Welcome to day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Gifts with The Catholic Man! If you are new to the series you can check out the previous post to see the potential gift you missed. Now onward with today’s review.
The Catholic Man has asked me, his sister, to return with yet another review (you’ll be seeing a lot of me; putting this series together was a lot for him as much as he enjoyed it). I am presenting to you Running Press’ Pope Francis bobblehead.
The bobblehead comes in a nice card stock box with a detailed description of its contents. It open closes nicely. The bobblehead itself is made of plastic which I think is solid if not partially filled in. The base is also plastic. The only component which isn’t made of plastic is the spring which allows the head to bob. The spring is a good length, so the Pope’s head isn’t too high up or low down. It doesn’t feel like something that would break very easily, but even then, it is bubble wrapped, so I am confident it will arrive at your home in one piece. Keep in mind, it is marketed as more of a collectible rather than a toy, and the box does say it is not meant for children. If that was the intent of your purchase, this is not the product for you.
If anyone was thinking, “The dashboard in my car looks a little empty; this looks like something that could remedy that,” then I am here to say I do not think that is a good ideal. The bobblehead isn’t very heavily weighted. I can imagine this tipping over when you turn a corner, or just missing someone’s head if you slam on the brakes trying to dodge a pigeon. I can’t even begin to imagine would happen if someone opened the windows while barreling down the highway (please stay within the speed limit!). My point is, the bobblehead belongs in a nice, calm environment such as your office, not on your dashboard.
If you are anything like me, you will find yourself inclined to tap on its head and hope it bobs on for what feels like forever. Spoiler alert – you will be a bit disappointed. This bobblehead doesn’t take to kindly to tapping (I mean, I wouldn’t either). BUT, I found it highly reactive to vibrations in the surface it is on. The bobbing lasts must longer and looks more satisfying. It’s a bit hard to explain. If you like bobbleheads, Pope Francis, and have the tendency to be vigorous when you use and eraser, I think you will get the most from this bobblehead.
In terms of the actual appearance, I find it to be well done, but it could be better. There is a lot of detailing in his face, cassock and hair, with individual buttons, strands of hair and creases put in. His clothes are even a little iridescent so it’s nice that its not a flat white. Even then, there are a few things I wish were different. Despite the amount of detail put into most of the bobblehead, the zuchetto is rather underwhelming. I find his pupils to be a bit small and since they’re also black, I find he looks a little beady-eyed. He doesn’t have the usual ultra-kind gaze that we often see the Pope sporting. Considering the fact that his head it only about 3 cm in height, I find that easily excusable. The cross worn around his neck, though, is supposed to be silver. He also doesn’t have a ring which is something all Pope’s have. Then again, I think that isn’t the most well-known fact, and people might question what the grey streak on his finger is. I have yet to see someone make a better Pope Francis bobblehead, though, and I think people who are familiar enough with the pope would recognize that it is him.
The bobblehead also comes with a little book with some quotes and photos of the Pope. It’s a paperback, but it is good quality. The paper is glossy and thicker than regular printer paper. The print out quality as also really good. The pages are well bounded. It is really small though, about 2/3 the height of the bobblehead, so some might struggle to read it. The cover design is consistent with the box it came in, but I feel like as a book cover it’s missing a little something. I find it doesn’t really represent the contents well enough.
Overall, I think Running Press’ Pope Francis bobblehead is a nice product. Not everyone will find it worth the $10 price tag, but it would be a nice addition to a collection of products surrounding the popes or bobbleheads (I wonder what having a shelf full of bobbing heads is like).
On Ivy Pham’s Scale
★★★ 3/4 (3.75)
If you wish to purchase this item you can do so here.
I hope you enjoyed the review; stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!