The majority of the 'bucket heads' around come from a small find in the 80s, which is why the ones you see are in such nice shape (handle and rivots intact) and are usually the orange w/ green paint variation. They sold for about $200-$300 even then.
My inability to score one is directly related to my unwillingness to pay $500! I'm at the point where I'd probably go for it at $300, but I still can't bring myself to cross the $500 threshold. Same thing with the Renzi car. I just can't do it!
Hey Richard-There are 3 versions- the speaker head, the bucket head, the lighted head (2 versions) They are the same 'sculpt' (if that is the term in blow-mold plastic world) the speaker in green plastic, the bucket/light in pumpkin orange or pink. They came from two different style molds, though. The speaker head has a molded-in lip to accomodate a screwed in radio speaker and a smaller hole than the bucket head. The bucket head hole is factory cut out, made from a molded head that is identical to the lighted version head (which has a unique hole in the back of the head to hold a small 'clipped' light bulb). The top of the light head is flat and solid across the top (no cut hole). To make the light head into a bucket ,the company just cut a large circular hole around a guide line that was molded in the head. And to answer the inevitable question, you can't make a speaker head out if a bucket head as the hole is too large (and the plastic is the wrong color). You could, however, make a speaker head into a green bucket, but why would you do that?
Here's a speaker and a bucket together, and next to a resin "repro" head.
The head bucket has more detail as does the tribute repro (I note the horizontal indentation line in the brow ridge of the tribute piece and the head bucket but not found on the brow of the speaker head).
Not exactly true Richard. My original headspeaker does indeed have that horizontal indentation line of which you speak. I will take pics later today. And while it does appear that the paint on my speaker head has been touched up (including the speaker being glued to the lip), the bucket plastic color itself (under the paint) is green plastic. Thereby making no mistake as to it being an original. Apparently the production of these things tend to differ?
It's the same mold. I'm not totally familiar with the process, but I'm guessing it was something along the lines of the mold being dirty and in need of cleaning when they popped out that speaker head. I don't think it's an actual change in the mold.