The giant doll that appeared in Episode One of worldwide Netflix hit Squid Game is not just a movie prop — it actually exists in real life.
According to Koreaboo, netizens recently found that the robot doll that appeared in the horrendous game of ‘Red Light, Green Light’ can be found in a carriage museum and park in Jincheon county, South Korea.
It was speculated that the production team of Squid Game borrowed the doll from Jincheon Carriage Museum (진천마차박물관) , also known as Macha Land, and returned it to the park after filming. Unfortunately, it seems that the attention was not wanted.
In an update on their website on Monday, 27 September, Jincheon Carriage Museum said they will stop displaying the doll at the park.
According to Korean news portal Hankook Ilbo, the decision to keep the doll was made at the request of the doll manufacturer, who made it specially for the show.
After filming, the company entrusted the doll to the museum for private storage, but due to communication errors, the museum displayed the doll for public viewing when the drama was released.
In a phone call with the Korean daily, the doll maker said they often keep items they make at the museum.
The museum has since wrapped up the doll to be brought back into storage.
With the success of Squid Game, the doll — which detects and kills participants in the show — has become an icon with fans declaring it the new ‘horror doll’ and comparing it to the likes of Chucky and Annabelle.
According to Hankook Ilbo, photos of the doll before it went back into storage at Jincheon Carriage Museum also show it was missing its right hand, reportedly damaged during transportation after filming, and thus, making it creepier than ever.
However, until then, fans may enjoy the replicas installed by Netflix across the world such as at a train station in Seoul, as well as at a mall in Philippines watching over pedestrians.