Rainbow Connection Kermit

Tragedy befalls most of us at some point in our lives.  For the Perry family, the worst possible tragedy occurred when the lost their son, Cooper, to complications due to meningitis.

As a father of four myself, two of them just four years old, my heart goes out to them for their loss.  Michael Horn did more than that though - he created a foundation called, quite appropriately, the Cooper Perry fund.  Designed to raise money for the very problem that took Cooper's life (brain trauma caused by meningitis), Michael has worked tirelessly to promote the cause and raise money so that others might not suffer this same awful tragedy.

The day Cooper died, a beautiful rainbow appeared outside his hospital room window.  At his funeral, the church musician selected the song "the rainbow connection" to play, without any idea that a rainbow had appeared on that fateful day.  And so it seemed more than fitting that the final figure in the Muppets line, the Rainbow Connection Kermit, be dedicated to Cooper, and the money raised from its sale go to the Cooper Perry Fund.

For more information on the fund please visit the Cooper Perry Fund website and the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation.  The Rainbow Connection Kermit is currently available from the Palisades Direct store for just $25.

Packaging - ****
The figures come in a nice sized box, easy to store, and with no wasted space.  It's also fairly sturdy, and it's collector friendly to boot - you can take the figures and accessories out and put them back again, almost like new.

The box also features a lovely letter from Mike Horn on the inside, explaining the connection between the figure and Cooper Perry, and there is additional important text on back.  It also has a new Muppets logo on the front, and is a great job all around.

Sculpting - ****
Perhaps one of the best known single scenes of any Muppet film is this scene.  Kermit is sitting on a log, singing the classic song The Rainbow Connection.  His log is sculpted over some water - a nice transparent blue plastic - and he's in his classic pose with banjo in hand.  The banjo is actually not part of the basic sculpt, but rather an accessory.

This set also adds in Robin, sitting on his own stump.  The scale between these two figures is very good, and they are in scale with the entire rest of the line as well. The sculpts are great, with the usual texture detail and quite a bit of realism in the logs.  I would have liked a little water around Robin's log as well, but that's a very minor point.

Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops are well above average, with a nice consistent green for the bodies that matches the other figures in the series well.  The eyes are clean and straight, and the various accessories and stumps look terrific.

There's a little slop around the two tongues, with some bleed into the mouth, but it's pretty minor.

Articulation - **
This set isn't loaded with articulation, with just some very basic points to allow minor adjustments to the sculpted pose.

Robin doesn't have any articulation, so what you see is what you get.  However, Kermit has ball jointed shoulders and a cut neck, so that you can adjust the arms and head enough to hit that perfect spot.

Accessories - ***1/2
Even if you count this as a two pack, with both Kermit and Robin as figures, and include their stumps and his banjo as part of the main set, you still get a nice assortment of accessories thrown in.

There are three different singing vegetables to accompany Kermie - the lettuce, an eggplant, and some onions ("scallions" for the fancy among us).  While some of these are re-uses, you can never have too many talking/singing foodstuffs.

There's also a small framed photo of Cooper, which adds a wonderful personal touch to this set.  Some people have felt this was 'weird', and didn't know what to do with it.  I know what I'll do with it - it will be displayed next to the set, to always remind me (and to spark future conversations) of the young child who helped inspire this set.  Long after the box is gone, I'll still be able to remember who Cooper was and why the Rainbow Connection Kermit means so much.

Fun Factor - ***
Kids aren't going to have a lot of fun playing with this set - it's just not that kind of set.  But you can't ignore the wonderful lesson you can teach them about helping others at the same time as getting a really cool toy for their shelf.

Value - ****
I don't remember when I got this good of value from a simple toy.  How often do you get a toy this cool, this neat, this important to your collection, AND you get to do something truly good for your fellow man?  It doesn't happen very often.

Things to Watch Out for - 
Nada.  You won't be able to look for the best paint ops before you buy, so there really isn't anything else to be watching out for.

Overall -  ****
This set caps off a wonderful series of Muppets figures in a grand style.  Capturing a key moment in Kermit history, and tying it to something so dear and important to Mike Horn, this set is wonderful for any fan of the characters, and not just the Muppets action figure completist.  Pikc one up, and you'll be happy you did.  Hell, buy two and give one to a friend.

Packaging - ****
Sculpt - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - **
Accessories - ***1/2
Fun Factor - ***
Value - ****
Overall - ****

Where to Buy -
Please buy this figure directly from Palisades at this link.  100% of the profit from this figure will go to the fund, and it will be one of the best toy purchases you ever make.

Related Links -
Once I review the Penguins two pack - the only Muppet line item I have left - I'll do a complete listing of all my Muppet reviews, similar to what I did for WOS. Until then, hit the main review page, and do a search for the word 'muppets'.  Here's a couple other important links however:

- of course, there's always the Palisades site, where you can get all kinds of the latest info and join the collectors club.

- then there's the main site for the Cooper Perry Fund, where you can learn more about this wonderful organization.

- and finally, check out the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation, where they are working diligently on the issue of brain trauma from diseases like meningitis and encephalitis.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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