Question: Should a collector figure be repainted?
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From Mr. D: When I build a figure I prefer that it be used, not collected - that's my take as a figure maker. I'd much prefer they be used year after year and repainted if and when necessary by whomever could do a good job on them.
However, I do recognize collections exist. And the owners of the figures sincerely want to preserve them for future generations. What is the proper process? Collectors of antique automobiles generally want them restored to pristine condition as near to original as possible. Does the same hold true for a vent figure? I doubt there is one answer that is true for all figures.
I know Vent Haven has had some of the Marshall figures repainted for restoration purposes, haven't they? But there are other pieces in the collection, such as the shipwreck figures, where an attempt at restoration would be a mistake. I know Jimmy Nelson has Danny repainted frequently by Ray Guyll, but Danny is still a working figure and should be kept looking his best.
So - should a collector figure be repainted? I'll let the owner make that decision and then lend a hand if I'm called upon.