Monday, June 6, 2005

Baron Of Bobbleheads Gets Wound Up

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The man who created the bobblehead craze is now getting wound up over something else.

Malcolm Alexander jump-started the popularity of bobblehead collectibles back in 1999 when he created a Willie Mays bobblehead doll for the San Francisco Giants.

Now, he’s hoping to catch lightning in a bottle by introducing wind-up walkers designed to look like celebrities from sports, music, movies or politics.

The first official wind-up toy features the San Francisco Giants mascot “Lucille the Seal.” Alexander also has orders for models featuring Minnesota Twins stars Torii Hunter and Joe Mauer, and from “practically every NBA team for next season.”

It’s hard to predict if the public will get wound up for wind-up toys but Alexander is confident based on his past history with collectibles, especially because early versions of his bobblehead dolls sell for up to $400 on eBay.

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