The internal spaces of toys are made up of cotton, plastic, and air. But these amazing sculptures reveal an entire re-imagined internal anatomy for our favorite toys — ranging from Lego man, to My Little Pony, to Barbie — complete with bones, detailed musculature, and internal organs.
The sculptures are the work of Jason Freeny, who molds them out of clay, then finishes them off with a mix of primers and acrylics. If the toy he's working on has some basis on a real-life animal, he'll sometimes also base his model of that animal's real-life anatomy. For a lot of the sculptures, though, the inspiration comes from much closer to home: people.
Jason told io9, "Usually I just let the shape of the toy dictate it's inner anatomy shape. Sometimes I will research the specific animal it is based on, although mostly it is a morphed human anatomy seeing as most characters stand upright."
Freeny was interviewed in Smithsonian magazine today, where he describes the whole evolution of the project, which first began six years ago when he was sketching a balloon-animal and decided to sketch the internal anatomy of what a real-life one might look like. From there, the project expanded outwards to sculpture. Here are just a couple of our favorites:
Images via Jason Freeny