[Update on Oct. 1, 10:49am: The doll is currently not on display as the museum has kept it. This information has been added to the article.]
The doll from Episode 1 of "Squid Game" is not just some abstract form of nightmare fuel—it actually exists in real life.
Presiding over the "Red Light, Green Light" game, the giant mechanical figure swivels its head to detect movement from participants in a life and death game, where those caught with anything more than a twitch during "red light" are shot to death on the spot.
Overseas media have reported that the prop was borrowed from a "horse carriage village" in Jincheon County, Chungcheongbok-do, which is a bit further down from Seoul.
According to Koreaboo, the doll had been there before the filming "Squid Game," and was then borrowed by the production team and returned after the project.
To prevent spoilers, the museum that housed the doll had reportedly conceded to cover it up.
However, another Korean media cited past tourists to the village, who claimed that they have never seen the doll on their trips.
This led users to theorise that the doll had been specially made for the Netflix series.
On Sep. 27, however, the museum announced on its site that the doll is no longer on display.
Netflix had originally asked to store the doll away from the public eye, but a miscommunication led it to be displayed publicly.
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