|In 2017, an all-new Bonzo has
been produced by the world-renowned R. John
Wright Dolls, Inc of Vermont. It has joined a long
line of their exquisitely modelled dolls, animals &
characters, all beautifully
designed and hand crafted. Not only have they
instantly become the latest must-have collectable in the
Bonzo range, but also they are one of the best examples of
a lifelike Bonzo one can find.
Below is an exclusive article by R. John Wright himself, written specially for this site, about how his company came to create their Bonzo, together with never-before seen production line photos.
Once we completed our sculpt of Bonzo we had it scanned for posterity with a 3D scanner.
This technology will enable us to do different sizes if we decide to. This is the first time we have done this and it opens up some exciting possibilities. We're not completely sure at this point, but Bonzo has big blue eyes and it would be fun to do an open-eye version of him. A smaller-size Bonzo is another possibility as collectors seem to gravitate towards small items these days.
The process begins with drawings which are referred to in sculpting the character to-scale in clay. The clay parts (which are often cast in hard modeller’s wax for refined finishing) are sent to a foundry for the creation of metal molds. The molds are used in production to insure continuity and accuracy. Parts are sewn, molded, stuffed, jointed and painted. Upon completion, a small brass rivet marked ‘RJW’ is affixed to each as a permanent mark of authenticity.
Our Bonzo is 5-way jointed - including a swivel & tilt neck - so he can assume many playful poses. He is constructed of wool plush and felt and artistically airbrushed and painted by hand. He is produced in a very small limited edition of 250 numbered pieces. He may be purchased directly from our company store or from any of our authorized dealers worldwide.
We operate a very unusual company which I call an 'Artist-controlled Production. We've been in business for forty years and during that time very little has changed about how we do things. Not only do we choose and design each and every project, but we also personally oversee the production so that each piece in the edition meets our exacting standards.
Our work began with dolls and soon branched out to include animals of all kinds. We specialize in the unique medium of molded felt and plush. The fact that we make dolls, bears, and animals provides us with a great deal of variety. Our extensive work in licensing also opens new markets to us. We pride ourselves in successfully translating well-known characters from 2-dimension to 3-dimension. In doing this we strive to make the most 'definitive' version of a classic character. All work is performed on-site at our workshop in southern Vermont by our talented team of approximately 20 artisans, many of whom have been working for us for decades.
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For further information, please visit our Web site at: www.rjohnwright.com