Packaging - ****
Great graphics, collector friendly, and some well done text all add up to the
perfect packaging for a show exclusive.
Sculpting - ****
My favorite Kermit was Koozebane Kermit.
On top of that, he was my favorite Muppet exclusive so far (and there's been a
lot of exclusives).
That's until this box showed up on my doorstep. Not only is this Kermit
a great looking frog, he's a great looking Indy. Every detail is done with
beautiful care, from the wrinkles in his pants to the zipper on his
jacket. They've captured the feel of Indiana Jones, all in a little green
If you're accustomed to their previous Kermits, then you won't be surprised
by the accuracy of the head and hand sculpts. They did two things here
that really matter - the hands can hold accessories, and the face has just the
right expression for his 'adventurer' persona.
The real beauty here though is in the sculpted outfit. I couldn't
imagine a better job if Michelangelo was reincarnated as a toy sculptor.
Everything has a slightly different texture, making each piece of clothing stand
out even from the textured 'skin' of Kermit.
Paint - ***1/2
There's a few very minor issues here, but far fewer than we've seen on some
of the more recent waves. The lines around the eyes are a little sloppy,
and the small details on the clothing aren't quite perfect across the board -
but they're damn close.
He also looks to be a little lighter, brighter green than the previous
versions, but whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, I'll let you be the
Articulation - ****
Adventure Kermit is the most articulated Kermit to date. He's got all the
joints you could ever want in this style.
There's neck, ball jointed shoulders, cut biceps, pin elbows, cut wrists, pin
knees, hips and even waist. That means he stands great on his own, can
pose perfectly with the gun, whip or Golden Gonzo, and even strike a pose with
I'm not sure what else useful you could add - maybe a ball jointed
neck? The beauty here is that all this articulation goes perfectly with
the sculpt to work well and look great at the same time.
Accessories - ****
Kermie comes with five, which is shocking enough in its own right. Rarely
do exclusives like this come with any, and when they do it's one or two reused
accessories. Here we have five, all brand new to this character.
You might have assumed that the pistol was a reuse from the Lobster Banditos,
but I say nay nay! No one would have faulted them for it, but they went
the extra mile, probably to give us a gun in better scale. Kermit's
revolver is slightly smaller than the Banditos, and definitely a different
The only issue the gun has is not with itself, but with the holster. It
has one of those soft rubber pegs to close it, and I can never get those things
back into the hole. Otherwise, the holster looks great, but you might want
to just leave the pistol in there if you don't plan on displaying it in his
He also comes with a whip, which can either be held in his hand, or placed on
a loop on his belt. Either way looks great!
Then there's his hat, which sets way back on his little green head. To
maintain such a precarious position, they used a magnet, and it's the strongest
magnet so far. There's no way this hat is falling off on its own.
What adventurer would be complete without his bag, or purse as my three year
old daughter pointed out. While it's not designed to open, it is an
amazing sculpt, and fits nicely over his shoulder.
Finally, there's the Golden Gonzo, prize of all archeology. For some
reason I'm sure. It looks great, with a perfect sculpt and paint ops (it's
a slight bronze color, giving it an aged looked), it can even rest in his open
Fun Factor - ****
Kids would have a great time with this figure. Here's a Muppet that not
only looks great, but he can go on adventures! Kermit can strike out
across the desert of the sand box, and trudge through the jungles of the back
yard, in search of the lost Gonzo...
He's fairly sturdy, with solid articulation and useful accessories.
What more could a kid want?
Value - ***1/2
Fifteen bucks tends to be the going rate for most show exclusives. And
most of those have few or no accessories, and are simple repaints of other
figures. Here we get one of the coolest figures of the entire line, and
even though it's an exclusive, you have six ways to Sunday to pick it up.
Overall - ****
Sorry mister reporter man, but move over and give the top spot to Adventurer
Kermit. As a huge fan of the Indy films, I knew I'd like this figure, but I had
no idea I'd like it this much. Too bad all exclusives (and variations!)
can't be this good.
Palisades continues to impress with both their product and their
attitude. While I know that higher prices will make some of their lines a
tough sell this year, I'm really looking forward to Ren and Stimpy, Fairly Odd
Parents, and even the Pink Panther, though I'm not a huge fan of the
cartoon. When a toy company can bring in new fans to an old show, that's
the mark of genius.
Where to Buy -
This figure will be available at any show that Palisades is at in 2004 - San
Diego Comic Con, Wizard World Phillie or Chicago, and others. You can also
pick it up if you're a member of the Palisades Collectors
Club. It's $15
from any of these places.
KEEP SCROLLING DOWN FOR MORE PHOTOS!