From his sax skills to his revealing running shorts, Bill Clinton is an American president memorable for far more than his political impact and humanitarian efforts. He inspired a legion of collectibles and novelty products, but the interactive dolls stand out as the most entertaining.
Clinton dolls are not as easy to find in stores now that current political figures such as President Barack Obama and Sarah Palin prove equally lovable and lampoonable, but these funny collectibles are available from various online merchants.
This wild series from Presidential Monsters depicts past and present presidents as classic horror monsters such as Baracula, Zombush and Lincolnstein. As the Wolf Man, Bill Clinton wears a tattered blue suit, holds a plastic saxophone in one hand and makes an emphatic non-pointing fist with the other hand. Complete with a plastic wolf tail and distinguished grey fur, Wolf Bill measures 8.5 inches tall and costs around $30.
Depending on how you tap his noggin, this Clinton bobblehead is the perfect yes man or a stoic naysayer. This limited edition bobblehead from Royal Bobbles costs about $25.
Plush Cat Toy
As the First Cat, Socks wowed the country and starred in a children’s book written by Hillary Clinton. Socks had a contentious relationship with the First Family’s second pet, Buddy, and the Labrador Retriever became top dog, eventually leaving Socks to enjoy the remainder of his nine lives with a new owner.
Give your cat the presidential treatment and let her strike a blow for all jilted dog-hating felines with this plush doll from Kitty Hoots. A Clinton caricature complete with running shoes covers this small doll perfect for any kitty to chew, toss and bat.
ToyPresidents Inc. made a series of exceptionally accurate political dolls complete with realistic outfits. This Clinton doll wears a navy suit, blue dress shirt with gold cuff links, leather suspenders with black shoes and socks. A red power tie and matching silky boxer shorts complete the outfit.
Press the lapel to hear one of his most memorable quotes play with lifelike sound quality. This doll is suitable for play or collecting and includes a stand and educational pamphlet.
Tom Tierney’s “Bill Clinton and His Family Paper Dolls,” $6, includes Bill, Hillary, a young Chelsea and Bill’s mother, Virginia Kelley. Clinton fans can use the two-dimensional dolls to decorate a desk or mail them around the world like Flat Stanley.