For The Papist Who Has Everything…

November 21, 2007

It has come to my attention that a bobble-head is being made of our Supreme Pontiff. Not to mock or make fun, but in the world of bobble-heads it is a bit of an honor.

The history of bobblers – according to venerable wikipedia (my first best source for all really odd minutae):

“The modern bobblehead first appeared in the 1950s. By 1960, Major League Baseball had gotten in on the action and produced a series of papier-mache bobblehead dolls, one for each team, all with the same cherubic face. The World Seriesheld that year brought the first player-specific baseball bobbleheads, for Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Willie Mays, still all with the same face. Over the next decade, after a switch in materials from paper-mache to ceramic, bobbleheads would be produced for other sports, as well as cartoon characters. One of the most famous bobbleheads of all time also hails from this era: The Beatlesbobblehead set, which is a valuable collectible today. By the mid-1970s, though, the bobblehead craze was in the process of winding down.

I want one.

Is that wrong? I already have one of Teddy Roosevelt. I think they could be buddies on my shelf – Ole Rough & Ready Teddy meets Our German Shephard.

They also make a JP2 bobbler… but for some reason I think I would rather have have the JP2 commemorative Christmas ornaments.

When it comes, however, to the action figure loving papist in your life (and we all know at least one), perhaps this Pope Innocent III action figure is in order!

Armed with his formidable power of excommunication and an intimidating scroll inscribed with Latin text, this 6″ (15.2 cm) tall, hard vinyl model of the 176th Pope will soon have all your other action figures lining up for confession.Read the back of the package and you’ll find that Pope Innocent III was a good guy in all respects. He was a patron of the arts, cared about orphans, built a hospital and reunified the Papal States.Comes with removable fancy Pope hat!

Boy, had I had one of those as a child, my afternoon play might have been very different. What chance did Hordak have against the threat of excommunication? (If you don’t get the reference, you probably just weren’t born in the 70s…)

For the petite papist in your life, a “pope doll” from Germany may be in order. I have not been able to determine what accessories can be bought for this delightful doll. Vestments, croziers, mozzetta, cloak (tabarro) , papal slippers, and papal Prada… Is it too much to hope?

Only 36 shopping days left before Christmas!