Hi - I put my 1971-1972 Educational Toys muppets on an eBay listing before I found them all out of storage (I was honest about this). I say 1971-1972 instead of '72 because that's what Big Bird's box says (does that mean '72 or 72-72?). I have the Big Bird and Oscar boxes. I have an offer, but I don't know if I can find the rest of the set before it expires... I can't find a photo of the Big Bird box anywhere online to compare -- where I can get more information about comparable sales? I have all 5 of the original muppets, good condition, the 2 boxes (including Big Bird's), and the original carboard stands that Ernie, Bert, and Oscar came with. Information is scarce about the Big Bird in box, even on the Wiki!
You have no idea how excited I was to find this! I did a quick search last night, but you best believe I'm going to research it more! There is an Annie poster there, so I'll be creating a page for it today, but I can't quite make it out. Getting Evita and Hairspray on the wiki thrilled me though!
I've not seen this one before. So here are my first thoughts. Immediately my hunch is that it is part of the photos that were part of Zink Magazine. My other gut reaction was Kermit is Howard Hughes in this picture because it looks like he has a pencil moustache and a scarf, both associated with Hughes. Andrew would be super good to get in on this conversation as well, but for now that is all I got. I did a reverse image search and came up empty handed, as did a google image search for "kermit the frog and howard hughes"
I don't know who designed that dress. I'm guess it falls under the costume designer for the film, although I'm not holding my breath on that. Do you have a picture of the PVC? Were there others? I wish we had something like that in the states. My movie theatres here didn't even have a drink cup like they do for Twilight or Alvin and the Chipmunks, which made me super sad.
You're probably right with that it's just a "generic" Piggy dress. Still, I present you the Muppets-Menü, showcasing the glorious PVC of her! I really like it lot, and was wondering the same about US movie theaters missing out on offering a cup or a toy or something to go with the film. Even the UK has those bobble heads (and the Miss Piggy one seems to have the same body as this one).