Retrofit Kit - For 30" dolls - Set A

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Retrofit Kit – for 30” dolls – Set A


SET: Retrofit Kit – for 30” dolls – Set A


BODY:Body for 30” dolls with eye hook
CONTROL STICK: Wood control stick with transition – Includes 1 trigger and eye hook
OTHER: Screws for attaching control stick and trigger and small eye hook


This is a NEW never used, retrofit kit used to retrofit 30” size ventriloquist dolls. This includes a body insert, control stick, one spring and miscellaneous screws and eye hooks as stated above.

This body is standard size and shape for 30” size ventriloquist dolls and has a recessed neck hole to fit the control stick.

The control stick and spring is used to retrofit to control mouth movement only and to provide tilting and rotating head movement. No parts are included to manipulate eyes or other standard movements. .

Typical 30” doll characters include, Charlie McCarthy, Howdy Doody, Slappy, WC Fields, Danny O’Day, Mortimer Snerd, Bozo, Emmet Kelly and Groucho Marx.

No clothes or instructions are included. Standard understanding of ventriloquist mechanics is required


CLOTHES: Use with special sized clothes for 30” dolls. See our clothes section for clothes to fit this size.


We have different sizes available for small or large puppets and dummies. If you don’t see the size you like, let us custom design one to your specifications. Contact us for more details.


General instructions are not included. Review our FAQ page for more information and other resources.


Pricing does not include any additional import duty or custom fees that may occur on your end.

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  • 5
    30" retrofit kit

    Posted by H.L. on 17th Apr 2021

    Used this on a Danny O'Day, and can't be beat for the money. Anyone else may want to note the top disc on the stick is smaller than the neck, so may require replacing. I'd reviewed material on it before so I knew what I was doing, but wouldn't hurt for basic instructions to be included.

  • 4
    Great modification for your ventrilquist doll

    Posted by Bill and Miles on 15th Feb 2018

    This is a neat way to get a more professional style ventriloquist doll for an economical price. You do need to have basic DIY skills and take some time to plan things out. My son's doll must have been a little less than 30 in because I needed to cut the frame down about 2" to make it work. All told, it probably took a little over an hour to modify the doll and my son thinks it's great. The head now turns and having a thumb trigger on the mouth sure beats the original's string. There aren't any instructions so you have to be a little creative....just reference some of the links in other reviews for guidance. Hi, this is the kid. Its a really good product to have and I really enjoy my standard grade Mortimer Snerd. Thank you for your time. Stay in school. Not!

  • 5
    Easy to use if you have basic DIY skills

    Posted by Eric Linthicum on 5th Aug 2017

    This can indeed help you convert a pull string doll to one with a more professional control stick setup, but it is far from "Plug and Play". This is not a negative comment on this product but more of a general comment on approaching the task of disassembling and reassembling a 30-inch ventriloquist doll (at a minimum, you'll be completely ripping open the torso area and removing and reattaching the head, converting the mouth mechanism, or more depending on your doll). You'll need a variety of hand tools and maybe even a power tool or two. Also a variety of glues Etc. Plan on spending hours, not minutes, depending on the level of complexity of your project and what you're trying to achieve. Overall I was very satisfied with the results I got converting my pull string 30-inch "Tommy Talker" doll. It's a lot more fun being able to move the head back and forth and control the doll with one hand. A great resource for the general approach and the type of skills you're going to need is located here:

  • 5
    Retrofit Kit for 30" dolls

    Posted by Billie Hargrove on 29th Mar 2017

    This is a great kit to upgrade or fix your doll. I was able to fix a doll that I wanted to repair so that I could pass it down to my kids and with this kit I was able to do so. Thank you.

  • 5
    Brilliant Brilliant!

    Posted by Robt Perkins on 2nd Jul 2016

    I bought a 30" Charlie on Ebay to replace the one I got back in the fifties. After using other headstick figures for 60 years-useless! But with the retro kit I am able to make the little Charlie move like he should! I just bought a 30" Mortimer too. With two kits, I'm swinging! Thanks for being so clever to make conversion fast and easy. Finding the right size waste basket was gonna be a challenge. What a "turn" of events! God Bless

  • 5
    Sweet and simple

    Posted by Ofur on 24th Jun 2013

    This is a great product. No instructions but easy to use. Perfect for upgrading my Danny

  • 5
    Great Idea!

    Posted by Dan P on 3rd May 2013

    What a great idea. This works well when upgrading the doll ventriloquist dolls.

  • 5
    Great Help

    Posted by Robert P on 27th Apr 2013

    I'm not the most talented person so this kit is perfect for me.

  • 5
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    Posted by Steve Barry Gepetto's Workshop on 22nd Nov 2012

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