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The BURDS Puppets

July 10 2007 at 11:33 PM
Tony Borders 
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Looking for one of the Burds by Toi?

This message has been edited by axtell from IP address on Jun 21, 2013 4:02 AM

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Steve Axtell

BURDS of a feather flock together

July 24 2007, 7:26 AM 

Thanks Tony...that is an AMAZING price. They could easily get over $100 for Buzz Bonkit.

Buzz was part of a three set of characters called the BURDS. The other two characters were Chat Racket and Tina Talkatoo. Toys of these were sold in Toys R Us back in the early 90s. They were characters on the PBS show "ImagineLand" with Jack Houston.

We will probably come out with them again someday, if we license them for another TV show. There has been interest in them.


Joey Neal

A chat about Chat..... Racket

August 28 2011, 3:17 PM 

Dear Steve,

I won a chat racket off of eBay for $21 dollars! It shipped today and I'll post a photo on your Facebook when I get it.



Steve Axtell


August 28 2011, 3:21 PM 

That's unheard of! Great price! He's the most popular of the 3 and usually goes for over $100! Score!


Steve Petra

what all the racket?

August 28 2011, 6:49 PM 

Chat Racket was our first Axtell puppet. My wife Jeanie used to operate him - he was the Melon Bird in our first show.

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Steve Axtell


August 29 2011, 9:02 AM 

The BURDS were also licensed to a production studio for use on the PBS Series "Jack Houston's IMAGINELAND"

Here are a few clips of some BURDS segments:

Travis H

Re: The BURDS Puppets

August 29 2011, 10:48 AM 

My Chat is the first Axtell puppet in my collection. Bought in Montreal on a school trip when I was 15-16. He's still in great shape. Any chance of bringing those back into the market, Steve?

Travis H

Re: The BURDS Puppets

August 29 2011, 10:50 AM 

Incidentally, my Chat shorts are not embedding properly, so here are the links...


Steve Axtell


August 29 2011, 1:09 PM 

We may manufacture them again with another company someday. Lot's of cool stuff coming in our future! Stick with us!

Travis H

Re: The BURDS Puppets

August 29 2011, 2:18 PM 

Love to see the Burds make a comeback, Steve! Need to complete my collection. wink.gif

Ah-ha. That did it.

Joey Neal

I know right?

August 30 2011, 6:15 AM 

On eBay I got it for $15 plus $6 shipping. I might get it today and I'll show you my own Magic Moment


Burds and Vinyl Vern

April 11 2013, 7:07 AM 

These are products that we had made in limited quantities... they are collector's items now. Neither of these are rip offs, they are my official designs. Ax

Travis H

Re: The BURDS Puppets

April 13 2013, 10:30 AM 

I emailed the Verne seller and notified them of their description error. They originally had it listed as latex.

There's a Tina Talkatoo up there now with only 8 hrs left.

The prices for these vinyl puppets are a bit steep (realize they're unavaiable), but I'd rather give money directly to Steve's company. Any chance the Burds or Vinyl Vernes will hit the Axtell site this year? Chat was my first Axtell puppet, and I'd love to have the rest for a reasonable price. I know you've had manufacturing issues in the past years, but I keep crossing my fingers.


Tina Talkatoo on eBay

December 22 2013, 8:18 PM
Burds Tina Talkatoo on eBay for 100 obo. Only a few days left.
Are people still searching for these?



September 27 2016, 12:19 PM 

I have a brand new in the box "Buzz Bonkit".
I bought him years ago for my students and never had the opportunity to use him.
I enjoyed reading about the characters here




November 11 2016, 5:12 AM 

The BURDS are an amazing puppet collection! I traveled with the toy company execs to China to guide the production of these at the factory. I'll share some photos of that when I locate them. They were made with hot pour vinyl in rotocast machines with metal molds. I was pretty demanding on the quality and the painting was done by only 3 or 4 of the artists that I approved. It was quite difficult to mount the hair into the head and required specialized machinery. Also on Buzz Bonket they used doll hair rooting machines for his eyebrows. Very fun.

We went out to dinner and did karaoke with the engineering staff during this trip ... some fun times and really special to see my sculptures and puppet designs being mass produced at the factory level.

The BURDS ended up in toy and gift stores around the world including Toys R Us in the 90s.

If you can find a puppet on eBay they are wonderful to own and keep going UP in value.

Steve Axtell

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