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daffydoug
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Has anyone listed in one place all the features that are available on hard figures?

Let me try:

Mouth movement (Of course) either slot jaw or living mouth

Eyebrow raise

Eyebrow down

Wink (Either one or both eyes)

Side to side eye movement and self centering

Eye WIDEN

Eye ROLL (I don't see this offered often and I wonder if it would be possible to combine it with other eye movement features without getting TOO complicated)

Upper lip curl (isn't this called "snigger?")

ear wiggle

Spitter


Tongue stick out

Handshake

Did I miss anything?
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Nose movement
There's also weighted eyes.
Not so popular any more, but some used to have the ability to smoke a cigarette.
That's about all the other ones I can think of at the moment.
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Also flip up wig, crossing eyes, light up nose, smoke out the ears, elbow nudger, crossing legs, crying effect, and whistle effect to name a few more!!
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Holy cow!
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Upper lip movement is called a "snear" animation by most, I think.
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Frank Marshall called it a smiling effect.
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Does removable dentures count? I've seen extending neck and wiggling moustache
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Breathing out smoke and spitting fire for non human figures as well as glow in the dark or lighted up eyes
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Spitting fire?? How do they get away with that with all the regulations nowadays?
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I forgot about the "removable dentures/teeth" ability. Two of my Alfero's figures have two protruding teeth that can be easily removed and that certainly changes the appearance of the figure BUT I wouldn't really consider that an "animation" per se (unless of course they would happen to loose one or both of those teeth DURING a performance for somekind of comical effect - now that I think about it, that could be a possibility:o) I consider animations to be body parts on the figure that can be manipulated by the vent during the skit. The list of them that has been given so far is very impressive. Too many "features" would require a headstick with MANY control levers to the extent that the vent himself might not be able to work them all effectively or he/she might become confused during a performance and work the wrong one at the wrong time. Even though my vent family each has more than the standard moving eyes and mouth, those are the two primary ones utilized (duh) and the others are more for comic effect than anything else. IMHO:o)
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Good post. Over complication could be a problem, unless one was willing to expend extensive practice hours with that figure in order that all that manual manipulation to the point where it is all subconscious.. I was wondering about the eyes, though. They are the most important feature as the eyes are the windows of the soul, even for our "souless" wooden friends.

Now there is side to side, widen, cross eyes, roll eyes, self centering, winkers, and I even saw one the other day that could cross one eye independently of the other! Q-Whew!!!

Is it possible to have all those eye animation features on one figure without making it overly complicated?
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McElroy did it, although those "keyboards" do look a bit daunting.
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The McElroy style keyboard is set up in a very unique way which enables the performer to actuate the controls easily once you have memorized the order in which they are placed. The lower jaw is located on one side of the head stick and the upper lip is on the oposite side. The eyes free float so you don't have to worry about that. There is a lever on the keyboard to cause the cross eyed effect.
Frank Marshall created crossing eyes which once crossed will still move side to side for addition effect. Very unique and I don't think any other builder did this effect.
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That is amazing! I am almost crazy to see a photograph of that stick! Is there any available photos so we can see exactly what you are describing?
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I do believe Doug that it is time for you to visit my web site. http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com and then click on Ventriloquist Central Collection and then scroll down to McElroy figures. Click on Happy and you will see everything that I have described and then some.
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My new Nelson/Lavender figure can shrug his shoulders just by pulling down on the head stick.

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On 2011-01-08 17:54, marshalldoll wrote:
I do believe Doug that it is time for you to visit my web site. http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com and then click on Ventriloquist Central Collection and then scroll down to McElroy figures. Click on Happy and you will see everything that I have described and then some.
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Ok. I'm going there now!
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A double voice? How is that done?????
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