I have always wanted an old school puppet set (and came close to purchasing one in London, England) except that I knew I enjoyed the idea more than anything else. However, the Pata folding chair is a practical alternative to a marionette set.
How so? Well, to me at least, the Pata Folding Chair reminds me of a puppet. Designed by Hiroyuki Morita, its modular aspect is actually very useful. Not only does it change to suit the size of its user, it also conveniently compacts for portability.