So you decided you just can’t wait to find and old figure that suits your needs but is still a collectible, well then wait no longer. There is a puppet maker nestled in Burbank California that just may fill your bill. Jay Johnson found him and his character Bob became an overnight hit with his big eye sassy look.
I am talking about Rene products. Rene has produced puppets of unparallel quality for decades and these puppets have been used by professional puppeteers the world over. His figures have been used on stage and screen and TV in all sorts of shows and commercials.
Rene produces a full line of ventriloquist figures and each one is hand crafted for you on order. They are made of Neoprene and will last a lifetime. His painting his fabulous and wigs are perfect. We are all familiar with Jerry Layne figures and this is where Jerry Layne got his start. His figures are actually a retooled Rene face.
I am including the web site for Rene for you to go to and see these great figures. http://www.reneandhisartistsproductions.com/
Rene is now in his 80’s so he will not be producing figures for much longer (I hope he goes at least another 50 years) so you may want to contact him for that special figure. His prices are actually very reasonable and are well under the $1000.00 price. When his figures come on eBay they always sell for around $600.00 which is right around what he sells them for direct to you. So all I can say is here is a collectible ventriloquist figure which you can still purchase so why wait??
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2009 by Dan Willinger
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Tribute to Ventriloquism, Makers of Ventriloquist Figures, under Virginia Austin Curtis says, “Curtis sculpted Mortimer Snerd, the Effanbee Charlie, and the face which Rene Zendejas and Jerry Layne use on their standard cheeky boy.”