Playpals and Playpal types used to be rather plentiful (the black versions, I mean) on eBay. This is no longer the case. When they do show up, the amount the seller desires is usually far more than most are willing to pay.
|Willie Talk by Horsman, a 23-inch pull-string ventriloquist doll, circa 1972|
In "helper mode," I searched eBay for "black ventriloquist doll" (thinking maybe the Argentine might be able to use one in place of the desired Playpal). I located an auction for a black Willie Talk by Horsman, circa 1970s-mid 1980s. He was nude and the beginning bid was under $15. I asked the gentleman if Willie Talk interested him. He insisted that he needed a 35-inch black Playpal. "Okay," I thought. I revisited Willie's auction and decided to watch it until the end. "Yippee, yay," I thought, as the adrenaline rush began to subside when my lone bid sealed my win.
Willie Talk (WT) arrived last week in need of clothing. I have temporarily dressed him in an infant's preemie nautical-style romper and black infant's shoes. The ankle portion of his painted-on black, cloth feet gives the illusion of socks. If he could really talk, WT would probably voice his displeasure over my outfit selection. But since he cannot, he has no say-so in the matter. I think he would agree with me that he fits in well with my other ventriloquist and pull-string, ventriloquist-type dolls.
WT's mouth mechanism, a string in the back of his neck, is designed to close and open his mouth. It is no longer operational. This may be something my husband can repair after I remove the head. Repaired or not, he has lots of character especially with the gold-rim glasses I added.
With an eBay saved search in place, hopefully I can help the gentleman locate the desired Playpal without finding something else for myself in the process.
For more information on ventriloquist dolls and dummies, visit Ventriloquist Central.
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