Saturday, August 15, 2009

Peter Puppet Marionette Show Theatre Variant

About a year ago in this post, I mentioned that there was a variant of the theatre for the Peter Puppet Marionette Show. This week I had occasion to pull that variant out and take a picture of it.

It is really quite different from the standard one pictured in all the brochures. For one thing, some assembly required: it is actually two pieces that must be folded, you know tab A into slot B and so on. And there is an actual stage floor in this version. And of course the design of the proscenium is completely different. All in all, a very intriguing item. Who would have thought that the toy would have been around long enough to have a variant.

The only thing I can think of is that the marionette show theatre in general was undergoing design changes right around the time Alice was coming out, and only a few of one or the other design got manufactured and sold prior to the redesign. My guess would be that this version is the older one, since it is two pieces and required assembly, something altogether more expensive to manufacture.

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