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Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0070  Monday, 12 January 2004

[1]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Friday, 9 Jan 2004 12:55:06 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0059 Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Friday, 9 Jan 2004 14:35:55 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0059 Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure

[3]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Friday, 9 Jan 2004 09:19:01 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0059 Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure


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From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Friday, 9 Jan 2004 12:55:06 -0000
Subject: 15.0059 Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0059 Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure

 >[Editor's Note: The action figure is also sold in the Folger Shakespeare
 >Library's Gift Shop and you can actually move the quill and the book for
 >even more striking poses. -Hardy]

Of course the action figure is not the first Shakespeare model to have a
"removable ... quill pen".  The monument in Holy Trinity Church also has
a removable quill pen, that was apparently regularly stolen; which is
probably why no quill appears in Dugdale's rather inaccurate drawing of
the monument.

Obviously the Elizabethan artists who designed the monument missed a
trick.  If they had only designed the monument as an enormous action
figure, they could have made a profitable sideline out of miniature
versions for Jacobean children.  Meanwhile the clergy and churchgoers at
Holy Trinity could have amused themselves by posing the Shakespeare
monument in various positions, or balancing traffic cones on his head
(of course they would have had to invent traffic cones too).

Thomas Larque.
"Shakespeare and His Critics"       "British Shakespeare Association"
http://shakespearean.org.uk           http://britishshakespeare.ws

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Friday, 9 Jan 2004 14:35:55 -0000
Subject: 15.0059 Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0059 Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure

"If the idea of a Sh. action figure is repulsive, you can go for Pope
Innocent III or Einstein instead."

Oh, this is poor stuff!

In Paperchase just before Christmas, I saw Jesus and Moses action
figures ("Complete with moving arms and gliding movement!"). The
manufacturers attempted to palliate some of the entertaining crassness
of the objects by printing some history about the personages on the back
of the box, together with some apposite Scriptural references.

m

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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Friday, 9 Jan 2004 09:19:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0059 Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0059 Shakespop: Shakespeare Action Figure

I actually received one of these as a Christmas present. I daresay that
I have been having quite a bit of "fun" with it. A sticker excitingly
offers that he has "a removable quill pen and book", and his file on the
back of the package notes that he believes the pen is truly mightier
than the sword. Interesting to see that he has great likeness to the
Droeshout portrait. Who says Shakespeare isn't fun? Certainly much
smarter than He-Man.

Brian Willis

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