Scratch Built Palisades Muppet Theatre

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Scratch Built Palisades Muppet Theatre

“Some people have too much time on their hands!” That’s a frequent, snarky comment we get after we post a project with an intense level of dedication to something as seemingly frivolous as Lego spaceships, highly detailed gaming minis and terrain, dioramas, dollhouses, or in this case, desktop Muppet theaters. But those who say such things think nothing of spending countless hours watching TV and movies, reading books, or playing video games. I once did an issue of a zine I published in the 90s, called Going Gaga, on “Pocket Universes,” the term I used for imaginative worlds of any kind that you can crawl into and “lose yourself” there for a time. A movie or a book is a pocket universe, and so are any of the above imagination-driven hobbies that one can disappear into. Anyone who’s ever spent hours, razor-thin paintbrush in-hand, hunched over a single 25mm gaming figure, or rigging a ship model, or building a train layout, knows that the rewards of actually making the pocket universe you climb into are as infinite as imagination itself.

Oh, right… this project… It’s by Canadian maker Lance Cardinal. It’s his take on the Palisades Muppet Theater Backstage Playset that was never produced. Until he produced it. His blog has tons of pictures of the finished stage and amazing making-of photos and notes. He already has a laundry list of additions he wants to make. And check out the other projects on his site. [Via CRAFT and Boing Boing]

Scratch Built Palisades Muppet Theatre Playset

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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