Another idea similar to bitters, how about having it facing you, you get a little lower to it, and have the string coming towards you. Focus on the face, and having the string may give you a line to follow up to it's face. I wouldn't put it straight on, but on a but of an angle. I think getting rid of those shadows would be great. Something with some nice even lighting.
I see where you were coming from finding both the lines to be interesting and the wooden toy. The problem is that as others are mentioning both of these interesting aspects are competing with each other and distracting from the photo.