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Frequently Asked Questions

How much are your ventriloquist figures?

The base price for our stock figures range from $799-$899 (depending on the character). That price includes moving mouth, side-to-side self-centering eyes, and head that turns from side to side - tilts and nods - turns full 360°, and a quality body. Additional animations available include 2 control winkers (add $250), 1 control blinkers (add $225), and raising eyebrows (add $175).

What is the difference between winkers and blinkers.

1 control blinkers, blink both eyelids at the same time and you can not wink just one eye at a time. It ONLY blinks both eyelids at the same time. 2 control winkers can wink the right eye by itself, or wink the left eye by itself, thus the need for 2 controls, one for each winker (eyelid). You can also blink both eyelids together by pushing both controls down at the same time, effectively doing the same thing as the one control blinkers mentioned above. So 2 control winkers can do both winking individual eyelids or blink both at same time. 2 control winkers is the most versatile choice and is a favorite animation.

Can I buy just the head of one of your ventriloquist figures?

Yes, but the price for just the head might surprise you. Take the total price for the figure you have in mind (including winkers, raising eyebrows, etc.) and then subtract the cost of the body. A figure's body has a value of about $150. Subtract $150 from the total cost of the figure and that is the price for the head. As you can see from this, most of the cost of a figure is in the head, where all the difficult and time consuming work is.

How do I order a custom figure?

Mike is currently not taking on any additional custom work. If that changes in the future, you will see an announcement on Facebook, his blog or on the website.

What materials are your figures made out of?

Our stock figure's head, hands, body - are all cast from a tough industrial casting urethane that is used a lot in the prototype and special effects industries, as well as by many top figure makers. Figures made with these materials are lightweight, strong and very durable.

Can you repair my figure (made by another figure maker)?

Mike is extremely busy and booked up with making brand new figures and is not taking on any additional repair work at the present time.

Can you make me a copy of Achmed the Dead Terrorist (or other famous figure)?

Jeff Dunham owns the copyright to all of his characters and they can not be copied without persmission from him. We do not have persmission to make a copy of Achmed (or other such famous characters).

Where can I buy a case for my figure?

Professional ventriloquist cases can be ordered from Selberg Studios:

http://www.selbergstudios.com/cases.shtml

And from Tim Cowles:

http://www.timcowles.com/#/cases

How difficult is it to build a figure from your Cast Dummy Parts?

If you are handy assembling things and have a basic knowwledge of working with hand tools and a few minor power tools, building a figure figure from our Cast Dummy Parts is not very difficult to do. It is recommended however, for the first figure you build, to keep it simple, with just moving mouth and moving eye, and possibly raising eyebrows. It would be best to wait on installing winkers until you have more experience under your belt.

Do your Cast Dummy Parts come with mechanics to move the mouth, eyes, etc.?

We mostly provide the castings, as lot of people have trouble with sculpting, mold making, and casting parts. We do not sell any mechanics at the present time. We tried that back in the early 90's when our kits first came out. Everyone wanted something different. All cord or all rod control (or somewhere in between), brass levers or wood levers, forefinger or thumb control for the jaw, right or left hand controls, etc. Many different configurations were desired when they wanted more than just eyes or mouth control. Everything changes with each animation that is added as to the control stick construction and where things are placed on the control stick according to what all is desired. Same thing with the mechanics inside the head. There are dozens of ways of doing the same thing, and not all of the configurations are suitable for every customer. And it also depends on the skill level of the individual. Parts that Mike fabricates for himself will be easy for him to install because he's been at this for a long time, but most likely would not be suitable for most all first time builders. So that's the long way around of saying that it's impractical for the most part to provide mechanics.

Where can I find out how to make and install the mechanics for a figure I'm building?

Please refer to our Figure Making page for various tutorials and resources:

http://www.puppetsandprops.com/figure-making.html

Do I need a Stabilizer Plate for my eye tray?

In the Fred Project, under the heading, Syncronizer Assembly, it shows a Stabilizer Plate. This item is NOT needed when using an eye tray made by Puppets and Props, nor is it needed if you have constructed your own sturdy eye tray.

What are the dimensions of the Cast Dummy Body that you sell?

The cast torso is . . .

11 ¾ inch tall

10 inches wide at the shoulders

8 ½ inch wide at the bottom

5 ½ inch deep at the chest

4 ⅞ inch deep at the bottom

What are the dimensions of the Cast Dummy Hands that you sell?

The regular cast hands are........

7 ¼ inch in total length
4" from finger tip to wrist
3" wide at widest part of hand
1 ⅞ inch wide where the cloth attaches to the hands

The relaxed cast hands are........

6" in total length
3 ½ inch from finger tip to wrist
3" wide at widest part of hand
1 ⅞ inch wide where the cloth attaches to the hands

What are the dimensions of the Cast Dummy Feet that you sell?

The feet measurements are as follows . . .

2 ¼ inch Diameter at top of foot where it connects to muslin.
5 ½ inch length from heel to toe
2 ½ inch width at ball of foot
1 ⅞ inch width at heel of foot
6 ¼ inch from heel to top of ankle

What are the dimensions of the Cast Dummy Heads that you sell?

Fred:From chin to top of head is 6 ¾ inch. From bottom of neck to top of head is 9 ¼ inch. Width of head at cheeks is 4 ⅝ inch. Width of head at temples is 4 ¾ inch. Neck width is 3 inches. From forehead to back of head is 5 ½ inch.

Little E:From chin to top of head is 6 ¾ inch. From bottom of neck to top of head is 9 ¼ inch. Width of head at cheeks is 5 ¼ inch. Width of head at temples is 5 ⅜ inch. Neck width is 3 ⅛ inches. From forehead to back of head is 5 ¾ inch.

Sparky (Skippy):From chin to top of head is 7 ⅛ inch. From bottom of neck to top of head is 9 ½ inch. Width of head at cheeks is 5 ⅝ inch. Width of head at temples is 5 ⅜ inch. Neck width is 3 inches. From forehead to back of head is 5 ¾ inch.

Old Guy head:From chin to top of head is 7 ½ inch. From bottom of neck to top of head is 9 ½ inch. Width of head at cheeks is 4 ¾ inch. Width of head at temples is 5 ¼ inch. Neck width is 3 inches. From forehead to back of head is 6 ¼ inch.

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