How to Repair a Bobblehead

By William McCoy

Bobblehead dolls and figurines have been a popular collectible for decades, and today are available in many themes and variations. Bobbleheads are now made of a hard, heavy resin, and are fairly durable. Too much bobbing, however, can cause the head to fall off – but this does not mean your bobblehead is ruined. Rather, the spring has simply just come unglued at either end. Fixing a broken head is simple and cheap, and your figurine will be back to nodding in no time.

Determine where your bobblehead has come unglued. It will likely be broken along the spring that makes the head move, at either the neck or inside the head.

Scrape any dried glue off the spring with a sharp knife or razor blade to ensure you will have a snug fit once you re-glue the head.

Apply several beads of glue to the area you wish to reattach. If the bobblehead has broken at the neck, apply the glue to the rim that supports the spring. If the break is inside the head, use a cotton swab to lightly coat the inner cavity with glue.

Press the spring into the glue and hold it firmly in place for at least 30 seconds. Once the glue has set, it is safe to let go of the figurine.

Wipe off any excess glue with a damp cloth. Any glue that runs down the figurine’s neck and is allowed to harden could be visible.

Things You Will Need

  • Sharp knife or razor blade
  • Hot-melt glue or Krazy Glue
  • Cotton swab
  • Damp cloth

Tip

If you are repairing a small or light bobblehead, a super glue such as Krazy Glue will suffice. If the bobblehead is heavier, you may wish to use hot-melt glue for greater strength.

Warning

Ensure the head is straight when you glue it back on. Otherwise, it will be aimed off center.

If using hot-melt glue, do not overfill the head cavity with glue. Too much glue could coat the spring and reduce its flexibility.

Do not let the head nod for at least 30 minutes after repairing it.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.