Ever since I first saw the beautiful claymation creation Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I yearned for a stuffed animal from the Island of Misfit Toys, that glorious realm of toys that had been rejected for flaws, big or small, in their construction. These stuffed animals were one-of-a-kind; they were inexplicably soulful, both sorrowful and enduringly hopeful. 



When I stumbled upon the work of the brilliant toymaker Matlyak Tatiana, my heart ached at the sight of the real-life misfit toys. Expertly and beautifully crafted, each toy exudes a magical sense of individuality. Some are curious; some are woeful; others are scraggly. These toys read like fantastical orphans, with an uncanny depth of soul and character, hoping for a home for the holidays. These poignant animals certainly can’t be found at you average toy store!



Thanks to Twenty Two Words

Images via Twenty Two Words

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