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LostIsland
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Posted: 2015-08-09 12:53 am   Permalink

@nomeus... A reproduction Hedleba may be possible, but I don't think it was a huge seller, so finding an original will likely be difficult to say the least.

Re: The Randotti company's final years. There are two versions of the events that occurred in the end days. One version told by Bunnie, and one version told by Jeff. I am somewhat friends with them both and wasn't present so I generally don't take a side. I do know that the company's biggest hurdle was that Disney cancelled their contract and started producing their own items in China for the sake of maximizing their profit. Since they were the main buyer of Randotti's products it was a crushing blow.

Also, I AM that seller on Ebay and I actually don't own the molds, the items are cast for me by the current owner. I do all the finish work that transforms a rough plaster shape (the molds are old and don't do that well) into glow skulls and Tikis.

@Teadoir... To my knowledge Randotti did not produce shrunken heads. They also are not in the catalog. I can check with Jeff, but I'm pretty sure those were produced by someone else. Unless of course you are talking about the small hanging glow skulls known as "Ivans".
(bit of side info, Bunnie who sells Randotti on Ebay was actually the person who made the long white and black hair wigs that attached to the heads of the original "Ivan" glow skulls.)
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Teadoir
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Posted: 2015-08-09 07:38 am   Permalink

Ah see, I didn't I think they were, as nothing I was finding on the Internet indicated such. It's nice to confirm that. I thought the original shrunkinheads were hard rubber. That's not in line with the Randotti production methods.

So does anyone know where the current shrunken heads have their origin? Are they a copy of those original heads? Or did somebody get ahold of molds? Or are they only similar, being as they are shrunken heads? And I'm really curious about who the original manufacturer was


 
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nomeus
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Posted: 2015-08-10 12:44 pm   Permalink

well the ones in the glass boxes are real monkey skulls. but they are older so i doubt they are using real monkey skulls now on the ride. just some stuff that WDI put together im sure.
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Posted: 2015-08-10 12:45 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-08-09 00:53, LostIsland wrote:
@nomeus... A reproduction Hedleba may be possible, but I don't think it was a huge seller, so finding an original will likely be difficult to say the least.







if youre in socal, maybe sven would help you get a mold of his? i havent met anyone else yet that has one
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Teadoir
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Posted: 2015-08-10 12:51 pm   Permalink

Sorry, to clarify: the shrunken heads that are currently being sold on eBay and elsewhere. Are they from the same holds as the shrunken heads they used to sell as souvenirs? Or are they an entirely different sculpt?

 
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nomeus
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Posted: 2015-08-10 11:55 pm   Permalink

we never had shrunken heads for sale in WDW.... got any pics? you sure youre not thinking of the hairy ivan randotti?

 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2015-08-11 08:07 am   Permalink

I found a picture of the Randotti 827 on a Danish auction website. I don't speak or read Danish so I don't know if it's still available.
It reminds me of a Northwestern totem.

http://www.dba.dk/randotti-figur-nr-827-fl/id-1007023854/







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Teadoir
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Posted: 2015-08-11 09:25 am   Permalink

Swear to God, I remember shrunken heads like this: http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=361174407377&globalID=EBAY-US Being sold in Adventureland at Disneyland. This would be back in the 70s, maybe early 80s. It's possible that I'm not remembering correctly like the whole Bernstein/Bernstain Bear thing but…

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Posted: 2015-08-11 10:17 am   Permalink

Psycho Tiki D posted this picture back in 2009 as a tiki find. He said it was a shunken head from Disneyland.




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Teadoir
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Posted: 2015-08-11 10:31 am   Permalink

Yeah see, I could swear I remember bunches of those hanging up from the grass eaves of those little bamboo merchandise stands that they used to have...

 
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KonaKaiBaby
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Posted: 2015-08-11 10:34 am   Permalink

Yes, that's exactly the image I had in my head, too! Not in a long time, but my first couple of visits when I was little in the late 70s/early 80s.
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LostIsland
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Posted: 2015-08-11 6:53 pm   Permalink

I don't remember whether they had shrunken heads or not, but it wouldn't surprise me. It would absolutely be in line with most of the stuff they carried there. I have a few pictures of that stand in my archives. I'll check and see if there's any sign of them.
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2015-08-11 7:37 pm   Permalink

I think I remember rubber-tipped spears being sold as well.

 
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Brian K
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Posted: 2015-08-11 8:56 pm   Permalink

Do you mean these?




 
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Enchanted Tiki Guy
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Posted: 2015-08-12 2:04 pm   Permalink

I remember the Randotti Ivan skull. They were sold in Adventureland on the left side as you walk by Jungle Cruise. I have one with black hair. They were also sold with white hair. I also have several original Randotti skulls which I purchased myself in the mid seventies at Disneyland. When Disney started buying them from China later on, the quality took a nose dive!

 
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