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Dickens & Dave
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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;

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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.....);

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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;

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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?
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Wanlu
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Nice display!

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

But I do have the figures on display Smile
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Wanlu,

send me pixs and I'll post for you.
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My figure goes into his suitcase when not active.
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Wanlu
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Thanks Donald...will email some pictures now Smile

The figures I use in my act are in suitcases and always ready to go... Smile
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creativemac
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Here's Wanlu's display.

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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.

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Thanks Donald Smile

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 Smile The awards are my first line of display he he Smile
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....The awards are my first line of display.

And you should be proud to display them
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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


I am Smile

Thanks again Donald Smile

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

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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 Smile
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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?
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Wanlu
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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. Smile
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Dickens & Dave
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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.
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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.
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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. Smile

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. Smile

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.
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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
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Wanlu
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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 Smile

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creativemac
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Wanlu
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Thanks Donald Smile

That Poyner will be in a glass case soon Smile
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