I was reading the various suggestions for making the hands fit better invarious Axtell figure. I'm amazed that there were no comments about the folks who have trouble getting their hand into a figure. I recently bought a "Laughin Louie" figure and had a hard time getting my hand into the head area. Eventually I tore the neck area and I had to return it to Axtell to have a larger area made for my hand. I now see an Axtell figure for sale on E-Bay, (Dad), that I would love to get. But I'm hesitant because of the problem I had with Louie. Has Axtell ever considered selling their figures with different size openings for folks with larger hands? Thanks for any info provided.
Thus the reason for the 2 week guarantee. I have a Diva that fits my left hand, but is a tight fit on my right. So I'm borderline. The father figure has a smaller head, so it is probably not larger than Laughin' Louie. I have put him on, and can't recall a problem. But no 2 week guarantee on ebay.
October 30 2011, 7:55 AM
Just a note that Laughin' Louie has a small jaw, to give him that lovable look. The short jaw means a large hand may have to bend the thumb to work the jaw. That has nothing to do with the neck size, but may help. I don't have a Louie to try at home. If someone wants to buy me one I'll be happy to test it out and comment better.
October 30 2011, 9:10 AM
I never had a problem working Louie's mouth. Where I struggled was getting my hand to the mouth area. Tried using a plastic glove, thinking my hand would slide easier, but it didn't work. I love the lighter, softer figure,and would love to have another one, and that's why I inquired if size options were available.
October 30 2011, 12:36 PM
The problem with various size openings is two fold. The pattern for the body would need to be adjusted to fit the larger neck. That isn't too difficult. However, the puppet heads (and latex parts) are made by pouring the liquid latex into a mold, letting it sit for a certain periond that's just right for the thickness, and then pouring the excess back out. I have not seen the mold, but I imagine it is one size and not adjustable. To create a new mold would require sculpting a new head out of clay, etc. This has been done for the Wild Thing and the book. (That big book is gigantic! Good for next year's library theme "Dream BIG".)
Sorry I couldn't be of more service.
Incidentally, try sprinkler some baby powder on your hand before inserting it. I hear that helps. OR sprinkle it inside the puppet head and shake it around a bit.
Necks and Mouths
October 30 2011, 9:01 PM
Louie has a small chin so you might need to bend your thumb. We have made 2 different Louies over the years.
The first one in 1984 or so was very tight with a skinny neck. We re-sculptured him in the mid 90s and made the neck bigger. Still we have some folks with bigger arms and hands that we can modify it bigger still to fit. We do that by special request and usually after we hear from the customer that it's too tight.... only about 5% who buy Louie. He's a great character!
"Dad" is bigger and has a more direct mouth than Louie FYI.