Toy? or "Real"?

Question: Clinton, I have written to you before about the figures in your collection. I'm still hoping that someday I will be able to purchase a "Real" dummy. I hope you will not be offended by this question- but after looking closely at the pictures, it looks to me as if these "Dummies" are converted dolls, like Charlie or Mortimer Snerd dolls. Is that correct? Do you paint them or do you just use them the way they are and update them with a headstick, etc.? Brad
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From Mr. D. If you go through my photo albums (see left hand column of this blog) you will find that early in my career I built all figures from "scratch" which requires many hours. Now, in my retirement, I usually do start with Goldberger dolls (or a kit). But all are completely made over, inside and out. And, yes, fully repainted. Their final finish is equal to any pro figure costing ten times the amount. At $325.00 each (which includes raising eyebrows) their value is unequaled. Add $40 and I will install deluxe hands, too.

I'm sure you realize this, but I replace the legs with handcrafted and contoured deluxe legs. The body is enlarged, They are very nice. It's not where a dummy starts out - it's where it ends up...not unlike the vent that's using it. It's the skill of the vent that makes any figure or puppet a real "pro figure". I'll be glad to help you if I can do so.


  1. As the proud owner of one of Mr. D's figures, let say they are definitely not toys, but beautiful hand crafted vent figures. The workmanship is incredible. They are definitely worth every penny and probably a lot more.

  2. Anonymous9/30/2010

    are the muppets 'toys', Lamb chop etc ?