Two officially licensed North Carolina Tar Heels Bobbleheads have been unveiled in conjunction with National Bobblehead Day, which is celebrated annually on January 7th. Dozens of new bobblehead releases are available, including limited-edition bobbleheads featuring RJ and Rameses. This marks the first bobblehead of RJ, the son of Rameses, who made his debut in 2015. The special edition bobbleheads are being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said “We know how passionate UNC fans are about their school and bobbleheads, so we expect these bobbleheads to be extremely popular.”
Both bobbleheads are available at this link. Each bobblehead is individually numbered to only 2,023. The bobbleheads are $35 each plus an $8 flat-rate shipping charge per order. Standing on a base that reads “Tar Heels” across the front with a backing featuring the UNC logo, the Rameses and RJ bobbleheads are giving the No. 1 signal while wearing Carolina blue basketball uniforms with No. 0 (RJ) and No. 1 (Rameses). Rameses sports gold horns, while RJ’s horns are Carolina blue. The origin of a ram as the UNC mascot dates to the early-1920s. In 1922, UNC star fullback Jack Merritt was given the nickname “The Battering Ram” for his performance on the field. In 1924, a live ram made its first appearance at a pep rally. The first costumed Rameses appeared during the 1987-88 school year. On October 26th, 2015, Rameses Jr., or RJ for short, made his debut during Late Night with Roy, the UNC men’s basketball team’s annual Midnight Madness event.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st. St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals, and teams across the country.