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Topic: Axtell Turtle Puppet
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Aug 20, 2007 03:00PM)
I have been thinking about purchasing an Axtell Turtle Puppet to use in my family shows.
I did a search but there is not too much info here at the Café re: this particular puppet.

I really like the idea of being able to place a few small props in the shell compartment.....

I would appreciate hearing from any performers who use this particular puppet.Feel free to PM if you wish.Thanks.

Best.
Rich
Message: Posted by: axtell (Aug 21, 2007 01:35PM)
Hi Rich. I love this guy. Jay Johnson (Award winning Broadway show) was given one by Harry Anderson as a gift recently. Pretty cool!

Ax
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Aug 21, 2007 03:40PM)
Thanks Steve.I PM'd you with a question.

Rich
Message: Posted by: Julian Franklin (Sep 9, 2007 02:48PM)
I have the turtle and I love being able to have him go "inside" and come up with some gag or another. There is LOTS of room in the shell, too. The only challenges (both very minor in my opinion) are:

1) The feet compartments are not sealed off, so small items can get lost in the foam filling, and the foam filling can get pulled out as you try to grab something with the turtle's mouth.

2) It can be difficult to grab things with the turtle's mouth. Some things may need special "handles" added to make it easier for the turtle to grab, or magnets along with a magnet in the turtle's nose.

Like I said, neither problem is very big and the turtle gets a GREAT response from the audience before he ever says a single word.
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Sep 10, 2007 12:11AM)
Hi Julian:I purchased the Turtle and he is Great.I agree with all your points.

On mine the two upper legs are sealed and the lower ones are open.However,those spaces may be useful for storing/holding other props at an easy to locate spot.I'll PM you if I come up with something.

I haven't added him to my show yet,but he will be making his debut very soon.

Another AWESOME puppet from Axtell!

Best.
Rich
Message: Posted by: axtell (Sep 10, 2007 10:53AM)
Very good points guys. I will have the production crew seal off the lower legs of the Turtles from now on, so small props do not get lost in the stuffing below. Thanks for the feedback. Mr. Tucker the turles is one of those favorite characters that gets a great reaction! He's full of opportunities for great ideas once he's in your hands.

We have another wacky character coming out soon which is a "Fried Chicken" puppet. Totally cooked...poor guy. It can be used as a "Roast Turkey" Puppet at Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Ax
Message: Posted by: Julian Franklin (Sep 12, 2007 07:08PM)
Steve, you really are a genius! I'm looking forward to seeing the fried chicken. It reminds me of a Saturday Night Live skit I saw a few years ago...
Message: Posted by: justini (Sep 20, 2007 03:28PM)
The Fried Chicken sounds great! I have Henrietta the Hen and could see myself using the Fried Chicken with her as a gag!
Can't wait to see it!
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Sep 27, 2007 06:20PM)
Just got an e-mail from Betsy that my son's turtle is on the way (He's using the $ from his 3rd place finish in the Axtell contest). Can't wait to see him. We've got the character bio developed, and about 4 minutes of material written for him, complete with a magic trick to end the set. Christmas is coming earlier this year...

Ken
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Sep 28, 2007 07:50AM)
Hi Ken:What a great choice your son made to spend his winnings on.This puppet is excellent.He's going to love it!

Rich
Message: Posted by: Dean A (Dec 17, 2007 12:11AM)
The Turtle is the puppet that I use most often in my shows. It is a really easy sell for adult shows too during which the first ten secons are so important.

Pulling out (as I do ) this 'shell' with arms, legs but no head always gets a laugh at the corporates. When his head comes out it looks so funny half the battle is over. It's always great to have a puppet that looks funny and can get a reaction before any of thelines. Ax are terrific at designing stuff for this very purpose.

I have to admit to not having had him reach down and bring things out of his shell (except for a crushed can of beer once) that much. The very idea that the head goes in and out seems to be funny enough on it's own. I occasionaly have him go down there to check on stuff. This seems to resonate as wel aspulling anything out.

It's a very nicely built, robust puppet. Very professional, special and serious. It's the real deal.

I might get another one :)

D
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Dec 17, 2007 12:31AM)
Congratulations to your son Ken :)

Happy Holidays indeed :)
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Dec 17, 2007 09:02PM)
I'm goin way off base here and I hope Steve 'The Axe' doesn't put a hit on me...BUT


The Turtle has always been my favorite and it has an attribute which I think could be exploited to a great length IF somebody can figure out how to program some very small christmas lights. When I look at the AX Turtle I see that expansive underside, perfect for an 'Eat at Joes' advertisemnt...BUT just think if you could figure a way to have a Fireworks show (using the lights) go off for a finale. I know...dumb as a stump...just seems a shame to waste that glorius space! (You think I might be an old time adman? Uh yep.)
Message: Posted by: BIlly James (Dec 17, 2007 09:41PM)
[quote]
On 2007-12-17 22:02, Doug Higley wrote:
I'm goin way off base here and I hope Steve 'The Axe' doesn't put a hit on me...BUT


The Turtle has always been my favorite and it has an attribute which I think could be exploited to a great length IF somebody can figure out how to program some very small christmas lights. When I look at the AX Turtle I see that expansive underside, perfect for an 'Eat at Joes' advertisemnt...BUT just think if you could figure a way to have a Fireworks show (using the lights) go off for a finale. I know...dumb as a stump...just seems a shame to waste that glorius space! (You think I might be an old time adman? Uh yep.)
[/quote]

I know where you're heading and the answer is no....I aint putting 'Higley's Midnight in the Dark Museum' on my turtle shell!

;)
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Dec 17, 2007 10:42PM)
Billy James wrote:"I know where you're heading and the answer is no....I aint putting 'Higley's Midnight in the Dark Museum' on my turtle shell!"

;)
[/quote]

:lol:
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Dec 18, 2007 08:20AM)
No not a real ad!!! haha. (Unless you're doing a Grand Opening.

geesh.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jan 26, 2008 11:15AM)
I finally ordered a Turtle from Steve :)

Ad space for rent :)
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Jan 26, 2008 11:53AM)
You're going to love him Wanlu...let's us know how he fits in the show.

Ken
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jan 26, 2008 09:02PM)
Hi Ken,

I'm expecting him not earlier than 2-3 weeks :) Im quite certain that I will like the turtle.

Thanks and yes Ill let everybody know how he fits in the act :)

Wanlu
Message: Posted by: Chad C. (Feb 2, 2008 09:12AM)
For those interested I have an axtell turtle for sale in the for sale area. He has only been used a couple of times and is in brand new condition. I rarely use puppets - except for RK Possum! in my shows. Go take a look if you are interested - it does get great reactions I just won't be using him anytime in the near future!

Have a great day!
Chad
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Feb 22, 2008 04:22AM)
Mine arrived today :)

Looks real good :)

Posted: Feb 22, 2008 10:05am
Okay...I had the chance to play with the turtle for 2-3 hours

It's an instant favorite not because it's a new one but because the way the head is animated basically resembles the moves of a hard figure's head...it makes the puppet move funny with many possible variations of head movements.

I will be trying him out on Sunday with a routine I have been practising since I ordered the turtle from Ax a few weeks ago.

He is now my new Old Age Mutant Ninja Turtle (RET)

Old man's voice

Let me see if I can put a video soon

Thanks Steve
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Feb 22, 2008 10:25AM)
Great idea about the retired ninja turtle. I loved to see the video. Let us know how it turns out.


Ken
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Feb 22, 2008 10:53AM)
Thanks Ken :)

Video will be posted if the turtle kills in his debut gig on Sunday :)

Thanks

Wanlu
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Feb 22, 2008 04:08PM)
Chad,
can you send your email to me at;
woodynfriends@aol.com
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Feb 24, 2008 02:33AM)
Hi...the turtle and the rooster did quite well today, unfortunately nobody told my assistants dumb and dumber that a camera will only record if the record button is pressed :(
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Feb 24, 2008 08:11AM)
[quote]
On 2008-02-24 03:33, Wanlu wrote:
unfortunately nobody told my assistants dumb and dumber that a camera will only record if the record button is pressed :(
[/quote]

Been there - done that. :)
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Feb 24, 2008 08:53AM)
I had two cameras...one took some photos...and the other was supposedly taking videos...but I forgot that Im the proud boss of the world's dumbest assistants...Pardon me if the term is politically incorrect in your part of the world...but I cant think of a better term for them.

Every single show they make the same mistakes...as in every single show. :(

Anyway...you did not miss much ;) although I enjoyed using my new puppets :) cant wait for next weekened :)

http://www.wanlu.net/amorsoloparty.JPG

http://www.wanlu.net/andyparty.JPG
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Feb 24, 2008 09:13AM)
That's too bad. Looks like a great background for the show. Where was this show? Looks like a very large facility.

Thanks for sharing..

Ken
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Feb 24, 2008 12:40PM)
Thanks Ken :)

Its just a clubhouse...for a birthday party of a 1 year old girl :)
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Feb 24, 2008 01:15PM)
Wow - are her parents adopting?
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Feb 25, 2008 07:34AM)
LOL Tom :)

That's basically how kiddie birhtday parties are decorated in Manila :)

Check the ff pictures out...

http://www.geocities.com/wanlu99/kakagonzo.JPG

http://www.wanlu.net/nicolokitty.JPG

http://www.wanlu.net/bighbaby.JPG

The ff photos are from my Birthday party hosting workshop :)

http://wanlu.net/workshop.JPG

http://wanlu.net/domws.JPG

http://wanlu.net/grpixws.JPG
Message: Posted by: BScott8870 (Aug 16, 2008 02:53PM)
Does anyone know if the Axtell Puppet that Terry Fabor is available for sale?

I like the color and design of the head better.

I already own a possum puppet and it works great with kids!!
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Aug 16, 2008 04:09PM)
I would be surprised if it was available. I'm sure Steve will chime in and let you know. I think the reason Terry went to Steve was to get an original design.

Ken
Message: Posted by: axtell (Aug 19, 2008 10:13AM)
"chime!"

The turtle puppet we made for Terry Fator is custom made. It will not be available in our line. You can see photos of it here http://www.axtell.com/new.html We are making 5-6 more characters for him right now.

I understand they will release some Official "Winston the Impersonating Turtle" plush based on my design coming out in September. I'm not sure yet if they will be stuffed animals, or puppets.
Message: Posted by: Vegasvent (Nov 14, 2010 12:42AM)
You can get a brand new turtle directly from Axtell.

http://www.axtell.com/turtle.html