A bobble head, also known as a fodder or wobbler, is a type of collectible doll. Instead of a solid connection, its head is connected to the body by a spring or hook in such a way that a light tap will cause the head to bobble, hence the name.
German “Wackeldackel”, bobble head dachshund, waggle(y) Terkel During the seventeenth century, figurines of Buddha and other religious figures called “temple dodders” were produced in Asia. The earliest known Western reference to a bobble head is thought to be in Nikolai Gogol's 1842 short story The Overcoat “, in which the main character's neck was described as being “like the necks of plaster cats which wag their heads”.
During the nineteenth century, bisque porcelain bobble heads were being made in limited quantities for the US market. Many of the bobble heads in the US were produced in Germany, with an increase in imports during the 1920s and 30s.
By the 1950s, bobble heads had a substantial surge in popularity, with items made of either plastic or bisque porcelain. By 1960, Major League Baseball produced a series of papier-mâché Bobble head dolls, one for each team, all with the same cherubic face, and a few select players over time.
The World Series held that year brought the first player-specific baseball bobble heads, for Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Willie Mays, still all with the same face. Within a few years, they would be produced for other sports, as well as cartoon characters.
Prompting their resurgence were cheaper manufacturing processes, and the main bobble head material switched, this time from ceramic to plastic. It was now possible to make bobble heads in the limited numbers necessary for them to be viable collectibles.
The first major league baseball team to offer a bobble head giveaway was the San Francisco Giants, which distributed 35,000 Willie Mays head dodders at their May 9, 1999, game. The variety of bobble heads has grown to include even relatively obscure popular culture figures and notable people.
The new millennium brought a new type of bobble head toy, the mini-bobblehead, two or three inches tall and used for gifts in some package foods. On November 18, 2014, it was announced that the National Bobble head Hall of Fame and Museum would open in 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US.
The National Bobble head OF and Museum held a preview exhibit at RedLine Milwaukee from January 7, 2016, to April 30, 2016, which showcased the largest public display of bobble heads in history. The 2000s also saw the rise of a competitive market for personalized, on-demand bobble heads, typically 6–7 inches tall, from a number of on-line vendors.
In 2015, the Pope Francis bobble head became so popular that a nationwide shortage was reported. Named “Goldie”, it was the result of a collaboration between Dino Rents and BobbleHeads.com.
They are a native art form in the Thanjavur region of Tamil Nadu. They are made of clay or wood and painted over in bright colors, and are often dressed up in fancy clothes.
They form a part of an elaborate display of dolls known as Gold (kola)”, exhibited in Indian houses during the Sahara (Navarre)” festival in Sep-Oct. Sport teams sometimes give away bobble head dolls at their games; for example, the Los Angeles Kings gave away bobble heads commemorating Luck Robitaille’s induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
In the 1986 Let's Go Mets music video, there is a scene where Joe Piccolo, standing outside the New York Mets dugout at Shea Stadium, taps four Mets bobble head dolls, then goes into the dugout and taps the heads of four actual Mets players (Howard Johnson, Bob Opera, Rick Aguilera, Kevin Mitchell) who bobble their heads similarly. Due to subsequent demand 165,000 Wackel-Elvis dashboard figures were produced.
The figure depicts Elvis wearing the jumpsuit he wore in the 1973 Aloha from Hawaii TV broadcast. Since 2003, American law journal The Green Bag has issued bobble head dolls depicting Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, both past and present.
In the season two episode Valentine's Day of NBC’s The Office (U.S. TV Series), Dwight is given a bobble head doll of himself as a Valentine's gift, from Angela. In 2010, 14-year-old Henry Elmer of Brooklyn, New York, attempted to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by building what is believed to be the world's largest bobble head, standing 16 feet tall.
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