No, your eyes are not deceiving you. You’re looking at a LEGO minifig whose plastic “skin” has been peeled away so that you can see his insides.
Who knew that underneath your standard minifigure was a heart, lungs, intestines, stomach, and spleen? There’s something so fascinating, and yet so wrong, about seeing the beloved “LEGO Man” this way.
In reality, this is a sculpture made of a polymer clay called epoxy. The artist is the talented Jason Freeny, who’s made a career out of showing off the anatomies underneath everything from balloon animals to gummy bears. He’s particularly taken with childhood toys, having created cutaway anatomies for a Care Bear, Cooties, Hello Kitty, a little green alien from Toy Story, Mario, Mickey Mouse, Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony, Finding Nemo‘s title character, and many more, including snacks like Goldfish Crackers or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.
This is, in fact, not Freeny’s first pass at a LEGO anatomy; the subject seems to hold a longtime fascination for him. Below is a digital schematic Freeny created a few years back that shows not only the anatomy of a minifig, but all of its bodily systems as well, like his arteries and nervous system.