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What Took So Long? The Phoenixville Firebird Gets a Bobblehead

A borough resident has manufactured 500 limited edition Phoenixville Firebird figurines.

Clint Weiler, a Phoenixville-based PR man, started making bobblehead dolls a few years ago.

“They’re music related dolls, not really well known people,” he said, explaining, when prodded, that the collection is comprised primarily of obscure (to this writer, at least) punk rockers like GG Allin and rocker Johnny Winter.

“It’s underground stuff,” Weiler added.

And this year the Washington Avenue resident has rolled out a bobblehead of a figure who’s inspired a similarly narrow but passionate following: the Phoenixville Firebird.

To celebrate the ninth annual festival, Weiler has manufactured 500 collectible dolls, each a miniaturized replica of the bird the borough will burn on December 8. Weiler is selling the dolls online at firebirdbobblehead.com and in Ellie’s Choice, Steel Eagle, and Generations. They each retail at $30.

“It’s definitely a cool looking thing and people love to collect figurines,” their creator said. He added the bobblehead would not have been possible without the cooperation of the festival’s organizers or the help of the team he employed to design and manufacture the dolls.

Weiler said he expects the Firebird to sell out—“We already have 100 preorders,” he boasted this week—and said a percentage of the proceeds will go back into the festival he’s been attending since its inception.

“The previous site was within spitting distance of my house,” he reminisced. “We’d have parties and just walk down as a group.”

He said he hopes the firebird bobblehead can become a tradition with just as much staying power as the festival itself.

“I hope it becomes [an annual thing]. I hope it goes well enough that I can keep doing it because it is a cool collector’s item. And it can be a collector’s item year after year.”

Markels Roberts November 28, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Wow....I want one!!!!! :-)
Shane November 28, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Tom, It's G.G. Allin, not SG Allen.
Hipster Kitty November 28, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Where do you Patch editors get your English/journalism degrees? Cracker Jack boxes? It's limited edition, not limited addition, buddy.
Laura Schwartz November 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Anyone else have any corrections?
Tom Sunnergren (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Thanks for the helpful comment Jim.
Clint Weiler November 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Thanks for the article, Tom! Stoked on this...
Lynn B. November 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
how about miniaturized instead of minuturized? where is the spell check?
Bob November 28, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Jim - one might ask the same question of you regarding your manners.
Hipster Kitty November 28, 2012 at 05:43 PM
^ Bob. Lolz
1 November 28, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Jim while I agree that the grammar isn't the best, this is a FREE publication so you are simply getting what you pay for. If you don't like it, subscribe to a actual newspaper and get your news from them. Otherwise, just STFU.
Lisa D November 28, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Can't wait to see the bird burn! Kudos to Clint for supporting the town and event in such a fun way!
Guy November 29, 2012 at 05:38 AM
A figurine is silly but understandable. A bobblehead is just stupid.
Robina November 29, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Are the bobble heads made of wood?
Clint Weiler November 29, 2012 at 03:36 PM
They are made of lightweight polyresin
Jim Powell November 30, 2012 at 08:22 PM
A bobble-head doll is a neat idea. But a Burning Bobble-Head Doll, now THAT would be cool. But not if it's made out of resin. I'm thinking sculpted lava rock that you can soak with lighter fluid so that you can reenact the conflagration any time you want. But preferably outdoors.
Dave F November 30, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Guy, maybe you can take the initiative and put your idea of the figurine into production. I'll hold my breath on that one big boy.

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