Milverine Bobblehead with a Cause Unveiled
MILWAUKEE – This morning, on Milwaukee Day (4/14), the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a limited edition bobblehead featuring Milwaukee icon John Hamann, who is better known as “Milverine”. Hamann is frequently spotted around town by awestruck onlookers and received his nickname due to his resemblance to Hugh Jackman’s Marvel Comics character “Wolverine”. The limited edition bobblehead, which is authorized by Milverine, is being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
Standing on a base bearing his famous nickname, the bobblehead features a shirtless and stone-faced Hamann walking with a purpose down the street. The bobbleheads, which are individually numbered to only 4,140, are available exclusively through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads cost $25 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order and are expected to ship in June. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will be donating five dollars from every bobblehead sold to the Wisconsin Humane Society, Milverine’s charity of choice.
A staple on the downtown streets and sidewalks of Milwaukee for years, Hamann said he typically walks “four or five hours a day, more in the summer when it’s nicer weather and more when it’s extremely cold,” according to a recent Vice documentary titled, “Wisconsin Legend ‘Milverine’ Has Never Left Milwaukee.” The documentary gave viewers a sneak preview and behind the scenes look at the making of Milverine’s bobblehead.
Usually shirtless on his power walks, Hamann, given the nickname ‘Milverine’ by local resident Tim Panicucci, has Facebook and Yelp pages dedicated to him along with a Google Map in which people can track his sightings. A lover of opera, weightlifting and everything Milwaukee, Hamann has worked in construction when not logging countless miles. He has graciously posed for numerous photos for fans lucky enough to get him to momentarily halt his walk.
"We’ve been hoping to create a Milverine bobblehead for many years, and we’re thrilled to be releasing it on Milwaukee Day at a time when people need something to smile about,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “The most requested bobblehead that we get locally is Milverine and we think all the people who enjoy seeing him roam the streets of Milwaukee will enjoy having his bobblehead.”
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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st. St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals and teams across the country. Visit us online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.