This entry has a bit of everything (and a lot of Greebo)!!
Agnes Nitt - DW68
I love Agnes with her nice hair and good personality!! She is a really well observed character. She starts off in Lords and Ladies as part of a group of young witches who change their names to be more witchy. Agnes is an exceptional singer and a natural witch. Her 'witchiness' is aided in no small part to the thin girl within (the one that accompanies the lot of chocolate!). Agnes thin girl is called Perdita (in the roundworld, Latin for 'lost one'). A name that Agnes herself uses as her nom de plume when she goes to the Opera House in Ankh Morpork. She did toy with using Perdita X Dream (the X standing for someone who has a ‘cool and mysterious middle name’). She did try this back home in the Ramtops but ended up being referred to as ‘that Agnes what calls herself Perditax’ so she gave that bit up! Whenever I read that quote I hear it in a broad West Country accent. It always makes me smile and I think of Perditax at the oddest times!
In the August 1996 newsletter it says that the inspiration for Agnes, as suggested by Terry was a young Dawn French and an Agnes who had played Agnes in a recent production (alas, not named in the newsletter!). it also mentions that on seeing Agnes Terry asked "Does Leigh know a lot of large ladies, because he's got her just right." I think he got her just right too :-)
It is a nice little piece (tactile again :-)) but like a lot of the female pieces it didn’t sell in droves. When this piece was first released Clarecraft promised that an Agnes in a more ‘witchy’ pose would follow. This never happened and the Agnes piece shows her in full operatic mode.
The quote is from Maskerade.
"She concentrated on the notes, working her way stolidly upwards from sea-level to mountain top, and took no notice at the start when a chair vibrated across the stage or, at the end, when a glass broke somewhere and several bats fell out of the roof."
It was sculpted by Leigh and released in August 1996. Due to people missing out when pieces suddenly retired (particularly with female pieces such as Magat and Sybil) her retirement in November 1999 was given with plenty of notice. Still, only 1055 of these lovely pieces were ever sold. The RRP was £29.99 throughout and she has reached more than £60.
Now we move onto Greebo!! There are many Greebo pieces, some of the situations he gets in just lend themselves to sculpting and he makes for nice, small, easily affordable pieces. He also features in the chess sets but these have already been covered.
Greebo has been described as looking like a fist with fur on!! He has only one eye but this has never seemed to slow him down (but this does allow him to wear a rather dashing eyepatch when he changes into a man). Nanny, normally a good judge of character has a complete blind spot where Greebo is concerned. She can only see him as the cute fluffy kitten he once was, rather than the evil, murdering ball of malevolence he turned into.
Greebo - DW45
This piece just shows Greebo standing. It was sculpted by Leigh and introduced in 1995. It was retired on closure so I have no numbers sold. I'm not sure on exact RRP but these tended to be at the lower end of the scale.
The quote is from Witches Abroad
"He's an old softy really, said Nanny".
Greebo - Bloody Furious - DW125
Greebo as a Man - DW76
There are further characters and artefacts associated with the witches which I will include with them. Vlad is the first of these. The others will be covered in the next entry.