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Topic: Displaying Your Figures
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Aug 8, 2012 08:13PM)
So....does anyone here keep their figures out and displayed when not in use?

This is something that comes to mind for me from time to time.
I have a display case in the living room for some vent stuff;

[img]http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q264/blueshawk1/vent%20personal/display2.jpg[/img]
[img]http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q264/blueshawk1/vent%20personal/display3.jpg[/img][img]http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q264/blueshawk1/vent%20personal/display4.jpg[/img]

And in addition to the couple Pelhams in the display case, I recently put up a shelf in my den that holds another half dozen of my too many Pelhams (can you tell I love the Pelhams? there's still another half dozen in another box somewhere, and at one time I sold off another half dozen besides.....);

[img]http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q264/blueshawk1/vent%20personal/display1.jpg[/img]

And I came across a couple of these small wooden benches at a garage sale, and right now, I just have this old Lovik sitting one one;

[img]http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q264/blueshawk1/vent%20personal/display6.jpg[/img]

and I think I could comfortably have two figures sitting on each bench.
But the rest of my figures sit in their cases, only to see the light of day when I get them out for some reason. I kind of hate that I don't get to look at them all the time, but I feel like it's the right thing to do to keep them protected in cases. Not that we have any small kids running around the house, or a lot of house guests that might want to paw them, but there's still things like dust, etc. to consider.

I'm starting to think along the lines of I'm going to put them out anyway because it's like I'm not enjoying them now as much as I could be if they were out so I could at least see them all the time. Like I said earlier, I just recently put up the shelf for those Pelhams so they wouldn't just be tucked away in a box, sort of starting to move in the direction of putting out the figures.

So what about everyone else, what do you do, do you keep them all out, or safely tucked away and protected in a case?
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 8, 2012 08:47PM)
Nice display!

Unfortunately, for some reasons I can't post photos in the Café...

But I do have the figures on display :)
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Aug 8, 2012 09:17PM)
Wanlu,

send me pixs and I'll post for you.
Message: Posted by: Aussie (Aug 8, 2012 10:14PM)
My figure goes into his suitcase when not active.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 9, 2012 12:37AM)
Thanks Donald...will email some pictures now :)

The figures I use in my act are in suitcases and always ready to go... :)
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Aug 9, 2012 12:30PM)
Here's Wanlu's display.

[img]http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa346/creativemac/Vent/Wankuphoto.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Servante (Aug 9, 2012 10:40PM)
My vent figures are, for the most part, in cases. I do have three Hazelle marionettes and a Howdy Doody marionette hanging from the ceiling of my office, a rare Steiff beagle posed above my drafting table, a 1920's eighteen-inch Dummy Dan on a shelf. I dust them periodically, usually with canned air and a feather duster.

-Philip
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 9, 2012 11:01PM)
Thanks Donald :)

The small toy figure I got from Ebay while the wooden puppets beside the figure are called Wayang GoleK or rod puppets. I got them from my trip to Malaysia during the ASEAN Puppetry Festival last year. The MuayThai wooden sculpture below, I got in Thailand during my cruise show on board Star Cruises.

I have 3 Payes and a Poyner on display inside my study room... (I just call it a study room to make me look bright but its actually where I watch movies and eat junk food all day while I am on my recliner chair)

I'll send you a photo of the Poyner in the study and a photo of some awards I got as a ventriloquist :) The awards are my first line of display he he :bigsmile:
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Aug 9, 2012 11:23PM)
....The awards are my first line of display.

And you should be proud to display them
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 9, 2012 11:26PM)
[quote]
On 2012-08-10 00:23, creativemac wrote:
....The awards are my first line of display.

And you should be proud to display them
[/quote]

I am :bigsmile:

Thanks again Donald :bigsmile:

Here's a video of my 5th win in a local TV talent contest where I won the Hall of Fame Award in 2009 :) I used 4 figures in less than two minutes. Figures include a Mack-Marshall, a Hartz, a Payes and a Poyner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epcSJ0ysvsQ
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 9, 2012 11:43PM)
My apologies for my off topic post.

Back to the topic... I think displaying vent figures is really cool. Unfortunately, we have a very small house and to display full sized figures is a problem. However, I do plan to have at least one figure placed in a glass showcase and have it displayed in the living room in the future.

Thanks again ;)
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Aug 10, 2012 12:49AM)
Dave,
as Wanlu, I think I'm gonna get a curio case to display 2-3 of my figures. Now, how do I convince my wife, it's a great idea and will add to the value of our house?
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 10, 2012 02:15AM)
When the McRay DNA was still with me, it was displayed by the living room. It was perfect because it's small and the mechanics are visible.

But I eventually sold it thinking I am not a collector but more of a performer.
I also sold the McRay Gort and the Mack which were all really cool display pieces.

Now I an hoping or probably more on dreaming to be able to display a valuable figure inside a glass showcase... somerhing I can be proud to show when the likes of Donald Woodford visits Manila in the future. :)
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Aug 10, 2012 06:02AM)
Sorry Donald, you're on your own on that one, I didn't have to do any convincing, I just did it, but I knew it wouldn't be an issue.
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Aug 10, 2012 05:42PM)
I have over 160 full size figures and all are out on display with no cases. I have them displayed in 2 rooms. Why put the figure in a case? Then you can't pick it up and play with it without at least some effort. All that have been to Vent Haven Museum will also see that 99% of the figures are open and not in cases. I don't understand the need to case them. I have even my 3 McElroy figures out and if any figure was going to be cased those should be. Hey these are vent figures not Ancient artifacts.. IMHO.
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 10, 2012 06:51PM)
Hi Dan,

I plan to have only one figure displayed by the living room, perhaps just a Poyner, but to prevent people from touching it and for aesthetics, I plan to have it in a glass case. Beside the glass case will be photos of that particular figure in action. :)

I really don't want anyone to think that the figure is a toy and that anyone can just grab it and play with it. :)

Compared to people going to a vent museum, they are aware how expensive and delicate the figures are, people visiting my humble home might not be aware of how expensive and how delicate a figure is.
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Aug 10, 2012 07:14PM)
Wanlu I have had many folks visit and have never had a problem so I still think a glass case is ridiculous. In YOUR home no one is going to touch your figure and before they do they would ask. That has always been the case with me. Again IMHO
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 10, 2012 07:32PM)
My Poyner is not as expensive as a Mack but I will still place it in a glass case just small enough to house the figure. I would rather have it in a glass case than tell guests not to touch the figure, specially if they ask if they can touch it. I would rather be ridiculous than rude. If I say no after they ask, they may think it's ridiculous to have it on display if I won't allow people to touch it. Having it in a case obviously means they can't touch it. If you have 10 guests and one asks if he can touch it or play with it, the other nine would want to touch it and play with it as well... maybe it's just me but I am not comfortable with that. People who don't know anything about figures will start pressing the levers real hard, check out the paint work on the face, tap the face and check if it's wood, touch the eyes because they look so real, etc etc. I think there is a big difference between people visiting a museum and a regular place like mine. IMHO :)

http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KJkIeLpSVQO2YAJjqJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dcharlie%2Bmccarthy%26fr%3Dmoz35%26fr2%3Dpiv-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D154&w=300&h=225&imgurl=cactustony.files.wordpress.com%2F2011%2F09%2Fcharlie-mccarthy-19391.jpg%3Fw%3D300%26amp%3Bh%3D225&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcactustony.wordpress.com%2F&size=14.4+KB&name=Charlie+McCarthy+wondering+where+Edgar+Bergen+is+%281938%29&p=charlie+mccarthy&oid=61fb462e1fa6a29dcfa7467d17da80bf&fr2=piv-web&fr=moz35&tt=Charlie%2BMcCarthy%2Bwondering%2Bwhere%2BEdgar%2BBergen%2Bis%2B%25281938%2529&b=151∋=30&no=154&ts=&tab=organic&sigr=1101t680c&sigb=137b6aibm&sigi=12h4cvedo&.crumb=yGZx/1TdeGC
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Aug 10, 2012 08:49PM)
More Wanlu displays

[img]http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i469/corvett77/470354_10150893259883308_270446496_o.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i469/corvett77/322033_10150363346112432_282417262431_8283875_320578035_o.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 10, 2012 08:52PM)
Thanks Donald :)

That Poyner will be in a glass case soon :)
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Aug 12, 2012 07:34PM)
Wanlu - I like the Poyner picture, with the little figure on his knee and the mic right there - pretty cool!
And I agree with you about the difference between a museum and visiting a "regular place" like your home. In a museum, usually there isn't even a chance for people to touch because whatever is in a glass case or behind ropes, and even if it isn't, in most cases, people just know, in a museum, you don't touch. But in regular home circumstances, people think it's okay and often can't "see" without touching.

Dan - the Vent Haven museum is not a good analogy because the people going there are vents and have some respect, and again, it's a museum, people just seem to know you don't touch in a museum. As for home, if you've never had anyone just reach out and touch without asking, you've been lucky. Of course that fear for some also comes from performing. Anyone who has done any performing, especially with kids, knows if you get close enough and give them half a chance, the kids are going to have to touch, and some adults are that way too.
I think for most people, keeping their figures in cases, may be a thing of protecting a tool of their trade, same as one would keep their expensive mic cased or other equipment for a show, plus it's ready to go for the next show.
I don't think a glass case is ridiculous, I think it might not be a great idea to a put a figure in one if it's a figure you are going to use as it can be a bother getting them in and out, but in the case of the ones I have in a display case, I don't have any plans to use them.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 13, 2012 10:49AM)
Thanks Dave :)

I plan to display that Poyner which I don't use in my gigs anymore... so basically he stays in the glass case for display.

Wanlu
Message: Posted by: TheDummyDoctor (Aug 13, 2012 02:31PM)
In my workshop, the dummy heads hang upside-down unceremoniously from hooks over the workbench, and the main figure I perform with ("Eugene") simply sits comfortably on my living room sofa (often with my cat sleeping on his lap) .
My Howdy Doody marionette...a clone which I produced directly off of the original Howdy some 20 years ago...stands a few feet away next to my faux fireplace.
It's somehow fitting...'Phony Doody' posed smiling and waving in front of a fireless fireplace. LOL

The dummy freaks out the gas meter readers that come every month, and Howdy is a guaranteed conversation starter in general.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Aug 13, 2012 09:07PM)
If I'm working on making something, that's always out while I'm working on it.
I do have another figure out, sitting in the living room, Jim's first carved figure. Although eventually he'll be going somewhere, than I'll probably put one of my other figures in the chair.
I'm in the process of reorganizing and will probably be putting most, if not all of my figures out somewhere when I'm done.
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Aug 14, 2012 05:58PM)
Dave my analogy is spot on. Vent Haven has a collection of figures, so do I. They display them out sitting in chairs so do I. I have never had anyone ventriloquist or otherwise ever pick up a figure without asking and that goes for children as well. You see if the parents let the children know not to touch first children WILL listen and if not they would not be allowed in to the collection. I just find that glass cases defeat the whole purpose of a vent figure. OK that is it I will not repost on this particular subject.
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Aug 14, 2012 06:55PM)
To each his own Dan... ehat seems ridiculous to you may seem logical to others.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Aug 14, 2012 10:24PM)
Actually Dan, you're analogy is missing one spot from being spot on (the same spot that I pointed out before that's missing when talking about donating figures to you or Vent Haven) - Vent Haven is a museum - your house is not.
Like I said, I think you've been lucky, or maybe your home has the feeling of a museum and it has helped stop people from doing what many of us have personally seen happen.
And really, the REAL "whole purpose of a vent figure" is to entertain, so whether someone has one in a glass case not be used to entertain, or over a 160 sitting around not being used to entertain, that is the REAL defeat of the "whole purpose of a vent figure".
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Oct 11, 2012 12:47PM)
...glass showcase :)

You will see it during the interview.

http://youtu.be/jFwV1Ghy8j0
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Oct 11, 2012 03:16PM)
Got himself a McElroy in there, I wonder if it's the one he had back when or another one.
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Oct 11, 2012 04:04PM)
Actually Jeff has a few. He has a Troll style, Ollie, the Umpire and Dudley ( purchased Dudley from Dennis Alwood). The Johnny you saw in the case he traded to Bruce and Janice McElroy towards the Umpire a couple years ago. The video you saw was done quite a while ago. The Johnny in that case originally came from Dennis Alwood who sold it to Bill Nelson who sold it to Greg Claussen who sold it to Jeff. Anyway that is the story of Jeff's McElroy figures.
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Oct 11, 2012 04:11PM)
The trail of some figures....
Wouldn't it have been cool if every figure came with a record of who owned it, each person that owns it adding their name.
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Oct 11, 2012 04:49PM)
I try to get every bit of information on every figure that comes to the Ventriloquist Central Collection and I post that info on the page. For me it is most important!!
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Oct 11, 2012 06:38PM)
Definitely interesting info to have if you can get it.
As for my idea of the "traveling record", of course it would never work, someone along the way would lose it.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Oct 11, 2012 11:02PM)
I'm guessing his other McElroys if not in a glass showcase would be in protective cases and not just sitting in a corner of the house ready for anyone to touch... :)

But of course I could be wrong...
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Oct 12, 2012 03:54PM)
There's no telling without asking him.
In the end though, it's one of those "to each their own" kind of things.
Some prefer to keep their figures in cases, some prefer, and can, keep them out on display.

That "can" is a big part of it too. Some may not have the room to have their figures sitting out, some may have circumstances that won't permit it.
I have one figure in a display case in the living room and one sitting in a chair in the living room - some spouses would not approve of that. Some may have circumstances where they don't feel it's safe for the figure to have them out - I'm sort of in one of those right now.
We recently adopted another dog, he's only 6 months old now and 200% puppy;

[img]http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q264/blueshawk1/boomer1.jpg[/img]

Cute, isn't he, but like I said, 200% puppy and full of it, with lots to learn about what to do and what not to do, AND he seems to have developed a like for cheweing wood.....don't think I want any figures out right now, where he can reach them anyway.

Anyway, like I said, "to each their own".
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Oct 12, 2012 08:40PM)
"to each their own" ...so true! :)

...like what I said before, what might be ridiculous to one can be a bright idea to others.
Message: Posted by: Miguel Abril (Oct 13, 2012 05:18AM)
You have awesome displays!
Message: Posted by: Fonsy (Nov 1, 2012 03:48AM)
A good and fairly inexpensive way
of displaying & storing dummies
is to use metal school bookshelves
with glass doors.

I was lucky enough to find a local place
where they could make the shelves
a bit deeper than usual.

I have pics at ...
http://vent.fonsy123.com/display.html .

Each case could hold 4 figures,
but then they become a bit cramped.

The glass doors are perfect to prevent
a certain little cat from playing with my figures.

Fonsy
http://vent.fonsy123.com


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Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Nov 1, 2012 04:35AM)
Very nice!
Message: Posted by: Matt_24 (Nov 2, 2012 09:14AM)
[quote]
On 2012-10-11 17:04, marshalldoll wrote:
Actually Jeff has a few. He has a Troll style, Ollie, the Umpire and Dudley ( purchased Dudley from Dennis Alwood). The Johnny you saw in the case he traded to Bruce and Janice McElroy towards the Umpire a couple years ago. The video you saw was done quite a while ago. The Johnny in that case originally came from Dennis Alwood who sold it to Bill Nelson who sold it to Greg Claussen who sold it to Jeff. Anyway that is the story of Jeff's McElroy figures.
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
[/quote]

Don't forget SKINNY DUGAN! ;)
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Nov 2, 2012 07:22PM)
[quote]
On 2012-11-01 04:48, Fonsy wrote:
A good and fairly inexpensive way
of displaying & storing dummies
is to use metal school bookshelves
with glass doors.

Each case could hold 4 figures,
but then they become a bit cramped.
[/quote]

Those look good. I haven't been able to find anything like that around here.
A couple weeks ago, I thought I might have lucked out. A house down the street, had in a garage sale, what used to be a large display case, but they had been using it as an entertainment center. I probably easily could have fit at least four, if not five figures in there - comfortably where I would be able to get them in and out easily. Unfortunately, they did not have the glass doors for it.
I've been looking around otherwise, but anything I've been able to find has been unaffordable, or if affordable, too small or got bad reviews because it's made with really poor pressed board.
But I keep on looking.
Maybe I should try making my own.