Bernie Sanders bobblehead of the viral moment of the opening day a bestseller
A bobblehead commemorating a viral moment on Inauguration Day 59 quickly jumped to the all-time bestseller list with over 20,000 figures sold.
The bobblehead features US Senator Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, wearing a beige parka and knitted mittens as he sat cross-legged and arms crossed on a cold January morning as he watched the President’s inauguration Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Sanders’ image quickly became a viral meme, with the Senator being featured in various scenes including album covers, college football celebrations, shows and movies, and local businesses across the country.
A week after the figure became available, it became the second best-selling figure in the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and a worldwide sensation having already sold in all 50 states, nearly a dozen countries and all five. continents. Sanders’ bobblehead only trails a collection of figures representing Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, approaching 50,000 sold.
“We never anticipated the level of excitement for this bobblehead,” said Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. A remote employee immediately sounded the alarm bells about the viral moment, and “we know bobbleheads are the perfect way to commemorate a special moment.”
The bobblehead was available for presale within 24 hours. The online presale is in progress. The cost is $ 25 plus $ 8 flat rate shipping. The figures are expected to be shipped in May.
“It’s going to be a moment and a meme that will last a very long time, and we’re excited to capture it as a bobblehead for people to enjoy,” Skylar said.
Sanders and his campaign also saw the value of the viral moment, using it to raise money for Vermont charities, The New York Times reports. Sweatshirts and t-shirts featuring the image of the memed have raised over $ 1.8 million for organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Feeding Chittenden and senior support groups.
In honor of the campaign’s charitable efforts, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is donating $ 10,000 to Meals on Wheels Vermont, the company said.