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Monday, July 16, 2007

Converted Vent Toys

In one Forum where the topic of Ebay converted figures was discussed, a particular figure was used as an example and the figure maker involved continue to miss the point raised by both Professional and Amateur Vents worldwide.

When the particular figure was bought, the ad that was selling the figure in Ebay did not specify that the figure is a CONVERTED toy.

There is nothing wrong in selling converted toys as long as the ad clearly states a specific warning and explanation on what a converted figure is. If a figure maker is proud of his work, he should clearly state what he is selling.

To ad more infos about the figure, the string used in the figure is too weak. It wont last long if you plan to use the figure often. As a matter of fact, the string of that particular figure broke in less than a week...

The hands of the figure were sticky like it was decaying and all the figure maker can say is that he used a particular sealer that did not do the job well. His point is that the hands left his shop dry and had no idea that it became sticky when sent out. How convenient is that?

The body was way too big for the head...it was not in any way proportion. The figure looked freaky. In fact, I tried a regular sized head on the body and it appeared nice. I have a good feeling that the body was made big intentionally to be able to advertize that the figure is 35 inches or so despite the fact that the head is too small to proportionally fit in such body.


Again, the point of the topic raised in the Forum was...THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN SELLING CONVERTED TOYS AS LONG AS THE AD CLEARLY STATES A WARNING AND PERHAPS AN EXPLANATION ON WHAT A CONVERTED FIGURE IS.

I HAVE NO PERSONAL GRUDGES ON THIS PARTICULAR FIGURE MAKER. IN FACT I EMAILED HIM SEVERAL TIMES EXPRESSING MY APOLOGIES IN CASE ONE IS NEEDED.

BTW, this figure maker offered to refund the figure as long as it is shipped back to him...but when asked for his shipping address , HE NEVER REPLIED BACK. We emailed him asking for his shipping address several times but NOT A SINGLE REPLY...

In any case, I sold the head for less than $100 and kept the body. My wife fixed the body, added more foam on the tummy and shoulders plus I modified the hole for the ball and socket neck of the new regular sized head and now it looks cool :) All is well that ends well :)

On the same topic of converted dummies, and to prove that I have nothing against such figures...I have a Ken Croes figure that was built really well by Mr Croes... The body is proportion to the head...perfect figure for walk arounds or a young ventriloquist. It has raising eyebrows and self centering eyes. The face is quite funny and amusing to watch.

I also had a 1970's Clinton Detweiler figure although I sold it already... it had a body that is proportion to the size of the head...and the mechanics were simply amazing in quality.

If you are in need of a high quality yet affordable figure...please don't hesitate to visit Mr Clinton Detweiler's Blog at http://newsyvents.blogspot.com/ or Visit Mr Ken Croes' Blog at http://www.kennycroes.com


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Wanlu
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