About Bobbleheads and their name. What’s in a name? If it were different, would it still be the same? When it comes to bobbleheads, the answer is YES. They are dolls with disproportionately large heads. The head and body are connected together by a spring. When it encounters movement its head bobbles up and down. They are also referred to as nodders, nodding heads, wobblers, and bopping heads.
Use of dolls with accentuated heads dates all the back to prehistoric times when only a head was formed out of wood and attached to a stick to convey a message. In Europe and Asia in the late 1700s, heads were formed out of wood, leather, or paper mache, and attached to a stick or string and called puppets. These stick puppets were used to recite religious rituals, protest leadership, exploit goods; and amuse the people.
Later in the late 1800s, Germany came up with ceramic dolls that had spring-connected moving heads. They called them “bobbers” and “nodders”. Later in the U.S. during the 1920s “bobbleheads” (also known as bobbleheads) were produced as collector items in small quantities. They were made to look like well-known personalities such as professional athletes. By the year 2000, these caricature bobbleheads were made of resin and plastic. Because these materials were cheaper, they were produced in larger quantities and distributed as memorabilia and consumer purchase incentives. Several distributors copyrighted their own term for the bobbleheads including Funko Wacky Wobblers, NECA Head Knockers, and Adams Apples Bopp’n’ Heads.
The popularity of these caricature dolls remains high since their inception. No matter what character is used and no matter what name is used, they all keep us amused.
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