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Got to have puppet number one! Who else but Howdy Doody!

For thirteen years, the youth of the nation watched a freckle-faced marionette evolve on their television. Over a decade of information about modern living transmitted through the guise of a friendly face with a western accent. Then it was off the air. But it wasn't over, not in the minds of what would be almost a generation of Americans. So, what happened to the glorified prop that those children fed their attention to? Was it put up for auction? Was it dismantled and sold, piecemeal, to collectors?

No.

It stood up, walked away, and started searching. Howdy Doody tramped through the streets and highways of the nation, not looking to rekindle his past glory, not trying to find someplace he fit in. This wooden automaton had the same question that was at the base of the children's attention on him! What am I? What am I supposed to do?

Half a century later, he thinks he has an answer. "If everboddy knows ma name, and I ain't human, I just gotta be one o' them superheroes. So, that's whut I'm a gonna do!"

He's small, and very resilient, with his strength limited only by the material he's made of. His biggest failing is that he is truly an old soul, and hates to see the trauma that is inflicted on today's youth.

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Disney Animatronics builds hundreds of robotic animals to populate their rides. Sometimes they mistakenly install an AI in a ride and the thing comes to life. Usually it follows the guidelines of the park to protect the visitors from threats and help where possible.

 

It's just a little unnerving to have all the puppets running around singing it's a small world after all as they go about their work.

CES 

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I'm just an innocent Joe, trying to run a little toy store on the outskirts of downtown Millennium City, when one day Talisman decides to ambush Witchcraft right outside my shop.  Magic bolts are flying every which-where, I'm ducked down behind my counter just hoping I don't get blasted to smithereens or turned into a frog or something, when suddenly I notice a blast hit one of the boxes up on the shelf.  Instead of turning to a pile of ash or something, though, the box just glows for a bit and then one of those GI Guy action figures smashes his way out of the box and looks around like he's confused.  Seeing the fight outside, he shakes his kung-fu grip at Talisman, then unslings his rifle.  Looks plastic but as soon as GI Guy points it out the window at Talisman, it starts shooting real bullets.  Okay, tiny ones, but Talisman screams enough to show they still hurt.  Then with a shout of "Go, Guy!" he leaps off the shelf and heads for the door.  Between Guy and Witchcraft, they sent that bad girl packin'.  Believe you me, it was the damndest thing I ever saw.

 

I still see him from time to time.  He comes in with money, I'm guessing he takes it from the thugs and drug dealers he leaves tied up for the cops, and he buys the latest GI Guy accessories.  Started with the Grappler Gun and Paraglider Pack, then the Humvee.  Last December he got a Go-Guy Snowmobile and winter camo outfit.  Weird thing is, they all look like molded plastic stuff, but in his hands they all work just fine.  (I'm still not that sure I should have sold him that GI Guy Rocket Launcher.)  I think he's saving up to buy a GI-Jetcopter; I tried just giving one to him, but he refuses to take anything he doesn't pay for. 

 

Tell you the truth, I kinda feel sorry for the guy.  I catch him looking over at the Bobbi dolls, with their sports cars and Malibu beach houses, and I'm guessing he'd like to find the right girl and settle down.  Guess it sucks to be the only one of your kind.

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They call him the Bilateral Man. The reason is he can be in one place, doing something,  and in another running a giant thing brought out of the ground. He has the world's biggest marionette and he pulls the strings.

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