Pop Vinyl Creations: A Brief History of Bobbleheads and Tips in Purchasing Them
Bobble heads are collectible toys with heads that are over sized compared to the rest of the body, and are often made as caricatures of famous personalities. Bobbleheads are also called wobblers, nodding head dolls, and nodders. They were invented and sold more than 150 years ago and are still very popular toys today.
Short History of Bobbleheads
In the past, bobbleheads were only manufactured in limited numbers and were regarded as novelty items. The earlier forms were made of paper mache and they do not last a long time because they get damaged very easily. Later on, they were produced using plastic to make them more durable.
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Bobbleheads first madde their mark in pop culture during the 1960s. They were made popular through sports, baseball in particular. They were also produced to promote teams from American football and ice hockey leagues. Beside the head that bobs, these vintage bobbleheads bore little similarity to the ones that are being produced today. The designs were significantly different – were not painted with too much details and do not have an athletic pose. They were hand painted and had a magnet under the base so that they can be displayed on car dashboards.
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The manufacturing processes for bobbleheads have dramatically changed since then. Bobbleheads these days closely resemble their real life models.
Collector’s Tips on Purchasing Bobbleheads
The Production Process – Up until a few years ago all bobbleheads were hand made with no exceptions. Now, bobbleheads can even be made by anyone who has a 3D printer at home. Although these 3D printed bobbleheads are expected to very closely resemble the person that they are modeled after, they can be very costly and complicated to produce.
Material Used – Some manufacturers make bobbleheads with polymer clay and while some use resin. The effect of using either one on the accuracy in resemblance to the real life model is not that different, but the finish that each material would offer are not the same. Polymer clay is available in different colors, but resin is almost always white and still needs to be painted.
The Artist – Perhaps the most determining factor in choosing or purchasing a bobblehead is the artist creating the piece or the manufacturer distributing it. Their talent and reputation will help most people decide whether or not the bobblehead is worth collecting or buying. This is because bobbleheads now can even be made by just about anyone who has a 3D printer at home. Collectors take into account the question of whether the, bobblehead is made to closely resemble the people that they are supposed to represent or if it is very rare and therefore worth a lot of money.