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Franken Toys by Rachel Peters

Franken Toys by Rachel Peters

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.


6 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    Great find. These Franken toys are fantastic.
    This is what Sesame Street would look like if it was in Silent Hill.

  2. Ben says:

    The Kermit one reminded me of this illustration I had seen some time back.

    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSVYYdKkOOBaxBAYzZIccEquEqEhXj7JDh5kQ3V70c3eeuKStWa&t=1

  3. greg says:

    Awsome Justin!….Kermit is great!

  4. these were MADE for a post on Weirdo Toys! lol Two headed Ernie! lol

  5. mistuh_t says:

    I’ve seen rachel’s stuff on regretsy.com before. It’s pretty great I just wish it wasn’t so darn expensive!

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