I saw the mannequins above on my very first visit to Thailand. At first I figured the shop owners had gotten them cheap from a distributor stuck with a few custom made heads left over from a poorly designed order. No such luck. I saw them all over the place and still see them today - their bizarre, garish faces of happiness run riot standing guard in stalls in Jatujak and stores in malls throughout the kingdom, but for the life of me I can't understand why. Have you ever seen someone that happy? I won't even begin on the hair colors.
I've seen a couple similar examples in Taiwan, but I don't know if these creatures are common in any other countries or not. If you've seen them elsewhere, please leave a comment below and let us know where, would you?
It's likely that they were designed to be "hip" and "with it"; selling allegedly Western style to a population that wanted to be on the cutting edge of fashion, but I think that's giving them more credit than their worth, frankly.
Maybe they were intended to help mothers keep their small children in line while shopping: "If you don't hush and behave this woman's going to come and take you away when you're sleeping and you'll never get to see anyone you love ever again!" The winking man certainly looks like someone a parent would warn their child to stay away from, that's for sure.