Crafty Dad Transformed Old Fisher-Price Toys Into a Schitt's Creek Playtown For His Son
Seeing as Lego devastatingly opted out of producing that adorable Rosebud Motel Lego set idea for the masses, Todd Cameron took matters into his own hands to make Schitt's Creek playtime a reality for himself and his son. The same Canadian dad who went viral for decorating his yard with a David Rose skeleton for Halloween, Todd spent a whopping five months meticulously transforming his vintage Fisher-Price toys into a miniature playtown inspired by the Pop TV sitcom. The setup features replicas of various spots around the fictional town, including Rose Apothecary, Café Tropical, Bob's Garage, Roland and Jocelyn Schitt's house, and even Mutt's barn — plus rotund Little Tikes figures designed to resemble the show's main characters.
Todd told POPSUGAR that he embarked on the project with plans to solely convert an old-school Sesame Street set into the Rose Apothecary and Café Tropical, but it quickly blossomed into something more. "The idea was never to use five months of spare time, but once I start on a project, I keep going until my mind is satisfied with the result," he said. "My process for each building is just to start with getting the basic shape and structure right and then start in on the details, which to me, are my favorites to work on." Some standout details we're loving? The infamously inappropriate town sign, the bus stop bench with Ray Butani's face on it, Moira's colorful wig wall, Jocelyn's cheese ball, Johnny's handwritten signup sheet for using the family car, and the Sarah McLachlan poster in Stevie's apartment. He really didn't miss a thing!
"How very Johnny Rose of me!"
Needless to say, Todd's son got pretty darn psyched while watching his new playtown come to life. "Every day for the past three months, my son would approach me working on a different building or character and say, 'You make for me?'" Todd said. "And I would respond, 'Yes, I am! They just aren't ready yet.' He would always say, 'I'm so excited!'" It sounds like he certainly was upon seeing the end result, which Todd unveiled to him this week in their family's backyard. "[I realized] that I had given the town of Schitt's Creek to my son . . . how very Johnny Rose of me!" he joked. While sharing the end results on Instagram, he wrote, "Years of playtime ahead and many lessons to be learned such as how to fold in the 🧀 and that sometimes men have husbands."
So, you're probably itching to see some photos of Todd's masterpiece by now, huh? Read ahead to admire a handful of before-and-after snapshots, and then scroll through his Twitter thread for even more close-ups. Which detail is your fave?
Rose Apothecary and Café Tropical: Before
Rose Apothecary and Café Tropical: After
Do yourself a favor and zoom in on that Schitt's Creek town sign for a good chuckle.
Why yes, of course the menus are wildly oversized. And get a load of Alexis's pink bike helmet!
Bag 'o soup, anyone?
Oh, the things I'd do to shop at this teeny-tiny Rose Apothecary.
It doesn't get much cuter than those miniature Rose Apothecary products, now does it?
The Rosebud Motel: Before
The Rosebud Motel: After
He got those fonts down to a science.
LOL, this toy version of the Rose family's giant portrait sent me over the edge.
Bob's Garage: Before
Bob's Garage: After
Even Bob's uniform says his name on it in white font.
There's Johnny attempting to get his work done in the corner.
Ted's Vet Clinic: Before
Ted's Vet Clinic: After
Complete with Ted in his blue scrubs.
Check out those tiny lil' surgical tools and Ted's clipboard!
Mutt's Barn: Before
Mutt's Barn: After
Todd chose to depict Mutt's character before he shaved the beard that Alexis so dearly loved.
Alexa, play "Precious Love" by James Morrison.
Schitt's Creek Town Hall: After
The sign's design is on-freakin'-point.
Sorry about your drawn-on tooth, Ray.
Meet your trusty town councillors.