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Not your children’s toys

  • Posted by Nadia Eldemerdash, Web Producer
  • Published 18:53 March 18, 2013
  • Image Credit: Nadia Eldemerdash, Web Producer
  • The Grocery Store Series featuring Laban Up and Oman Chips by Sheikha Wala bint Hasher Al Maktoum.
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Are you in the market for something cute for a well-behaved child?

You’re in the wrong place.

But if you’re in the market for something really bizarre and unique, well then! Go down to the Dubai Mall’s Fashion Catwalk anytime till April 3, and you’ll find a toy exhibition. These aren’t just any toys though – they’re designer toys based on Mega by Mohammed Abedin.

Creative types in the UAE have taken this basic 3D eight-inch white vinyl design and turned it into something totally different in this year’s Project MEGA, an annual exhibition organized by Foo Dog (also Abedin’s). Abedin released Mega in 2010 because he “felt something was missing from the market,” he tells me. Mega is a “cross between a humanoid and a robotic” with movable arms, something that makes it a little more familiar to artists working with it, Abedin explains. 

This year’s exhibition, which is tied to the Middle East Film and Comic Con, is the first to have a theme: pop culture. The exhibition features recognizable faces like Michael Jackson, Golem and ET, as well as concepts like “The Grocery Store Series” featuring Laban Up and Oman Chips and a play on Andy Warhol’s “Campbell Soup” painting.

“I wanted it to be very familiar to people,” says Abedin of his choice, adding that he’s a huge pop culture fan. “It wasn’t anything that needs explaining.”

If you like what you see, you can bid on the toys next month (April 5, to be exact) at the Middle East Film and Comic Con. The auction will be held by Max Landis, the creator of “Chronicle.”

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