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I stumbled upon an eBay listing for Gag Studio's "The Count" vampire prop being sold this morning at a pretty good price and bought him. Apparently this company had 11 of them for sale and this was the last one with 18 people viewing him, so the timing couldn't have been better. I have admired this prop for so many years in many of members' photos posted here and am excited to be getting him (new in box too!). I understand that he is a pretty big prop and wondering if anyone who has him can tell me more about him before he arrives. Love to know how big the box is that he comes in and an idea of what it weighs along with anything else you can think of. Favorite ways you like to pose him. Need to start planning for storage space for him and hoping he doesn't weigh a ton.

One more question. The ebay description said he is made of polyfoam. How well does that hold up over time? Don't know when this one I bought was manufactured but I know the prop has been around for a number of years. Just hoping polyfoam is better than latex but wondering if the polyfoam is also latex coated.

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Heard thru a PM from a fellow haunter (Much Thanks again!) about their Count and glad to hear it's held up really well over the years. Feel relieved in knowing that.

Would welcome any photos any of you guys might have showing your Count in your haunt. I seem to remember one person's Count behind an old West facade so know he gets around and isn't living just in Transylvania :D!
 

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Hey GOS. I've had this guy for many MANY years. He was one of the first really good props I splurged on well over 10 years ago and I'm happy to say he's held up great!!!! He (along with a similarly made witch I bought the following year) is probably one of the most favorite pieces I own! Unlike my latex props, I store him in the attic. It gets well over 100 plus degrees and I haven't had any issues. I am also able to carry him by myself. I think you'll be really happy you got him.
 

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He comes in halves, waist down are the legs, 360 degree, upper body hollow and cap covers that.
Red led eyes on a d cell battery, will run for days.
Wooded square platform part of the bottom half. (I consider him easy to move and light while in halves)
I use ground stakes on all 4 sides of platform to secure. Halves secure with threaded bolt, wingnut and washers,
I keep my grounds keeper (he shakes) out for several weeks (also GAG studios), the count usually is on the end of the driveway overlooking a raised coffin with a Raising John Doe in the Coffin. You'll love him.
 

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I've had my Count for years. The polyfoam will hold up just fine, it doesn't break down like latex. He does have a hollow back that makes him easier to move around, but it's hidden by his red cape. Here's a potato quality picture of mine from this past season.

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I just wish I could afford the coffin that's made for him. It looks awesome, but costs twice as much as the Count himself.
 

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MrNightmare, I think I like him without the red cape too. This is the last big prop I've told myself I can get,,,,ever! lol I say this sort of thing every year but seriously I do intend on getting this guy. Glad you got him GoS. Do you mind saying how much he was? a lot of folks are expensive on their shipping for him so that is really the only reason I haven't got him yet.
 

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Sounds like I will be very glad I pulled the trigger on him. And so glad to know how well he has held up for multiple people. I won't be using an attic for storage but nice to know he could tolerate our garage if need be.

Hearing that his back is open and covered by the cape, is that also true of his feet as well? Sounds kind of like the GR Headless Horseman who's back was open too if I recall correctly. The Count isn't the hunk horseman is but he's just downright creepy looking while kind of regal at the same time. mramyer and MrNightmare, thanks for posting your photos. He looks great in both settings. And I can definitely see him laying out in a casket. He looks pretty realistic so can imagine that would give some pause especially if it looks like his eyes are looking at you.

I haven't even thought about a set up for this year yet (kind of been on a mental break) but this is starting to get the brainwaves moving. I do like him a lot without the cape. Does it come off easily I hope? Kind of old creepy butler look sans cape.
 

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MrNightmare, I think I like him without the red cape too. This is the last big prop I've told myself I can get,,,,ever! lol I say this sort of thing every year but seriously I do intend on getting this guy. Glad you got him GoS. Do you mind saying how much he was? a lot of folks are expensive on their shipping for him so that is really the only reason I haven't got him yet.

LOL. I've been organizing one room of our house into a halloween room with my props and such and checking everything for batteries while doing so. Looking at the prop boxes I pretty much said I think I'm set for life now with halloween props. Then I saw The Count. And said OK just this last guy. So LOL at your comment! I really have wanted him for a number of years and never found him locally so kind of balked at shipping him plus like Saki.girl always found other props during the season that I wanted to add and then the money ran out for that year. He was 239 plus 50 ship. So I knew he was oversized. I thought the price was decent, just didn't like the shipping but it's pretty much in line with other things like this nowadays.

Funny thing is I actually went on eBay looking for a different dracula prop someone here had posted a question about and found him then during my search. Not even an auction item but a Buy It Now one so he came with set price. Too bad I didn't look for that dracula prop earlier because I would have posted about him here so others could have had a chance at him. Think the ebay listing went up 3/29 with 11 of them to sell so he was available for over a week*. Guess this is just a good reminder to search for "desired" items even off season when your head's not in to shopping yet. Over the years with some diligence I've found Gemmy's Big Mouth Billy Bones singing skeleton fish and Fur Real Friends Squawkers McCaw on eBay without an outrageous price so off season can pay off on these popular halloween hackable items. Good luck in your search Disembodied!


*here's the expired sold out listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/361584202420?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
 

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Thought I'd mention that The Count will be here Monday. Shipped UPS and their records say his shipping weight is 21.6 lbs. Definitely sounds manageable. No indication of the size of the box on their tracking form however. Thanks again to everyone who provided feedback on him.
 

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You won't regret the purchase, GoS. He is a wonderful prop. We have had our Winston for about 7-8yrs now~I'm trying to work him in to the permanent home decor, citing a perfect guy for every holiday. Here he is,with his lovely bride, last Halloween.

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Hey, if anyone is still looking for The Count, the same seller mentioned above in the link (Post #13) put up two more of them. Another HF member picked up one of them, so right now there's one left.
 

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There's someone else selling 10 of them for the same price. That's the good/bad thing about ebay - a seller with a low price will drive all the prices down.
 
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