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Such a beautiful doll

01.04.49: 'REAL' MUPPETS were released on the market yesterday by the Jim Henson Company.

The toys, described as the ultimate dolls, are based on the characters in the company's enduring 20th-century television show.

Animatronics enable the 60cm-tall toys to move exactly like the show's characters. Artificial intelligence and voice synthesis software has analysed 70 years of video footage to create a virtual character that reacts in the same way as would the television character.