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Old 15-11-2017, 08:07 PM   #1
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Default Gordon Tracy Oversized Puppet Head - Help needed

I initially posted this in the Puppets thread but things are heating up so decided it needs its own thread

I recently acquired an unusual and large Gordon Tracey Head, the quality and details is extremely high and its wired for electronics.

Im trying to determine where it came from, following help from various people there are currently 2 lines of investigation

1) That its an original Christine Glanville produced head from the 1970s Stage 3 Thunderbirds theatre show

2) That its an original Christine Glanville produced head from the 1990s Dire Straits 'Calling Elvis' Music Video

I welcome anyone with knowledge of either of these to please check out the pics and let me know what you think, also anyone else who has other theories on its origins please let us know
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Old 15-11-2017, 09:37 PM   #2
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That looks like the one from the Calling Elvis video
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Old 17-11-2017, 01:51 PM   #3
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The pink fibreglass in the hat dates it to at least the 80`s. Pre 80`s Christine and co used fibreglass that finished green.
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Old 17-11-2017, 07:28 PM   #4
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It's def high quality.
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Old 18-11-2017, 05:01 PM   #5
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Took out the packing paper today to take some pics of the inside, and it confirms that this is a screen used lifesize head from the Dire Straits Calling Elvis Music video made by Christine Glanville, Captain Scifi will be posting some more pics in due course :-)

A big thanks to everyone who provided input to help identify this, and to those who have messaged me about buying it, yes I will probably sell it as it needs to live in a collection so ill be in touch.
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Old 18-11-2017, 05:24 PM   #6
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This is a really surprising item, first of all it is a life size sculpture of a character more usually seen at one third scale. Secondly it was a real thrill to examine something made by Christine Glanville, the likeness to Gordon Tracy albeit three times the size is a witness to her talent and a real treat.

There is a lip sink system powered by a servo and a rudimentary eye movement system too, also the soft plastic frame from a safety helmet to aid it being worn by a performer.. The hair application is interesting with the wig, brows and even the eye lashes look totally complete with no loss at all. The neck section has tabs to keep alignment but allow it to be opened sufficiently to be slipped over the head, this was clever and takes full advantage of the fibreglasses slightly flexible properties.

All in all a wonderful piece of television history and in wonderful condition.
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Old 22-11-2017, 07:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help with the pics Captain.

If anyone else on here is interested in buying this please get in touch as I'd prefer it to end up with someone on here

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This is a really surprising item, first of all it is a life size sculpture of a character more usually seen at one third scale. Secondly it was a real thrill to examine something made by Christine Glanville, the likeness to Gordon Tracy albeit three times the size is a witness to her talent and a real treat.

There is a lip sink system powered by a servo and a rudimentary eye movement system too, also the soft plastic frame from a safety helmet to aid it being worn by a performer.. The hair application is interesting with the wig, brows and even the eye lashes look totally complete with no loss at all. The neck section has tabs to keep alignment but allow it to be opened sufficiently to be slipped over the head, this was clever and takes full advantage of the fibreglasses slightly flexible properties.

All in all a wonderful piece of television history and in wonderful condition.
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