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An officially-licensed piece of Grateful Dead merch, the bobbleheads are part of a long-time partnership between collectibles brand, Kollectico, and Warner Music Group. Kollectico says it worked directly with Warner to get feedback and approval from the band members and management for the designs.
These 24-inch tall Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Bobbleheads are handmade from a beautiful resin, and 100% hand-painted and polished. Originally availalble in four colors — blue, orange, yellow and “rainbow” — only 100 bobbleheads were produced in each colorway, making it a true collector’s piece (the orange Grateful Dead bear has since sold out). Each piece is individually numbered and comes in a collectible display box.
The Dancing Bear Bobbleheads pay homage to Grateful Dead’s iconic colorful bears, which were first seen on the back cover of the band’s 1973 release, The History of the Grateful Dead, Volume 1 (Bear’s Choice). The album title — and the bears themselves — were said to have been inspired by Owsley “Bear” Stanley, the band’s long-time sound engineer. The bears have since become a popular part of Deadhead lore and merch, appearing on everything from blankets and towels, to phone cases and hanging lights.
Looking for something smaller? Kollectico also makes a smaller ten-inch bobblehead figurine that showcases the mascots in all their happy, hippy glory. The bears are still available in the “rainbow” colorway and are designed to sit on a shelf, car dashboard, computer monitor, desk or bedside table. Each purchase includes double-sided tape that can be affixed on the bottom of the bears to help them stand up (and stay in place). The bobbleheads also come in a collector’s box, if you prefer to display them with packaging intact.
The Grateful Dead bear bobbleheads are being released in limited edition and quantities are expected to sell out. If the bobbleheads are sold out on Amazon, you can also find them on Etsy.com.