Now that I'm a dad, I know I need to be on the lookout for cool toys for my son. Thing is, at such a young age, he can't play with bootleg He-man figures and stuff like that. I don't see that much baby "weirdo" stuff out there.
That is until I found these.
Let me introduce you to Franken Toys – an Etsy shop full of repurposed toys designed by artist (and mad scientist), Rachel Peters.
To quote the site:
Franken Toys are a growing collection of rescued toys which have been dismembered only to be re-membered as a new piece of art. Every repurposed toy has been hand sewn and many have been intricately embroidered.
Adopt your favorite Franken Toy today. Each Franken is one of a kind.
I really love these. This is a twist on customized toys I haven't seen yet. Such a simple and refreshing contrast to the designer vinyl scene. It's genius I tell you.
What appeals to me so much is the fact that these aren't not just random, strange creatures... these are freaky mash-ups of characters we all know and love. This makes them that much more striking… and charming.
Who wants a Kermit doll if you could have a freaky, double-reverse-head Kermit with removable body parts?
What better way to "spruce up" some old, forgotten dolls than by dismembering them and reattaching their body parts – creating half-breeds only seen in your children's nightmares?
When you drop by her store, be sure not to miss the other weirdos Rachel has already sold.
Now a stop at any Goodwill in America could get you some great fodder for the next Franken Toy. I wonder if Rachel takes requests.