Jan 12, 2016, 8:26 PM - Hoggle
While so many were speaking on Bowie's passing, figured it was a good time to post these. For those that have seen Labyrinth, this was the puppet that was named "Hoggle".
Years ago he wound up in unclaimed baggage after shipping to be stored. After being lost, and never claimed, he moved on to a company that runs "Unclaimed Baggage Center". They realized there was some coolness factor in the puppet, and had a professional restore him to a presentable state. The original material was made to be manipulated for talking and expressions/movements, and was very fragile. Repairs had to be made daily, so the materials used on this repair left him unable to move, but at least looking in good enough shape to display.
This is located in Scotsboro Alabama. Trust me....not something to take a pilgrimage for, but if somehow you wind up lost as hell in northern Alabama, it's at least a neat novelty.
Jan 13, 2016, 12:04 AM - Re: Hoggle
Wow, that's a cool little story. Thanks
Jan 13, 2016, 12:59 AM - Re: Hoggle
Yes very cool, great to see some of cinematic history being saved.
Unclaimed baggage too... That's kinda funny when you consider the character in the movie.
Jan 13, 2016, 6:13 AM - Re: Hoggle
This is known to be probably the worst "restoration" many have seen. It's good to see the original costume and such but the face is just dreadful. Nothing left of the original there.
Gary Restores Hoggle | Sowatzka's Doll
Ah well. Let's just pretend he's been face down in the Bog of Eternal Stench
Jan 13, 2016, 9:37 AM - Re: Hoggle
Where doll dreams come true...
Jan 13, 2016, 10:16 AM - Re: Hoggle
Well, no doll expert for sure, just found it neat. I definitely keep no record of "best and worst"doll restorations, as to who probably gives a crap.
At least I could recognize who and what it was from by viewing it. In the inset pictures accompanying the display are views of the condition of it prior to this. If you think it looks bad now, you should've seen it then.
Jan 14, 2016, 6:14 AM - Re: Hoggle
Oh yeah. No doubt it was a mess. But words like "restoration" and "professional" just don't fly with what was done. They literally ripped off what was left of his face and sculpted a new one that isn't even close.
Sorry, I didn't mean to put down your thread. But that thing is a sore subject for some including me.
Jan 14, 2016, 10:10 AM - Re: Hoggle
Ain't no thing man....surely nothing too important like some good Boba artifacts or relics.
Really just was the type of thing I'd not expect to see in Alabama.
Last edited by syllander; Jan 14, 2016 at 9:03 PM.
Jan 14, 2016, 10:24 AM - Re: Hoggle
Yeah no kidding!
Things turn up in places you least expect sometimes.
Like when I went to a museum in Seattle and they had the Goblin King costume and some other things.
Jan 14, 2016, 12:53 PM - Re: Hoggle
It never looked like a thread bash but the restoration, such as it is, is not easy to apprecite. Shame.
Admittedly the source was hammered so any restoration would always have been flawed.