Man Creates Incredibly Detailed Muppet Show Theater

Man Creates Incredibly Detailed Muppet Show Theater

It's the Muppet Show, with our special guest star - set designer Lance Cardinal! YAAAAYAYAYAAYA!

This miniature Muppet Show playset was custom-made for the Palisades toy line of Muppet miniatures. The mini Kermits and Gonzos were extremely authentic and the entire line of over 82 figures captivated the imagination of Lance Cardinal, a former set designer and current visual artist attending the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. A huge fan of the show, Cardinal purchased many of the figures and playsets (such as Pigs in Space, and the Swedish Chef's Kitchen) from Palisades when the toys were first released in 2001. He was hotly anticipating the Muppet Theatre Playset that would have held all of the other scenes and brought the whole collection together. Unfortunately, Palisades Toys went bankrupt in 2006 and all plans to produce the Muppet Theater was scrapped. Cardinal didn't take no for an answer though and used all of his artistic skill and patience to make his own Muppet Theater.

"I'm sure Palisades would have done an amazing job," Cardinal wrote on his blog, "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!"

There was a collective squee of enjoyment in The Escapist offices when we discovered Cardinal's website. Every little detail of the miniature Muppet Show stage, from the accurate rigging and working curtain to the painstaking paint and detail work not only completely matches the toy figures, but also Jim Henson's DIY style of puppet crafting.

Kudos, Lance Cardinal. You have made something wonderful that transported me back in time to when I'd sit and watch The Muppet Show on Saturday nights with my family.

Go to Cardinal's blog if you want to learn more about how he made the Muppet theater and see even more pictures of this amazing creation.

Source: Lance Cardinal

Permalink

Jason Segel is bringing the Muppets back. Nothing would make me happier for a given time than to see a full revival.

I didn't realize there was a line of Muppet action figures. Wow!

OT: I'd be interested to know if he got a reaction from Palisades. This guy did an incredible job. I'm definitely feeling nostalgic. I think it's a Muppet night.

Piiiiiigs....in....SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

Does it get better than The Muppets? No. No, it does not. This guy is my hero.

Only thing missing is Statler and Waldorf's balcony location.
Otherwise this is spot on. Awesome work.

That's an amazing (not so) little model.

Susan Arendt:
Piiiiiigs....in....SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

Damnit Arendt, I was going to type that!

Now we'll never get to see what Dr Strangepork had in store...

samsonguy920:
Only thing missing is Statler and Waldorf's balcony location.

image
They missed out our balcony? This is an outrage
Why? I thought you hated the show.
I do, but I left my false teeth in there last night.
Whoohohohohohohohohoho

Ok, this is by far the greatest thing I've seen all year.

I definitely recommend looking on his blog. You get to see more of the crazy detail and the guy's love of the Muppets really shines through.

Now that is an amazing work of art. The attention to detail! Brings back a lot of memories, too.

That is the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational thing i've seen all week.

Bork Bork Bork Bork.
In other words, like english, this is AWESOME!!!

That is stunning.

The_root_of_all_evil:

samsonguy920:
Only thing missing is Statler and Waldorf's balcony location.

image
They missed out our balcony? This is an outrage
Why? I thought you hated the show.
I do, but I left my false teeth in there last night.
Whoohohohohohohohohoho

octafish:
That is the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational thing i've seen all week.

That's it. You win.

No balcony?

That's even better than a chicky in a basky!! :O) (There's a Rizzo in it... I'm happy!!)

Just amazing! I hope Brian Henson sees this and gives the guy something special. Incredible detail!

Now I know there is a part in my childhood that I missed... Was too exposed to the anime "Zenki" at that time... >.>

I wipe tears from my eyes just looking at this. Once in a great while, we stumble upon things too great and beautiful for the world of men to comprehend. THIS is one of those moments.

 

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here