1 The Muppet Mindset: Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Rugby Tiger

Dec 21, 2011

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Rugby Tiger

Today's Weekly Muppet Wednesdays article was written by Maxwell Jessop.


Performed by...
Dave Goelz

First appearance...
The Christmas Toy (1986)

Most recent appearance...
The Secret Life of Toys Episode 113: "Who Shares Wins/It's a Giveaway" (1994)

Best known role...
Conceited tiger toy

Best friend...

Rugby Tiger is the adventurous toy tiger that starred in the 1986 TV special The Christmas Toy. In the special, Rugby was a relatively new toy who selfishly traveled to the living room in hopes of reprising his role as the toy inside Jamie, his owner's, box. Little did he know, there is a new toy in the box instead.

Rugby was often paired with Mew, an innocent mouse toy. Despite Rugby's criticism for being a "cat toy," Rugby truly loves Mew and expresses this feeling after Mew is frozen.

Eight years after the special, Rugby starred alongside his fellow toys in a short-lived Disney Channel series The Secret Life of Toys. In the show, we see his adventurous side and see his relationship with the other characters build.

In the final episode, Episode 113: "Who Shares Wins/It's a Giveaway," Rugby was going to be donated to a children's hospital. He had mixed emotions about leaving, but, in the end, Jamie's dad decides to keep Rugby. 

Instead of songs or moments, I've listed Rugby's starring episodes in the 13-episode run of The Secret Life of Toys.
  • Episode 105: "Climbers/Be Plush"
  • Episode 106: "Ditz and Datz/Mummies"'
  • Episode 109: "Down with Dinkybeard/Mr. & Mrs. Rugby"
  • Episode 113: "Who Shares Wins/It's a Giveaway"
Well, Rugby brings a fun atmosphere to the playroom just as other toys do! And even though he's sometimes conceited, Rugby is a very helpful toy who really loves his friends and the children. They need Rugby because he is deep down the friendliest toy of all.

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier


  1. personally, I <3 rugby tiger. He is cute and funny!)

  2. And some people say that Apple the Doll is not cute at all, while I think she is simply ADORABLE!! great Kathy Mullen voice too, and to all the dorks out there who think Apple is not cute, Shut your rat traps ye scurvy dogs!

  3. While Rugby can be a little self concided, but at heart he is a funny nice tiger cub. Apple seems to be Rugby's crush, because he kisses, and LICKS Apple all the time!!!! XD I think that's HILARIOUS!!!! Apple is cute but somewhat bossy to Rugby, but Rugby doen't care who's bossy or not, but Apple is a really close friend of Rugby, and so is Mew the Cat toy. Apple is one of the older toys in the playroom. She is mature enough to save Rugby from getting frozen forever.

  4. Apple is verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy ADORABLE IN A LOT OF WAYS!!!! She Has rosy cheeks and all that dollies have. last christmas, I gota Merida doll and named her Baby Apple! XD When I got the Christmas Toy movie, I was trilled that I screamed!!!! :) When I got the book, I screamed to the top of my lungs!!!!!!!!!! (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!)


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