The great thing about Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshka dolls, is that they can take up as much or as little shelf space as you want. Have plenty of room? Display the entire set! Minimal space? Condense them all into one! Somewhere in-between? Hey man, don’t make me do all of your thinking for you. Figure it out.
I’m not sure how big the intersection of the Venn diagram of Canucks fans and people who want to own matryoshka dolls would be, but I imagine that there are a few of you out there. If that is the case, this set of Canucks nesting dolls might be for you. The only problem is that three of the five players depicted by the dolls are no longer on the Canucks.
This set of nesting dolls is available on Etsy from user artmatryoshka, who sells a lot of other sports-themed nesting dolls, most of which put a little more effort into making the dolls actually look like the players they’re meant to represent. You’d be forgiven if you had no idea who these dolls were meant to depict.
Fortunately, whoever hand-painted these saw fit to include their names and numbers on the back of each doll, to aid in identification.
Yep, those first two dolls, with their dark black eyebrows and clean-shaven faces, are meant to be the Sedins. Those are the only two players still on the Canucks since these dolls were made, with Mikael Samuelsson, Pavol Demitra, and Sami Salo rounding out the set.
According to the description, these nesting dolls are “100% New!” which seems like false advertising.
These might be perfect for you if you’re a nostalgic Canucks fans, longing for the halcyon days of the 2009-10 season, the only time all five of these players were on the team at the same time. Who wouldn’t want to commemorate the Canucks’ second straight loss in the Conference Semifinals to the Chicago Blackhawks?
Or maybe you just want the battery. Bad news, pal: it’s just for scale. It doesn’t come with the set. Sorry.
The choice of Salo is certainly defensible: the man played for the Canucks for a decade and was one of the Canucks’ best defencemen during that time. But Samuelsson had just signed with the Canucks and Demitra was in his second and final year with the team. Why them and not two players more iconically identified with the Canucks, like Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, or Roberto Luongo?
Quite frankly, I don’t think this is worth buying and I sincerely doubt that anything in the item’s description could change my mind:
5 piece matryoshka doll set, featuring different famous Vancouver Canucks hockey team players. This set is made by hand in Russia. It is made of linden wood and then painted by a professional matryoshka doll artist. It is a sport matryoshka doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each matryoshka is polished with 3 layers of crystal clear lacquer.
Wait, did you say it’s made out of Linden wood? Nevermind, then, I’m sold.Tags: matryoshka dolls, Weird Crafts