Well, of course! The "spring-connected, head-bobbing figurines" are worth celebrating!
Set aside time on Thursday, January 7, to celebrate all things bobble. Bobbleheads have captured our attention as both toys and collector items.
For centuries, bobbleheads have been captivating the attention of enthusiasts around the world. They come in a wide variety of themes, shapes, and sizes. Bobbleheads have been created for iconic heroes, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, professionals, artists, actors, fictional characters, and the list goes on and on.
People have been collecting bobbleheads for centuries. Some collections, like this one in Italy, contain hundreds of individual bobblehead figures. While it is unclear how many bobbleheads are in existence today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is attempting to create a database of all bobbleheads.
The largest bobblehead, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, stood at 15-feet tall. Applied Underwriters created a large St. Bernard dog for the record-holding unveiling. Not associated with world records, Conan O'Brien created a 17-foot bobblehead of himself in Chicago. (We suspect that his hair provided the top 7-feet of height.)
The general public can even create a custom bobblehead from any photo. With a base price of $79, you can submit your photo to Bobbleheads.com and let them create a bobblehead of a friend, family member, or yourself!
History of Bobbleheads
Are you ready for this? Bobbleheads date back to the 1700s as Chinese nodding figurines were recorded in Europe. In 1842, writer Nikolai Gogol referenced bobblehead dolls in a Russian short story “The Overcoat,” with the main character, Akaky, as having a neck “like the neck of plaster cats which wag their heads."
Bobbleheads became popular in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. The Beatles created a set of bobbleheads, one for each band member, that became popular around the world. In the 1960s, baseball players were honored and popularized by the individual creation of athlete bobbleheads.
In 2019, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "The Museum features over 6,500 unique bobbleheads, dozens of exhibits and a store featuring merchandise and over 500 bobbleheads available for purchase."
How to Celebrate National Bobblehead Day
What a fun day to celebrate! There are a few ways to engage in this unique holiday.
- Break out the bobblehead Aunt Sally gave you for Christmas in 1994 and post a photo on social media.
- Browse eBay or Amazon for collector bobbleheads. With more than 100,000 results for bobbleheads, you're bound to find just the right one for your collection.
- Walk like a bobblehead all day. Wait, that's not a good idea at all. We can't imagine the headaches! Maybe walk like a bobblehead for just a few minutes?
- Become a member of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame. Memberships range from $20 to $1,000 and include admission to the hall of fame, membership card, merchandise discount, annual yearbook, and discounts on renting the hall of fame for a private party (depending on the membership level, of course).
How did you celebrate National Bobblehead Day today? What is your favorite bobblehead? Share in the comments below.