Toys have gone from simply entertaining to serving loftier purposes – like providing commentary on a generation or society as a whole. Michael Salter‘s 10 limited edition Subzero figurines are down-trodden porcelain characters that represent a jaded, despondent population, discouraged by its inability to effect change or maintain idealism. Salter is explicit with his message, stating on the toy’s packaging that each Subzero creature suffers from a “depression that has resulted in a sensation of paralysis,” aware of the injustices around him but disappointed in the futility of his efforts. “It makes him retreat and do nothing, less than nothing.”

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