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Howdy Doody Ventriloquist Doll

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  • Approximately 30" tall.
  • Vinyl head and hands.
  • Painted eyes and mouth.
  • Molded hair.
  • Carrying Case included
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"It's Howdy Doody time!" was heard daily on the children's T.V. program named after the character, the sidekick star of Buffalo Bob Smith. Howdy Doody delights kids and adults alike with his clean-cut cowboy charm, amiable expression, and wholesome "Aw shucks" personality. This Howdy Doody Doll is moseyin' around in his blue jeans, long-sleeve flannel shirt (complete with elbow garters), blue bandera, black socks, and his red and white cowboy boots. Howdy also features molded red hair and those famous freckles. This celebrity dummy/doll comes with a set of basic instructions included on "How To Be A Ventriloquist" and is approximately 30" long. *** PLEASE NOTE: The mouth on this doll is operated via a string affixed to the back of the doll's head. Hold the head with one hand and pull the string with your other. If you prefer a dummy that allows for one hand operation and lets you to put your hand in the back and turn the head please take a look at the Howdy Doody Standard Upgrade Ventriloquist Dummy.

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The Howdy Doody Show was a phenomenal success. After its 1947 crossover from radio to television, lines to see the show were tremendous, as fans were eager to watch the antics of the spunky, freckle-faced marionette and his cohorts. Goldberger's Howdy Doody ventriloquist doll is a playful reminder of those days. He's the mirror image of Buffalo Bob's pal, with everything but the strings. He has fiery hair, great big ears, wide blue eyes, and a liberal peppering of freckles. Howdy sports a dark blue neckerchief, sunny yellow armbands over a red plaid shirt, and red-and-white plastic cowboy boots. He's a 30-inch, lightweight stuffed fellow with a vinyl head and hands. The string pull hidden on his back gets his jaw a-flappin'. The doll's action is a bit stiff--it takes some expert positioning to keep Howdy's head from following the motion of the string--but after a little practice it gets better. Included in the case is a set of simple, encouraging (and quaintly illustrated) black-and-white instructions for the beginning ventriloquist. You'll want to practice in front of a mirror before you lasso your own admiring fans. It's Howdy Doody time! --Julie Ubben


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B00004T95U
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 3 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,960 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Becky Bakley on June 5, 2013
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I purchased this for my husband (Ron). When he was in 2nd grade, he had the Original Howdy Doody doll. He had to have his tonsils out and he took Howdy to the hospital with him. When he was taken to the operating room, Howdy Doody stayed in his room waiting for the procedure to be done and his friend would return.

When Ron woke up in his room, he didn't see Howdy Doody any where. Someone had stolen Howdy Doody.

The reunion of Howdy Doody with my husband was a precious moment.

My husband never forgot that tragedy, but he is very happy to have him back.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2000
I looked all over for my son and daughter for venntriloquist dolls. These provided hours of amusement and play...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Golly on September 23, 2009
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Purchase might have been extravant for me, but the doll is good quality. It had clothes and boots (fabric and 'boots', not painted on). This is [...] and intended in fun, but doll has more freckles than the TV Howdy Doody (who had only 48 freckles, one for each State). This last thing is intended to be in humor. Who counts freckles? Quality is excellent and very realistic.

Hope yas take my freckle comment in fun. You'll LOVE this puppet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. De La Cruz on July 29, 2013
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I am so happy that I made this purchase. It reminds me of the Howdy Doody doll I had as a child in the 60s and 70s. It is of good quality and the packaging is nice too. I highly recommend this purchase to those of you that are nostalgic and want their Howdy Doody doll.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carla on August 5, 2013
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gave this to my husband and he loves it...something he has talked about...a childhood memory came alive for him..it came quicker an total happy
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If your a H.D. fan this is a must have. I sit him everywhere in the house ! and its a great conversation piece... Howdy was a kids show in the 50's and sixties I beleave. Even though he 's a ventriloquist doll, i don't use it as sush...He's 30 inchs long, and his cloths can be changed !! Really? Get a grip on yourself. he's just a Doll.. ha ha Anyway I tryed to find A HD pupet on line, but after 50 yrs most are falling apart... So ! this is the next best thing..Everyone who see's him wants to know all about Howdy.. So brush-up on all the info. .....First, you must go on the websight.. howdy doody.com ........... Everything is there !!.... The shows, what happen when the first Howdy was kidnapt for real and where he is now !!! Ok! ok!. Howdys cloths do get dirty!! and you do need to take them off, and wash them!! ( I wonder if they have a Rob for a 30 incn Boy doll ??) Anyway.... Howdy Doody to all the fans out there..
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PLEASE NOTE!!! THIS IS NOT TO BE USED AS A VENTRILOQUIST DOLL!!! Otherwise, you will sorely be disappointed. The mouth is sooooo stiff, it barely opens when you pull on the string at the back of the neck This should only be used for decoration. It is NOT a performance dummy. Your hand can not go up inside the doll's head. In fact, there is no place to stick your hand. All you can do is hold onto the floppy doll with 2 hands or set it on a shelf. Definitely NOT what I expected!
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As a child, I was one of Howdy's biggest fans. I had a doll then and played with it until it was worn completely out. I have always wanted another one, but never found him. I just love this one and I will treasure him always. I am an old lady, who still loves dolls. It does bring back a lot of childhood memories. I will keep him where I can see him at any time. The quality is good and I am very pleased. Terri Delp
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