Levers or Pull Rings

Here is something to think about. Back in the 1930’s and 40’s Frank Marshall offered his figures with your choice of movements controlled by either lever or pull ring.
 
Being a collector I have figures with both of these styles of controls and have to tell you it is rather hard to control the movement of the mouth and then a second function using the rings. If it was just the mouth movement I don’t think it would be that difficult to use the ring but when adding functions with multiple rings things become a bit more difficult.
 
Of course I do not perform and collect so for me when I find the figure with the ring control they are neat because they are a bit harder to find. I think the ring setup was more than likely 1 to 10 in production. For the most part the rings were used to roll a winking eye, move the upper lip or move the slot jaw. I do have one Marshall that the ring also controls side to side eye movement and a rolling eyeball winker. I have to admit it is a strange setup.
 
I would love to hear from anyone that may have used the ring setup on their figure.

Dan
www.ventriloquistcentral.com

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