R. John Wright Presents: The Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion - R. John Wright, Bennington, VT

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DIRECT PURCHASE: Cowardly Lion is available for pre-order directly from the RJW COMPANY STORE. The purchase price of $1750.00 includes shipping & insurance in the domestic United States! [For overseas shipping rates, contact the RJW office.]

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e are pleased to announce the addition of the "Cowardly Lion" to our exciting series based on the classic 1939 motion picture masterpiece The Wizard of Oz

Faithfully based on the beloved character immortalized by Bert Lahr in the 1939 film, the Cowardly Lion has been brought to life by R. JOHN WRIGHT DOLLS for the first time in the medium of molded felt.

Bert Lahr (1895-1967) was an American actor and comedian. Prior to his appearance in the Wizard of Oz, Lahr was already well known for his work in burlesque, vaudeville, and on Broadway. Lahr was signed to play the dual role of "Zeke" the Kansas farmhand and Oz's "Cowardly Lion" on July 25, 1938. Lahr's lion costume was created from real lion pelts and under the high-voltage lighting required for Oz's Technicolor© scenes, was unbearably hot. Lahr also contributed many ad-lib comedic lines and elements to bring his unforgettable film character to life.

The Cowardly Lion from R. John Wright Dolls is faithfully based on the original motion picture images. Standing 17 inches tall, he is fully jointed at the shoulders, hips, knees, elbows and neck with the R. John Wright ball & socket jointing system with an internal wood mechanism. Under his costume, the Cowardly Lion has a realistic molded felt torso and limbs and under his fur mittens his amazing sculptural felt hands have individually sewn fingers! The molded felt character face has been finely modeled in a true likeness with hand painted features and inset whiskers.

Extensively researched for the utmost in authenticity, the Cowardly Lion is costumed in a detailed lion suit fashioned of the fine custom-dyed and shaded mohair plush in varying lengths. His paws and feet include resin claws and his wig is meticulously hand-knotted of the finest mohair.

The Cowardly Lion is produced at the R. John Wright Dolls studio workshop in Bennington, Vermont, in a numbered limited edition of only 250 pieces worldwide. The 'RJW' brass button will be affixed to each doll as a lasting mark of identification and a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity will be included inside the deluxe Wizard of Oz presentation box. Subject to availability, matching edition numbers will be provided to other characters in the R. John Wright Wizard of Oz collection.

The Cowardly Lion will also be available through all RJW AUTHORIZED RETAILERS in extremely limited quantities.

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