Babies? Secondly what are these puppets? And lastly where the hell is Skeeter? But as time went on I watched this movie again and again and again and soon I started buying this movie again and again and again and like most of you I’m waiting to add another one to my collection soon.
By the time I was six my Muppet obsession had begun but since I come from a small country with only one toy shop coming across Muppet merchandise was not going to be easy for me. The internet was still something we hadn’t even imagined could exist and until that time came I was trapped with a small Muppet collection consisting of PVC figurines, Dinosaurs and videos which soon turned into DVD’s.
When they announced the first series and mentioned the inclusion of Dr Teeth I could not believe I might own the entire Electric Mayhem in action figure form. Soon after they released Crazy Harry in series 2, Lew Zealand in series 3, the Pigs in Space crew in series 4, finally some sort of Pepe toy in series 5 and eventually Sweetums! I could not believe how incredibly cool that line was and how after all these years I can still remember in what series which character was released as I’m sure you all can too…. Johnny Fiama? Go! 5, 4, 3, 2, times up! Did you remember?
This was and still is my most cherished Muppet collection alongside everything else I have but the stories behind these figures are the ones I’ll remember most. These figures came out the year I became a teenager so until now buying Muppet merchandise and displaying it in my room was easy but now everything was about to change. At this point in my life I was getting ridiculed by my friends for having Muppet toys displayed in my room, I’ve always considered them a collection but to my friends it was just a mess of toys scattered around my room.
The worse part of it was that no matter how much I tried to hide it I couldn’t… I was a Muppet Fan and I could not keep it a secret. Even though I was still in school meaning I had no job and therefor no money I still managed to collect the entire Muppet Action Figure Collection… TWICE! Including all the repaints and exclusives. How did I manage to do this? Did I rob a bank? Am I actually Walter? Nope I simply have a really cool Mom. My Mom knew how much of a Muppet fan I was and as any Mom did not always buy me what I asked for but when it came to the Muppets she knew she couldn’t let this pass me by.
Even though I was the happiest fan on earth every time a new series came out my parents and their bank account were getting angrier with me. Long story short when I finally finished school and got a job the first thing I had to do was pay my parents the $3000 I had spent throughout the four years plus a little extra on Megas and Minis… shipping to my country is expensive.
When I was around fourteen I had a bigger Muppet Collection than I ever dreamt I would have and one that I could not hide from my friends. They thought it was fun throwing my Mini Muppets around and hiding my action figures and honestly it did get me angry which was the whole point of this game… when they have children let’s see if they like it if I hide them. I needed my Muppets protected and so along with my Dad we built the secret Muppet Display Closet. This closet consisted of a sliding door which was painted blue like my room and had a poster displayed over it. To anyone coming into my room that was simply a dead end but to me it was the door which separated me from my Happy Place… which is now five times bigger!