On June 24, 2023, at home versus the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cleveland Guardians honored Andres Gimenez with a bobblehead giveaway. It ended up being a strange experience (we can't speak for everyone as we were only in one section of the ballpark) because upon arrival there were many (some irate) folks wanting to exchange their bobbleheads. You will note that with this particular bobble, the player's right arm is raised to throw and is very close to the helmet.
We are not sure what the manufacturing issue was, but the problem became clear when we opened our bobble. There were two oversized pieces of Styrofoam mashed in with the bobble -- one between the molded plastic shell behind the arm and then a second piece wedged between the arm and the batting helmet.
The guess here is that at the plant in China, there might have been some problems with the arm coming in contact with the helmet causing damage and/or the arm to break because a second piece of styrofoam was then added. (Some folks at the game were claiming their bobble was broken and were demanding replacement). Anyway, not only did this second piece of styrofoam increase the likelihood of a breakage problem from the added stress from the extra styrofoam, it distorted the plastic shell and it was almost impossible to close the box (although somehow, they managed). When we got home from the game, we alleviated the stress by using very thin styrofoam and wrapping it around the arm to provide a cushion between the arm and the helmet, and it's all good now. However, if the condition of the shell is critical to you, this shell -- close to the player's head -- is permanently distorted (see photo).
We wonder what management did to quell the angry mob at the game!
Check out the photos and see what you think. Made in China.
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