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Shirley Temple, Hollywood Star
by R. John Wright


Shirley Temple®, Hollywood Star joins the exciting cast of R. John Wright dolls based on the classic Hollywood Legends!

The Most Famous Child Star Of All Time

Shirley Temple (1928-2014) began her film career at the age of three in 1932. Two years later, she achieved international acclaim in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically to showcase her talents. She received a special Academy Award in 1935 for her outstanding contribution to motion pictures during 1934. Film hits, such as Curly Top and Heidi, followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s.

John and Susan Wright now bring to life in the medium of molded felt the most famous child star of all time. Faithfully based on vintage images of the beloved star at the height of her fame, Shirley Temple stands 15 inches tall and is fully jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips with the RJW wooden ball-and-socket jointing system. She has a realistic molded felt torso and limbs, and her hands feature individually-sewn fingers. Shirley Temple's molded felt portrait face has been finely modeled in her true likeness with delicate hand-painted features. Her wig is crafted from the finest imported mohair and styled into her trademark curls.

Susan Wright with Shirley Temple Coat

Susan Wright with the Shirley's multi-layer ensemble - an exact replica of what Shirley wore to the footprint ceremony at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1935!

Extensively researched for the utmost in authenticity, Shirley's multi-layer ensemble is an exact replica of what she wore to the footprint ceremony at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1935. This iconic outfit includes period underwear made of natural cotton fabrics and a dainty dress of pleated Italian organdy. Her coat and matching tam are tailored from custom-dyed, robin's egg blue felt, fully lined with silk. Details include bound buttonholes and covered felt buttons. To top it off, she wears a gorgeous capelet made of authentic ermine fur! The fur itself comes from Alaska where indigenous Native Americans harvest and tan the pelts in a time-honored tradition. The ermine fur is sewn into capelets at the R. John Wright studios and lined with luxurious silk charmeuse - just like the original.

On Shirley’s feet are white cotton anklets and hand-cobbled replica tap shoes with custom-cast metal taps. In the interests of accuracy and realism, the entire costume is completely removable. No detail has been spared to bring this legendary film personality vividly to life.

R. John Wright Shirley Temple Feature of Doll News Magazine

R. John Wright's
Shirley Temple,
Hollywood Star

is featured on the
Winter 2019 Cover of
Doll News Magazine!


Shirley Temple® will be produced in an extremely limited edition of only 100 numbered pieces worldwide. Each will come enclosed in a deluxe presentation box with the accompanying signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and forms for owner registration.

Shirley Temple® is a registered trademark of Shirley's World, L.P.

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Shirley Temple, Hollywood Star
by R. John Wright

Size Height : 15 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size : 100
Materials Felt
Hair Mohair Wig
Features Hand-Painted
Jointing Number of Joints : 5
Ball-And-Socket Jointing
Special Jointing Designed by the Artist
Authenticity Officially Licensed
Copyright Verbiage : A registered trademark of Shirley's World, L.P.
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 begins with fine design. John and Susan often take their inspiration from famous illustrations found in the classic children's books which they love. What is most impressive is that each piece created from these illustrations remains true to the original artwork: two dimensional illustrations brought to life in three dimensions exactly as we expect them to be. They become the definitive interpretation of our favorite childhood characters. The Wright's 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 rich character and personality in them without resorting to caricaturish extremism.

Inspired By The Classics

Established in 1976, R. John Wright 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, Palmer Cox's Brownies, 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... and the list continues to grow today with their new Peter Pan series!

Fine Craftsmanship

R. John Wright The Little Prince dollsIn our opinion, the making of an heirloom piece requires a marriage of fine design and quality craftsmanship. Poor manufacturing can shatter an artist's fine design. The RJW Workshop employs a unique process to address this. After designing an edition, John and Susan oversee every step of production at their workshop in Vermont ensuring each piece lives up to their artistic vision. Under their watchful eyes, a highly skilled team of trained artisans puts each limited edition into production, detailing and finishing these treasures by hand. Due to the complexity of their original designs, John and Susan must often develop innovative techniques to insure that the edition remains consistent and uniform throughout production: the first piece in the edition must be as wonderful and charming as the final one. Technically speaking, as amazing and delightful as the early R. John Wright creations were, the newer pieces are far more complex. Today’s RJW designs are now brought to life in a way that they never could have been done 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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