After discussing man dogs with Bill on holiday [as seen in episode 1 of TV's awesome new Jekyll and Hyde] I found Tardy the Man Pony.
Property of Randy Regier
This fellow is allover the net and I have often dismissed him as someone's joke action figure, 'Tardy' presumably referring to the fact that he's late for Noah's Ark as shown on the box.
It took some rooting around to find the truth. Rather than a joke toy its a piece of art done by an American artist called Randy Regier.
I have spent an enjoyable half hour this morning looking over Randy's brill website and I can see why his amazing sculptures are so appealing. You have to look twice. Randy has made everything. Tinged with modern irony, many are stunningly beautiful. Just look at his Machine to Dispel Sadness X-1.
His tin space toys like the Smoking Astronaut and Nu Penny toy stores are amazing - these installations may have popped-up near you our US readers? - as are further fun custom jobs like John Manschaft and New Dog.
His larger installation from 2003 called Fire Fly Space Ship reminds me totally of the front end of the Nuclear Ferry!
Anyway, don't listen to me, look yourself here http://randyregier.com/ and tell us what you think. Each toy has a mini-slide show so be patient.