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Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room – Part 8

I didn’t do very well last time with the Elvis Centerfolds offering, but I’ve got an eclectic selection of Elvis goodies this time. Some are pretty special. See if you can’t help an old Elvis fan sell some stuff before he downsizes to a smaller house.

As always, prices are for delivery to USA locations. Shipping to Canada will add about an additional 35% to the cost. Sorry, but I can’t ship to any other countries.

 

Red, “Heartbreak Hotel” Elvis Beanie Baby:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

I scanned eBay to see what this Elvis Beanie Baby was selling for. I found out that ty has created dozens of different models of Elvis beanies. There’s a bunch of smaller ones. The most sought after themes are the larger ones – “Burning Love” (pink), and “Blue Hawaii” (blue), and “Heartbreak Hotel” (red). But, red is the only one with a guitar. “Blue Hawaii” is pretty cool, because it as a fancy wide belt, but I’ve got the coolest, and I’m selling it.

As far as comparable prices on eBay, I didn’t consider the low-ball prices on used ones, especially those with no ty tag. There were very few of the red Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Beanie babies offered that are like mine – new, with the guitar and tag. The lowest price I found was $24 delivered, and I’ll beat that. Just $14 for the best, coolest, red Elvis Beanie Baby.

 

Royal Bobbles Elvis Presley Bobbleheads

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

I did a blog post on these back in 2013 titled “The Battle of the Elvis Bobbleheads.” Actually, it was no contest. These Royal Bobbles models were the cream of the crop, and I have seen nothing new since then that challenges that. Here’s what their press release says about them:

“They are hand-molded, hand-cast, then hand-painted, hand-polished, individually hand-checked for quality, and then hand-packed. The result is that our pieces are much heavier, much more finely detailed, and of much higher quality. Royal Bobbles is leading the industry with their realistic and lifelike likenesses.”

The Royal Bobbles Elvis Bobbleheads are made heavyweight polyresin and stand at over 8” tall. The hand-painting is an especially noticeable on the Aloha from Hawaii white jumpsuit one.

“If you check the individual stones on the back and side of the Elvis ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ model, you will see the remarkable detail that went into painstakingly painting each tiny little stone by hand. Some of the details are so tiny that the artists had to use a brush with only one bristle.”

Can you imagine having the job of painting all these?

And I guess this is important to some people:

“Each figure features a hologram with a unique serial number on the bottom of the base to indicate authenticity.”

You can find both of these models on Amazon today – $26.95 for Aloha jumpsuit and $24.95 for ’68 Black Leather – plus freight (and these things are heavy). I’ll take $17.00 for Aloha delivered and $15 for Black leather delivered. Or, If you want both, how about $25? A very good deal. They have only come out of the boxes twice – to look at them when they first arrived, and to take the picture above.

 

Stained Glass Elvis:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

My dad was a stained glass hobbyist and he made this for me. We have his work in every window of our house, but we will be scaling down and will have far fewer windows. So, my wife has decided that if we can’t put up all of dad’s creations, Elvis will be among the missing. My loss, your gain. Just $15 delivered, with lots of care in shipping to make sure it doesn’t get broken.

One note. This is a one-sided stain glass item. If you hang it in your living room front window, it will look great from outside, but not from inside. The best spot to hang it is in a second story window with the face visible from inside.

 

Tanzania, East Africa Elvis Stamp Sheet:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

Nine Elvis stamps in an unopened clear plastic sleeve with the official EPE seal at the bottom left (hard to see in my photograph). A simulation of the seal is printed to the left of Elvis Presley on each stamp. The best price I could find on line was $6.05 plus $1.25 postage, and that was for used. You can pick up this pristine limited edition for just $4.

 

Elvis “Now Showing” Illuminated Musical Ornament:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

You can find this fabulous Elvis Christmas tree ornament on several websites for $39.95, the original price when it was first introduced. But some fool has it on eBay at $14.99 plus $8.95 shipping, so I guess that sets the market.

Not only is it illuminated, it plays Elvis singing, “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.”

Here is the ornament out of the packaging. Excellent detail work. Who wants to pick this one off for a bargain price of $16?

 

A 3-Pack of Elvis-Related Movie DVDs:

There were no takers when I offered these for $15 in February. I was surprised, because these are three interesting movies. Anyway, let’s drop the price way down to $8. Here are thumbnail descriptions about them.

Elvis Has Left the Building. Kim Basinger looks terrific as a travelling cosmetic sales woman who inadvertently kills an Elvis impersonator and goes on the run. Lots of strange stuff ensues, including a cameo by Tom Hanks. The finale with all those Elvis impersonators up on the roof of the casino is classic.

Finding Graceland. This one is more surreal but very satisfying. If you can’t imagine Harvey Keitel in a jumpsuit performing Elvis songs, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Within the context of this story, he is achievement of this goal is very believable.

ELVIS – The Mini-Series: This was an eight-episode TV series back in 2005 that’s been packed into 173 minute video. Johnathan Rhys Meyers won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Elvis in it. He had the Elvis speaking voice down well, but fortunately he just apes it to the real Elvis on the songs. Be sure to check out his outstanding moves wearing the famous gold coat. Trivia: Robert Patrick plays Vernon. That’s quite a transformation going from T-1000 in Terminator 2 to Vernon Presley fourteen years later. This is a duplicate of the original DVD, but it plays great.

 

Autographed Elvis International Magazine Birthday Tribute ’07 Collectors’ Edition:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

This is 52 pages of excellent Elvis photos and articles. (three written by me). But this copy is special because it contains autographs by Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, Gordon Stoker, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, and other performers at Elvis Week 2007 concerts.

For $18 you can add this to your collection.

 

Autographed Elvis International Magazine 50th Anniversary of Rock & Roll Edition:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

Another special issue, this time celebrating Elvis’ first recording in 1954. It’s got three lengthy articles by me, lots of wonderful pictures, and autographs by DJ Fontana, TCB bandmates Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff, and Glen D. Hardin, and Elvis’ back-up vocalist Millie Kirkham.

Let’s price this one at $12.

 

Autographed Elvis International Magazine Winter 2000 Issue:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

This contains the first long article I wrote for the magazine. It was called “The Guitar That Changed the World,” which is title of an album Scotty Moore released in 1966. It contained 12 instrumental versions of Elvis hits, and Scotty was joined by DJ Fontana, Boots Randolph, and The Jordanaires. When I got to work back-stage at an Elvis Week concert in 2005, I got Scotty to autograph my article.

You can pick this one up for just $10.

 

White Pinwheel Jumpsuit Ornament:

Here’s another Elvis Christmas Tree ornament. Although it has no packaging, illumination, or singing, it does have a guitar. It is well made and decorated. It also has glitter that didn’t show in my picture for some reason

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You may already have tree ornaments of Elvis, but you probably don’t have this white pinwheel jumpsuit with a cool cape. $8 (Shipping will cost me half of that because of the packaging I’ll need to insure that guitar neck doesn’t break off.)

 

“Elvis’ Humor – Girls, Guns, a & Guitars”

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

I have featured this book three different times On ElvisBlog. With the kind permission of author Bo Keeley, I took some of the funniest passages and added pictures to come up with blog posts. Bo was also kind enough to send me some free copies. They have a cover price of $17.95, but you can pick one up for just $7 delivered. A bargain for 375 pages of fun stories about Elvis.

 

A 3-pack of 50s Rock & Roll DVDs:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

These are rare and hard to find, and they will bring back memories for those of you who lived through the early days of Rock & Roll. For those of you who are younger, these DVDs will give you a glimpse of a remarkable era when life was simple and the music was the best ever. You can get all three for $12.

Jamboree: This is like watching an hour-and-a-half of MTV videos, 50s style. The featured singers are Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen, Charlie Gracie, The Four Coins, Carl Perkins, Connie Francis, Frankie Avalon and more.

Rock & Roll and the 50’s: Watch this DVD and it will be like opening up a time capsule to an exciting era. In addition to all the music clips, there is news footage, TV ads and movie trailers. The singers featured in the music clips include Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin, Charlie Gracie, Bill Haley, and Fats Domino. And they sing multiple hits, not just one song. Set aside a whole night to watch this – it lasts for two hours and twenty-five minutes.

Rock, Rock, Rock: This is a movie in the rock-musical-romance genre. There is a bit of plot about a manipulative showbiz agent trying to land a pop singer and conniving to break up his romance with female vocalist. Tuesday Weld, who later played Elvis’ love interest in “Wild in the Country,” made her movie debut in this at age 13. Lots of musical performances are woven in, including Chuck Berry, The Flamingos, Frankie Lyman, The Moonglows, LaVern Baker, Johnny Burnette, and more. If you like watching 50s teenagers jitter-bugging, this is the movie for you. This one lasts for two hours and thirty-five minutes.

 

FREEBIES:

To make this more interesting, here are freebies you can choose when you purchase something else.

1st pick goes to who gets the~~~Bobbleheads set
2nd pick ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Musical Ornament
3rd pick ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Stained-glass Elvis
4th pick ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Elvis Beanie Baby
5th pick (if anybody passes)~~~3-Pack of 50s Rock & Roll DVDs

Here are the choices:

Elvis trading cards: This is 16 cards out of a set of 704, which is selling for $169 on eBay. These are terrific quality. Heavy glossy cardboard with sharp graphics. The backs of the cards are nicely done with interesting info.

 

 

All Access Backstage Passes: These aren’t from actual Elvis concerts, or they would be going for hundreds of dollars. These are from Elvis Week concerts: 2002 Salute to Elvis, 2007 30th Anniversary Tribute and Concert, and 2007 Good Rockin’. Pretty cool to own.

 

Little Elvis Box: This is a cute 4” square metal box with a clear plastic insert in the lid that allows you to see an Elvis photo inside.

Editor’s Note:  This item has been selected.

 

 

Miscellaneous Goodies: Here we have a “Greetings from Graceland” refrigerator magnet, a 60th Anniversary patch, and an unused book of Elvis matches. The match book is listed on several websites as very rare, but none available to sell.

 

That’s a long list of Elvis items, and I hope you’ll find something that appeals to you. If you want an item, send me an email at philarnold@charter.net. (Do not notify me of your interest on Comments.)

As usual, first come, first served. I would prefer payment using PayPal, but checks will work, too. When I get your email, I will initiate billing on PayPal. You approve it and I send the item right out to you. With a check, it’ll take a little longer. And if you live in Canada, let me know, and remember the delivered cost will be about 35% higher.

 

Thanks for your support.

Phil Arnold, Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005-2019)

 

Are There Any Collectible Elvis Figurines That Actually Look Like Elvis?

Elvis Presley Collectible Vinyl Figures

That’s a pretty scary face looking out from this box. It says ELVIS, but does it really look much like him? This is the latest collectible Elvis figurine. It is made by Kidrobot and is available on Graceland.com for $14.99.

Elvis Vinyl Figure '68 Special by Kidrobot

Here’s another view. It is the ’68 Special black leather version, and it doesn’t look much like Elvis to me, either, except maybe the lip snarl.

Elvis Gold Lame Vinyl Collectible

And this is the other option – Gold Lamé Elvis. Both are 4-1/2 inches tall, which means the head is about 2-1/2 inches. That should be plenty big enough to allow decent design and art work that looks like Elvis.

 

Back in 2008, I did an article on Tiny Elvis Heads from various figurines on the market over the years. I realized how difficult the task was when the head was just ¾” tall, like this:

Elvis and Priscilla Barbie Doll Collector Set

This one is the Elvis and Priscilla Barbie Doll Set, and his eyes are just creepy. But, like I said, it must be hard to mold and paint a good Elvis on such a tiny head.

Elvis Jailhouse Rock Christmas Ornament

Here’s what I call the skinny Elvis head Jailhouse Rock Christmas tree ornament. I’ve realized you could make a collection of just Jailhouse Rock Elvis figurines.

Elvis Nodnik

This charming thing is called an Elvis Nodnik.

Elvis Jailhouse Rock Bobblehead

This is called the Wacky Wobbler Bobblehead. There is another set of Elvis bobbleheads offered by Royal Bobbles, but no Jailhouse Rock design, just ’68 Special and Las Vegas Jumpsuit.

NECO Jumpsuit Elvis Bobblehead

Believe it or not, there is a third set of Elvis bobble heads by Neco.  And you have to say this head is very well done, easily identified without the jumpsuit or the name on the base.

 

Mini Black Elvis Nutcracker

However, if this nutcracker didn’t have the name on the base, who would ever guess it was Elvis? I do like the guitar strung over his shoulder, though. Here’s another nutcracker that’s maybe a little better.

Elvis Phoenix Jumpsuit Nutcracker

The Phoenix jumpsuit helps, but it still needs the name on the base.

 

While we are talking about bad images, how about this horrible one?

Elvis Jailhouse Rock n Sock Em Robot

I wonder if they ever sold any of these. Why would anybody want one?

 

Elvis Windshield Bobbler

I actually have one of these hanging in a window across the room, but I really like the way the photographer framed Elvis with the Graceland wall in the background.

 

Jumpsuit Elvis Pez

This is one of three PEZ Elvis that came in this tin display. The head is just over ½ inch high, so the PEZ designers deserve praise for coming up with a good tiny Elvis.

 

Elvis Bobble-Car Wacky Wobbler

This is a nice variation in Elvis figurines, and the face is pretty good.

 

Barbie Collectibles three doll Tommy as Elvis

Uggggh! This looks more like Kim Jung Un than Elvis.

 

Barbie Blue Hawaii Elvis Presley Doll

Blue Hawaii Elvis is not too common in the figurine themes. The top four are Jailhouse Rock, ’68 Special Black Leather, Aloha White Jumpsuit, and Gold Lamé. Others include G.I. Elvis and young Elvis wearing a sport coat.

 

Let’s finish up with the best of the Elvis figurines. That title goes to McFarlane Toys was started in 1994 by Todd McFarlane, a comic book creator and illustrator. His first figurines were the characters from his Spawn comic series. He has now produced hundreds of figures including cartoon horror icons, sports legends, dragons, the Simpsons, the Beatles, and many more.

McFarlane Elvis Wearing White Suit from '68 Special

Now this looks like Elvis. I also like it because it features Elvis dressed in a different outfit than in those other sets. I’m sure you recognize it as the white suit he wore in the ’68 Special when he sang “If I Can Dream.”

 

McFarlane Toys Elvis Jailhouse Rock

This is so good. Look at this close up to see how well McFarlane captured Elvis’ likeness.

McFarlane Jailhouse rock Elvis Side View

I’m really impressed with the quality of this Elvis reproduction. I don’t think they are still in production, but when I searched for good images, I found them for sale on eBay and other places.

 

Mr Potatohead Jumpsuit Elvis with Black Guitar

If you would prefer a fun Elvis figurine over an accurate one, there is always the Mr. Potato Head Elvis. I have the whole set.

 

 

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Battle of the Elvis Bobbleheads

I chose that title because it sounds so good, but there is no real battle of Elvis bobbleheads.  That has been convincingly won by this new guy:

Royal Bobbles 68 Special Elvis

Royal Bobbles 68 Special Elvis

 

I call him “Black Leather Elvis” because there is no other name on the box.  Instead, there is a lengthy article about the ’68 Special, so maybe that’s what he should be called: “68 Special Elvis.”  I like Black Leather better.  This is no toy.  It’s a limited edition collectible from Royal Bobbles.

Royal Bobblers

I received an email a few days ago from Rick Schwarz, their Social Media & Marketing Analyst.  I guess ElvisBlog is media, and it’s been analyzed and declared worthy.  I love this part of Rick’s email:

Now I wouldn’t expect you to review some stupid bobblehead of Elvis that looks absolutely ridiculous.  Lord knows there are plenty of those out there.

I was intrigued by the reference to plenty of stupid Elvis bobbleheads out there that look absolutely ridiculous.  I Googled to look for some ugly Elvis bobbleheads, but there aren’t any.  The worst I found was this:

Wacky Wobbler 68 Special

Wacky Wobbler 68 Special

But, this really isn’t so bad for an inexpensive toy.  Funko makes their Wacky Wobblers out of hollow PVC plastic.  They are mass-produced by a high-speed plastic injection molding process, chunked out by the thousands.  But still, not bad for $12, or so.

I also ran into this guy on a few sites.

NECA 1968 Special

NECA 1968 Special

At first glance, this looked pretty good.  The body pose is great and the face is very good, except for one thing.  The bottom of the head has a short cut-off neck coming down.  Then, the thin neck from the body goes up into the big neck.  This one does not work for me.  I can’t avoid noticing the points sticking down from his jowls. It doesn’t really matter because this design by NECA has been discontinued for several years, and is no longer available.  I couldn’t find any sites selling it.

Naturally, these three companies also have an Aloha jumpsuit model.  The new champ, Royal Bobbles, has a wonderful one:

Royal Bobbles Aloha Elvis

Royal Bobbles Aloha Elvis

This bobblehead stands almost nine inches tall and is surprisingly heavy.  I call it Aloha Jumpsuit Elvis.  Warren Royal, head man of the company, refers to it as the “Aloha From Hawaii” model, but that name is nowhere on the box.

Here is what Mr. Royal says about its quality:

They are hand-molded, hand-cast, then hand-painted, hand-polished, individually hand-checked for quality, and then hand-packed.   The result is that our pieces are much heavier, much more finely detailed, and of much higher quality.

Wow, that’s a lot of hands.

If you check the individual stones on the back and side of the Elvis “Aloha From Hawaii” model, you will see the remarkable detail that went into painstakingly painting each tiny little stone by hand. Some of the details are so tiny that the artists had to use a brush with only one bristle.

I looked at the back of this model with a magnifying glass, and he is right.  This is a serious, quality product, so the $30 price tag seems very reasonable.

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We looked at the FUNKO Black Leather Elvis above.  Here is their Aloha From Hawaii Elvis:   This stands about 6” tall, and the cape is a nice touch.  It looks stiff with the legs straight and joined together.

Funco Wacky Wobbler Aloha Elvis

Funco Wacky Wobbler Aloha Elvis

And the discontinued NECO line also included an Aloha Elvis:

NECO Jumpsuit Elvis

NECO Jumpsuit Elvis

This is about 7” tall.  I love the legs and torso, and the detail on the jumpsuit is excellent.  And the face is even better than their Black Leather Elvis, but it’s still got the two necks.

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Here’s the three Elvis bobbleheads side-by-side showing their relative height’s fairly accurately:

Black Leather Group

Aloha Jumpsuit Group.

So, if you are going to be at ElvisWeek this year, Warren Royal and his crew will be there with their two Elvis Bobbleheads.  Drop by and check out the outstanding quality of one of these:

Royal Bobbles '68 Special Elvis Bobblehead

Bobbleheads

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I think the Black Leather Elvis looks best in side view, so this is how I display my Royal Bobbles:

My Elvis Bobblehead Display

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