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Bobbleheads right at home in KC

Updated: 2013-12-11T04:37:35Z

By ELAINE ADAMS

The Kansas City Star

When people ask me how long I’ve been at The Kansas City Star, I tell them that I’ve never worked anywhere else.

And then I joke:

“This is what happens when you have no ambition.”

But seriously, one of the big reasons I stay at the paper is opportunity to learn something new every day. On company time, too.

Today’s cover story is an example of that. Reporter Jonathan Bender told 816 about a little business in the West Bottoms where hip artists from Kansas City and Independence play a crucial role in fashioning action figures and bobblehead toys that are sold all over the world.

The result is his fascinating look at True Cast Studio, which got its start in Kansas City’s Volker neighborhood. The story, beautifully enhanced by David Eulitt’s photographs, let me peek into a world I knew little about, where movie and comic book characters come to life in 3D.

I’m willing to bet that you’ll be edified by it, too. But probably not on company time.

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