There’s A Milverine Bobblehead Now, and We’re Here For It

Honestly, why’d it take this long?

Just in time for 414 Day, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame – which, in case you didn’t know, is based right here in Milwaukee – has released a new bobblehead of a local icon.  

John Hamann is one of Milwaukee’s most recognized residents. Though many people don’t know his real name. They call him by his nickname. The Milverine. 

According to the product description, “Hamann is frequently spotted around town by awestruck onlookers and received his nickname due to his resemblance to Hugh Jackman’s Marvel Comics character Wolverine.” He’s become so wildly popular in recent years that he’s actually inspired national news stories, including this one from Vice.

And now Hammon, who is frequently seen strutting around the city without a shirt on, has been immortalized in plastic.

Also, in case you were wondering: yes, his bobbleheads are shirtless. And, yes, they come with chest hair. 

The bobbleheads are expected to ship in June of 2020. Each of the limited-edition figures is individually numbered, from 1 to 4,140 (that’s another 414 Day reference, in case you were wondering!). And five dollars from every sale will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame also debuted a bobblehead of Doctor Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the country’s coronavirus task force, recently. And the company will be donating five dollars toward every sale of that figurine to charity too, to the American Hospital Association’s Protect the Heroes Campaign and  100 Million Mask Challenge.

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.