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January 09, 1986

It is, perhaps, the ultimate gift for someone who has everything. It is relatively expensive and has virtually no sensible use.

Best of all, PinPressions is unabashedly fun.

By pressing your face, or any other part of your body, against the hundreds of tiny pins in this metal and plexiglass contraption, you can create a three-dimensional metallic sculpture that lasts until you tilt PinPressions and start over again. The potential sculptures are endless--faces, hands, ears. . . .

"It's something you can sit and play with," said Nancy Popejoy, a PinPressions owner. "It's just a fun, little nothing, expensive gift."

Barry Benjamin, whose company, With Design in Mind, manufactures and markets PinPressions, said the idea for the toy came from a Russian animated film that used the same technique of closely spaced pins.

Until recently, PinPressions has been sold only as a limited-edition gift at the seemingly unlimited price of $150. But to appeal to fun seekers with a limited cash flow, the Chatsworth company now plans to sell the gadget for $59 in stores throughout Los Angeles.

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