Limited edition Uga bobbleheads released, sold online By Lauren Tolbert
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released its first limited-edition bobblehead of the University of Georgia’s mascot, Uga, on Oct. 18.
The bobblehead, a model of Uga X in a Georgia jersey in front of his dog house and the hedges of Sanford Stadium, is an officially-licensed product sold exclusively by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. The bobblehead costs $40.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum features the world’s largest collection of bobbleheads and is dedicated to the history and celebration of bobbleheads.
“Uga is a beloved member of the Georgia community, and we were surprised when we did some research and learned that there had never been a bobblehead of Uga X or any of his predecessors,” said Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, in a press release. “Georgia’s tremendous history and this lineage of bulldogs has been so important to the university and its students, faculty, staff and alumni over the years, making this bobblehead a must-have for any Georgia fan.”
“Que,” or Uga X, has been UGA’s mascot since 2015. UGA’s mascot tradition dates back to 1956, when the first Uga was introduced. Since then, all of UGA’s mascots have been a part of the same line of English bulldogs.
Despite Uga’s extensive history, the product, manufactured by FOCO, a sports and entertainment merchandise manufacturer, is the first bobblehead to feature Uga.
“When we saw the excitement surrounding Georgia’s football team last year … we got the process started for this bobblehead of Uga,” said Sklar said. “It was fun learning about the history of Uga and seeing the community’s passion for the school and dog. We’re dog lovers ourselves … so we’re always looking for fun opportunities like this.”
The company was originally hoping to have a National Championship bobblehead.
The bobbleheads are available on a limited basis, with only 1,000 in circulation.
“We want to make sure fans have a chance to get one, while also keeping them collectible. The value of the bobbleheads do rise, sometimes quite drastically, once they sell out,” Sklar said.