Forget multimillion-dollar gifts to super PACs. If you insist on having a presidential candidate in your pocket, you can buy one on eBay.
Sure, he's inhumanly stiff. His smile looks painted on. He's only three inches tall. And, frankly, he's something of an inaction figure. But "Futurama" writer Patric Verrone wouldn't make Mini-Mitt any other way.
Verrone is something of a Marxist—that is, a disciple of legendary toymaker Louis Marx, who pioneered the presidential figurine industry in the 1950s. As a kid, Verrone collected Marx's tiny presidential figurines. But they were discontinued in the early 1970s. So the Emmy-award winning TV writer, now 52, took up the mantle, making the presidents Marx did not, as well as vice presidents, first ladies, Supreme Court justices and also-ran presidential candidates.
Mitt Romney No. 1, the never-used first edition of the Romney figurine, is currently up for auction on eBay. At press time, it was going for $51 with two bids. If Dad's monogrammed bowling ball is still collecting dust from last Father's Day, Verrone has you covered: The auction ends Friday at 6 p.m. EDT, "which gives me just enough time to ship it out overnight for Father's Day delivery," he said.
Verrone makes the mold for a new figurine using an existing Marx collectible as his guide: JFK gave rise to President Barack Obama, for example.
For Mitt Romney, "the designing was less political and more paternal," Verrone told Yahoo News in an interview conducted over email. "The original Marx Toy Company made a prototype of a George Romney figurine when he ran for president in 1968."
"Although I had previously used this figure for my George H.W. Bush figure, this time I made some alterations to the arms and upper body but, most importantly, I got to keep the last name on the base," he said. (That's Romney No. 5 in the photograph above.)Read More »from Is that a politician in your pocket? Now for sale: Mitt Romney No. 1, never used