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Hi-ho, Muppet enthusiasts; hello, everyone else. Welcome to the online home of my Schleich Muppet findings.

In August 2011, I began a one-man, unscientific, non-world-shattering mission to gather together as many variations of Schleich's Muppet Show and Muppet Babies figurines as I could. Humble browsing on eBay (among other places) showed that there was certainly a wealth of variants out there, but there was so little information about them. It was always my intention to release my findings to the internet as soon as the collection was 'complete', but it was equally delightful and frustrating that whenever I thought the collection was almost there, I'd discover even more versions of the figures. I therefore made this blog to document items as I find them.

For this reason, the figures and other items are not in any particular order. You will see that each post contins a particular 'type' of a certain character. When I find other items which are the same character and type as one I already have, they are simply added to the relevant post. For example, if I already have a 'Fozzie bootlegs' post and find another Fozzie bootleg, it will be added to that post.  I encourage you to use the tags to search for figures of a particular character or 'type'.  If you're seeking general information about the figure lines, I suggest you check out Muppet Wiki's pages about the Muppet Show figures or Muppet Babies figures.

Now, a few notes before we, to quote Kermit the Frog, "get things started":

Paint variants - These are figures which are legal, have the necessary copyright details stamped on them, but somehow differ from other versions of the figures. As the figures were hand-painted, it would be fair to say that no two of them will be exactly the same. It is therefore important for each individual collector to determine where to draw the line between 'painting quirk' and 'variation'. For non-bootleg figures, I have tried to ensure that there are multiple copies of something before listing it as a variation. In a very small number of cases, it was simply a case of deciding that figures looked different enough to be significant.

Bootlegs - These are illegally-made figures which do not contain copyright details and whose paint jobs fall into two categories, "So close but so far" and "So bad it's good". Some collectors will quite rightly be opposed to me including them here, but my reasoning for it is two-fold. Firstly, I believe that even forgeries are still an important part of the history of the figures. Secondly, I admit that I like them in a "Wow, that's hideous!" way.

It would be impossible to ever have a complete set of bootleg figures; there are countless paint schemes out there. Also, by 'virtue' of being bootlegs, they are not officially listed or catalogued in any way. It was hard enough to find details about the legal figures. Further examples of bootlegs are shown here and here.

Sockels - These are the bases or plinths on which the figures are sometimes mounted. The German word 'sockel' (or occasionally the French 'socle') is the term that appears to be used most in collectors' circles, especially for Schleich's ever-popular, ever-enduring Smurf lines, so it is the term that I use on this blog.

The rectangular sockels (seen mainly with Muppet Babies figures, but also ocasionally used for Muppet Show ones) all include a slot at the back for holding the cardboard background included with some of my figures. As is inevitable, many of these cardboard pieces have lost their battles with time and other forces.

Muppet Show Theatre? - Muppet Central's collectibles section claims that Schleich released a theatre playset to display the figures. Considering the number of Smurf houses that Schleich has released, this is not impossible. However, I have never seen this item, nor have I heard any testimonials from anyone claiming to have owned one. For this reason, I remain unconvinced that it exists. I would guess that people have displayed the figures in generic toy theatres at times, and that someone has mistaken these for 'Muppet' items. If you're looking for such a display piece, I suggest you start with Pollock's Toy Theatres. That said, if there really is a Schleich Muppet theatre, I would be delighted to be proven wrong.

Fraggle Rock Figures - Yes, Schleich made these, too. No, I do not currently collect them (it's called budget).

A few final points:
1. Except where otherwise indicated, the items pictured are part of my personal collection
2. I am a collector, not a photographer, so please resist any rude remarks about the quality of the photos
3. If you own/have details about any item I have not included, or if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me on synchronised_pickles@yahoo.com
With the German message, 'Plane without any chips'



The copyright details for the figure are printed on the base, which is securely attached to the lid. The container has no copyright information

Baby Piggy on small container

With the German message, 'CHEERS!! The dice have fallen'



Copyright details (figure): 1985 Henson Associates, Inc W Germany. The container has no copyright information.

Baby Animal on small container

With the German message, 'Praised be what hardens you'



The copyright details for the figure are printed on the base, which is securely attached to the lid. The container has no copyright information.

Baby Fozzie on small container

With the German message, 'Delightful'



The copyright details for the figure are printed on the base, which is securely attached to the lid. The container has no copyright information.

Zoot bootlegs