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Topic: Alien Puppet
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (May 29, 2008 09:00AM)
Hey gang...please check out our Alien Puppet


Only $150...

Thanks :)

Message: Posted by: tacrowl (May 29, 2008 10:44AM)
I like him! Lots of personality!
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (May 29, 2008 10:46AM)
A short video...just to show how it looks like :)

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (May 29, 2008 10:56AM)
Thanks Tom :) Alien said he likes you too ;)
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (May 29, 2008 12:40PM)
VERY cool!

I noticed in the vid he gave us a UFF..Unidentified Flying Finger
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (May 29, 2008 12:42PM)
Ha ha..not intentional Doug :) pls pardon the finger...
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (May 29, 2008 05:41PM)
Wanlu, you should start making a website for all these beautiful soft puppets (duck, alien, old man, etc.)They all look great and have personality. Also, as I said before, a T-Shirt website, too.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (May 29, 2008 07:11PM)
How much is the Alien please?
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (May 29, 2008 09:22PM)
Hi Doug...just $150 plus shipping :) but this one is most probably going to Tom already :) It only takes 1-2 weeks to make one if you want one :)

Hi Lou, I already have a website for the puppets...we have a scheduled photo shoot on Thursday in a studio in Binondo :)

I will order your T-Shirts today... :) Promise!!! :)


Message: Posted by: ChrisJ (May 29, 2008 09:53PM)
Great new puppet Wanlu!

YOur puppets are really full of charatcer and a great deal!
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (May 29, 2008 10:14PM)
Thanks Chris :)

That might be a nice slogan...

"Wanlu's puppets...great puppets for a great deal!" :)
Message: Posted by: Kyle^Ravin (May 30, 2008 10:20AM)
Forgive me if I'm wrong Wanlu, but It looks a little like Stitch from Lilo and Stitch! Was the disney alien ur inspiration??
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (May 30, 2008 10:31AM)
Not at all...but thanks for the observation Kyle :)
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Jun 1, 2008 12:44AM)
Very cool. Much like the puppets I have been buying from Pavlovs (In style and character - not saying you are stealing from them)

He has a cute face. Are they available in any other colours?
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 1, 2008 08:04AM)
My artist recently made a baby puppet for me and it in a way resembled the Pavlov Baby so I rejected it. I showed the pictures to Tom Crowl and he said that it's not like the Pavlov, it's a lot different. But still I rejected the design and insisted on making a new design. Why? To prevent getting comments like what I just got above. :(

But I'm sure it was meant as a constructive crticism and that is how I will take it...so thanks Neale.

Watch out for the puppet we are making for our pal Doug Higley :)
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jun 1, 2008 08:38AM)
Watchout indeed! I specifically went to Wanlu because of the originality of the features and the internal character that lives in these puppets they are making.

The mention of Disney above is interesting in that while not at all copying any Disney features...the Wanlu Puppet team DOES capture the essence of what Disney strives for and accomplishes...a strong character appearance that doesn't have to say a word to put a smile on your face and be 100% acceptable as THAT character. Disney characters do not try to look like 'something' the ARE the essence of that something...

For example look back into the 1930's at the art work being done in popular media...take Dwarves for the example. Study the work of everyone else and then look at the Disney 7 Dwarves as released in 1937. They remain fresh and part of the family even today. It's not just familiarity over time it's that they are familiar at first sight if you never saw them before...their characters do not exhibit an artists ATTEMPT to draw a dwarf they are what other artists will forever look to as the model of such a fantasy character. 100% fully developed at the get go.

Axtel characters have this same quality.

Wanlu's characters so far have the look of the 'final' take after not accepting the work ups. I wish I could be more articulate on this point and I appologise but...lets say an average artist (puppet or otherwise) made a dog character (or a baby or whatever), more often than not that character will look like a baby or a dog (or whatever) but the artist with the 'gift' will not stop at "Yep that's it. That's a Dog."

The artist who has the eye, the skill and the 'gift' will create not just a dog but this is THIS dog. The difference from a generic representation to a fully developed character whether or not you put words in it's mouth or it even moves. Steve Axtel has the 'gift'. The Wanlu puppet team also has the 'gift' in my estimation. And the price is definately right at this stage of their development.

It will be up to Wanlu to stick to this VISION as the catalog develops and not just make what's an acceptable representation but one that is a fully developed INDIVIDUAL character model for all time. Hard job yes but is the difference between all those generic looking vent dummys and puppets out there and a 'Walter' or a 'Dopey' or even a Mortimer.

That's why I chose Wanlu to create my special character this time out with full confidence I don't have to ride the artists. :)

Stars in the making here folks. Count on it.

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 1, 2008 08:55AM)
Hey Doug,

I'm touched :) Thanks!!! I appreciate it.

Please understand...I don't personally make the puppets...it's my partners making them for me but I have the final say in the designs. They show me something...if I like it then it's a go. I have turned down several granny and duck designs and recently a baby design. I would rather keep away from making a baby (puppet of course) if it will only make us appear like thieves.

Thanks again Doug for your kind words..I hope I can live up to your expectations as far as your puppet is concerned. ;)

Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jun 1, 2008 09:23AM)
That's why I said the 'Wanlu Team'. Take care of that artist. He or She is very special...as is your Eye.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 1, 2008 09:32AM)
ArtistS actually :) and your spot on with the "TEAM" :)
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Jun 1, 2008 01:40PM)
Wanlu and team - please understand I didn't mean my comment as any kind of criticism.

I think your characters are very original. I didn't say your looked like a Pavlov except that it is a light to carry and very colourful character. In fact I like your alient better than theirs.

Keep up the good work. I have pretty much set my cast of characters but if you keep coming up with originals like this, I may buy one yet :)
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 1, 2008 09:18PM)
Hi Neale,

No problem here :)

Thanks for your comments and kind words...

I appreciate comments coming from seasoned pros like you...as well as all the other vents and magicians in the Café who have been very supportive :)

I'm also a big Pavlov fan just like Tom Crowl and a few more vents in the Café and I will never try to do anything against their work. :)

I also belong to a Puppet Makers forum and I have posted the pictures of our puppets there and we got very good reviews :) I guess the only similarity with other puppet makers is the materials used...foam and fleece cloth and the synthetic hair/fur. But the design and details as well as the way puppets are manufactured vary to the makers' style.

I guess if I use latex for my puppets, people will compare us to Ax :)

In any case, give us more time and we will try to have a distinction.

Oh by the way...we also offer CUSTOM MADE PUPPETS. A mix of your design and ours. Your design remains your creation and we won't market it. Price is just a bit higher than the standard $150 of course but guaranteed to be very reasonable depending on the designs you want.

Hey Neale...imagine a piglet or a kit ( I think that's what they call a baby beaver) with your own specs :) for a very reasonable rate :)


Message: Posted by: alexa (Jun 9, 2008 01:59PM)
Looked at Pavlov...I don't think the aliens look similar at all. The quality, workmanship looks equivalent but the actual characters do not look very similar.

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 9, 2008 09:19PM)
Thanks Alexa,

We make sure we don't mess with the Pavlov and Mat designs :)

I appreciate you comments :)
Message: Posted by: chris mcbrien (Jun 9, 2008 09:24PM)
I think your alien looks great and is one of your best creations to date (I feel like Dr. Seuss today!). Keep up the great work, Wanlu! You 'da man!
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 9, 2008 09:28PM)
Thanks Chris :) :) :)
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jun 9, 2008 09:42PM)
I ordered and have received Wanlu's Alien. I LOVE the character - so much personality. I'm thinking about - but not certain if I will - calling him GOD. He simply appears in a manner I can comprehend.

"What, you were expecting George Burns or Morgan Freeman?"

I'm sure that would upset a lot of people - but the goofy potential of this puppet being omnipotent and have to deal with everyone's problems and prayers could lead to a wealth of material.

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 9, 2008 09:51PM)
LOL Tom :)

Thanks for your kind words... :)

BTW gang, there's an Alien ready for shipment...it can be with you in 3 days :)

Let me know who wants it :)

Thanks again,

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 15, 2008 09:51AM)
Special trial rate on an Alien...

PM me if you are interested :)
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 17, 2008 01:26AM)
Okay here's the thing, Alien Number 1 was made just slightly smaller than the regular puppets...so Alien number 1 is perfect for vents with small hands only :)

I'll have it shipped for $130 only...
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 26, 2008 09:10PM)
Alien Number 1 sold :)

Thanks :)
Message: Posted by: steven-gibson (Jun 30, 2008 06:20PM)
Great character, lots of potential there!
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 30, 2008 08:35PM)
Two new photos :)

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 1, 2008 08:57PM)
And a new Alien arrives...

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 1, 2008 09:07PM)
On 2008-06-30 19:20, steven-gibson wrote:
Great character, lots of potential there!

Thanks Steven :)
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 1, 2008 09:43PM)
Alien Number 2



Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 2, 2008 10:41AM)

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 2, 2008 10:28PM)
The Creature :)



Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 18, 2008 10:30AM)
I just got a PM from Tom Crowl who is now having a great time at VentHaven...he showed the Alien to both Ken Groves and Ken Lucas and it got good reviews and some nice suggestions too regarding the design :)

Thanks Tom :)
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Jul 20, 2008 09:31AM)
He also showed it to me and I loved it. It was bigger than I realized and definitely a lot of character potential! Nice work!
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 20, 2008 10:22AM)
Wow...thanks Neale :)

I'm sure you are having a great time at the ConVention... :)
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 22, 2008 11:49AM)
Thanks Tom for these very nice pictures :)



and thanks to Neale and Steve for allowing me to use the photos in our website and listings :)
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 22, 2008 09:08PM)
Another nice photo from Cindy of Kentucky :)

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 23, 2008 06:56AM)
Our Comical Creature

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 23, 2008 08:15AM)
With Serge from France :)