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ColinDymond
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Who makes the best girl figures? Most of the ones I have seen are just boys in a long wig and that's exactly how they look.
http://www.ventriloquistmarketplace.com/....../086.JPG
Have you seen any realy good ones?
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The one in the link above is an Albert Alfaro creation. His girl figures, IMHO, are much better than some of the "conversions" out there. He will do custom work. He's not cheap, but his figures and mechanics are excellent.

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ColinDymond
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I like Albert's work, I've not seen one in the flesh but he makes some interesting looking characters. I don't think this is one of his best, it still looks like a boy in a wig!
I wonder how different girls faces are? Do most figure makers just make conversions because there isn't much interest in girl figures or do they think there are'nt enough differences in the faces.
What about a moody teenage girl?
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Not sure Colin. I'm not overly fond of the wig on that character - but the face seems softer (to me) than some of the male conversion figures. Sounds like you are going to need to talk with someone about a custom job that meets your needs. I can highly recommend Albert's work.
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The great Conrad Hartz has created awesome girl/woman figures. I owned and performed with one before, she's (I mean the figure) fabulous!
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Colin..have you looked at Tim Selberg's figures? He's not the most inexpensive figure maker around but he does turn out a wonderful product. I haven't seen too many girl figures though. You might write him and ask.

It seems that in the past most of the figure makers did what you mentioned...put a wig on a boy figure and gave the figure some rouge on the face. I've seen Frank Marshall figures and they looked exactly like boy figures.

Good luck, Colin! By the way Al Alfaro and Conrad Hartz also do an excellent job.

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ColinDymond
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Looking through the Selberg site all the girls are the same carvings as boys, some work better than others in my opinion.
Marcie=Darby
Alison=Sammy
Bonnie=Buster&C.J.
Granny=Old Coot
Viola=Gramps
Mindy=Andy
Daphne=Duncan
The ones I think work best are Mindy and Marcie.
It's just got me interested in what are the facial features that distinguish a girl from a boy, especially when they are younger.
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I highly recommend Albert Alfaro's figures! They are AWESOME and reasonably priced, IMHO!!
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I highly recommend Albert Alfaro's figures! They are AWESOME and reasonably priced, IMHO!!
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I hope to get to vent haven next year so maybe I;ll see some of Albert work there. Best bring my credit card!
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If you are looking at soft figures, Mary Ann Taylor or Pavlovs Puppets would be good.
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Mary Ann's stuff looks great. I'm not actually looking for a female character at the moment, I just noticed that the ones I have seen are just boys in wigs!
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When I went to the convention in 2005, I bought a really excellent girl figure from Kem Poyner. It turned out I just could not do a female voice I found convincing and ended up selling her - I didn't want to, she was such a great figure. Last I knew. Kem wasn't doing as much with figuremaking as he was due to health reasons I think, but my info is a few years old, so if someone knows better, let us know, I love his figures.
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I can't say why female figures are rare but it is a fact. The Ventriloquist Central Collection now numbers over 160 figures and there are very few female figures. I do believe it is because most ventriloquists are men and as Dave stated it is hard for men to do female voices. Johnny Main did a wonderful job with female figures but he was one of the few.
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Hmm Maybe that could be my thing! Ok now to practice the voice.
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If you will take a look at http://www.thedummyshop.com you will find an excellent selection of female puppets ranging in age from child to older ladies with a lot of expression on their "time honored" faces. We also specialize in the older ladies having all the appropriate parts subject to the pull of gravity.

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That link doesn't work.
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Try:
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com/

Steve left off the "Pe" in shoppe. You'd think he'd have that down by now! Smile
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It was after my bedtime on a very long day - lol. Thanks for covering for me Tom.

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FYI: to anyone interested in a quality girl figure from one of the top figure makers, there is a Selberg girl figure for sale on Ebay right now. Just thought I'd let those interested know. I am NOT the seller of the figure and I don't even know who is but I know he had a $1200 "Buy It Now" for the figure on a previous auction and the figure didn't sell (the bid got up to $900 and I thought for sure he would get his selling price towards the end of the auction when a lot of people wait to bid at the last minute). IF you are interested, contact the seller and see what you can work out with him. It never hurts to make and offer. In this economy, folks are sometimes eager to make a deal that is good for them AND the buyer. Selberg figures are pretty darn nice and don't come up for sale all that often, IMO.
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