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Huge crowd lines up for Rob Ford bobblehead dolls

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 20, 2013

Rob Ford BobbleheadMore than 1,000 people lined up at Toronto City Hall this afternoon for a chance to get their hands on a tiny nodding figurine of Rob Ford - the perfect Ford Nation Christmas gift.

It's the second time in as many months the mayor has held a charity autograph event. In November, he spent five hours signing the first batch of dolls, which wore a blue tie.

Ford arrived shortly after 12:30pm to chants of "four more years." He moved among the crowd, shaking hands and posing for photos before setting about individually signing 1,000 of the toys. Those in line who were unable to get a bobblehead were offered a signed t-shirt.

A few of the dolls, which are priced at $20 each and have a red tie, are already on eBay and Kijiji with an asking price close to $500.

rob ford bobbleheadThe line for the bobbleheads started snaking around the rotunda before sunrise, such is the kitsch value of the weird fundraising items. Peter Roil, the first in line, arrived shortly after 4am, he said. Others near the front arrived before 6am.

The dolls are being sold to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. The previous batch, which was criticized for not bearing much of a resemblance to the mayor, pulled in $12,000 for the United Way.


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iSkyscraper / December 20, 2013 at 02:58 pm
Even though the popularity of this event was mostly driven by notoriety and celebrity and herd mentality (might as well have been Charlie Sheen or Justin Bieber or Lindsay Lohan signing bobbleheads), so is voting.

2014 is suddenly looking like a very bad year...
W. K. Lis / December 20, 2013 at 03:01 pm
During working hours? Don't they have a job?

Van / December 20, 2013 at 03:10 pm
Wow, I'm shocked that the blogTO commenters have blow up this posting's comment section! Agreed with iSkyscraper, if this is any indication of how idiotic some Torontonians can be then 2014 is definitely looking like a very bad year!
Van / December 20, 2013 at 03:11 pm
Of course, I meant HAVEN'T blown up this posting's comment section. I know how much you all love to comment! :)
Steve Roil / December 20, 2013 at 03:55 pm
My brother was first in line. That's just fantastic.
Mark / December 20, 2013 at 04:34 pm
The looks on everyone's faces after the next election would almost be enough for me to want to vote for Ford again.
Bob Graham / December 20, 2013 at 08:03 pm
This Man has the same human flaws as you and me..He works too much and probably runs out of time to sleep properly...Would I trust him ? Damn right I would!!!He works for YOU not for the Chamber! A Goverment that is transparent is what this Man is all about .Now lets look at McGuinty and his Gang....Kathleen and the B.S....How many BILLIONS $ of your kids future spilled down the drain.... so far....He is trying to stop thiis crap....Need I say more.....
Matthew Fabb / December 20, 2013 at 08:19 pm
With only 1000 made of these, strangely enough these are considered collectors items. As mentioned the $20 to $500 selling on Ebay and Kijiji and I think beyond some hard core fans, a lot of these people want to make a quick buck.
Simon replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 20, 2013 at 08:43 pm
......posted by someone who doesn't even live here, let alone vote here and so has no relevance.
David / December 20, 2013 at 09:49 pm
If there was a popularity contest in Toronto or just at city hall Rob Fired won in both cases. Love it. The Robbie's. Back in town The Robbies back in town! Let's do this 2014! Its Robbie's world we just live in it.
Dominion / December 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm
Looking good Mr. Mayor - you look like you've lost some weight! hang in there and stay healthy!
Nick replying to a comment from Bob Graham / December 20, 2013 at 11:21 pm
Except, @Bob Graham, Ford's hundreds of clandestine meetings with Lisi were very definitely not an example of transparent behaviour. Further, Ford's subway folly has cost us an extra billion dollars for less service to fewer people. Please find another conservative candidate to believe in, one who has not engaged in so many dubious shenanigans. Ford has dishonoured the office of the mayor.
David / December 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm
For all the Charity fundraisding I saw going on at city hall today, I'm extremely proud to say thanks Toronto and many thanks to Rob Ford. He's a stand up gentleman when he wants to be. 2014 Ford More Years!
Toni / December 21, 2013 at 12:09 am
Morris the cat is that kinda guy that makes you wonder, what's this guy about? I mean there is that word, I don't want to say it, but there is that word.
Robert replying to a comment from Bob Graham / December 21, 2013 at 09:54 am
Didn't put much thought into that did you?
I suppose when the goal is to wear you hatred and prejudices on your sleeve any ole martyr will do, and if you have none create one.
Eventually people like yourself will eat your own.
Bob But Not Doug / December 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Pictured Above: Losers
GC / December 21, 2013 at 01:21 pm
How long was he there signing? 4 or 5 hours? Can we please dock his pay? I don't think campaigning is in his job description as (pseudo)-mayor.
Aaron / December 21, 2013 at 03:22 pm
Wow, the mayor's wearing the sme suit and tie as the doll. No other mayor in the world is this popular. Wow!
humid inside / December 21, 2013 at 04:45 pm
Dave/Shirley=one person
bobby replying to a comment from Matthew Fabb / December 21, 2013 at 04:47 pm
If you can get $500 for a bobblehead, what do you think you could get for this?

humid inside / December 21, 2013 at 06:07 pm
Morris the Cat? Who's that? Toni-what word? Do you mean the name your family calls you behind your back? Robert-Don't be mean to Toni like that because Toni's famous douche!
chester / December 21, 2013 at 06:22 pm
this is almost as stupid as people who line up for apple stuff before its released.
Morris the cat / December 23, 2013 at 12:06 am
Alana likes the way the bobblehead Bobs up & down, up & down. Just like the real rob ford at the end of a date with her!
Morris the cat / December 24, 2013 at 07:56 pm
Morris luvs Toni!

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