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It's A Bobblehead World 

Celebs turned into palsied figurines

Bobbleheads are everywhere this Christmas. We first remember the faded bobblehead dogs and cats that were in the back windows of lots of cars in the 1960s. But according to James McCurtis, Jr., in an article published in the Lansing State Journal, "Bobblehead dolls have been around for more than 300 years. The first doll was made in China depicting a smiling Buddha." Who knew? In more recent memory, they faded from that 60s resurgence. But now, they're back and everyone who's anyone is a bobblehead. Apparently, part of the craze is also related to sports collectibles and the fact that lots of pro teams have bobbleheads.

Especially for Christmas, you can have the cast of the beloved Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer television special. We spotted "em at Target for $9.95 each. From Rudolph to the elf who wants to be a dentist, they can be yours.

For you rock & roll fans, in the 70s the Rolling Stones had Goats Head Soup but in 2002, the members of the greatest rock & roll band in the world have their, umm, own set of bobbleheads? Yes, folks, you read correctly. For a mere $100 (which doesn't include shipping and handling), you can have Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie in all their wobbly headed glory (is there any wonder now as to why Bill Wyman got out when the going was good?). The dolls don't sing or play, although a cross-eyed looking Mick has a mic in hand, and Keith boasts a guitar but oddly no cigarette. And as sad as Ronnie looks, we know, it's only rock & roll and someone out there will like it. Available at rollingstones.com.

As the website says, "Ozzy Moves Toward World Domination," and you can do your part to aid the cause -- as well as liven up someone else's holiday season -- when you give the gift that keeps on giving (well ... until the batteries run out): the Osbourne Family Talking Bobbleheads are now available. What do they say? Sharon talks to Minnie (the dog), Kelly vents about her vagina, Jack wishes he were cooler, and Ozzy retorts, "I love you all, but you're all fucking mad!" What better gift could there possibly be? The bobbles rate a hefty $14.99 each and are available at Tower Records, Spencer Gifts and Musicland. They're also available by calling 800-991-8490 or visiting online at www.noveltoy.com.

If you're more of a traditionalist, the www.tickles.com website offers an array of dog and cat bobbles, as well as a horse and a squirrel. Also available here are a Sphinx for $6.99 as well as Austin Powers for $11.99. Yeah, baby!

Archie McPhee offers an entire catalogue of ridiculous stuff, including numerous bobbleheads and unique action figures, so it was really hard to choose.

But you gotta admit, it's a bit hard to top the Jesus Nodder. Hey, this might be just the thing for driving on I-77 and I-85! To quote the catalog: "Humbly dressed in common robes, Jesus stands 7 and a half inches tall and offers a gesture of blessing with his hand. Put him on your dashboard and he just might inspire you to exercise patience and forgiveness on the highway." And He's just $7.50.

In trying to offer a complete selection of religious bobbleheads and/or action figures, we didn't find a currently available Buddha or Mohammed but we did find a really funny website out of the UK called, we kid you not, www.jesuschristsuperstore.net. It's got clever graphics and cute slogans ("Putting the fun back into fundamentalism") -- but be sure to read the FAQ section very carefully before ordering.

In the action figure section of the Archie McPhee catalog, Sigmund Freud just leaped off the page. To quote the catalogue: "Each 5-inch tall figure captures Freud in a pensive pose, holding a distinctly phallic cigar. Prop him on your desk or nightstand to inspire you to explore the depths of your unconscious and embrace the symbolism of your dreams." All that and for only $6.95! Incidentally, you can also get a Jesus Action Figure for the same price and they could consult. Go to www.mcphee.com or call 425-349-3009 for ordering info.-- Lynn Farris, Molly McKinney & Ann Wicker

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