Question: About two years ago I found a 2' to 3' scooby-doo dog made with a detective type hat and cape laying in the back yard. We put it in the storage barn hoping to find the owner, no owner was ever found thinking of making a soft puppet out of it if possible. Just wondered if there would be anything wrong in doing this?
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From Mr. D: I have converted many commercially produced dolls, stuffed animals, and products into puppets. That includes cartoon, movie, and TV characters such as Big Bird, Elmo, Shrek, etc. There's no problem as long as you use them for your own personal shows. (No TV, videos for resale, etc.) You can see photos of a number of such characters I converted to vent figures here: http://maherphotos4.blogspot.com/