More on the new Mark Ryden toy

Yesterday, I posted about Mark Ryden's first toy as photographed by Brian McCarty. Hi-Fructose has Linda Abbott's behind-the-scenes shots of the photo session and an interview with Long Gone John, founder of Sympathy for the Record Industry and also Necessaries Toy Foundation, makers of the forthcoming Ryden collectible. From Hi-Fructose:
 Images Blog 2009 03 Yhwhpaint It is a gorgeous product produced in a rich pink, with high quality blue doll eyes rimmed in a deeper rose. There is an additional “special edition” that will be of 80 run in black and 80 in white, that will be signed by Ryden. The box itself is a piece of graphic confectionary itself, like a magical curio from a time gone by. Looking similar to a Chinese firework box, the box is embossed with gold leaf, and features hand wrapped paper. “ We really wanted to make this look like it was an artifact from a long time ago, like something that had just been sitting on a shelf for ages” John says. “We really made an effort to make it look not contemporary as much as we could.”
"Mark Ryden's YHWH & behind the scenes photoshoot"

UPDATE: See more photos of the shoot at Linda Abbott's photo blog!


  1. I was hoping that there was a typo and that the ‘toy’ was actually sixteen feet tall rather than sixteen inches. Sigh…

  2. I think it looks like a dildo, and that the photos are creepy because of that, and I bet a lot of other people do too.

  3. Yep, little girl and a phallic symbolthingie, somewhat disturbing.
    And for some reason it makes me think of vegetables that grow in amusing shapes.

  4. HEY KIDS! Be the first on your block to own a YHWH! That’s right, pure minutes of fun freaking out the whole family with this totem of twisted flesh. Need a cure for the hiccups? Neighbors too milquetoast? Want to make sure Daddy stops drinking for good? Just plant this sucker in plain view first thing in the morning, sit and watch the fun! Item not sold in stores. Order yours today!!!

  5. King of Cats@6: “I think it looks like a dildo, and that the photos are creepy because of that, and I bet a lot of other people do too.”

    I hereby vote your comment as best non-sentence of the day.

  6. Is this one of those things where, if you have to ask how much it will go for, you won’t be able to afford it?

  7. Don’t take those photos to Wal Mart for developing.. Cops will be around soon after that.

  8. Concerning his production problems– a dildo manufacturer would have had no problem with pulling this from the mold. His punk rock son probably picked this one for laffs. Nobody is going to find this creepy who doesn’t *already* find Ryden’s art creepy.

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