• Steven Heller

Michele Bachmann, Living Doll




Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has attracted national cable media attention for suggesting that President Obama is “anti-American.” Yesterday she was on the stump as a spokesperson advocating defeat of the current health care bill. For all her daffy deeds, she’s just been named as Ms. November in the Conservative Women’s 2010 calendar. Congratulations! But she’s also achieved another level of celebrity status in the form of her own designer action figure. Is the bobble-head next? (It would be appropriate.) The Connecticut-based toy company Herobuilders released the doll last fall, but it’s taken this long for me to find one. The $39.95 Bachmann action figure shares the Herobuilders catalog with Rod Blagojevich (a $149.95 limited-edition figure) and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (sporting a t-shirt that reads “Let them eat yellow cake”).

Do you have a favorite political action figure? My faves are the ones below by Jailbreak Toys.

About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →

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