Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bobblehead Bedlam: Rob Ford Dolls a Hit as Hundreds Line Up to Buy One

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bobblehead Bedlam: Rob Ford Dolls a Hit as Hundreds Line Up to Buy One

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Bobblehead bedlam: Rob Ford dolls a hit

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TORONTO - Call it bobblehead bedlam.

Hundreds of people snapped up a small plastic figure of one of the world's most infamous mayors, Rob Ford, on Tuesday, some waiting hours to get their hands on the precious novelty item.

The lineup, which began at about 5 a.m., snaked around the inside of city hall -- testimony perhaps to the crack scandal that has elevated Ford to international news.

"I'm just going to put it on the shelf and enjoy it," said ardent Ford supporter, John Rowland, who was third in line.

"Everyone has their own personal problems. He's finally admitted to it. I really don't think that affects what he's doing here at city hall."

The $20 bobbleheads, depicting Ford with a Cheshire cat grin, were restricted to one per person with only 1,000 made -- at least in the first run -- and quickly sold out. Proceeds were earmarked for charity.

While many on hand said they supported the mayor, others politely expressed their disdain, even as they forked over their cash.

"It'll always be part of my life," said Jay White. "Love-hate relationship."

Some noted the bobblehead looked more like Ford's brother, Coun. Doug Ford, who has consistently acted as the mayor's defender-in-chief.

The councillor, who called his brother "real" and "one of these folks down here," conceded the figure missed the likeness in a few key ways.

"We sent it back four or five times to get it redone," Doug Ford said.

"I guess they put too much hair. I guess they got to add a few more pounds onto Rob."

At a makeshift counter, Rob Ford busily signed boxes and bobbleheads and posed for pictures for five solid hours.

"I enjoyed every minute of it," he said later in the day.

Even before the sellout, others were making plans for their dolls, which didn't include putting them on their desks.

On eBay, a new listing breathlessly declared: "Rare Toronto Mayor Rob Ford 'Official' Bobblehead -- Crack Robbie Bobbie charity item. …

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