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Looking for Animated Christmas figures

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Hello everyone!

I'm new to this site, but i was hoping someone on here could help.  I'm building my Christmas Animated and Light display for my home and am having a hard time finding animated figures.  If anyone here knows where i could find them or if anyone on here is selling them please let me know.  I'm looking for any kind, except those "cheap" looking ones.  I already have a bunch of Hamberger and RKI.  I'm open to anything.
Thanks in advance

Nick

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Nick, welcome to PC, and the insanity of doing a display. Can you be a bit more specific when you say animated figures. Are you asking about multi-channel wireframes, coroplast characters, animatronic figures? Give us a bit more info....

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Hello Zman and thank you for the warm welcome into this insanity lol... I’m completely obsessing over doing this display.  I wanna do it all at once but I’m going to have to build it up each year...  anyway ,  I’m looking for anamatronic animated peices like David Hamberger, Rki etc... new or old...   I’m also looking for outdoor fiberglass or resin Santa’s , snowmen, elf’s, gingerbread men, etc...

thank you in advance

nick

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Nick,

I had not come across the Hamberger, nor the RKI info before. Those are very cool, and I think it is great that there are folks like you who still want to incorporate those types of elements into a display. There are still some out there, Greg Young, Charles Enos are the 2 I know personally. 
I am part of the Christmas Expo effort for the training syllabus, we attempt to include these types of classes about historic elements, animatronics etc.... Its important to keep those methods and ideas alive. 

Gemmy, and some other vendors in the past have made animatronic characters for the general public. Not sure if the above items were for general sale at any time, but no one today, that I am aware of, sells anything like this. It is all DIY for those that want to take on that endeavor and get familiar with the mechanisms for animatronics. There have been PC members over the years who have posted about this. So I am not much help here, except to say that one such famous member, and good friend. Mike Ziemkowski, has his Seasons Greeters company and has Elf presents and Snow people characters he makes commercially and sells through Holiday Technologies. I had his original Present Gang in my display as well as the first of his animated Snowmen..

As far as the resin items. You probably are aware that Costco has seasonal and different items every year in this category. Problem is, you have to wait till October to see what they have. 
Frontgate is another company that carries a lot of these. I have buddies of mine who ordered from therm, plus, I have my eye on this vignette, but will have to wait to pull the trigger:

https://www.frontgate.com/fiber-optic-led-sleigh/holiday-decor/outdoor-displays/927181?listIndex=9

Winterland is another company that I have used for stuff like this. - http://www.winterlandinc.com/commercial-decorating/life-statues-and-figurines

Toscano - https://www.designtoscano.com/category/holiday+and+gifts/christmas.do

Hayneedle - more seasonal

So there is a fair amount of options for the resin based items... Hope that helps

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  Charlie I’m open to anything right now, weather it be carolers, snowmen, elves/gnomes Santa’s , Mrs. Claus..  anything really that i can start making scenes...  thank you

Zman thank you very much for all the useful information!!! Greatly appreciated I agree that history needs to be preserved, that’s why i love the old animatronics and also all the new stuff!  I’m incoperating both into my display.  

Thank you again

 

nick

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