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Willy Wonka

From the wild imagination of the ultra-creative Roald Dahl, we have the eccentric Willy Wonka from the 1964 Children's novel 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

Willy Wonka is a rather flamboyant gentleman who happens to be the owner of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. There are all sort of sweet treat candies, not just chocolate, as the name would suggest. Willy with all his wealth is lonely with no heir, so he decides to hold a competition. He puts 5 golden tickets into his Wonka Bars. The lucky 5 recipients (each attending with a chaperone), will get the chance to look around his never-seen-before factory. There is one rule … don't eat anything. Willy's sense of moral's have become a little disjointed and perhaps cruel, but the tour is a test. A Three Course Meal chewing gum is snatched from the hand of Mr Wonka by Violet Beauregarde, who savours each course, until she reaches the blueberry pie. It is at this point that she starts to blow up like a giant blueberry and has to be removed for instant juice extraction.

There are rivers of chocolate and squirrels who pick out bad nuts, the Oompa-Loompas that do the work, plus the most amazing candy garden, all inside the factory.

In the end after passing a final test, Charlie Bucket (the film's hero), is rewarded with his prize (unbeknown to him, what it actually is). He is heir to Willy Wonka's fortune, recipes and factory. His family home is even moved inside the 'realm' of the factory, where Willy becomes part of Charlie's family. Over the years there has been an assorted amount of merchandise, although mainly edible, Steiff however, crafted a magical Limited Edition Teddy Bear, dressed as Willy for the 100th Anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth.

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