Jan 202020

The Graham Chapman celebrity doll depicts him as Arthur, King of the Britons from the 1975 British comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The doll was made in 2001 by SideShow Toy, Inc.  Chapman was an English author, comedian, writer, and actor. He died on October 4, 1989.

From the box:

“Collect all 3..”
“5, Sir!”
“Right, and the number of figures ye shall collect is 5.”
“6, Sir! If you count Patsy!”
“Alright, 6!”
“”7, Sir! We musn’t forget the Black Knight!”
“Sir, what about Tim the Enchanter?!”
“Or Roger the Shrubber?!”
“We can’t forget Dennis or his Mother!”
“What about those rude Frenchmen?!”
“Also Prince Hervert and his father, the King of the Swamp Castle?!”
“Sir, we can’t forget the Bridgekeeper!”
“Or Zoot and Dingo, they are so lovely…”
“Oh! Shut up!”

Released in April, 1975, and filmed on a budget of less than 250,000 pounds “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” explores the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Charged by God with the sacred Quest, Arthur and his Knights set out in search of the Holy Grail. Our Heroes face seemingly insurmountable obstacles along the way ranging from a killer Rabbit to the feared Black Knight himself! Considered by many to be one of the funniest movies ever made, this comedy classic features the talents of: Graham Chapman (King Arthur), John Cleese (Sir Launcelot), Tery Gilliam (patsy), Eric Idle (Sir Robin), Terry Jones (Sir Bedevere), and Michael Palin (Sir Galahad).

Disclaimers  The vicious Rabbit of Caerbannog does not leap about and will not tear you to pieces. In fact, he quite cute and harmless. Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch will NOT blow thy foe into tiny bits, in Thy mercy. The Grail Shaped Beacon does not come equipped with eight score young blonds and brunettes, all between the ages of sixteen and nineteen and a half. The arrow does not fly through the air on its own. The arrow does come with..uh, well, it’s got ‘A’ note. The duck does NOT weigh as much as a witch. No, the twisty tie pieces are not accessories!

Portraits sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigson
Figures and accessories designed by Sideshow Figure Team
Figures trained by Yutte Hermsgervordenbrothorda
Figures choreographed by Horst Prot III
Figures noses wiped by Bjorn Irkestrom-Slater Walker
We apologize foe the fault in the box credits.
Those responsible have been sacked.

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Sideshow Toy made 12 inch celebrity dolls from Monty Pyton and the Holy Grail of Terry Gilliam as Patsy, John Cleese as Sir Launcelot the Brave, Michael Palin as Sir Galahad, Terry Jones as Sir Bedevere, Graham Chapman as King Arthur, and Eric Idle as Sir Robin.  There is also a ‘muddy’  version of the characters as action figures.

The Graham Chapman celebrity doll comes wearing a silver and black knit gray lined pants with kids pajama like built in feet and gray vinyl soles. and a matching gray  shirt with black and silver sleeves. On the arms are plastic silver and elastic elbow armor caps.  

Over the suit is a knee length white and orange trimmed sleeveless cotton frock with an orange and brown mustached sun face on the front with slits up the front and back.  Around the waist are two belts– a black plastic buckled leatherette belt with plastic sword holder and  a plastic silver buckled gold cloth belt.

The head has a permanently attached molded gold and silver crown with a black and silver knit drape attached the back.

The hands are plastic silver gloves that cover the wrists with removable wrist armor.   The left hand index finger is pointed and the right hand is in a fist.

While you can force the clothing off, it’s a very tight fit and must be somewhat forced. 

The accessories include a white plastic shield with the same sun graphic on it, a gold and silver sword, and a 1/6 scale Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Articulated with twisting ankles, bending knees, twisting thighs, rotating hips, bendable and twisting waist, rotating shoulders, rotating elbows, bending wrists somewhat restricted by the gloves, andbending neck.  

The SideShow action figures are designed to be displayed not for child play.  It is designated for 12 years and up. The belts and accessories are somewhat fragile and the clothing while technically removable by force can be easily damaged in the process. 

See the Michael Palin celebrity doll  to see what the body of the doll would look like.  See the rest of the Monty Python of the Holy Grail action figures in the museum collection with this link.

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