Company of Marionettes on Etsy has gone way beyond tying strings to toys. They hand carve different characters. Their current prices range from $75 to just shy of $1000. Tony Sinnett explains that each Marionette takes days, weeks and even months to perfect. He excepts commissions. If you want to learn more about Tony Sinnett or Marionettes you can visit Tony's blog.
As always just click on the pictures to the marionette.(if they are still being offered for sale) If not no worries there are two other links to enjoy.