Bobbleheads are enjoying a resurgence in popularity, but believe it or not they’ve been around for just about 150 years. Bobbleheads have been made from materials such as ceramic, paper mache, and more recently, and more durably, plastic. The options that exist these days for custom bobbleheads are rather impressive, as it’s possible to choose not only the outfit of the doll, but also what activity the doll is involved in, what props the doll is holding, if any, as well as a variety of comedic outfits such as ninja gear, caveman pelts, and superhero outfits. Let’s take a step back, though, to make sure that we all know exactly what a bobblehead is, though. |
Typically 8-10 inches in height, although they do come in larger and even smaller sizes, bobbleheads are plastic figures that stand in place, but that have heads that are attached on a spring. The heads will nod up and down, side to side, depending on how the heads are touched by someone’s fingers. The heads bob, hence the name “bobbleheads”. Bobblehead dolls can come in the form of animals, cartoon, TV, or movie figures, historical figures, or imaginary creatures. These dolls can be found in toy stores, specialty stores, or even online. Some bobbleheads come in series that can be collected, and bobbleheads have, especially in the last few decades, have become items that are collected, and collectible, as well.
But how do you go about getting a bobblehead made of a loved one or friend for a gift, or even of yourself? Believe it or not, all you need is a photo of the person you want a bobblehead customized for. You want to make sure that the picture is clear and also light enough that the person’s features are defined and distinguishable. Remember that the person making the bobblehead doesn’t necessarily know the person the custom bobblehead is being made for, so your photos shouldn’t leave the makers guessing about what the person looks like.
You also want to think about what type of bobblehead doll you want to purchase. You can get a custom bobblehead for $20 to $25 for a bobblehead that has a person’s picture placed on the doll’s head. It’s not shaped like the person, but the person’s image is still there. For anywhere from anywhere from $70 to upwards of a few hundred, you can get a custom bobblehead doll that will allow you to have your doll’s head in the shape of you or the person you’re buying the doll for, or customize the doll to the point that you can choose the entire outfit. It all depends on how much you’re willing to spend and what the purpose of the doll is. If you want to really wow the person you’re giving the doll to, you might think about the higher end custom bobbleheads. Either way, have fun customizing your bobblehead!
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