Hello all. I've recently become obsessed with bobbleheads and my first ever was the Mike Trout 2012 ROTY bobblehead they gave out a few weeks ago. Now, I love that bobblehead dearly, but it just so happened that I had something else to compare it to. You see, I went to a Dodgers game yesterday and got a free Hanley Ramirez bobblehead and the one obvious thing I noticed was that Hanley's interlocking LA logo on his helmet was actually...well...it was physically part of the bobblehead. The LA logo was embedded on the helmet and painted white. The Dodger logo on his jersey was also embedded and painted blue. Same goes with his number and name on the back.
Aren't all bobbleheads like this? Apparently not.
If you look at the Mike Trout bobblehead, you'll notice the A logo on the helmet as well as the Angels logo on the jersey appears to be some sort of transparent plastic glued onto the figure, almost like a decal. While Trout's name and number on the back of the jersey is physically embedded, everything else isn't, including: the A on the hat, the A on his right arm and the alternate logo on the left arm, the #27 on his front, and the Angels logo on his front. To me, it looks cheap. Here’s what I mean:
Exhibit A: Mike Trout. I know this picture doesn’t do much justice, but if you look closely enough at the Angels and #27 on the front of his jersey, you’ll see some sort of outline where the immediate gray area around the logo is a bit lighter than the rest of the jersey. That "light gray" area is because of the plastic or whatever that is. If you have a Mike Trout bobblehead, you’ll understand what I mean.
Exhibit B: Joey Votto. Look at that C logo on his helmet and look at that #19 on his jersey. Yup, looks like it's physically embedded on that figure. It's clearly painted white and not a decal or whatever.Exhibit C: Jered Weaver. This bobblehead was given out some time ago, but if you look at the A on his hat, you can tell it’s physically embedded on, although it doesn’t look as clean. This leads me to believe this new plastic embedding was only done recently and in part because it looks a lot nicer, although an argument can be made for this because frankly I think the logos on the Hanley bobblehead look just fine, so why couldn’t the Angels get it right with the Weaver bobblehead?
So...any ideas? At first I thought maybe it was just the style of font the Angels use, but then I took a look at some Texas Rangers and SF Giants bobbleheads, who also share the same font as the Angels, and nope, their logos are also physically embedded and theirs do not look botched. What gives?