Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum

Fraggle Rock 1982-1989

The Tomy toy company produced the first series of Fraggle Rock dolls in 1983. These are very oddly made plush toys. Shown above are Wembley and Red Fraggle, below are Gobo Fraggle and Uncle Traveling Matt. I still don't have Mokey or Boober. It seems that a lot of effort went into detailing these dolls to look like the Muppet versions, yet they are not proportioned very well. They have large feet and small heads, and the faces don't quite look like the character that the dolls represent. The clothing also has plastic flexible tubing which is a great detail, until one notices the ends of the tubes sticking out at the seams. This makes the finished doll somewhat crude looking.

In contrast, there were some nice details included, such as the pockets on Gobo's vest and the pattern of Wembley's shirt.  The fabric used for the arms and legs was an excellent match for the Muppet's antron fleece look, and the fur is also very Fragglish. Considering that Muppet fans already had the Fisher-Price Muppet Show dolls as their benchmark for comparison, these Tomy Fraggle dolls looked rather pathetic next to Kermit, Scooter, or Animal. However, at the time they were all that was available so Fraggle Rock fans had to take'em or leave'em. Below is the back view of Uncle Matt to show his plastic hat.


 Sprocket the Dog was also included in the series. I'm missing his dog collar. Sprocket was made with wire inside his body to keep the doll standing up.

Here is a view of Sprocket's face which is a plastic shape covered with fabric. His nose is painted. This one has a small scratch on it.

Tomy also produced some wind up Doozers for this series that were a big hit with fans, though from my experience they were hard to find in the stores. This may be part of the reason why they are still very popular among Fraggle collectors and are quite costly. It makes me wonder why the wind up Doozers have yet to be reissued.

Schleich, who made the Muppet Show PVC figures, also made the Fraggle Rock PVC series in 1983. Shown above are Boober Fraggle, Junior Gorg, and Wembley Fraggle. Ma and Pa Gorg were also included in this set along with Red, Gobo and Mokey. The Applause toy company also made identical PVC figures of the Fraggles but did not make the Gorgs. The two Fraggles here are by Applause rather than Schleich.

 This was the first Fraggle Rock Record. It was released in 1983 and includes 16 songs from the first season of the TV series. For some odd reason an illustration was used on the cover instead of a photo of the actual puppets.
Side 1:                              Side 2:
Fraggle Rock Theme         Catch the Tail by the Tiger
Follow Me                        Brave Boy, Jump Up
Convincing John                Muck and Goo
Doozer Knitting Song        Friendship Song
Do It On My Own            Fragle Rock Rock
Wembiln' Fool                  Beetle Song
Why?                               Easy is the Only Way To Go
Lost and Found                Our Melody

Here is the back of the album. A photo of each of the actual puppet characters are shown with a short character description next to them.

This is a hardcover children's book published in 1983 by Muppet Press/CBC Enterprises/Holt, Rinehart and Winston. There were several other books in this series but I only have this one.

This is a series of books originally published in 1984. They were later published in Canada in 1985 by CBC Enterprises/Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. Four books were included in the series. I'm just missing one of them: "A Fraggle Rock Party". The other three are shown here, above and below.
 
 

This is Mokey Fraggle from the second series of Fraggle Rock plush toys, made by Pedigree in 1984. The series included Red, Gobo, Wembley, Boober, Sprocket and Uncle Matt. These were only sold in the United Kingdom and were unknown to collectors in Canada or the United States until the mid to late 1990s.

Here is a children's Fraggle Rock sweater made in Canada by Club G.H. during the mid 1980s. The Muppet Central website says a line of similar children's clothing was made in 1984, so I am assuming that this sweater would be from the same line.

Here is the lunchbox I went to school with in grade two! This Fraggle Rock lunchbox was made in 1984 by Thermos. The bottom of the lunchbox says "Canadian Thermos Products Limited, Scarborough Ontario Canada".

Below are 14 books that were available in 1984 to 1986 through the Fraggle Rock book club. These are hardcover books that were published by Muppet Press/Henry Holt and Company. A similar series of book club books was also done for the Muppet Babies. According to the Muppet Central website I'm missing five books from this 20 book series:
 
Boober Fraggle's Giant Wish, 1984
Fraggle Countdown, 1985
Waggleby of Fraggle Rock, 1985
Wembley and the Soggy Map, 1986
Wembley Fraggle and the Magic Stone, 1986
 
Here are all the others...
 







 

Above is the child sized bag that was available in 1984 through the Fraggle Rock book club. The bag itself is dated 1985. This was one of two "free gifts" that were included when you joined the club. I've noticed that two different types of fabric were used for the handles, shown below.



The second "free gift" through the Fraggle Rock book club was this small 33 1/3 RPM  record. It has a paper sleeve with a photo of the puppets on the front. There are 4 songs, including, Side 1: Fraggle Rock Theme, Helping Hand, and Side 2: Time to Live As One, Workin'. All of these songs would later be included on the second Fraggle Rock album in 1986, shown below.

Here is the back view of the record sleeve which included the lyrics for each song.
 
The third series of Fraggle Rock plush toys was made in 1985 by Hasbro. Shown here are Gobo, Wembley and a Doozer. Other characters in the collection include Red, Mokey, Boober, Uncle Matt and a Doozer with a moustache. I recall buying this Gobo doll new from the store. It came in a rather nicely illustrated box which I regret that I didn't keep. I found the others second hand.
 
here is a closer view of the Hasbro Doozer.

This is the second Fraggle Rock Record, released in 1986. As far as I know these were only two full-length records produced for Fraggle Rock. This record also has 16 songs. Again, an illustration was used on the cover instead of a photo of the actual puppets which I think is very strange considering how awesome and detailed the puppets were.

Side 1:                                      Side 2:
The Fraggle Rock Theme          Dum De Dum
Go With The Flow                    Rag Time Queen
Perfect Harmony                       I Seen Trouble
Without a Hat                           Dreaming of Someone
Music Box                                Pantry Chant
Here to There                           Helping Hand
Sail Away                                 Time to Live as One
Workin'                                    Closing Theme

Here is the back of the album. A small photo of the puppets is shown with a cut out photo of Junior Gorg and a Doozer.

In 1987 McDonalds offered this series of four Fraggle Rock vehicle toys which proved to be quite popular.

Here are two of the inserts that came in the baggies with the toy cars.

I've noticed a variation for Mokey. The one shown above on the right has light pink painted hands and eyelids. The more common version on the left does not have painted hands and has darker pink eyelids.

A variation for Red Fraggle is small pupils or large pupils. 
 
Here is the large button pin that McDonalds staff wore in 1987.
 
 
Dakin made three Fraggle Rock puppets in 1988. Above is the Doozer. This one is missing his antenna. The hair also used to be much longer and fluffy. Gobo and Red Fraggle were also made for this series. The puppets were sold at Muppet Stuff stores. Unfortunately by 1988 the Fraggle Rock TV show had been cancelled and the popularity of the show was fading. These puppets are somewhat hard to find, and are among the last of the Fraggle Rock items to be marketed for quite sometime.
 
 
Photos and Text © Mike Artelle

2 comments:

  1. I have a copy of A Fraggle Rock Party, by the way have you seen the 1999 movie The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland? beacause at the begining if you look in Elmo's bedroom you can see What's a Fraggle and Traveling Matt's Adventures in Outer Space on his shelf

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    1. Hi Muppetmaster
      Yes, I've seen that movie. It's cool that they put little Easter eggs in there for Muppet fans to spot! Thanks for the info!

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