The John Cleese celebrity doll depicts him as Sir Launcelot the Brave from the 1975 British comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The 12 inch action figure was made in 2001 by SideShow Toy, Inc. John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is a co-founder of Monty Python.
Sideshow Toy also made 12 inch celebrity dolls 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. In 2002, Sideshow Toy released Muddy Versions of the main actors including some additional characters.
From the box:
“Collect all 3..”
“Right, and the number of figures ye shall collect is 5.”
“6, Sir! If you count Patsy!”
“”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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The John Cleese celebrity doll comes wearing a half dark gray and white sleeveless cotton frock with a dragon graphic on the front and slits up the sides.
The frock is wasted with two belts. A black leatherette belt with plastic sword holder and a black plastic buckle and a black and white gingham plaid fabric belt with a silver plastic buckle.
Underneath the frock are a silver and black knit gray lined pants with kids pajama like built in feet and gray vinyl soles and a matching silver hood with gray lining and matching gray shirt with silver and black sleeves. On the elbows are removable plastic silver and elastic elbow armor. The head is bald under the hood.
The hands are plastic brown gloves that cover the wrists. While you can force the clothing off, it is a very tight fit that is somewhat forced.
The accessories include white shield with a matching half black and white dragon graphic, a sword, and a 1/6 scale plastic arrow with a note attached to it.
Articulated twisting ankles, bending knees, twisting thighs, rotating hips, bendable and twisting waist, rotating shoulders, rotating elbows, bending wrists somewhat restricted by the gloves, bending neck.
The SideShow action figures are designed to be displayed not for play. The age is restricted to 12 years and above. 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 photos 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.