Why isn’t this kitsch?

If you go to the Talaria Museum Store at  http://www.talariaenterprises.com/product_lists/parastone/bosch-garden-earthly-deli.html, you’ll discover that it’s actually (probably) within your means to own a Hieronymus Bosch Garden of Earthly Delights action figure, such as

 Tree Man Figurine

 This is the one I picked for myself, and it makes me inordinately happy, although lately I’ve been keeping in the trunk of my car.   Question: why is this a good thing, while a replica of a great sculpture is not?   What’s different about turning a two-dimensional detail into a solid object you can hold in your hand, view from all angles, and then bury in the trunk of your car?   Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure that it is different, and that everyone should own a Hieronymus Bosch action figure, or know someone who does.  

Note: The thing on his head isn’t a human heart–it’s an undressed bagpipe.    

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