Hundreds line up to buy limited-edition Rob Ford bobblehead doll
Hundreds of people crowded the rotunda at Toronto's City Hall Tuesday, hoping to buy a limited-edition Rob Ford bobblehead doll.
The lineup that grew to between 200 or 300 people started forming as early as 6 a.m. on Tuesday, hours before the $20 miniature rendition of the Toronto mayor went on sale.
Proceeds from the sales of the so-called "Robbie Bobbies" will go to support the United Way.
At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Ford announced that the 1,000 bobbleheads for purchase had sold out.
“I enjoyed every minute of it, met a lot of good people and I want to thank them for coming and supporting the United Way,” Ford said.
Bobbleheads sold out on Tuesday, but Ford announced he will be selling T-shirts on Wednesday.
And another shipment of Ford figurines will be ordered in the next three or four weeks, Ford said.
“The phone’s been ringing off the hook, we weren’t quite sure how it was going to work out, but again, I want to thank everybody for coming.”
The limited availability of the dolls has ramped up the value of the bobbleheads online. A pair of the dolls were posted for sale on Kijiji for $500 each. On eBay, a listing describing the doll as a "Rare Toronto Mayor Rob Ford 'official' bobblehead" has fetched 25 bids as of Tuesday afternoon. The highest bid was $209.44.
The limited run generated some discussion on Twitter, with many wondering whether or not the bobblehead resembles the mayor.
Rob Ford bobblehead on @eBay. Looks like bids will be high! Hopefully a good % will go to United Way, as stated. http://t.co/MOOcCVZakI— Ani (@adrenalizing) November 12, 2013
Bobblehead Rob Ford doesn't look a whole lot like Rob Ford from the profile, at least.— Shari Kasman (@smkasman) November 12, 2013
The Rob Ford bobblehead does look more like Doug Ford: skinnier with more hair. No word yet on if it's smarter, too.— Gary Smith (@citypainter) November 12, 2013
But regardless of whether the bobblehead resembles the embattled mayor, many Ford supporters were eager to get their hands on the doll.
"I'm here to support Rob, the mayor, and to support the United Way," John Rowland told CP24 on Tuesday. "He's obviously been through quite a few personal problems… And so now we need to support him. Hopefully he's going to get well."
Ford later showed up at City Hall to autograph some of the dolls and greet supporters.
Some were dressed in “Ford Nation” T-shirts that featured the Ford Motor Company logo, with the word “nation” in red capital letters.
But in a tweet on Tuesday, Ford Canada said “Ford Motor Company did not grand permission for the use of its logo.”
Ford Motor Company did not grant permission for the use of its logo and thank you for bringing this to our attention.— Ford Canada (@FordCanada) November 12, 2013
In October, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair announced that investigators had recovered a video that appears to show the mayor smoking from a crack pipe.
Ford has since admitted that he has smoked crack cocaine, telling reporters it likely happened while he was in “a drunken stupor” approximately one year ago.
The mayor denies he is addicted to the drug, and has refused calls to resign or step aside to seek treatment.
Can't even wrap my head around the fact that this is the lineup at City Hall for a Rob Ford bobblehead doll #smh #ffs pic.twitter.com/xqH5OFCgHG— Marlene (@killerbees19) November 12, 2013
With files from CP24 and The Canadian Press
My '"insider" (read: Dad) in line for the Rob Ford bobblehead tells me there's hundreds of Ford Nation in queue. That's dedication.— Eli Weinstein (@tdot_eli) November 12, 2013