Sunday, March 13, 2011

Scratch Built Muppet Theatre Playset

Statler and Waldorf finally have a place for their vaudeville outfits to make sense.
This is one of the coolest things I have ever made!! I am a huge fan of the muppets and I wanted to share this special project with you that was very close to my heart. This is my scratch built Muppet Theatre Miniature Playset. Its is done 1/12th scale or 1"scale (doll house scale). I hand crafted it with a labour of love and I cant wait to show you all the fun things about it! Please enjoy!

All the miniature supplies purchased at Ross's Miniature Treasure House in North Vancouver, British Columbia,Canada

Behind the red drapes!!!
Nine years ago Palisades toy company began releasing the Muppet Show Character figures. I had always been a huge fan of the show and I loved the opportunity to own a piece of this important history . The quality of the characters' construction was top notch, the accuracy of the details were unmatched and the accessories were amazing. They released 4 playsets including Pigs in Space, Sweedish Chef kitchen, Muppet Labs and Electric Mayhem Concert Stage. I have 82 of the Muppet Show Characters and all of the playsets. When the company went bankrupt in 2006, the toy line stopped abruptly and many of the proposed toys never happened.

The Palisades Muppet Toy Line. Image provided by GWGumby.



The most disappointing loss was the Muppet Theatre Backstage Playset.

My custom scratch built Muppet Theatre Playset
This would have held all the playsets inside of it, and created a place to display the characters in their natural environment. Im sure Palisades would have done an amazing job...but I think I have done them justice. I have tried to capture the essence of the Palisades brand, including aesthetics, attention to detail and interactive fun!

Finally Scooter's Muppet Theatre outfit makes sense!

I had to order these online, but they really work!!


Please enjoy these pictures and commentary. I have worked for so long on this project and Im very happy with the results. Remember:

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” -Walt Disney





These bulbs are replaceable!
Of course I had to create Kermit/Gonzo's Opening Hole. Title board is on a Fly so it can be removed.






Beauregard gets in the way again.....





Its the Muppet Show, with our very special guest star...Lance Cardinal yaaaaaay!
The stage without title board and main drape closed.


Floor boards are maple wood. Trim is custom Dollhouse trim. 1" Scale.


The stage proscenium is show accurate and all the baroque paneling is hand crafted.
Side panel opens to insert sets and access main drape ropes. Door locks with magnets, just for a Palisades touch.


Pull the Rope...
And the curtain opens.
The curtain is a Tab style curtain. The rigging and hardware is based on the actual.


Almost all the way open...




Rope set in place. Here you can also see the door magnet..shhh dont tell.










































Curtain can be pulled all the way out. Classic Black backdrop. This is basic "SHOW MODE"







 Lots of hooks for any curtain height desired. You can see the legs and borders of the theatre through here.


Besides the black backdrop we also have the classic "White cyc wall" that was used in many Muppet segments

Here is a view of the fly rails. I added eyelets and scale rope for authenticity.
All flys and the main drape are adjustable and removable. there are notches in the sides for any position.
Real Trap door in floor that works!!. Great idea Jeff!!
Fozzie, Kermit and Jim Henson with a custom half wall I made.
With black backdrop


Using the cyc wall and dramatic lighting. So cool!! Cant wait to do more scene
Here is the Theatre in "PRODUCTION MODE" with all flys and legs taken out. Back wall is very detailed.


















































































































Great view of the back wall details and prop storage.



Ghost Light really Lights!
View form the left side. Opening lines up with backstage playset.
Overall view of back wall through proscenium.
Backstage playset connected to mainstage playset. I thought it was important to have a seamless transition.
Almost everything here is built from scratch. Some palisades props were added. Notice the extinguisher holder. Lots of places to hang props from the series.
View from the open door stage left.

I added Muppet Movie posters , making sure Jim henson was involved in the ones I chose. The brick was hand made form concrete mix. The sandbags are made form scratch.
This peg rope system is custom made as well as the light switch to match the Palisades originals.
Close up view of stage left corner. Extinguisher box opens and power box handle switches up and down! Ladder was custom built.
Door was custom made, based on the British cities the series was filmed in.
Stencils were hand made and painstakingly cut, then painted on. hardware is purchased.
I gave everything a paint treatment that is reminiscent of a Muppet Movie.
Figures on the set create magic!!
Rizzo tries to approach things from a different angle...

Greta views! Unique points of view not seen in the television series.

Lots of room for figure interaction and custom scenes!!


Statler and Waldorf finally have a place for their vaudeville outfits to make sense.


Photos like these are the reason I wanted to make this playset. SOOOOOO FUUUUN!!

Here is the "Pigs in Space" playset inside the theatre. Ive waited to see this since the series of toys began!

Swedish Chef Kitchen Playset inside the Theatre. Bork Bork!

Fun Backstage View!!!

Lighting can make the figures POP!!
Both Playsets together!!! Finally the series is complete!!










I really believe I captured the look and feel of the muppet theatre, more than i have seen in most movies. I know that many people were sad that this Muppet Theatre was not created. I hope this satisfies that need to see what could have been.

Big Thanks goes out to Mary Bin at Ross' Miniature Treasure House in North Vancouver for supplying me with most of the supplies needed to build this theatre. I suggest using them if you need miniature supplies. They are willing to order and ship worldwide. Check then out at:
Ross' Miniature Treasure House in North Vancouver Canada or by calling at 1-(604)-980-2715

To View the Backstage Playset Click Link: 
http://lancecardinal.blogspot.com/2011/03/custom-palisades-muppet-show-backstage.html 


To See The MAKING OF the Muppet Theatre and backstage Playset, click here:
http://lancecardinal.blogspot.com/2011/04/making-of-muppet-theatrebackstage.html


 I have plans to create:
-Musicians pit for Muppet Theatre
-Box Seats for Statler and Waldorf
-Opening arches for Muppet Theatre
-Muppet Labs (From TV series, not the Palisades Muppet 3D version)
-Fozzie's comedy Backdrop
-Vetrinarians Hospital
-Ballroom Scene
-Planet Koozebaine Set
-Muppet News Room
-Great Gonzo Stunt Set
-Dressing rooms (Piggy/Guest)
-Much More!!!

 
Thanks again everyone!!
Lance

250 comments:

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Doug said...

dude for real this is pretty amazing. I think every muppet fan needs to see this and have one !!

Cheryl said...

WOW Lance... just plain WOW! That is absolutely amazing! You need press coverage for this... it's amazing!

Congratulations!

Cheryl

Jenn's Yarn Addiction said...

Lance, this is SO AWESOME! Thank you for this, can't wait to see more!!

Alex said...

Beautiful! Simply beautiful.

I sent you an email just now while waiting for the entire page to load.

Can't wait to see more.

D. Gillespie said...

Lance,

It is incredible, amazing and perfect!!! Your attention to detail is unreal.

I want to play with it all afternoon

Mark Carter said...

Unreal Lance!!!

If you put a gun to my head I couldn't do a fraction of what you created.

WELL DONE, truly incredible

Wes said...

YOU ARE THE MAN THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!

Gumby said...

Wow, just followed this link from someone's post on Facebook and was blown away. I'm one of the few people on the earth to actually have the entire Muppet collection and this just makes me drool. Execellent work. Just wonderful and amazing how much detail there is in this. Plus the fact that it can fit the other playsets makes it just perfect. Wonderful job.

By the way, I'm the guy who created the second image that you used in the post. Glad to see it being used.

-GWGumby

Lucy said...

Another Muppet fan here. Thanks so much for posting these pictures and commentary. Your work is stunning. I'm sad my Palisades Muppet collection is just standing lamely on the shelf.
Can't wait to see your future projects. Thanks again for sharing!

david said...

can not wait to see Statler and Waldorf's box.

Susanne Ritchie said...

Oh my gosh, this is breathtaking! Bravo, amazing work.

kris said...

What amazing craftsmanship and design. I bow down to you dear sir!

ColonelErnie said...

Really truly amazing work. Just to help you out, Scooter's outfit is from when he was a popcorn/concessions vendor in the 3D Movie Theater in Muppets Take Manhattan.

Again, though, this is awe-inspiring. Everytime I look at it, I go, awwwww.

kris said...

That was truly a thing of beauty. Amazing!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's amazing! Can't wait to see more!

Palisades did release their backstage, though. I have it, but it's nowhere near as cool as your stage!

Anonymous said...

I found this because my friend posted it to his facebook feed. You did a really amazing job. Really admirable craftsmanship.

TyTheBold said...

Skill, sir. Very extremely skill.

blogzilly said...

I am...simply an utterly...blown away.

AWESOME.

In my mind's eye, this is almost exactly what I would have imagined the next playset could have looked like in my head, though admittedly I think there were some discussions about TRYING to squeeze the balcony in there if possible.

You did a fantastic job here, really first rate. Would it have been something that we could have produced? Probably not. Some things would have to be shifted around in order to actually work from a production standpoint, but there is as much love in that handmade set as there was in any of the things we did at Palisades, and that's what it was all about.

And in the end, that's all that matters.

Seriously...one of the most beautiful, most inspiring things I have ever seen anybody do with that line of figures and how to display them.

ANYWHERE.

-Ken Lilly
Former VP of Product Development at Palisades Toys and VERY Nostalgic for the Old Days Right About Now

Stryder Wolfe said...

Another long time Muppet / Palisades fan here....all I can say is well done!! Can I have one? :D Seriously dude that is some excellent work...I bet you could market them to at least the handful of us who still have and display all our muppets...

Anonymous said...

Amazing work. I came across this from another forum, and am blown away. You should be very proud.

Cole said...

This is the best thing I have ever seen!!!

Ann said...

This is so amazing that it's making me teary-eyed. Thank you for sharing it.

The Blot said...
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The Blot said...

This is seriously some fantastic work! Everything looks so well made...I'm really glad a friend forwarded me this post.

Chris Stulz said...

Amazing Work. Nicely Done!

Lance Cardinal said...

Thanks so much for all the positive comments you guys, it really means a lot!! I plan on making many more Muppet Theatre add on pieces so keep an eye on my blog.

Its always good to know that working with creative passion can pay off. I hope you are all dong the same!

Lance

Mike said...

Stunning!

I don't get sentimental about our old company very often these days, but to see this level of creativity and passion that was spurred by our product line is pretty amazing.

Congrats on the work and thanks for sharing.


Mike H

Bill said...

Lance, I am jealous. That is absolutely amazing work. If I lived in the Vancouver area, I would steal this and blame it on Ken Lilly.

Bill Mancuso
Sculptor
(my name's on a lot of Palisades stuff)

arkadynovack said...

Wow - I know everyone else has said this too, but this is amazing, amazing work! I'm a huge fan of the Muppets, and Palisades's work, . . . and you've outdone yourself! [Being a theatre geek as well, I think all the attention you put into the stage is really great :) ]

Thanks so much for posting the pics of your work, I'm looking forward to seeing more as you complete other pieces!

Tanya

Tesla_Girl said...

--absolutely MARVELOUS!!!!!

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Kate McIlvaine said...

Well, there's nothing like a good theater playset, and this is nothing like a good theater playset. Whoa ho ho!!!

This is totally amazing. The craftsmanship is outstanding. The thought put into the tiny details was ingenious! Can't wait to see what the others come out like.

Rusty said...

Abso-freakin'-lutely GENIUS! Clearly a labor of love. I'm impressed beyond words.

DL said...

The amount of craftsmanship here is unbelievable! This more than a labor of love, this a work of art. Kudos!

-Denis

CT said...

Bravo. This puts the stage playset I made out of cardboard and fabric to shame. Very well done. A Muppet Masterpiece.

Drinne said...

I found you through FARK and it's early moments before you get flooded - but as someone who's working on an equally odd ( but will not be as well executed) project let me just tell you how awesome you are!!!

Palisades wouldnt't have been able to mass produce the level of wonderful detail you've created - it's brilliant design but I'm sure you exceeded what they would have done and made the original toy designer who came up with the backstage playset really really proud .

I love the muppets and I'm in awe of the collection you're housing in your stage : )

This is very inspirational : )

Go-Go Goth said...

Oh my.... Simply STUNNING!!! Picture perfect in every aspect! Looking forward to the continuation!!
YOU ROCK!!!
Kevin

Anonymous said...

That is just amazing. The detail just blows me away. What a wonderful tribute to the Jim Henson and the Muppet Show!

Tiffani said...

The only problem I see with it is now everyone is going to want one! Great job, seriously (am very jealous) You totally nailed it.

Todd said...

I've seen some good homemade backdrops in the past. I've seen a few gread backdrops in the past. NONE come close to this. This is beyond superb! It's absolutely amazing and I can only imagine how many hours of blood, sweat, and tears it took to get it as perfect as it is.

Anonymous said...

Sir, you are an artist. You could bring reality to us Henson fans. I would pay through the nose to be able to complete my sets. Thank You for upholding my childhood dreams and memories.

Anonymous said...

Incredible! Your peg rope system is often referred to as a pin rail.

Chris watt said...

This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. FANTABULOUS!!!!! You are the man every muppet fan wants to be best friends with. awesome stuff. Well done Sir.

W.R.Young said...

The JIm Henson company put your link on facebook today 3/28/2011. I think its awesome and wish you the best of luck in your career.

Ryan K said...

This belongs in a museum. Thank you for sharing your excellent photos.

egchristie said...

Truly amazing! Soooo much love put into this project. This is making the rounds to all Henson employees (past & present).
You should be VERY proud of your work and we congratulate you!

Crap! I want one!

Ed Christie
former NY Muppet Workshop VP/Manager

Kristi said...

HOLY COW!!!!

steveklitsch said...

You put the Art in theater Art./ A masterpiece you should be proud!
Well done. You define craftsmanship

Guenevere Dean said...

I'm trying to find the words... easily a ten thousand dollar custom playset. This is the neatest toy theater ever.

Zilla said...

I was blown away! The painstaking detail - WOW!! You have some serious talent - Kudos to you! Just one question - start to finish: How many hours in this labor of love? Thanks for taking me back to remember my favorite muppet (Animal) & favorite sketch: Pigs.....In....S-P-A-C-E!

Cupcake Forum said...

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights!

Purple Pony Art said...

Howdy! Just wanted to say how your work thrilled me. I love The Muppet Show and I also love miniatures. When I was younger I build a castle for Britains Ltd knights...fun to research! This work is amazing and to be treasured!

Stacy G said...

Tears from your art and the wonderful memories it brought back of my grandpa and I eating popcorn and watching The Muppets. (After Lawrence Welk, of course *grin*)Thank you. Well done.

Anonymous said...

You have been given a gift! Your craft is beyond outstanding. It made me remember all that was good about being a kid again. Bravo!

Hagop said...

This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Being both an action figure customizer and someone who works in the theater, my mind is boggled about the work and time and care that went into this project.
Can Canadians be knighted? If so, I'm calling the Queen tonight.

Gabe said...

One of the coolest things I've ever seen. Amazing work. Would LOVE to have one.

Adrian Curcher said...

This is such an amazing achievement! I admire your love and dedication. The attention to detail is just magnificent. Makes me really want to watch some muppets.

JD said...

Hats off to you. I was pretty dissapointed as well that Palisades never got around to release the Backstage playset. You truly have created something unique. This is just amazing!

Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic piece of work Lance. It's beautiful, and you should be proud of yourself.

Becky said...

OMG! I can't even imagine the creativity, dedication, talent and sheer awesomeness this took to create. Have a child that is a serious muppett fan and will have to share the link and listen to the pleading but so worth the viewing! Good Luck on your future endeavors and hope I get to see some of them!

Anonymous said...

Incredible labor of love. I am so impressed, thank you for building this!

moo said...

INCREDIBLE. floored by your attention to detail!!!

Marque` said...

I grew up watching my father spend insane amounts of time building detailed train layouts, and later, beautiful Clipper ships and Frigets. Detailed cannons and rigging.

But this is almost beyond imagination. I loved the Muppets of course. They actually seem alive in your wonderful stage ! Stunning execution !
Best wishes.

Caroline said...

This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing. Well done!

Ivan said...

Hats off to you, sir. It's time to get things started, indeed.

Diana Watson, Writer said...

Holy Hell! This is truly fantastic! Oh, how it makes me wax nostalgic! You're pride cup should be overflowing!

Liz said...

This is incredible, and I am utterly speechless. Thank you for this!

Mark Turpin said...

AMAZING!!!!!! YOU ARE ONE TALENTED INDIVIDUAL. SO TALENTED THAT YOU DESERVE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!!

Char said...

Amazing presentation! I Loved it!

Amy said...

Truly amazing & inspirational. Looking at your other work as well, and... wow. Great talent.

DanOfTheDead said...

Simply amazing. Have wanted to tackle something similar for years, but would have never produced something this detailed and beautiful.

Wonder if it would be possible to do a few rows of the audience as well... this came out so wonderfully it makes anything seem possible.

Very humbled and inspired by your talent and vision. Well done!

Anonymous said...

I wantssssss iiiiit......

Max said...

I always believed the Muppet theatre was real. Now I have faith again. Thank you!

hypertwink said...

This was just a wonder to behold. You are awesome.

Tobias Rohde said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NTEBK8erAQ

Kelly - Humphrey's Handmade said...

Dude, you did an absolutely amazing job. The best part is how the other playsets fit within the stage - you did SUPERB planning to get everything to fit together so well! I can't wait to read more posts!

Anonymous said...

OMG, i got an email via mental floss featuring your playset. This is absolutely amazing and I really enjoyed looking at every picture!!! The details were awesome! I hope you do share this with Palisades- hopefully someone somewhere can hire you doing all that you love!!

I am looking forward to your future sets!

Sandy
Cleveland, OH

debw said...

Thank you for posting these photos. What amazing work! As a true fan of the muppets I salute you!
DW

Anonymous said...

That´s insane....
I hate the muppets but that's fcuking epic...

Roger said...

I also got here via the e-mail from mental_floss. I wish I could come up with something more substantive than "WOW!" but, well... WOW! This is simply incredible, and such an obvious labor of love. Absolutely amazing work!

Matt Bradley said...

Simply amazing. Well done, sir.

Anonymous said...

Jaw dropping amazing!!!!!! What a gifted artist you are. Thank you 'Mental Floss' for telling us all about this one.
Karen

Anonymous said...

absolutely amazing!

WOW

Darci said...

What an amazing recreation! You totally NAILED it. Can't wait to see the new photos you put together.

This TOTALLY made my week! Thanks, Lance!

Gladys said...

OMG LANCE!!!! i NEVER REALIZED THE KIND OF TALENT I WAS RAISING. YOU ABSOLUTELY ROCK.....AM SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU FOR THE MASTERPIECE! MOM

Jason said...

Thank you for this. You've made my, and several of my friends day. Plus - Alberta represent! Back in my oilpatch days our rig actually did a bunch of work up in the Wabasca area. I didn't get to meet many of the locals, but the folks working in the camps and running the water and vac trucks were awesome and very friendly!

Checked out some of your other projects too. You are very talented and I'm in awe!!!

Sally said...

WOW! That's the only word I can think of....blimey you're an artist - it's absolutely breathtaking and such a wonderful tribute to The Muppet Show and all it's wonderfulness. I hope you get lots of praise and attention for this - it's truly a labour of love and a masterpiece

Sam said...

This is absolutely amazing. Your talent (and persistence) is incredible. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Zac said...

I've never met you. Please marry me.

Anonymous said...

You are so incredibly gifted! Absolutely amazing and I hope you get to work for the Muppets or Disney some day!

terrymohr said...

Wow, I just crept in through the back door, and so enjoyed seeing what you have created! thank you for sharing. I love miniatures and can understand what an incredible job you have done. HUGE kudos to you!

Bernd said...

Wow, that's absolute amazing. Pretty good job!!!!!

Scamptwin said...

i have made a blogger account just so I could comment on and the complete awesomeness of the muppet theatre! I am absolutely jealous that I don't have this theatre in my posession so i could re-enact favorite muppet episodes. Great job!!!!

Anonymous said...

How did I not know there were Muppet action figures??

Great work -- this absolutely rocks! As a (sometime) theatre musician, I can't wait to see what you do with the orchestra pit!

Phil said...

This is Great. Absolutley amazing, you are very talented and should be very proud. I as well have a huge muppet collection. I have all the playsets except the muppets "Backstage playset" I have never found it at a price I could afford at the time. I have a huge lighted curio cabinet that I have all my muppets displayed in. You have done truly amazing work on the Theater. Well done my friend, well done.

Nikita said...

I don't even know what to say! I can't believe how awesome that is!!

Just incredible!

CP said...

You Lance....are an artist.

Anonymous said...

You, Jim, and Walt...one mind, one heart. Your persistence and passion has paid off with a one-of-a-kind transendental dream. Well done! Denise

Anonymous said...

Amazing, truly amazing.

Lucas Johnson said...

Well done mate. Lots of sleepless nights by the look of things!

Bearfoot said...

that clunk you heard was my jaw hitting the floor from the shere awesomeness!

Susan said...

My sister and I were just singing the "Muppet Show " theme song and saying how we missed it. I got your site link fro an email I got from "The Water Cooler".
Just wanted to say thank for bringing back such wonderful memories and I would love to continue to watch the completion of the set.

Matt said...

Simply the most incredible custom work I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I really, really want one. :)

Tuta said...

Please do not stop!

This gives me hope for the future of humanity

lichi said...

WOW!!!!!! this is just AMAZING!!

Bong Redila said...

This is just beautiful. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Be still, my heart!

Linda said...

Wow, wow, WOW!! This is truly amazing. You should feel so proud that you built this. I want one!

FRANCESCO - HIPPIENET said...

Enhorabuena por tu gran trabajo. Me encanta el detalle y la fotografía de juguetes. A mi también me gusta fotografiar juguetes y me gustaría que le dieses un vistazo a mi blog. Gracias: http://fotojuguete.blogspot.com/

Elly Lou said...

Jaw on floor. That was. Phenomenal. Manommanom. I didn't think it was possible for someone to love the muppets more than I do, but you totally win. Well played.

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely incredible!!! The sheer level of detail and devotion...I'm awestruck. Thank you for sharing it with us! -Ashfae

dbs said...

Amazing. Makes me miss my Muppetized youth even more.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome. This is toy theater done to perfection.

Dan said...

Excellent craftsmanship - kudos on such a good job!

kat said...

This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

this is so good.

Botu said...

You have eighty-two of the characters and all the sets?! Dargh, how I envy you. :-)
All the wonderful detailing... it's so Muppety geeky beautiful! Seriously love it!
I officially dub you most vikingly awesome!!

Whit said...

Brilliant, beautiful, and amazing! Jim Henson is smiling down on you.

cuckoo77 said...

Be proud. Wow.

Be so very, very proud.

I'm almost speechless.

Great work.

Knickertwist said...

Gobsmaking. Brilliant. Stunning. Christ, I could go on and on. You are a rockstar.

Anonymous said...

Best miniature Muppet Theatre I have ever seen, even though it is the only miniature Muppet Theatre I have ever seen! Great work on this, seriously awesome stuff!

Tweedster said...

in a word: awesome!!!

Melissa B said...

really fantastic.

just totally brought back so many memories.

-Melissa

Guylian said...

Beautiful, awesome, breathtaking. :)

Jocko said...

I want to live in that world but I suspect I will have to get in line.
Amazing work.

Jason said...

Beauty in its purest form. This is like porn for Muppet fans. (The good kind, I mean.)

astroport72 said...

Totally amazing! Thank you for sharing this beautiful work of art to the world!

LoriAbramson said...

Walt Disney would have been envious. You've done an incredible job.

Princess Aurora said...

AMAZING!!!!!!!

junewilliams7 said...

This is incredibly detailed work! I hope this gets your talent noticed by the Henson Company. Do you want a career in building models for special effects houses? I hope to see your version of Miss Piggy's makeup and wardrobe room!

Shane Lindsay said...

Simply brilliant. I did not even know about these Muppet figures, much less a custom designed playset. Well done.

FZY1 said...

You have done an awesome thing.

Kathy said...

Speechless!

mhgreathouse said...

I lost track of how many times I said "OMG I LOVE THAT!!" while reading and looking at pictures. Amazing work, and I'm so glad you shared it!

Cindy said...

AMAZING! This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

Absolutely stunning work. Thank you for sharing this with us all!

Anonymous said...

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Squee!

You just brought back every great childhood memory of mine. I loved the Muppet Show.

THANK YOU for sharing...not just your out of this world (a la Pigs in Space!) work, but for the warm fuzzies that came with it.

spookymilk said...

Freaking mind-blowing. A friend linked me after I mentioned offhand my obsession with the Muppets, and wow, I'm glad she did.

Dawn de Mom said...

Having been a Muppets fan since Sesame Street started in 1969, I couldn't stay away! My husband (also a Muppet fanatic) and I looked over every photo but the only words we could say were, "AMAZING!" (me) and "Wow! This guy is incredible!" (my hubby.)

Your work has done Jim Henson and The Muppets justice and I know he's smiling on what you've created and shared with others. Keep it up - you are a genius who has magic in his fingers!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how amazing this is! You must have worked so damn hard on it! It's absolutely beautiful!

bridge said...

The entire Muppet Theatre Playset is astonishing.You've truly captured the Muppet Show. I admire the work you've put into this piece! Thank you for sharing it here.

handmade romance said...

absolutely incredible! your attention to detail - oh wow. speechless. thank you for sharing your work with us.

Lauren said...

This is utterly amazing. I am in awe of yoru craftmanship. Stunning work.

Shay said...

This is ridiculously amazing. I love it!

Ana said...

This is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!! I love every detail in it. Congratulations for all of your work, the result is awesome!

Becky said...

Fantastic!! Your rendition is dead on! Thanks for the memory burst.

Kate Maver said...

This is just remarkable! I LOVE it! Jim Henson is smiling down at you right now. You got it exactly right!

Kate Maver said...

This is just remarkable. You got everything exactly right. Jim Henson is smiling down on you, bro!

Melanie said...

This is amazing Lance! This reminds me of the Ben Franklin quote “We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!” I love it!

nickelflix said...

Simply amazing!

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Jennifer said...

Lance...this is FREAKING UNBELIEVABLE!I just kept saying "oh my goodness" every time I scrolled down.

WAY TO GO!

Eagle Archambeault said...

I've shared this with almost everyone I could. The detail is just amazing. I absolutely love it. So...when will you be starting to make little online skits? :-)

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Anonymous said...

This work deserves to be at the Chicago Art Institute with the Thorne Miniature Room Collection. Congratulations on such an amazing "production"!

knittingrid said...

Congratulations! Your attention to detail is wonderful, and I predict that you will go far in your new career.

jeffrey said...

A-Mazing! Nice work!

Wendy said...

This is absolutely STUNNING! Wonderful work! Congratulations

stewati said...

There are no words!! Fantastic!! - referred from Boing Boing.

House of Thuan said...

Wow! I am amazed.

MsMolly said...

I... just... wow...

manchest said...

There's nothing I can say add that hasn't already been expressed. A real joy to get to see your work here and on your other pieces.

I have been buying books over the past couple of months trying to learn these exact techniques for projects that I want to start. For example:

Miniature Building Construction by John Ahern
Model Making for the Stage by Keith Orton
Model-Making: Materials and Methods by David Neat
The Hand book of Model Making for Set Designers by Colin Winslow

You make it look so easy. Please add any additional making-of descriptions that you can offer to help in understanding miniature set and prop creation.

Wish I had known about Crayola Model Magic, seems a lot easier to work with. I bought a box of Super Sculpey that will probably last me a lifetime, especially since it isn't the easiest to work with.

Looking forward to future posts.

Caissie said...

This actually made me cry. As a kid, I was an avid Muppet fan. The Muppets are the reason I first wanted to work in television, and to do comedy, and to write stories. Although we didn't have much money, all of my birthday and Christmas gifts were Muppet merchandise, and any pocket money that came my way went straight toward a purchase for my Muppet cache! I wound up selling the whole collection when I was trying to come up with college tuition. Your creation is gorgeous, and perfect and for me...magical. Thank you for sharing it. I've bookmarked the page. It's my new happy place!

Shelley Rickey said...

Dang, that is just past incredible. Legendary work. You must be THRILLED with yourself! : )

The Maven said...

Lance, this is INSANELY cool. What a work of art. You did this Muppet fan proud, that's for sure. I can't wait to show this post to my kids! Thank you for sharing the beautiful work you do :)

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know about these Muppet toys until today, but you are my hero.

Rebecca said...

TOTALLY AMAZING!

Stutekh said...

Stunning... just beautiful! The level of detail is fantastic - it's absolutely perfect!

Clearly a genuine labour of love and it would surely be the pride of any Muppet Show fan's collection. WANT!

Relished Artistry said...

This is gorgeous!! Have you thought about looking into architectural models as a career?? Wow!!! Well done!

HerArtSheLoves said...

Simply wow, outstanding.

faux said...

incredible work! just fantastic

schinders said...

just wanted to add my accolades; fantastic!!!

schinders said...

just wanted to add my accolades; fantastic!!!

emily said...

this is beautiful. thank you.

emily said...

this is beautiful. thank you.

krissy said...

I rarely comment on blogs but couldn't let this go by without stopping to comment. I am utterly floored by your talent and craftsmanship. What impeccable attention to detail! Clearly a lot of love went into this project. Congratulations!!

BittersweetFriends said...

The attention to detail in this is incredible! Amazing job! :)

Steve said...

This has made my night. Congratulations on an amazing job. You truly deserve all the accolades and praise for your dedication and work.

Anonymous said...

what Steve said!

CK said...

I don't know if I could call myself a Muppets "fan", but it has a very dear place in my heart. When I was a very young girl, I'd wake my parents up at night to demand either "Mary Poppins" or "Muppets". They'd roll out of bed, pop the tape in the VCR and go back to sleep and I'd go to sleep watching it.

I also have a thing for miniatures, good photography, and theatre/show business.

So what you've created here is something that grabbed me in my 'awe' place while simultaneously tweaking my 'nostalgia' button. I mean it genuinely when I say I'm quite verklempt.

Beth J said...

I am flabbergasted and totally blown away. Your attention to detail is amazing. Bravo!!!!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations! What an accomplishment. You really brought back fond memories of my childhood with this post. You are crazy-talented, thanks for sharing your work!!!

Provlear said...

Completely flabbergasted. The amount of detail you have put into this makes it perfect. You've outclassed Palisades.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work. Thank you for adding this wonder to our little Universe. Your work is an inspiration, and a wonderful tribute to such an important institution: The Muppet Show. Thank you for sharing these pics with the world.

Wordy and wandering said...

Wow, wow, wow. Thank you so much for this!

Moxie said...

OUT OF THIS WORLD! Amazing work, and so much fun to look at. Thanks for sharing.

soopermexican said...

that is gorgeous. love it. got here from Boing Boing, btw.

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said...

This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. You have such a great talent and eye for detail!

Danee said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. I don't know what else to say. Your devotion to making this look exactly like YOU wanted it to and your talent combined to give birth to a magnificent homage to the Muppets. But even if it wasn't Muppets-based, it is a magnificent piece of work.

Heitor De Paola said...

I'm speechless. THis is amazing, looks incredible, and the details are so good. I kinda get a cozy feeling watching it.

Anonymous said...

I was feeling a little jaded and disillusioned with life and then I stumbled across this... now I feel like I can do anything! Come on world is that all you've got! Thanks Lance - you've shown me there is still hope for us as a species xxx

Anonymous said...

I found this through craftzine's blog. The muppet stage is truly amazing! you have such fine details. I've also really enjoyed the evil Dead cabin and am looking forward to seeing new projects!
-Olivia D.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a delightful step back in time to my favorite childhood show!

Trish said...

I am BLOWN AWAY...I have chills going down my arms...I am going to have to blog about this now that I found you...!

Barking Alien said...

I am absolutely, positively stunned. It's so beautiful it's almost hard to believe.

I have nearly every single Palisades Muppets Figure and Playset, missing only the Wedding Kermit and Piggy and perhaps two other limited edition pieces.

This is what the series should have had!

I...I have no more words. (Claps)

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Anonymous said...

WOW! Holy moly this is cool! I LOVE the Muppet show, so this is so awesome! I wish I could have got some of the play sets, but I'll settle for you amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing!

bjduncan said...

so painstakingly and creatively perfect!

Peter Von Brown said...
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Peter Von Brown said...

This is a
most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational tribute and whalloping amazing fan art of Henson's masterpiece. A masterpiece in its own right, sir. BRAVO! And thanks for sharing.

Lindsay said...

This is incredible. The level of detail is mind-boggling to the level that it's easier for my brain to accept that you've invented some sort of shrink ray. You've created something beautiful here. Congratulations.

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