Meet the presidential candidates…in doll form
Hillary Clinton is there. Ted Cruz is there. So are Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio.
Who’s not there in Bleacher Creatures’ newest lineup of plush dolls inspired by the 2016 presidential candidates? Donald Trump.
Bleacher Creatures is best known for its 10-inch plush figures of famous athletes like New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lebron James and the Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Last year it hit a home run with its Pope Francis doll (selling over 50,000 of them) to commemorate the papal visit to the USA.
On Saturday, Bleacher Creatures will unveil its newest dolls in the likeness of political personalities at the North American Annual Toy Fair in New York City.
“This is our first foray into politics,” said Matt Hoffman, CEO of Plymouth, Pa.-based Bleacher Creatures, which sells over 1 million dolls annually.
Hoffman said early polls determined who got a Bleacher Creatures transformation.
So why is Donald Trump missing from the group? Heck, even former presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan earned a doll.
The official explanation from the business is that Trump is a star and celebrity likenesses require licenses.
“We worked directly with the Trump Organization and in the end we were not able to find a deal,” said Hoffman.
The Trump campaign declined to comment.
Hoffman said he’s a Trump doll prototype prepared if the offender changes his mind.
Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rival Bernie Sanders nearly didn’t make the cut.
Hoffman said the company was closely after the early polls to choose which candidates to proceed with.
Sanders’ virtual tie with Clinton in Iowa won him his own Bleacher Creatures doll, but too late for the toy fair.
Bernie Sanders doll
The new political plush dolls (priced at $19.99 each) are on pre-sale on the corporation’s website.
He also said Clinton, whose doll wears a pant suit, could find a wardrobe change in subsequent versions of the doll.
Hoffman said the political dolls will send to customers mid-summer, or 30 days before the Republican and Democratic national conventions.