From Marionette Models to Puppetized Pro Athletes

 - Jun 14, 2009   Updated: Apr 18 2011
Whether you love puppets or are freaked out by them, this slideshow of puppet and marionette innovations is sure to please.

With a selection of puppets that ranges from marionette models like the one pictured at right to fun puppet versions of pro athletes and Harry Potter characters, you'll find tons of bizarre fun below.

Implications - Though robotic toys and impeccably designed video games are readily available to today's consumer, there is something about an analogue puppet that cannot be replaced. There is a sense of romanticism and novelty associated with a puppet that represents simpler times for consumers, maintaining the appeal of these controllable toys. This does not mean, however, that puppets cannot be updated.