Back some time ago I was so excited to show you a pair of Frank Marshall figures that were used by Walter Walters Jr. named Woody and Mary Lou. They are great figures and really are a centerpiece of the Frank Marshall figures in the Ventriloquist Central Collection. They came to me complete with the performance stand.
Again my tree was shaken when I learned there was another Woody figure. I was totally amazed when the pictures came to me showing this Woody in his original sailor suit even down to his boat men’s whistle. I didn’t know there was another Woody and I assumed that this one had to be a back up. But upon inspection of this figure, which is all original, I think this was Walter Olsen’s Woody figure and the one, which I already had in the Ventriloquist Central Collection, is the back up figure.
This Woody is pictured in a newspaper article, which also came with the figure, and also pictures Mary Lou and Walter. The head stick has Walters signature wrap on it too. He has slot jaw, side to side self centering eyes and a winker on the right eye.
The hands also have little eye loops attached to the inside of the fingers just like the other two. This I guess facilitated movement of the hands by Walter.
I am just so pleased that this trio of figures are once again reunited under one roof.
More photos of Woody As Used by Walter Olsen the Ventriloquist
Have you seen the Frank Marshall Tribute DVD, click here
Ventriloquist Central is the brainchild of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst. Dan 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. Steve is a ventriloquist as well as builder of ventriloquist figures. He also has a background in sales, marketing, building websites and computers. Because they both love the art of ventriloquism, the website Ventriloquist Central was born. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2013 by Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst
NOTE: You may use this blog article provided you run it with the bio box intact. Please email a copy of your publication with the blog article in it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree with you. The eyebrows on the “before” Woody aren’t arched quite enough http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com/marshall/marshall_61-62/61-61_Walter_Walters_Frank_Marshall_ventriloquist_figures_006.htm
The first one you got was the backup figure, the one on the right looking at http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com/marshall/marshall_65/65_marshall_woody_ventriloquist_figure_012.htm
Whatever the provenance of the original Woody, he was separated from the girl figure for a reason, and that is because he was the original one. You are lucky to have them all now, including backup and original Woody.