Pop Vinyl Creations: A Brief History of Bobbleheads and Tips in Purchasing Them
Bobble heads are basically dolls, usually of famous personalities, with heads that are connected to the body by means of a spring. Bobbleheads are also called wobblers, nodding head dolls, and nodders. They came into existence more than 150 years ago and are still very popular toys today.
Brief 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 manufactured using plastic and greatly improved their durability.
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The 1960s saw the first bobblehead boom in pop culture. They were used to promote sport teams and athletes, especially in baseball. They were also used to promote teams from American football and ice hockey leagues. Apart from the head that bobbles, these vintage bobbleheads bore little similarity to the ones we have today. The designs were very different – the bodies were not very detailed and do not carry an athletic pose. They were individually painted by hand and included a magnet on their base so that they can be proudly placed on car dashboards.
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The production techniques for bobbleheads have gone through a lot of changes since then. These days, bobbleheads are made to closely resemble the people that they are supposed to represent.
Tips for Bobblehead Collectors
The Production Process – Until several years ago all bobbleheads were made by hand without any exceptions. Today, almost anyone who has a 3D printer at home can even manufacture their own bobblehead. Although these 3D printed bobbleheads hold the promise of a hundred percent resemblance, they are very costly and complicated to produce.
Material Used – Some companies will use polymer clay and some will use resin. The effect of either one on its resemblance to the real life model is almost negligible, but the finish that each material offers matter to some people. Polymer clay is available in various colors, but resin is almost always white and therefore 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 consideration the question of whether the bobblehead will closely resemble the real life persons that they were modeled after or if they cost a lot because they are vintage and rare.