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Scarecrow by R. John Wright

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Scarecrow
by R. John Wright

The Toy Shoppe is delighted to announce Scarecrow™ from R. John Wright's exciting series based on the characters in the classic 1939 MGM motion picture The Wizard of Oz™!

Faithfully based on the beloved character immortalized by Ray Bolger in the 1939 film, Scarecrow™ has been brought to life by R. JOHN WRIGHT DOLLS for the first time ever in the medium of molded felt.

Oz's Scarecrow™ from R. John Wright Dolls is faithfully based on the original motion picture images. Standing 18 inches tall, he is fully jointed at his shoulders, hips, knees, elbows and neck with R. John Wright's ball and socket jointing system with an internal wood mechanism. His molded felt character face has been finely modeled in a true likeness with hand-painted features and embossed burlap complexion. Under his costume, the Scarecrow™ has a realistic molded felt torso and limbs. Under his gloves, his amazing sculptural felt hands have individually sewn fingers!

Extensively researched for the utmost authenticity, Scarecrow's™ costume features a detailed coat tailored, exactly like the film original, from custom-dyed cotton flannel with bound buttonholes, leather buttons and ragged tears. His trousers are also made of custom-dyed flannel with hand-stitched inset patches. Scarecrow's™ authentic cotton twill work gloves have individual fingers and a knit wristband. His iconic hat is made of all-wool felt and hand-cobbled boots are made of distressed leather. Custom-made miniature rope and straw accents complete Scarecrow's™ trademark ensemble.

Scarecrow™ is produced at the R. John Wright Dolls studio workshop in Bennington, Vermont, in a numbered limited edition of only 250 pieces worldwide. The 'RJW' brass button is affixed to each doll as a lasting mark of identification and a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity is included inside the deluxe The Wizard of Oz™ presentation box. Matching numbers to other characters in the R. John Wright Wizard of Oz™ collection subject to availability.  Please Note: Other characters seen in photo are each sold separately.


Ray Bolger (1904-1987), an American entertainer of stage and screen, is best known for his iconic portrayal of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz™. Bolger began his career in vaudeville. His limber body and ability to ad-lib movement won him many starring roles on Broadway in the 1930s. Bolger's film career began when he signed a contract with MGM in 1936. Two years later Bolger was cast as the Tin Woodman in the studios big fantasy production The Wizard of Oz™. Feeling he could use his dancing and comedic skills to greater effect, Bolger was delighted when his role was switched to that of the Scarecrow™ instead. Bolger also played the role of Hunk - Uncle Henry and Aunt Em's farmhand - which was the Scarecrow's™ Kansas counterpart in the sepia-toned sequences of the film.

Capturing The Magic Of Oz

John Wright discusses the unique challenges and interesting techniques of creating his new, authentic Wizard of Oz collection.

 The Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz

I think I told you before that we're working on the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz series. We've put ball & socket knees and elbows on him which is pretty neat. (We've never done elbows before.) Here's the interesting part: his face is molded in felt as usual but then we mold a sack over the entire head and tie it at the neck. The sack is made of coarse woven fabric to look like burlap. So it's exactly like the process the real actor went through to be made up as the Scarecrow! As far as I know, nobody has ever approached these characters in this way.

In addition to the head, the same thing is done on the rest of the doll; there is a complete detailed nude doll under the costume. And the gorgeous hands have individual molded fingers that are then covered with removable cotton gloves—just like in the film!

When we do the Lion and Tin Man we will use this same approach. Under that Lion's fur costume will be a complete molded felt actor. The Lion's face will be molded felt w/shading and inset whiskers.

To get the right effect for the Tin Man, ... the smooth face will then be painted silver to look just like the Tin Man character in the film. The original Tin Man costume was constructed of buckram and we're thinking that we may do it the same way.

 Many of these are things we've never done before and they are quite challenging. We're almost done sculpting the Cowardly Lion and Tin Man and will send for molds soon. Super-exciting project!

- JW

 

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Scarecrow
by R. John Wright

Size Height : 18 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size : 250
Materials All-Wool Felt
Features Airbrushed Accents
Jointing Number of Joints : 9
Jointed at the Neck
Ball-And-Socket Jointing
Special Jointing Designed by the Artist
Authenticity Officially Licensed
Copyright Verbiage : officially licensed by Warner Brothers
Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Age Appropriate Collectible, Not Intended For Children
Country of Origin United States

The Toy Shoppe Has Offered R. John Wright Creations For Over Three Decades

R. John Wright and Susan WrightThe Toy Shoppe has had the pleasure of offering the work of R. John Wright since 1979. When Danny Shapiro, the founder of The Toy Shoppe, first saw John and Susan's work he was impressed with the great charm and fine craftsmanship exhibited. Each piece created by R. John Wright continues to display the virtuosity of the artist when considering fine and original design, beautiful craftsmanship and the use of beautiful materials of exceptional quality. As work of this nature can only be produced in small quantities, each piece is all the more special.

Originality Of Design

Every great object created begins with design. R. John Wright's design often originates with source material from famous children's illustrations as John and Susan have a great love for well-known characters from classic children's books. What is most impressive in this endeavor is that each piece created from these illustrations remains true to the original artwork. Each is truly the definitive interpretation of these most famous childhood characters. Their designs are also inspired by nature. The realism with which they create their bears, mice and other animals is matched only by their ability to introduce such character and personality in them without resorting to caricaturish extremism.

Inspired By The Classics

Established in 1976, the company has produced work based on the most famous illustrations of all time, including Ernest Shepherd's Winnie-the-Pooh, Jessie Wilcox Smith's storybook characters, Johnny Gruelle's Raggedy Ann and Andy, Walt Disney's Classics, Saint Exupery's The Little Prince, Beatrix Potter's animal kingdom, Rose O'Neill's Kewpie, Michael Bond's Paddington and Sir John Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland.

Fine Craftsmanship

R. John Wright The Little Prince dollsThe making of an heirloom piece in our estimation is synonymous with fine craftsmanship. We have often seen an artist's fine design destroyed in manufacture. This is definitely NOT the case with R. John Wright. At the R. John Wright workshop and studio in Vermont, a highly skilled team of trained artisans puts each limited edition into production. Each piece that comes from the R. John Wright workshop is beautifully detailed and finished. Because of the complexity of these original designs, innovative techniques must be devised to insure that each piece in the edition remains consistent and uniform. Technically speaking, as charming as the early R. John Wright work was, the newer pieces are much more complex and innovative. Due to these technical innovations in manufacture, the designs are now brought to life in a way that they never could have been 20 years ago.

Each accessory that comes with an R. John Wright creation is also of original design. John and Susan are not content to merely use an existing object as an accessory. When the object cannot be created in their workshop due to the material or specialized skills desired, the company works with master craftsmen in their respective fields to custom make the final pieces.

We believe that these factors have been important in contributing to the already established higher value of earlier R. John Wright work.

Heirloom Quality Toys

At The Toy Shoppe, we believe that true collectibility is earned by the maker's dedication and commitment to design, craftsmanship and material usage. Rarity is naturally implied, as work of this nature cannot be mass-produced. The market has already well recognized the collectible nature of the work by R. John Wright. We believe this will easily continue to be the case.

Today, John and Susan continue to create and innovate with delightful felt dolls, bears, mice and many other characters at their workshop in Bennington, Vermont in the United States.

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