The inspiration

Several years before I created the #500 series of figures, Pam Sterner came to me with a special request. She was performing with an Otis O'Brien doll that I had upgraded earlier for her. But a 30 inch doll was just too small for the increasing amount of programs she was giving from the stage. "Can you custom build a full size duplicate of my Otis?" was her request. It was a challenge, but I decided to accept the challenge. Here you see the result. It was while working with the large oval eyes on this figure that I was inspired to create a series of characters with similar eyes. It was a few years before I could find the necessary time, but the #500 series of characters you see in this photo album were the result.