The polls say Mitt Romney is in a relatively close race to the top of the national GOP ticket with Rick Santorum. But if you ask Oxford doll maker Emil Vicale who is winning, he will tell you Romney is running away with the race quickly.
OK. So Vicale's definition of race is slightly different: he’s talking about the race for sales of his GOP presidential candidate action figures, which went on the market on Feb. 27 on Vicale's website, Herobuilders.com.
So far, the Romney figure outsells the Santorum doll 4-to-1, according to an email from Vicale. A doll of Newt Gingrich’s likeness had not been purchased by any customer as of Sunday evening, Vicale said.
Vicale is the owner of Oxford-based Herobuilders: Custom Action Figures. The company has dolls that have been featured by Oxford Patch and by several local, national and international news organizations over the years. Vicale says his dolls should be fun for adults, and he makes several replicas of people who are popular in the news.
Herobuilders has made dozens of dolls including those of President Obama, former President George H.W. Bush, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Herman Caine, Joe the Plumber, the Runaway Bride and the Balloon Boy’s Dad.
The new 2012 Republican candidate dolls can be purchased for $49.95 and talking versions of select dolls are $59.95.