Cuteness overload, you would say. One may wonder what’s up with these figures that draw fanatics a dash to nearby comic outlets. A bobblehead is a type of collectible toy with usually oversized head compared to its body. Aside from its cuteness, it got its name because of the way the head is attached to its body which is connected with a spring or hook. This causes the head to sway even on a light tap and hence called “bobblehead”.
Amazingly, bobblehead is not new in the world of visual art. The idea started long before in Asia during the seventeenth-century called “temple nodders” in the Buddhist tradition!
However, it was known in the western world through the movie “The Overcoat” because of the character’s neck compared to the neck of plaster cats with wagging heads. Since then, a substantial surge of popularity spread in the United States during the 1920s to1950s which are produced by Germany in plastic or bisque.
Figures of famous celebrities like The Beatles, basketball, and baseball players were produced during the 1990s using ceramic to plastic. The bobbleheads then became more popular as more iconic figures of superheroes and prominent leaders like presidents were modeled in a very simple yet artistic way.
The cost of each unique figure differs according to its size, popularity, and demand. One may say it is unfair but business takes hold of the costing and the design fairly to artists. A popular brand manufacturing bobbleheads like the Pope costs around $10 dollars per figure. This may sound expensive to some but these are considered collector’s items and thus the price may sometimes be prohibitive.
The bobblehead figures don’t have to look much like the original figure itself since the huge head itself is already a big distortion. This kind of art does not require perfection but it satisfies the heart of collectors and brings joy and admiration to the famous figures. However, coming up with the design is not an easy task to the artists since they have to carefully draft the figure into the most simple figure it could make and yet maintain the identity of the model. With this, prominent features of the figure are usually maintained such as costume, hair, and even their famous accessories so as to be identified easily.
Whether a celebrity, action figures, athletes and even anime characters, there is no escape in the world of bobbleheads. Some offer customized figures. A personal replica in bobblehead form, for example, is possible to resemble a close friend of yours; this is actually a terrific gift idea.