The early runner for the hottest toy of the Christmas season — at least for Toronto holiday shoppers — could be the Rob Ford bobblehead doll.
Hundreds of people arrived early and stood in long lines at city hall on Tuesday morning, the first day the dolls depicting Toronto's embattled mayor were available for sale.
Ford even came out to autograph the dolls — meeting the public and shaking hands after having charged through a gauntlet of reporters gathered on the upper floor.
CBC Toronto city hall reporter Jamie Strashin reported that hundreds of people arrived early to get their hands on the dolls.
The dolls have a list price of $20 with proceeds going to the United Way. Strashin reported that with demand seeming to outstrip supply, one Kijiji ad posted Tuesday had the doll on sale for a $500 asking price. With long lines forming, there was also talk of a one-bobble-head-per-person limit.
The Rob Ford bobbleheads hit the market one day before Ford faces a council motion requesting that he step aside after admitting last week that he smoked crack cocaine about a year ago. Council will also consider a second motion at Wednesday's meeting that if passed, would curtail much of the mayor's power.
The dolls were scheduled to go on sale at 9 a.m. Boxes of the dolls didn't arrive until 10:30.
The #robbiebobbie hash tag also became popular on Twitter early Tuesday.
One couple, Philip and Michelle Wilson, arrived at 7:30 a.m. to be among the first to get their hands on a Ford bobblehead. After buying their dolls, they took their pictures with them in front of the mayor's office.