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Palisades Toys was a manufacturer of various media-related action figure lines, geared to the collectors' market. The company received the rights to produce Muppet action figures, mini figures, and lunch boxes from 2001-2005 (a number of which were announced, but never produced).

The company also ran a Collector's Club, which offered members exclusive figures and was founded after collectors complained that it was too difficult to obtain the rare Vanishing Cream Beaker Action Figure.

In 2004, Palisades acquired a license to make Sesame Street action figures. However, only the Super Grover Action Figure was commercially released as an exclusive at the San Diego Comic-Con and other conventions.

The company's bankruptcy in early 2006 cut the line short, and none of the other figures were produced.

Through the years, the figures made several appearances on the stop-motion sketch comedy show, Robot Chicken.

Walter mentioned in an interview for The Muppets that he has all of the Palisades Muppet figures (including all the limited editions, except for the Dr. Teeth Variant Action Figure).

Series 1 (Spring 2002)

For the first three series, the package art resembles a red curtain, and includes The Muppet Show's 25th anniversary logo. The front of the packaging also includes a group image of the characters included in each series. Each figure comes with a "The Muppet Show 25 Years" base for the figures to stand on.

Muppet Labs with Beaker

Series 2 (Fall 2002)

Starting with this series, the back of the packaging included images of characters announced for inclusion in the next series. Starting with this series, each case of figures includes three of each character (for each character who gets a repainted variant, each case has two of that figure in its standard coloring and one repaint), as opposed to each case having more or less of certain characters.

Electric Mayhem Stage with Animal

Series 3 (Spring 2003)

Starting with this series, the bases are now smaller and blank.

Kitchen Playset with Swedish Chef

Series 4 (Summer 2003)

Starting with this series, the packaging artwork has a new style. The packaging is now blue, the group photos now include images of the figures (instead of the actual puppets), and the Muppet Show anniversary logo is now replaced with a "Jim Henson's Muppets" logo. The line now includes figures and variants from Muppets Tonight and the Muppet movies. Also, none of these figures come with a base.

Series 5 (Fall 2003)

Each figure comes with a base once again.

Series 6 (Winter 2003)

The packaging has gone back to including images of the puppets in the group photo, instead of the figures.

Swinetrek Playset with First Mate Piggy

Series 7 (Spring 2004)

None of the figures in this series come with a base.

Series 8 (Summer 2004)

This is the last series in which the figures don't come with a base

Series 9 (Fall 2004)

Backstage Playset with Rowlf the Dog

Special Retailer Exclusives

Palisades Collector's Club

Collector's Club Kit - Kermit

Collector's Club Kit - Gonzo

In 2002, Palisades launched a Palisades Collector's Club, after several complaints by collectors who could not get their hands on a Vanishing Cream Beaker Action Figure.

The club sold exclusive action figures (including Muppet Action Figures) which could only be purchased from Palisades online, or at certain conventions and stores. It also offered discounts and special promotions, such as lotteries with Industry Giveaway figures for prizes, and exclusive behind-the-scenes info and photos of upcoming products.


Mega Action Figures

Industry Giveways

See also