A gummy bear (German: Gummibärchen) is a small, fruit gum candy, similar to a jelly baby in some English-speaking countries. The candy is roughly 2 centimetres (0.79 in) long and shaped in the form of a bear. The gummy bear originated in Germany in 1922, where it is popular under the name Gummibär (gum or gummy bear) or in the endearing form Gummibärchen ([little] gum or gummy bear). Gum arabic was the original base ingredient used to produce the gummy bears, hence the name gum or gummy.
New York City based artist and designer Jason Freeny's early success as an artist came with his creations of a series of fictional anatomical character schematics and illustrations in 2007 including the anatomy of the Gummy Bear but was most noted when he began creating anatomical toy sculptures shortly after.
You would have thought that gummy bears were all sugar and gelatin, but according to artist Jason Freeny, they also have their own tiny, disproportioned skeletons. Jason Freeny developed this 41 pieces 3D puzzle - the Gummi Bear Anatomy Toy. Now you can become an expert in gummy anatomy – and develop a whole new sense of guilt when eating them.
Teaming up with Fame Master, the masters of anatomical toys, makers of Kikkerland and 4D Master anatomical 3D puzzles comes this 8-inch Anatomical Gummy Bear 3D puzzle. The puzzle is housed in a transparent body, has 41 removable internal parts and measures 8.25 inches tall x 4.5 inches wide x 4 inches deep.
Recently, I was one of the six people randomly selected to purchase his personally signed Gummi Bear Anatomy Toy in the Gummi lottery he held on Facebook. There were a lot of people who put in their desire for the figure, me being one of them and I was blessed to be picked :) Good things must be shared so I'm posting lots of pictures and a full review of the Jason Freeny and 4D Master 41-piece Gummi Bear Anatomy Toy for everyone to enjoy ;p
The outer clear transparent plastic case is made of very good quality plastic and is very sturdy, and stands up easily on its own. Artist and designer Jason Freeny has added his "Johnny Hancock" (signature) on the bear's back. The Gummi Bear skeleton is made of a slightly bendable plastic so it is easy to assemble. The bear's brain is made up of two parts
The internal organs are solid and durable. There are the left and right lungs, intestines, stomach, liver, spinal cord, heart and esophagus.
There's also an instruction sheet to show you how to put everything together. Click on the picture for a bigger and better view.
Here's the 4D Master 41-piece Gummi Bear Anatomy Toy with skeleton assembled. NOTE: I only realized later that the vertebrae has been fixed wrongly (oops). The pointy ends are suppose to face out.
Gummi Bear brains (left and right side) exposed. From this angle, the skeleton looks like it belongs to that of Mr Burns from The Simpsons cartoon show haha
Here's the Jason Freeny and 4D Master 41-piece 3D Gummi Bear Anatomy Puzzle Toy with all the internal organs assembled
Scroll down to see the turnaround views
The skull is made up of 6 parts and the lower jaw bone (lower mandible) is movable. The top of the skull can be removed so that the brains can be fitted inside the skull.
The skeletal structure is pretty complete with skull, lower mandible, cervical vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, lumbar vertebrae, caudal vertebrae, rib cage, scapula, humerus, radius, ulna, carpus, metacarpus, phalanges, pelvis, femur and tibia
This Jason Freeny and 4D Master 41-piece 3D Gummi Bear Anatomy Puzzle Toy would have been anatomically correct, if Gummy Bears indeed had internal organs and skeleton ;p
Nonetheless, this is a beautiful piece of art and I'm really glad I was able to get my hands on it :)
Not only is this bear awesome, it’s an educational toy as well! What better way to teach about bones and organs than with the world’s most iconic candy! Awesome display at the office or at home and a great gift for anyone with a sweet tooth (if you can get your hands on it)!
Did you ever wonder what a Gummy Bear would look like on the inside if it wasn’t made of corn syrup, sugar and gelatin? With this 4D Master 41-piece 3D Gummi Bear Anatomy Puzzle Toy designed by artist Jason Freeny, you’ll be able to see past the delicious gummy treat and into its physiology through its transparent body!
Here's the gummi bear enclosed within its clear plastic case. What a great art piece :)
4D Master 41-piece 3D Gummi Bear Anatomy Puzzle Toy signed by Artist Jason Freeny (1 of 6). I was just happy to have a chance to get this figure. Getting it signed is a nice bonus :)
I have a fascination and great liking for transparent and see-through stuff so this 4D Master 41-piece 3D Clear Gummi Bear Anatomy Puzzle Toy certainly sits well with me.
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