So of course my imagination kicked into high gear at the challenge--to revisit a thing I'd made WAY back then, when I didn't know much at all about paper clay, or how to assemble these characters to be sturdy, or faces. Or painting. Or antiquing. My techniques are so different, and I think the sculpting is better. The original is still fun, but I am pleased to think my skills have grown in the seven years since I made him.
Of course now I'm thinking of revisiting a lot of the ideas I had back then--they were good ideas, and with new techniques, they'll be good again. Cheers!