Ventriloquist Central Collection Video Series – Walt Botley Cheeky Boy Figure

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Here’s a video showing a Walt Botley Cheeky Boy Ventriloquist Figure. This is a superb example of a Cheeky boy done by Walt Botley. He is a full 40″ tall and just as with Insull figures, his head is made of paper mache.

He has side to side moving eyes by way of weights. When you move the head the eyes move back and forth. One eye has a winker and of course he has mouth movement. His mouth actually opens wider than the Insull figures.

Botley impressed his name into the head stick.

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3 Responses to Ventriloquist Central Collection Video Series – Walt Botley Cheeky Boy Figure

  1. Ben and MJ says:

    I really like the weighted eyes idea. It’s actually quite a good idea. What are his eyes made of they look very realistic?

    His leather looks good on his mouth and I have to admit I’ve shied away from living mouths because I’m always concerned about the quality of the leather and if it will tear or crack.

    Thanks for sharing this guy with us :)

  2. Dan says:

    His eyes are glass and leather on the mouth does work rather well. As long as it is kept out of direct sunlight it should last for a lifetime. I have some English figures that are nearing 100 years old with original leather in good condition.

  3. LeeDean says:

    A good application of leather softener/water retardant, like what is used on baseball gloves, on the front of the kid leather before putting on the paint is a good idea. It prevents cracking and shrinking of the leather and should make it last longer. I used it on the leather covering gap under the jaw of the figure to protect against all of that, having specifically in mind kids with water pistols shooting at the dummy.

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