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Topic: Soft Puppet Recommendations?
Message: Posted by: runner (Sep 7, 2009 01:45PM)
Can anyone recommend good makers of soft vent figures? Thank you.
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Sep 7, 2009 05:26PM)
On 2009-09-07 14:45, runner wrote:
Can anyone recommend good makers of soft vent figures? Thank you.

There are others but this is certainly a great place to start:

Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Sep 7, 2009 06:27PM)
Axtell Expressions...THE BEST!!! :bigsmile:

but you can also check out some of our stuff at...

http://kadoopsypuppets.multiply.com/ :)
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Sep 8, 2009 10:39AM)
I think the folkmanis puppets are THE BEST!

Less scary for young' uns!
Message: Posted by: TRUMPETMAN (Sep 8, 2009 10:54AM)
I still use some Folkmanis puppets for my shows (see my sheepdog over there in my avatar ?), but found that a lot of the preschools I work at were starting to use the same puppets in their classrooms over the past few years. Another problem I have encountered is that very few of the Folkmanis puppets actually fit an adult hand. They are made for children's smaller hands. I still use the mouse (a VERY tight fit) and the peacock, which is one of their more stunning creations. I gave the rest of my Folkmanis collection to my son, who collects stuffed animals. The Folkmanis puppets fit right in, as they are basically a cross between stuffed/plush animals and puppets.

My stable of characters includes quite a few different builders, but the primary two are Axtell and Wanlu. I had to think carefully about which ones to use, since puppets can indeed be scary to very young children, my main audience.

One thing that has occured that I found interesting was that after some of the children have seen me at their school for a few visits, I can start bringing some of my bigger puppets and soft vent figures. I held back on using my Wanlu monkey after getting him, as he is pretty large, and could be considered scary by some very young kids. However, I have used him quite a few times at preschools recently, and he went over like gangbusters ! Same thing held true for my Axtell lion, and he is one BIG soft figure !

Patience and timing with kids is everything....


Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Sep 8, 2009 04:12PM)
I am a huge fan and user of Pavlov's Puppets.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Sep 8, 2009 08:06PM)
I'm probably the biggest fan of Axtell Expressions. :bigsmile:

...and oh I like that Wanlu Puppets too...really not bad for the price they offer...and the designs are cool. :)

This one is their latest best seller...