President Barack Obama. Vice President Joe Biden. Governor Mitt Romney. Paul Ryan. What do all these folks have in common? I’ll give you a hint: it has something to do with tomorrow… Luckily, even if you haven’t been bombarded by radio and TV ads, emails, flyers in your mailbox, and robo-calls (anyone else happy those will be ending soon?), we can announce what is happening here on the eBay stories blog, first.
Yes, tomorrow is the end of bidding and sale of this unique line of Cabbage Patch dolls modeled after the 2012 presidential and vice-presidential aspirants, and one in the image of First Lady Michelle Obama:
As we explained in last year’s post entitled Snuggle up with Steve Tyler from Aerosmith (who also experienced the honor of having a Cabbage Patch version of himself), Cabbage Patch Kids first hit the toy aisles in the late 1970s, went on to become a major toy brand in the 1980s, and remain popular today. Cabbage Patch Kids stood out because they came with adoption papers — you didn’t own a Cabbage Patch doll, you adopted it. Today this may seem like a quaint marketing trick but, back in the ‘70s, it was a unique and interesting concept.
So what are the particular origins of these unique Cabbage Patch dolls? The auction listing page explains these “exclusive Presidential ‘Kids were created by leading U.S. toy company JAKKS Pacific, Inc. to raise awareness of this year’s election with American voters, and to celebrate the rich tradition and pop culture relevance of the lovable and adoptable Cabbage Patch Kids.”
Here are more specifics:
“President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan are recreated as highly unique and collectible Cabbage Patch Kids available for auction. All proceeds of the 2012 Election ‘Kids auction will go towards engaging and mobilizing political power for people in the U.S. and will benefit Rock the Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit organization.”
Without further ado, here are these unique and adorable Cabbage Patch Presidential Collection “Kids,” presented in alphabetical order (by first name).
President Barack Obama, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961, is the 44th and current President of the United States, the first African-American person to have this title.
Joe Biden, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 20, 1942 is the 47th and current Vice President of the United States. He was a United States Senator from Delaware from January 3, 1973 until his resignation on January 15, 2009, following his election to the Vice Presidency.
Michelle Obama, born in Chicago, Illinois on January 17, 1964, is the wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
Mitt Romney, born in Detroit, Michigan on March 12, 1947, is an American businessman and the Republican Party’s nominee for President. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts.
Paul Ryan, born in Janesville, Wisconsin on January 29, 1970, is the United States Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district and the nominee of the Republican Party for Vice President of the United States.
Right now, the highest bid is for
$405 $1,025 $1,325 $1,425. Does this foreshadow the eventual winner in tomorrow’s election? We have no idea, but we know one thing that will influence who will be our next president: you.
[Update, November 7, 2012: Turns out our prediction was pretty accurate. Barack Obama was re-elected yesterday with a majority of electoral college and popular votes. Congratulations, Mr. President!]
So, no matter who you vote for, make sure you study up on all the issues and candidates, then get out and vote tomorrow (and if you have already voted, good for you!). Remember: without an informed populace actively participating in elections, our democracy cannot work the way it should.
Proceeds from the sale of these dolls benefit Rock the Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country. If you need inspiration to get out and vote, take a look at one of their latest videos on the history of voting in America: