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A Darkly Comedian Toy Firm Match for 2020

An area artist’s limited-edition motion figures would make GI Joe blush.

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Photograph: Ryan Segedi

Dan Polydoris frequently refers to his artwork as “rubbish.” And by rubbish, he means the retro-style motion figures and different novelty gadgets with wry twists that he makes in his Niles house. These resin-cast gadgets, which he sells underneath the identify Demise by Toys, throw pointed jabs that resonate with our collective anxiousness (just like the limited-edition $125 white-lady Karen determine or the $20 packaged air marketed as “100% Real Ideas & Prayers”). The hassle dates again eight years, when Polydoris began reworking traditional ’80s Star Wars figures into vintage-style Nintendo ones for his personal amusement and posted them on his weblog. He began hawking edgier gadgets in 2016 — Eli Roth gifted a bloody scalp to Stephen King — and now performs off zeitgeisty themes (his rubbish fireplace figurine is named The Yr 2020). “There’s one thing humorous about relating a super-dark thought, even a tasteless thought, by exploiting it or making an announcement about it by way of a toy,” says Polydoris. His prospects appear to agree. Mike Pence’s Head Fly went up on the market 24 hours after the VP debate — and all 50 offered proper out. deathbytoys.com

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