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Featured Figure:
President Reagan

 

Date Created: 1989   Created by: Steve Axtell

Used by: NEW FIGURE!

Trivia: 
1. This Ronald Reagan figure is one of about 25 Reagan figures created by Axtell Expressions.
2. Axtell Expressions sold 21 figures identical to this one over a three year period.
3. The original Axtell Reagan was created for and used by ventriloquist Rick Mitchell.
4. When asked about the process of creating this figure, Axtell explained, "I used WED clay (a particular water based clay with oil designed for Walt Disney) and it was cast in latex. It's in my original style, which is pretty primitive and rough if you examine it. The style was completely cartoony with not much emphasis on form or finishing." 
5. Ron Reagan, Jr. has posed for photos with this figure. 
6. Axtell Expressions has also created vent figures of Presidents Bush (the elder) and Clinton. However, according to Axtell, "They are not real popular sellers because the user has to imitate them which is pretty difficult doing ventriloquism. They are good publicity items however. I'm not sure if we will continue to make presidents or not. I've got my eye on a Governor right now."
7. Steve Axtell was named a member of the Vent Haven Board of Advisors in July of 2004.
8. Visit the Axtell Expressions websites: www.axtell.com and www.axtelevision.com
9. Reagan is on display in Building Two on the left side of the building. However, he is not visible in either of the Quicktime Virtual Pans of Building Two.

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