Russian nesting dolls (also known as matryoshka dolls) are wooden dolls of decreasing sizes that fit inside of each other, crafted with bold colours and precise designs.
They were first introduced in 1890 by an artist named Vasily Zvyozdochkin, inspired by a design by painter Sergey Malyutin. Since then, there have been thousands of variations of the dolls worldwide, especially ones specific to certain countries. It follows a recent trend of unusual movie-themed dolls, such as the these realistic Babyclon Avatar dolls
Andy Stattmiller, an illustrator from San Francisco has unveiled his own modern twist on the popular dolls, with inspiration from different movies and television shows.
Some of Stattmiller’s designs include characters from The Avengers, Batman, Star Wars, Archie, and even Forrest Gump.
The dolls are unfortunately not for sale at the moment, but they have been spotted at events and charitable auctions on eBay. Regardless, you can still admire them below.
(Photos by Andy Stattmiller via Artist’s Website)