Meet The Creative Making Bootleg Toys Of Filipino Pop Culture Icons

The toys are alive!

“You are a child’s play thing!” Woody yells at Buzz as he reminds him that he’s not an actual Space Ranger, but just a toy made out of plastic. Isn’t it cynical how harsh the Sheriff was towards Mr. Lightyear?

26 years since Toy Story came out, the concept of toys being just a “play thing” has forever changed. There are a lot in this world who are just like Andy, innocently and emotionally investing on toys. Then some grow up to be like Sid, misunderstood figures who, as one thread suggests, actually used his creativity to cope with life’s problems. It’s a pretty interesting theory, considering how someone “destroys” in order to create. But isn’t that exactly what an artist does?

Coping with isolation isn’t easy either. However, one creative made something out of nothing and produced works that are witty and thought-provoking at the same time. Meet Bryan Antonio of Aloud Space Lab, the Filipino creative who loves toying with pop culture. His works went viral a few weeks ago and for all the right reasons. Here are some of our favorite tongue-in-cheek toys.

Related: This Filipino Creative Made A Jollibee Doll in Drag Out of Scratch and We Can’t Breathe

WALA A(YODA)

Ayuda timeeeee

Posted by Bryan Reynald Antonio on Tuesday, December 29, 2020

We love this subtle wordplay on the Jedi Master and ayuda.

MERALCO

Meralco bootleg toy ๐Ÿ˜‚โœŒ๏ธ

Posted by Bryan Reynald Antonio on Saturday, December 26, 2020

As if you need any more reminders that your payment is delayed. Thankfully, they’ve extended their no-disconnection period until January 2021.

GLOBE

Labyu globe๐Ÿ˜˜

Posted by Bryan Reynald Antonio on Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Welp, enough said. Hopefully this becomes a new year’s resolution to all networks, too.

TOMI

Pabili po! ๐Ÿ˜

Posted by Bryan Reynald Antonio on Sunday, January 3, 2021

Tomi over Piattos any time of the day.

ANG DATING DOON

Ito idol ko talaga sir Brod Pete (Isko Salvador) ๐Ÿ‘ฝ #fanart #writer #comedian

Posted by Bryan Reynald Antonio on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

A TV show classic that will always remind us of the good times, amen.

ANDOK’S CHICKEN

Andok’s my peyborit ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿคช #fanart #bootlegtoys

Posted by Bryan Reynald Antonio on Sunday, January 10, 2021

On our way to pick up our favorite chicks.

SERVE AND PROTECT

Share lang pows, mabilisang quickie โœŒ๏ธ

Posted by Bryan Reynald Antonio on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

This will never not make sense. Guns aren’t really much of a play thing, in case anyone forgot.

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