A doll designed to bend into the whole alphabet


#1

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#2

That looks kinda creepy… A mime Pee-Wee Herman?


#3

It was an unsuccessful Kickstarter:


#4

Take the word education out and see how it does.


#5

Somewhere in the house we have the old-timey version of this which my mother-in-law purchased at (I think) Colonial Williamsburg. So it’s not exactly a recent innovation in doll-based literacy education. The main difference seems to be that this one might have a bendy internal armature, while the one we have has firmly stuffed appendages with floppy joints.

FWIW, my children have never found it a particularly compelling educational experience (not that I ever forced it on them, because I did not find it a particularly compelling educational experience).


#6

I remember similarly bendy dolls from the 1980s, though not specifically designed to model the alphabet:


They had thin metal wires inside, which would eventually work their way out and pierce ones fingers.


#7

And for sportier kids, he can also block direct free kicks.


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#9

Had them in the 60’s also:



In Red,White And Blue ya know.
And yes, I had all three.
Gods… Where’s my walker lol


#10

That’s Major Matt Mason!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Matt_Mason


#11

Huh.
Had no idea there was a yellow one.

I remember using them so much that the wire would snap and end up poking out.


#12

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