Nostalgia-Tinged, Toy-Inspired Mattel Art from Gallery1988

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Last summer, our friends at the pop culture-dedicated Gallery1988 mounted a charming exhibit celebrating the toys of Mattel. It went over well, so like any big summer blockbuster, now there’s a sequel. “Mattel 2018” includes pieces inspired by such classic toys as Masters of the Universe, M.U.S.C.L.E. Men, Magic 8-Ball, Polly Pocket and Barbie. It runs through July 14th, and if you’re in L.A., you should definitely check it out – but we picked out some of our favorites for those who can’t make it.

Anna Tillet, “Outlook Not So Good,” courtesy Gallery1988.

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, “Bone Guy,” courtesy Gallery1988.

Antoana Oreski, “Princess She Ra,” courtesy Gallery1988.

Gemma Roman, “You can be anything,” courtesy Gallery1988.

KONG, “Hot Wheels Hills,” courtesy Gallery1988.

Ian Glaubinger, “Fight Night,” courtesy Gallery1988.

Heather Perry, “The Birds,” courtesy Gallery1988.

Dave Pryor, “Castle Grayskull,” courtesy Gallery1988.

Harmony Deimling, “Vintage 1960’s,” courtesy Gallery1988.

Catherine Unger, “Pocket Palaeontologist,” courtesy Gallery1988.

Los Angelenos can visit Gallery1988 at 7308 Melrose Avenue. “Mattel 2018” runs through July 14; check out (and buy) more art here.