Museum Removes Iconic Doll from Squid Game After Fans Flock to It

Museum Removes Iconic Doll from ‘Squid Game’ After Fans Flock to It

Red light!

At this point, it’s safe to say that most of us can’t get enough of Squid Game. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the 456th article you’ve read about the hit South Korean thriller this week! Ever since being released on Netflix, the show has gone on to become something of a global phenomenon. 

Apart from critical acclaim, there were memes, makeup tutorials (Sae-Byeok best girl!), viral trends on TikTok, and everything else in between. After all, there were just so many memorable moments from his adrenaline-pumping series! 

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The famous ‘Squid Game’ Doll is real!

squid game doll

Image credit: Netflix

One of the most popular scenes is of course the “Red Light, Green Light” game in episode one. More specifically, it is the creepy mechanical doll that caught viewers’ attention as it conducted the game. 

You might think that a doll of that magnitude was simply CGI or a studio-made prop. However, the “Squid Game Doll” actually exists! According to Koreaboo, the doll was spotted at Jincheon Carriage Museum in South Korea, just two or three hours away from Seoul. 

Supposedly, the doll was custom-made for the show and the museum was allowed to keep it for private storage once production wrapped. However, due to a slight misunderstanding, the Squid Game Doll was displayed publicly when the drama was released. 

Attracting too much attention

squid game doll

Image credit: @gudgotogudgo

Given how popular Squid Game ended up becoming, it’s no surprise that the doll became an instant hit! Plenty of visitors made a beeline to the location to visit it and to take pictures. However, the overwhelming popularity of the doll was apparently too much. 

Because of this, the museum has since decided to stop displaying the doll and store it instead. This was posted on their website in the afternoon on Monday (27 September). Of course, seeing as the Netflix thriller has now become such a phenomenon, with several replicas around the world, we’re hopeful the museum might reconsider! 

Also read: ‘Squid Game’ Accused of Plagiarising Japanese Movie ‘As the Gods Will’

If the Squid Game Doll becomes available for public viewing again, would you want to visit? We don’t recommend trying your luck at Red Light, Green Light with it though!

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Darren Yeoh
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Darren enjoys the finer things in life and loves exploring unfamiliar places on foot, guided with nothing but instinct and a good-old fashioned map. He enjoys cultural experiences and exciting adventures and is not a stranger to travelling alone. When he's not putting his travel experiences into words, he's probably sitting behind his laptop, planning his upcoming adventure.