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megoscott
Apr 18, '08, 12:11 PM
Brian blogged about the 70's Vintage Sesame Street Hand Puppets (http://plaidstallions.blogspot.com/2006/09/sesame-street-puppets-seems-like-right.html) we all know and love.

http://www.plaidstallions.com/images/sesamepuppets.jpg

Up on eBay right now if a rare Canadian only Count puppet. Count (http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-hand-puppet-Sesame-Street-muppet-count-Vampire_W0QQitemZ300217262804QQihZ020QQcategoryZ26 27QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) with a rubber head. In America they only sold the soft floppy headed Count. This one is truly cool to me.

http://i3.ebayimg.com/01/i/000/ea/78/271f_3.JPG

HardyGirl
Apr 18, '08, 12:14 PM
I had Cookie Monster (not the one pictured). He had a pull string that made his arms go in and pat his tummy.

monkey tennis
Apr 18, '08, 12:17 PM
I had a Ernie and Bert teddy type thing.
I wanted a Kermit the frog though.

My kids had the Tickle-Me Elmo.

sauce
Apr 18, '08, 12:22 PM
just love them! that early count puppet is kinda un-count-like, tho

Monsterama2000
Apr 18, '08, 12:29 PM
I had Ernie when I was young, my brother had Burt. I found an Ernie at a yard sale a couple of years ago and bought it. That rubber Count is awesome!

palitoy
Apr 18, '08, 12:29 PM
That thing is brilliant. Everything about Sesame Street merchandise makes me want to plunge in and fill my toyroom with it. I have my original talking Ernie in my office.

sauce
Apr 18, '08, 12:34 PM
i have to resist looking at sesame street auctions. it has a force over me that will plunder my bank account

megoscott
Apr 18, '08, 12:40 PM
What I love about this Count and most of that early stuff is how accurate it is. It's a great likeness of the puppet. Nowadays everything is "babyfied", stylized to be extra cute and sweet. Me likey funky retro.

The Toyroom
Apr 18, '08, 12:59 PM
I believe I still have all of those....of course Ernie is blind in one eye and Bert lost the last of what little hair he had on top anyway. That Big Bird looks different than mine...mine has hard plastic legs and feet that are poesable, as well as a hard plastic beak.

So, uh, what's the deal with Ernie and Bert holding hands in that picture anyway?

sauce
Apr 18, '08, 1:03 PM
What I love about this Count and most of that early stuff is how accurate it is. It's a great likeness of the puppet. Nowadays everything is "babyfied", stylized to be extra cute and sweet. Me likey funky retro.

agreed. hate the new stylized garbage. hate the drake!
and to clarify, i meant that the count in the pic with the other characters looked strangely un-count-like. it looks more like some of the anything muppets. the canadian puppet is right on with its looks!

megoscott
Apr 18, '08, 1:11 PM
The floppy Count looks like roadkill.

I am resolved to not buy the hand puppets---They take up too much space and cost too much. I hope one of you will buy this so I can be your friend.

megoscott
Apr 18, '08, 1:12 PM
I believe I still have all of those....of course Ernie is blind in one eye and Bert lost the last of what little hair he had on top anyway. That Big Bird looks different than mine...mine has hard plastic legs and feet that are poesable, as well as a hard plastic beak.

So, uh, what's the deal with Ernie and Bert holding hands in that picture anyway?

Look carefully--they are shaking hands, it's entirelly platonic and a symbol of cooperation.

4NDR01D
Apr 18, '08, 3:46 PM
Somewhere I have a "Skeeter" hand puppet. He's different than these as he has a full body w/ legs. He's kinda cool although I don't collect any "kids stuff", you know what I mean.

toys2cool
Apr 18, '08, 4:11 PM
OMG those things are amazing,I'd love to have that complete set :grin:

Evel KMego
Apr 18, '08, 7:15 PM
The rubber head Count rocks! The Count was always my favorite anyway.

EmergencyIan
Apr 18, '08, 9:23 PM
I had a Muppets Fozie Bear hand puppet. Loved it!


- Ian

sauce
May 30, '09, 4:04 AM
Ernesto di Apriti Sesamo has recently joined me for some adventures.
I am so stoked on this boxed Harbert puppet. I also like that it's an ERNEsto by harBERT.:yuk:

http://bryansanders.com/megos/Ernesto.jpg
http://bryansanders.com/megos/Ernesto2.jpg

huedell
May 30, '09, 4:07 AM
anyone got a pic of that rubberhead Count?

The ebay auction is gone :terror:

palitoy
May 30, '09, 6:50 AM
Ernesto es muy buena

sauce
May 31, '09, 9:12 AM
Anyone out there have a group shot of the puppets in their collection?
I am totally hooked on these now!!
Yikes!


Oh, and one thing: this Harbert one came with a plastic stick to place around Ernesto's arm and then hold then the other in my hand so I could be like a Henson Muppeteer. Is that in the USA release too?

rche
May 31, '09, 11:37 AM
The Harberts and Vicmas are a little different from the US counterparts. Most notably in the soft puppets and textiles. All the SS hand operated puppets with arms came with the puppeteers stick so you could join in.

There was more than one US version of Big Bird. A pull string and one where you could sort of wiggle the beak through a hole in his head. A final cloth style hand puppet more similar to oscar and cookie was late in the game.

Vicma had some characters that were not available in the US. and their Grover and Cookie were somewhat larger. Again, the cloth and textiles from the foreign releases were a bit different than the US versions. In addition to Betty Lou, Guy Smiley, and Sherlock Hemlock, there was Professor Hastings, Toccata, and Mordicus. The latter two were the equivalent of Big Bird and Oscar for one of the European shows.

Gotta big family weekend going on, but when it is over I will put a pic up.

rche

sauce
May 31, '09, 11:56 AM
Wow! thanks for the info, rche!
:-)
Way cool. I have seen a few Vicmas out there. Gonna make a play for them.
Can't wait to see the pic!

rche
May 31, '09, 12:10 PM
Hiya B,

Uh oh. Now I have some MORE competition in the ss puppet world.:grin:

I will try to get some items posted up including a very odd OOAK Dr. Teeth puppet I grabbed this year. I don't have any group shots at the moment. I'll post some during the megomeet so us homebodies have something to do.

jwyblejr
May 31, '09, 2:19 PM
Don't know why I didn't pay attention to this thread the first time around. Check out the claws on Cookie Monster. Guess no one will be messing with his cookies.

Earth 2 Chris
May 31, '09, 8:51 PM
I had the Bert and Ernie with the hard plastic heads. Man, those things were HEAVEY. I recall whacking myself with them in the head as a kid. It hurt.

I had a Cookie Monster puppet too, but I recall it looking a bit different. Maybe it's all the modern stuff messing with my memories. I do recall stuffing cookies in his mouth, crushing them in my hand and having the crumbs fall down my arm. Good times.

Chris

megoscott
Jun 1, '09, 10:50 AM
I just did a post on my blog showing pictures of a truly amazing SS Hand Puppet collection. This guy pretty much has everything that was made, including the Lili Ledy Paco and Abelardo hand puppets! Check it out.

About Those Hand Puppets (http://wgssfp.blogspot.com)

rche
Jun 1, '09, 11:27 PM
This thread is getting better every day.

I just clicked into the WGSSFP link to see the hand puppets and thought, Hey - I recognize those pictures.
Sure enough I just purchased some puppets from David and he sent me a couple of the same shots whilst we were haggling. Awesome.

I would add to his notes to you that the Vicmas that are going for $30 are the more common first issue puppets like Epy and Blas (Ernie and Bert). The latter ones are not as strong as they were, but are still over a franklin. Benjamin that is, not Roosevelt.

Paco and Abelardo are indeed toughies, but so are the Toccata and Mordicus who are on his shelves as well. Sesame puppet heaven indeed.:heart::grin:
Very cool - thanks for posting the link Scott

sauce
Jun 2, '09, 12:13 AM
WHOA! Great collection pics there. Thanks for the linkie, Scott! Glad to see your WGSSFP site get some recent activity, too. :yes:

I really need a bigger house.....

rche
Jun 4, '09, 2:31 AM
Hiya folks,

As promised, some Sesame goody. It is ok if it is not mego - the cat is away for the weekend you know.

First off, since this thread started with the count, here is my count and two of his plush puppet counterparts. The plushies were made by Child Guidance, which was later purchased by Gabriel.

http://home.earthlink.net/~ninosdenada/data/muppets/cgsoftfl.jpg

Up next is the batch of puppets that sees daily action at my house. I have a 5 yo daughter and 2 yo son who love these guys to pieces. Whenever we are having meltdowns or the toys are not getting picked up, one of the puppets comes down and can get more help and dry more tears in a minute than I could do all day. Amazing. Their favorite is the Snuffy who is an Applause puppet made fairly recently. The Big Bird is also Applause from the same era. Kermit is a fisher price non puppet circa 78 or so.

http://home.earthlink.net/~ninosdenada/data/muppets/playgroup.jpg

Here are some of my Vicmas. These were made in Spain and correspond with some of the European Sesame programs. The Cookie Monster is much bigger than his US counterpart, tho he still has the hole in the mouth you can stuff cookies into. Epi (Ernie) is a bit smaller than the US versions and the plastic is softer. I think the Harberts are quite similar. Then you have Trudy (Bettylou), Felipe (Guy Smiley), Sherlock Hemlock, and Professor Siesta (Prof. Hastings). The bird puppet on the end is Toccata who is Big Birds counterpart for the French program Rue Sesame.

http://home.earthlink.net/~ninosdenada/data/muppets/vicmafl.jpg

Some of the rest of the crew. The hard puppets to the right are from Child Guidance, but are pretty late in the game. Probably after Gabriel had the rights to CG stuff. They are significantly smaller than the earlier puppets and very hard plastic. Almost too stiff to work the mouths. Grover is also a later puppet. The earlier Grovers had a plastic skull that kept the head shape. This one has no skull but does have plastic eyes and nose. The last grovers had pom poms for noses. Oscar and Cookie are the earlier versions with the pull tabs to work their arms. The purple guy is an anything muppet. He came with different eyes, hair, and a nose that attached with velcro so you could make your own personalized muppet (very cool). Some Herry Monster puppets. These used to be so hard to find folks thought they were homemade. Until a box showed up. And Rowlf the dog. One of my personal favorites.

http://home.earthlink.net/~ninosdenada/data/muppets/oddsends.jpg

Lastly, the odd fellow in the middle is a Dr. Teeth puppet I picked up from a fellow in Belgium. He claims it is from the Exin company from Mexico. I cannot find any information to verify that. It is very well made, and has a plastic skull quite similar to the ones used in Grover and in Fisher Prices Animal puppet. The tailoring is all quite neat, but the nose and eyes are rather lumpy and look to be poor casts. It seems to be either a very nice custom which was probably made in the early 80s or a prototype of some sort. It is certainly one of a kind and a gem in my Sesame/Muppet collection.

http://home.earthlink.net/~ninosdenada/data/muppets/dr.teethprof1.jpg

That is all for now. I hope you enjoy it.
as always
have a good time

rche

sauce
Jun 4, '09, 2:46 AM
RCHE!!! WOW!!
Thanks so much for the great pictures and text, man. This is some truly amazing stuff that you've amassed!
I love that the puppets are the "voice of reason" with the kids. And how true true true. :-)
Vicmas are lookin' fine! Boxed no less! YAHOO!

Dr. Teeth is just rad. Just RAD! I love the character and the puppet is stupendous!!

I'm going back to look at your pics again. thanks!

Bryan

tomstoyz2
Jun 8, '09, 5:12 AM
I had all of these pictured except for the one of the Count. Now, I have NEVER seen that one before! It must be pretty rare. My 2 favorites as a little kid were Big Bird & Ernie.

Herry Grail
Jun 24, '09, 4:36 PM
Hi everyone...I've just put the whole collection Scott posted on eBay to raise money for a new business. Check out user ID daviddaltonagency

Hope you see something you like (or need!).

sauce
Feb 28, '10, 12:06 AM
Reviving this thread after doing a deal with a fellow Sesame Puppet Freak on eBay.
I'm sharing her collection website. Fun stuff! (http://www.everyoneweb.com/www.muppetcave.com/)

I'm all about the non-USA and boxed for this line, otherwise I'll break the bank buying up armies of loosies.

rche, this collector is looking for things that you may have for sale. dunno fersure, but I'll put in a good word for you in case.:yes:

rche
Feb 28, '10, 2:26 AM
hiya b,

thanks for the heads up. We have spoken before. Don't know if I have anything of much interest as all my sales are loosies and they are in to boxed items.

btw: some fun things have past by the 'bay recently. A hard headed Canadian Count WITH his cape. Well, actually that one didn't really sell on auction; it was pulled early. hmmmmmm

and then there was Rodolfo with this one.
VINTAGE & RARE SESAME STREET MUPPETS HAND PUPPET LEDY - eBay (item 270534033535 end time Feb-25-10 19:57:06 PST) (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270534033535&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT)
really nice Abelardo. I fell asleep on that one. Can't believe I missed it. ah well.

btw: what did you pick up?

sauce
Feb 28, '10, 2:36 AM
Cool, man.
I actually sold The Count from last summer's Herry Grail Mania.:juggleyes_y:
Keeping Vicmas and did bid on Rodolfo's, but talked myself out of hitting $150 for it. Looking again, I would if it ended today. :-)

Word to the Puppet!

B

Karen-bionic-fan
Feb 28, '10, 8:20 AM
Stunning