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Your Thoughts: Authentic Gonzo Replica

Discussion in 'Muppet Replicas' started by Phillip, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Reevz1977

    Reevz1977 Well-Known Member

    Not to sound critical, as you really have a great talent, but I actually prefer the Master Replicas version (after the slight revisions I have made). However saying that, I certainly would not want to take away from yours as he really is a thing of beauty:)

    Have you made any others?
  2. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    No other Muppets... just original characters.

  3. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    His nose looks too big though. :confused:
  4. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Depends on which Gonzo you're comparing him to. Muppet Show Gonzo, yes, it's definitely smaller than mine. Newer Gonzos he looks more like. It also photographs bigger than it really is. Nobody ever says it looks too big when they see him in person.

    Truthfully, if I felt like repainting him again, I would make it smaller, but for now, I'm leaving him as he is.

  5. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    The foam nose does make a big difference. Great work!
  6. Davina

    Davina Well-Known Member

    wow.. that is very cool.. if i had your talent and skill, i'd probably build my own too.. would have had em long since most likely :)
  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Yours is an amazing puppet! After working so closely with Gonzo product design in the past I would consider very slightly slimming the nose and darkening the pink on his lip a little bit. The nose is a tad more swollen than what I have seen, but is a lot more accurate than some of the official Creature Shop built posers. Some of their Gonzo beaks weren't great. I'd say your replica is at about my 96% likeness scale. And it's a puppet! :concern: He is the hardest Muppet to get right. The eye lids do look better than the surprised look that is all too common with his products these days.

    By the way, is that a Brain statue from Pinky & the Brain down to Gonzo’s right in the first picture?
  8. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the very much appreciated compliments. The pink color was the hardest of them all to match. But it's actually darker than it photographs with a flash. Next time, I'll take the pictures with a better light source than flash. I also found that there's one poser out there where they used a marker for the pink instead of paint, but I don't like the way that looks. The rest, including the current Puppet Heap Gonzo have been painted.

    By the way, he has a working eye mechanism, too! When I take some action photos, I'll demonstrate it.

    And yes, good eye! That is a Brain statue. Pinky is on the other side of the room.

  9. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    When I did my poser Gonzo, I used the same paint that Terry used on his poser. I will probably getting another Gonzo if I can find one for the right price and redo his nose the way it suppose to be. I have the puppet building skills and carving skills, might as well. The only thing is that the foam is going to be a little expensive, but worth it. :concern:
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Um...canya make me a Fozzie while you're at it? :o I still have hope for him even though it seems that MR is trying to clear their excess stock of posers by slashing the SRP so low. :sympathy:
  11. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Yeah if anyones knocking up a batch of Fozzie bears put me down for one ..... even though of course i totally condone people selling these things so will have to trade you the Fozzie for some pretty paper notes with peoples heads on them and numbers written across the top! *wink wink*

    Anyway its for research and educational purposes!
  12. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    This is the paint Terry recommended, but there was no specific pantone color for it. It was a mixture of two different swatches, so I had to eyeball it. I looked at him again after Frogboy made the comment and it's definitely quite a few shades darker than it looks in the photographs. On my camera screen it almost looked completely white and glowing. At least it looks better than that in the picture on the computer screen.

    You're right about the Scott foam. It's the most expensive part of the whole puppet. I got it from Rogers Foam and there is a minimum order of $500!

  13. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

    Back to the Master Replicas poser.....

    What size shoes fit Gonzo?
  14. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    What size did you get on the foam? I know Terry used 35 PPI foam. I am planning on getting some to do the end of this year.

    Also, I said I can sculp, not sew....totally different, and if I had a Fozzie pattern to go by, I would do that no matter how long it took me to make him. I have friends who know how to do puppet sowing so maybe they can help out if I HAD Fozzie patterns. ( wouldn't that be nice?)
  15. Keeermit

    Keeermit Well-Known Member



    there are a few photos of my second gonzo puppet replica, i think the trick for the bottom lip paint is to put it on lightly. I am now in the process (very slow process) of making a new gonzo - his nose has been carved and painted - i am now just waiting for the foam to turn slightly yellow (as it does with age) to give it the right color. :concern:
  16. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    WOE, your Gonzo is FANTASTIC! We gotta see him in a pic with your MR Kermie.

    Jarrod, your Gonzo is still fantastic too! Looking forward to pics of your newest version.
  17. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    You need a block that is 6 X 6 X 10" to make a Gonzo head, but you'll have to buy more than that to get up to $500. A block that size will run around $50. But you can mix and match it with other kinds of foam, too. Besides, you want to have at least one extra block in case you make a mistake in the carving.

    And yes, you want 35ppi in natural color (obviously not black).

  18. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I may have put the pink paint on a little thick. At first I was trying to fill in all the holes in the foam, but I don't think I really needed to do that. Also, I suggest, for anyone trying this at home, test paint a scrap of foam first because the colors darken when they dry.

    One other question for Jarrod: Do you put the top hairs in his head in one clump or do you spread them out individually? Terry said they go in one clump, but I've been studying pictures and depending on which Gonzo you're looking at, they seem to be spread out individually, although still definitely in one general area.

  19. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    That was exactly what I was planning to do! Hopefully I'll get to it soon.

  20. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    Where did you get your fur and the eyeballs? I am plan ning on working on a Gonzo sometime next year.

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