Mark Ryden's first toy, photographed by Brian McCarty

Yhwh Seen here is a Brian McCarty's splendid photograph of Mark Ryden's first ever toy, titled YHWH, on its way this summer from Long Gone John's Necessaries Toy Foundation. The figure stands 16" tall and keeps a constant vigil with its acrylic eyes. Brian's photo will grace the back cover of the forthcoming eleventh issue of Hi-Fructose magazine. Click the image to see it larger.


  1. not only that – but you can tell the girl is instinctively drawn to it… (when they finish deciphering the human genome we will find that sex toys were built into our genetic code)

  2. matters which ear — cuz the one on my left looks like a disembodied vulva (or is that just me?)

  3. I think it’s interesting he chose YHWH as the title..I know it as the original name of “God” via old testament.. also via my old humanities teacher.

  4. that depends on how weird u want to get – (is that 8 bananas in ur pants, or is ur octopus just happy to see me?)

  5. do you ever get the overwhelming desire to hug the other people that are posting with you here on Boing Boing? —- i know i do —- and when the realization that i cant sinks in fully….. i die just a little

  6. im tempted to take this even further –
    but ill just skeletonize it
    1. watership down
    2. fertility
    3. perspective and the eye of god
    4. is it just me or is that girl obviously japanese?

  7. Dedalus: *Hugs* Now, I can’t tell from here whether you look like a disembodied vulva or are also obviously japanese, so I can’t answer your questions, though not for lack of trying.

  8. megun, yhvh ( or yhwh) is the unspeakable name of the hebrew god. it is the name of god which any good hebrew would never take in vain as to the commandment ” thou shalt not take the lord’s name in vain”. and dedalus, *hugs*.

  9. yahwey or whatever – is just a representation for the true name of god – the terragramatton (or something, im not jewish) — and supposedly it can’t be “uttered” by a “normal human” (only a god or a god-like human with pure spirit) it was “the word” that created existence and if spoken would break the bonds of reality…. so they say…

    and why did they repost this same piece – are you guys screwing with my head….????????
    *holds up the bugs bunny “screw/ball” flag*

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