Work In Progress
Perfect Day Revisited
One of the many new projects Richard is working on at the moment is a new figure celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest games ever played between Wales and England in the old Five Nations.
On the 11th of April 1999 Wales hosted a strong England side at Wembley while the new stadium was being built in Cardiff. England were one win away from becoming the last Grand Slam Champions of the century and the old Five Nations while Wales had struggled to find form in the Five Nations under their new coach Graham Henry. Wales had however just defeated France for the first time in Paris for 25 years in a thrilling encounter, so the stage was set for a classic. England started strongly and were three tries to the good by half time while wales kept in touch with the man of the hour, Neil Jenkins’ impeccable goal kicking. The signs were ominous however as the game went on and England had stretched their lead to six points late in the game when their Captain made the unusual decision to kick for the corner instead of pushing their lead to 9 points and securing victory. The ensuing line out was turned over and England themselves conceded a penalty to give Wales one last chance. Neil Jenkins put his side on the English 25-yard line and from the line out Scott Gibbs scored one the greatest tries ever seen in the Championship. Bursting through England’s front line defence he bounced through three more tackles diving dramatically over the line to put Wales within one point of victory. At this point legend has it that Neil Jenkins commented that Scott could have run around under the posts to make his conversion easier and Scott calmly replied “just ******* kick it”. Neil hadn’t missed a kick all day prompting Graham Henry to say "l have never seen a kicking display better than that. If the posts had been two metres apart instead of ten, Neil Jenkins would have still kicked all his points”. Neil promptly added two more and Wales had the slimmest of leads. They held on to deny England the grand slam and handing the championship to Scotland. The confidence gained from that momentous win enabled Wales to go on a winning streak of ten consecutive matches including a first ever test series win in Argentina.
This New Neil Jenkins figure shows him preparing to convert the try in his oversized shirt and mentally coaxing the ball through the post with his famous hand gesture. The Limited Edition will be titled “Perfect Day Revisited” and will bear an inscription marking the 20th anniversary of that remarkable day.
Richard & John celebrate 'that win' at Wembley 1999 - many thanks to the lovely English fan who had the generosity of spirit to take this pic!
Studio Update 16.1.2019
With the Six Nations fast approaching Richard has been working on the first pieces of 2019, Scarlets & Wales Scrum Half Gareth Davies and new Mini's to follow - can you tell who they are yet!
Studio Update 26.10.2018
Richard makes a start on a few new projects for before and after Christmas. Can you tell who it is yet?
Studio Update 24.9.2018
Richard has made steady progress this week with Moriarty and Barrett
Studio Update 11.9.2018
New Zealand's Beauden Barrett and Wales' Ross Moriarty take shape.
Studio Update 14.8.2018
We have been overwhelmed by your emails, calls and tweets so thank you for your continued interest for a Geraint Thomas Grogg. Richard has made some early progress but at this point we have no release date, price or idea on how many will be made but as Max Boyce said
“Now the Groggshop up in Ponty, are working night and day
But people are complaining, there's such a long delay
The kilns are full of Geraints, with a Welsh flag shouldered high
But people have to understand, his hair takes time to dry”
We are not taking pre-orders but we will keep you updated as often as possible, so please be patient and keep watching!
Quote from 'A Boy Who Climbed A Mountain' by Max Boyce
Studio Update 27.4.2018
Work begins on Blues & Wales back row Josh Navidi. Coming soon in both 9" Ltd Ed & Mini. No pre orders are being taken.
Update from Richard's Studio
Reflecting on the Six Nations Richard has started working on some new 9" figures. With so many new faces holding their hands up for Grogg selection this is just the tip of the iceberg but Conor Murray and Aaron Shingler are a great place to start.
Ken Owens is making an appearance in the Mini range and Richard has also managed to rescue the David Bowie he began in 2016 and Richard is determined to finish his musical hero this time!
*No pre-orders are being taken, please keep watching for further updates*
Return of the Thin White Duke
Richard's Studio Update 7.3.2018
Finishing touches to Foxy's hat are underway, Richard's favourite job
Richard's Studio Update 16.1.2018
Richard progresses with Glasgow, Scotland and British & Irish Lions Superstar Full Back. Hopefully ready to order during the Six Nations so keep watching. *No pre-orders*
Richard's Studio 13.9.2017
In recognition of his outstanding Lions Tour Richard has started work on a new 9" Jonathan Davies. This completely new piece will be available in Lions Strip bearing an inscription commemorating "Foxy's" Man of the Series performance... and yes... this one WILL feature his famous scrum cap!
This piece is not due for completion this year so won't be available for Christmas, please keep watching for updates.
Meanwhile the Christmas Mini is almost complete, can you tell who it is?
Richard's Studio 4.8.2017
Richard gets started on 3 new figures. Can you tell who they are yet?
Richard's Studio 4.4.2017
Richard gets to grips with two new prominent figures from the Six Nations 2017. Can you guess who they are?
Richard's Studio 17.3.2017
Richard puts the finishing touches to Irish Captain Rory Best. Keep watching for the launch in the next 3-4 weeks. No pre-orders are bring taken.
'The Devil is in the detail'
Richard gets to grips with Mathieu's dreadlocks.
*No pre-orders are being taken, please keep watching for details.
Richard's Studio 24.12.2016
2017 Groggs taking shape!
*No pre-orders are being taken at this time. Please keep watching for updates.
1st Sept 2016
Richard puts the finishing touches to the New 9" Limited Edition Gareth Bale.
This figure is now complete and orders can be placed here
Richard is loving working on his latest project.
After Wales' momentus victory over Russia Richard, as promised, starts work on the Supporters MOTM Joe Allen. #GroggsLoveJoeAllen
*Please be aware we are not taking pre-orders on this piece currently.*
Richards’s tribute to the fantastic Japanese rugby team who did so much to bring the Rugby World Cup 2015 to life with their incredible victory over the mighty Springboks in September, is their inspirational full back Ayumu Goromaru. We haven’t made a Japanese Player since Yuji Matsuo in the 1980’s but Richard has had endless pleas from the many Japanese supporters who visited us he felt it was time to change that. Ayuma’s iconic pose will make a fantastic Grogg (if not a little complicated to paint!) and will help to illustrate the great contribution Japan and the second tier nations have made to this fabulous World Cup.
Pre-orders can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with a name and telephone number.
*Please be aware has been completed but we are aiming for a Summer release – No price decided until completion.
Past Projects from Richards Studio
Scott Williams, Alun Wyn Jones & Richie McCaw
Uruguay Lapwing Mascot
Miniature Liam Williams & Dan Biggar, Johnny Sexton.
Dan Biggar & Rhys Webb
Luke Charteris, Sonny Bill Williams & George North.
Liam Williams, Sam Warburton & Jamie Roberts.
Field of Dreams ~ 50th Anniversary.
15" Retirement Shane Williams - still in production.
Viet Gwent Pontypool Front Row ~ 40th Anniversary.
Better Than A Slam 2013
Captains Climb Kilimanjaro
Paul James, Brian O'Driscoll & Gethin Jenkins.
2012 Christmas Decoration ~ Rudolph the Red Nose Sheep!
Bobby Charlton, Javier Hernandez & Aaron Ramsey
Sergio Parisse, Ma'a Nonu & Uncle Albert.
Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy & Shane Williams.
2008 Grand Slam Ryan, Freddie Mercury & Pele.
Wayne Rooney, Chris Wyatt & Del Boy.
Mike Phillips, Action Shane Williams & Huw Bennett.
Testimonial Adam, Mini Leigh Halfpenny & Mini Toby Faletau & George North.
Rhys Priestland, Jonathan 'Fox' Davies & Dan Lydiate.
15" Ryan Giggs & 15" George Best.
Action Shane Williams Testimonial.
USA Mascot, Fiji Mascot & Mini Sebastien Chabal.
Action Ray Gravell & Action Henson, Peel & Alfie.
2005 Grand Slam Alfie & Michael Owen.