Pop Vinyl Products: Know More About Bobbleheads
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.
How Bobbleheads Came Into Pop Culture
Before, bobbleheads were only produced in limited quantities and were considered 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.
The 1960s saw the first Bobble heads boom in pop culture. They were made popular because teams used them to promote professional leagues, baseball in particular. They were also produced to represent American football and ice hockey teams. Aside from the bobbing head, these vintage bobbleheads hold little likeness to the ones we see 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.
The production techniques for Pop! Vinyls and bobbleheads have gone through a lot of changes since then. Bobbleheads these days closely resemble their real life models.
Collector's Tips on Purchasing Bobbleheads
The Production Process - Until several years ago all bobbleheads were made by hand without any exceptions. Now, bobbleheads can even be made by anyone who has a 3D printer at home. Although these 3D printed bobbleheads hold the promise of a hundred percent resemblance, they are very costly and complicated to produce.
Material Used - Some manufacturers make bobbleheads with polymer clay and while some use resin. The effect of either one on the resemblance to the real life model can almost be disregarded, but some people prefer one material over the other because of the finish. Polymer clay is available in different colors, but resin is almost always white and still needs to be painted.
The Artist - Most people consider the artist who created the piece or the manufacturer who distributed it as their determining factor in choosing or purchasing a bobblehead. Their talent and reputation will convince people as to whether or not the bobblehead is worth collecting or buying. This is because of the fact that these days, bobbleheads can even be produced by people who own 3D printers at home. Collectors put a lot of stock on whether the bobbleheads can closely resemble their real life models or are vintage ones that cost a lot of money.