The traditional Russian nesting dolls has been transformed into a group of retro robots. Each robot is a different design (the second size down looks particularly mean!) and, of course, they are all varying sizes, ranging from 4 ½ inches to just over an inch tall.
The set costs $13.99 (about £9) from Perpetual Kid.
The figures are blonde women, who look rather like Mad Men’s Betty Draper, doing a succession of housewife chores, including serving a roast diner, brushing her children’s hair, ironing (whilst drinking a cocktail), dusting and applying lipstick. The dolls were created by artist Yana Elkassova, taking inspiration from her Russian heritage and using it to humorously show ideas of womanhood.
The dolls cost £180 from Eye Storm, a price that reflects their status as a piece of art, rather than a toy.
We've previously shown you the retro-style artwork of Ingela P Arrhenius and here, with this set of nesting circus dolls, her colourful designs are translated into 3D.
The set is a new take on Russian nesting dolls with five figures that each fit inside each other. The difference here is that they're all based on circus characters – including the lion tamer, the lion and the clown – from one of her prints. Made from wood, the resulting toy has a very traditional feel and is almost too nice to hand over to the kids.
Each set costs £18.95.
Buy the set from Hus and Hem