- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2006

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ralph Trumbo is neither an athlete nor a celebrity. Nevertheless, he has a bobblehead likeness of himself sitting on his mantel.

Bobbleheads, those shaky-headed 3-D caricatures, have jiggled free of their mass-produced roots of an earlier generation. They now depict just about anyone who wants one.

“It’s really cool,” said Mr. Trumbo, a Des Moines letter carrier. “I take it to work, and they say ‘It’s you.’ It looks just like me.”

Mr. Trumbo’s bobblehead was sculpted by Bryan Guise, who creates the toys in the cramped basement of his home.

Mr. Guise, 29, has made bobbleheads for Iowa’s governor, police officers and even a rush job for a dying man. Typically, he takes orders over the Internet and relies on photos of his subjects.

Mr. Guise, who graduated from the University of Iowa with a fine arts degree in 2002, has been drawing caricatures since he was a child. He turned that interest into a job making bobbleheads after graduation. Prices range from $150 to $200.

At least two other companies, in California and Illinois, also sell individual custom-made bobbleheads.

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