Posted by: Rob Viens | July 31, 2013

Bobble Head (Seasick) Darwin

On route to the Rio Negro, Darwin was relatively quiet – no diary entries, or obvious entries in his Zoological notebooks.  Maybe seasickness had kicked in again (it had been a couple of months) or maybe he was just catching up on some good reading. (Not to worry – in August he wrote more than he did for the past three months combined. I’ll have my work cut out for me!)

In any case, I thought I’d fill the void with a little a little pop culture fun.  What would Darwin think of the legacy he left – not as a scientist, but as a cultural icon. Last year I shared a little bit on Darwin’s legacy in legos (see Lego Darwin).  Here are a few more of the options out there for the consumer who needs more Darwin toys in their life (or the lives of their young ones). Take particular note of the different expressions on each toy – no two are alike.

Darwin Bobble Head by Educational Innovations (A realistic replica of Darwin suffering from seasickness)

Darwin toys

Darwin Little Thinker Plush from Philosopher’s Guild (When you just need to hug Darwin after a rough day)

Darwin toys

Oddfellows Scientist Collection by Jailbreak Toys (Can you recognize the other scientists?)

Darwin toys

Darwin Finger Puppet from Philosopher’s Guild (When you need Darwin close at hand… har, har)

Darwin toys

Evolving Darwin Playset by Accoutrements (Alas – a misrepresentation of what evolution is all about, but…)

Darwin toys

Yeah – I know what you are thinking  – Darwin would have been appalled! One of the great minds of our times distilled to a finger puppet and bouncy-headed statue.

Notice however, that all of these toys depict old Darwin.  I think we need a “Darwin the Adventurer” action figure depicting young Darwin with “kung fu” iguana grip, a bola, and a scruffy beard.  Now that might be something I would buy… (RJV)


  1. I didn’t realize that Darwin had such a following…Incidentally, I’m reading “Letters to a Young Scientist” by Edward O. Wilson and in one letter he writes about “brain power” to be a scientist, i.e., you do not need to be a genius to be a good scientist. He mentions that his own IQ is in the low 120’s and that of two Nobel Prize winners (unnamed) were similar. He suggests that Darwin’s IQ was thought to have been about 130 (no data cited).

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