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Etch-a-sketch Caricature

EtchasketchFor a cool five thousand dollars (!) you can have your child's portrait preserved for all time on an Etch-A-Sketch, that classic toy invented in 1959 by Frenchman Arthur Granjean and later introduced commercially by the Ohio Art Company. Toy retailer FAO Schwartz has teamed up with artist Nicole Falzone to make these one-of-a-kind portraits with a turn of the knobs, and then make them permanent so they can't be erased.

While it sounds like a cool - albeit expensive - idea, the portraits on display in the FAO Schwartz catalog are kind of frightening...Falzone doesn't do justice to the pretty little girl and cute baby pictured (click image for a close up). I can think of better ways to drop 5 Gs.

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