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A blog showcasing photos and basic information on various strange monster toys, with a focus on mini figures (or little rubber guys) Such as MUSCLE men and Monster in My Pocket
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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. #120 from MUSCLE
    2. Oriental Trading Co. skeleton warrior
    3. Kung Fu Man capsule bootleg keshi
    4. Time-Gore from Gorelords
    5. Parachuting robot capsule figure
    6. Dimetrodon from Topps Dino Toys
    7. Alien Baltan from Popy Ultraman keshi
    8. Beat-man pencil topper
    9. Target monster pencil topper   
    10. Zombie from Zombies vs. Zombie Hunters set
    11. Orc from Neclos Fortress
    12. Kaiju from Fujiya Ultraman keshi
    13. Blambo from Weird Ball Collectums
    14. Vulbir from Meteorite Aliens
    15. Messenger Kik from Mini Boglins
    16. Zap from Screaming Yellow Zonkers Space Creatures

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    When you're a kid, the best part about going to a fast food restaurant is getting the toy in your kids meal. Sadly, most fast food toys are actually pretty boring. Only occasionally do really great examples surface, although cool kids meal giveaways were a bit more common in past decades, especially the 1980s and 1990s.

    In this post we'll take a look at some of the greatest, Little Weirdos-approved fast food toy offerings from over the years -- and by that I mean fast food toys that are mini figures, have a monster, alien, or robot theme, or generally look awesome!

    Disclaimer: there's been about a billion fast food toys released over the years, so I'm sure I missed some notable ones. Be sure to let me know your personal favorites in the comments.

    Okay, here we go, in no particular order:


    Universal Monsters have been featured as kids meal toys at least a couple times (read on for another time they made an appearance), but this set of 3 soft plastic, 4-inch tall, glow-in-the-dark baddies released at "the home of the Slider" (you might need to be an American Midwesterner to get that) were probably the first. It's an amazing set, even though Dracula is sorely missing.

    More on White Castle glow monsters here.


    One of life's greatest mysteries is why Troll dolls keep making comebacks, but there was a brief period in the early 1990s when they were particularly hot. So hot that marketers thought it would be a good idea to try to market them to boys as well, which resulted in a cartoon and corresponding toys called "Stone Protectors," about Troll heroes and bad guys. In addition to action figures, a lesser-known mini figure set was offered through kids meals at Long John Silvers. They seem to have been inspired by MUSCLE figures, except with a few minor painted details, including a different stone color in each characters chest (a bad guy with a purple stone is missing in the photo above). I've never seen the cartoon, but I think it's safe to say these minis are probably the best thing to result from the creation of "Stone Protectors."

    More info on Stone Protectors minis here.


    Changeables (a.k.a "McRobots") are widely considered classics in the world of fast food toy collecting, and for good reason. These robots, which transform into McDonald's food items, are very well designed and just a lot of fun. They were popular enough to result in a few different series, including a third and final one that consists of transforming dinosaurs instead of standard robots.

    For a closer look at all of the Changeables series, check out this very detailed post on Dinosaur Dracula.


    Wendy's hasn't had the greatest toys over the years, but they really did hit it out of the park with this set from 1993. Weird Writers are 5-to-6-inch tall figures of bizarre creatures that also double as markers (they come apart into 2 pieces to reveal the marker tips). These designs and sculpts are incredibly imaginative and well done. My favorite is the yellow goo-monster, which is just an all-around glorious chunk of plastic.

    More info on Weird Writers here.


    After the original, standard Monster in My Pocket releases died down, the only spinoff sets we got in the U.S. came in the form of promotional premiums (whereas several spinoff sets were sold widely in the U.K., including Wrestlers, Dinosaurs, Aliens and Super Creepies). One of the sets we did get on this side of the pond was Dinosaur in My Pocket from Hardee's restaurants. What's great about these -- and which differs from the MIMP dinosaurs released in the U.K. -- is that they're monochromatic and made of the same type of rubber as MIMP Series 1-4. Just all-around fantastic dino mini figures.

    More info on Dinosaur in My Pocket here.


    White Castle may have beaten them to the punch with their glow-in-the-dark Universal Monsters figures, but Burger King went all out in 1997 with these beauties. This set consists of 4 different monster action figures -- Frankenstein's Monster, Wolfman, Dracula and the Creature from the Black Lagoon -- complete with accessories and/or action features (like a light up feature for Frankenstein and a water squirting feature for the Creature). They are a bit reminiscent of Remco's classic Mini Monsters action figures. In addition to the coolness of the designs, they're just really impressive toys overall for something typically seen as a cheap giveaway item.


    For a smaller, localized fast food chain, White Castle came up with some winning toys. In 1990, they released this Godzilla set, consisting of an inflatable figure, some sort of suction wheel thing, a Frisbee thing, and a water-squirting figure. I only have 2 out of the 4, but really do love that little sinister-looking Godzilla squirter!


    The third series of Monster in My Pocket was limited to a few different promotional releases, one of which was kids meal toys at Big Boy restaurants. The figures came in "Secret Monster Packs" along with stickers and games. While the same sculpts were released as cereal premiums in Canada, the Big Boy versions featured some color and material variations that make them highly collectable.

    More info on MIMP Series 3 here.


    Diener Industries' Space Raiders erasers were available in many ways over many years, but they can be considered fast food toys because McDonald's gave them away in Happy Meals around 1979. It was clearly a simpler time when kids meal toys weren't expected to have features and gimmicks in order to capture kids' imaginations -- little rubber robots and spaceships did the trick. These weirdos are classics that will no doubt continue to have a fan base for as long as there are toy collectors.

    More info on Space Raiders here.


    This photo was yoinked from eBay
    I don't know a whole lot about these bendy alien figures other than that they were given out at Pizza Hut restaurants in the late-1970s and/or early '80s. I only own one -- the pink guy pictured above -- and I'm not sure exactly how many different aliens were produced. I don't know about you, but I wish I could rewind to the days when you could go to Pizza Hut and come out with a colorful bendy alien.


    "Beetlejuice" is one of my favorite movies ever, so any Beetlejuice-related items automatically gets my interest. But these 2-sided figures, based on the cartoon and released at Burger King in 1990, are really cool in their own right. Each creatively-designed figure has 2 completely different things going on depending on which side you're looking at (for example, when you turn the figure of Lydia around, it becomes Beetlejuice standing on his head).

    You can see all sizes of each figure here.


    This is the third Monster in My Pocket-related set on the list, but so be it. We never got the standard store-released Monster Wrestlers in My Pocket here in the U.S., but we did get these fast food versions, thanks once again to White Castle. They are slightly different sculpts from the regular releases that were sold in U.K. stores, with fewer colors and details, which actually gives them a sort of bootleg-esque charm.

    More info on White Castle MIMP Wrestlers here.

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. #150 from MUSCLE
    2. Dino from Matutano Dinosaurs
    3. Kaiju from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set
    4. Maximus Cadaverous from SLUG Zombies 
    5. Elephant from Zveronics 
    6. Kinnikuman keshi figure
    7. Murdroid from Gorelords
    8. Skeleton pirate from Patitas Piratas
    9. Hibernatus from Cosmix
    10. Ten-Faced Demon Gorgos from Kamen Rider keshi
    11. Medusa from Monster in My Pocket (Peru Juguete Halloween version)
    12. Dragon from Neclos Fortress
    13. Musclemania figure
    14. Trap from Mini Boglins
    15. Pansear from Pokémon keshi
    16. Kaiju from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Mushy Marsha from Garbage Pail Kids Minikins 
    2. Top Toupie Pull Spin Battle figure
    3. Battle Fever Robo capsule bootleg
    4. Brontosaurus from dinosaur counter set
    5. Gold Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean Battle Figures
    6. #23 from MUSCLE
    7. Alien from Aliens vs. Colonial Marines set
    8. Weirdo capsule figure
    9. Harvaax from Meteorite Aliens
    10. Skeletor from Masters of the Universe MUSCLE
    11. Ichthyosaur from Matutano Dinosaurs set
    12. Turninge from Funny Fringes
    13. Sand-Man from Neclos Fortress
    14. Unknown robot/space figure
    15. Woolly Mammoth eraser
    16. Orc from Crossbows & Catapults

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Unknown keshi
    2. Goblin from Monster in My Pocket (Mexican Sonrics version)
    3. Popy mini Kinnikuman keshi
    4. Putty from Power Rangers
    5. Fling from Mini Boglins
    6. Pigmon from Ultraman keshi  
    7. Alien party favor figure
    8. Kickback from Transformers Decoys
    9. Witch figure from Halloween spinner toy
    10. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
    11. Triceratops from unknown dinosaur set
    12. Boneapart from Carzillas
    13. #171 from MUSCLE
    14. Robot from Cris Rose Bits n Bytes set
    15. Godzilla Junior keshi
    16. Monkey pencil topper

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    Have I mentioned before how much I love toys that came out of the early 1980s "sword and sorcery" fantasy craze? Yes, about 100 times? Well, I'm saying it again because this post is dedicated to one of the most wonderfully weird '80s fantasy toy lines there is...THOR LORDS!

    First of all, "Thor Lords" has got to be one of the greatest names for a toy line ever. It just sounds cool. Without even seeing the toys, you just know they're going to be awesome based on a name like that, and they most certainly are. Well, that actually might depend on how you define awesome. At the very least, they're unique.

    So what's the deal with these little weirdos? Let's review some basic facts:
    • Thor Lords are small (around 2 inches tall), rubbery creatures with (crudely) painted details that were billed as "motorized beasts and bad dudes," in that they have a small plastic piece with wheels glued on their bottoms that allows them to zoom forward when pulled back and released.
    • They were released in between 1982-1984 by Creata International in the U.S., and licensed for released by Hales in the U.K. The packaged example you see here is from the Hales release. 
    • There are 8 different sculpts known to exist, including some dragons, a robot and some more unusual fantasy beasts. These 8 sculpts can be seen in the below photo from Instagram user bachamn.
    Photo credit: bachamn via Instagram

    I own 4 of these bad boys and will hopefully eventually track down the others. Let's take a closer look at the ones in my collection.

    First up we have this winged, 2-headed baddie, which in my opinion is clearly the star of the set. He reminds me of a creature that could have been included in Fleetwood's The Sword and the Sorcerer line, another excellent cheapo fantasy line from the early '80s. Look closely--his base is actually a curled-up lion!

    Here's what appears to possibly be some sort of cross between a dinosaur and a walrus. I have no idea. It's a weird-lookin' critter though.

    A kali riding a manta ray? Sure, why not.

    This guy is pretty much a garden variety 2-headed dragon, and looks too friendly to be anything called a Thor Lord, but I still like him.

    And there you have it -- Thor Lords, a toy line for the ages...or at least for toy store clearance bins circa 1984. Not sure about you, but I love 'em.

    For additional discussion on Thor Lords, check out the thread devoted to them over at the forums.

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter andFlickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Gyan Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam
    2. The Towering Terror from SLUG Zombies
    3. Ecto-Plazm mask ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
    4. GeGeGe No Kitaro keshi
    5. Alu from Monster in My Pocket 
    6. Nostradamus from Cosmix
    7. Tehnolog skeleton warrior
    8. Telesdon kaiju from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set
    9. Pazuzu from Neclos Fortress
    10. Zoids bootleg keshi
    11. Blarf from Mini Boglins
    12. Geddes mini monster eraser
    13. Buzz-Off from Masters of the Universe MUSCLE
    14. Tendril from Fistful of Power
    15. Okamaras from Kinnikuman keshi
    16. Zombie board game figure

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    A few months ago, American Greetings and Just Play re-launched some of the most iconic weirdo toys from the '80s. Madballs are back!

    The new Madballs have hit store shelves (Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us) in two different sizes -- a standard size that's in line with vintage Madballs, as well as a mini size that measures a little over one inch tall. This post will focus on the minis.

    Even though they're small, the Madball minis are made of the same squeezable foam used for both the vintage and new standard-size balls, and include fully painted details. They are sold in secret blind bag packages, with two different series released so far that each consists of 13 different Madballs. So, there's currently a total of 26 different mini Madballs to collect -- 18 are unique characters/sculpts and the rest are "Mix-Ups," which are some of the same characters repainted in different colors.

    Here's the complete ghastly gang of 26 from Series 1 and 2:

    And here's the back of the Series 1 and 2 packages showing the illustrated checklists for each:

    Design-wise, the new Madballs look more cartoonish than their vintage counterparts, which works better on some characters than others. Some of them, like Slobulus and Horn Head, look pretty similar to their '80s versions, while others, like Lock Lips and Snake Bait, are completely re-imagined.

    Overall, I'm quite pleased with them and prefer to have designs that have a new spin rather than simply re-hashing the same vintage looks.

    Here's a closer look at both series:

    SERIES 1

    Series 1 was released in two different batches, with 7 coming first (Horn Head, Dust Brain, Screamin' Meemie, Slobulus, Oculus Orbus, and 2 different Skull Faces) and the additional 6 following shortly after (Swine Sucker, Lock Lips, Bruise Brother, Fist Face, Snake Bait, and Buzz Off). The later 6 have been tougher to track down in most areas. The "chase" character from this set is a glow-in-the-dark version of Skull Face.

    SERIES 2

    Series 2 expands on the first set with 6 additional characters (Freaky Fullback, Slobbernaut, Skunkvenger, Wolf Breath, Aargh!, and Sushissasin) and 7 repaints of Madballs from Series 1. This set's chase ball is a monochromatic gold Horn Head.

    Madballs are absolute classics and it's good to have 'em back! What do you think? Have you picked any up yet?

    You can check out the official site of the relaunched Madballs at

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Gorilla figure from unknown set
    2. Space Ace figure    
    3. Godzilla glow-in-the-dark keshi   
    4. Domovoi from Oritet Russian folklore figure set
    5. Adventure Island keshi  
    6. Knight from HG Toys Sword & Sorcery playset
    7. Amidala from Star Wars hologram figures
    8. #218 from MUSCLE
    9. Baikin (Germ Gang) capsule bootleg keshi  
    10. Monster from Halloween Coffin Surprise (a.k.a. Cromy Club Monster in My Pocket)
    11. Rodan from Godzilla keshi
    12. Geddes alien robot eraser
    13. Dino Brites figure
    14. Pig from Bit Figs animal set
    15. Skull from Neclos Fortress
    16. Sludgehead from Weird Ball Collectums

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Wart from Super Mario keshi
    2. Yogi Bear pencil topper
    3. Dragon Ball capsule machine bootleg keshi
    4. Gruesome Twosome Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
    5. Cavernor from Cosmix
    6. Dragon from Yu Gi Oh keshi
    7. Jon B Gone from SLUG Zombies
    8. Spy Yak from Mini Boglins
    9. Mecha King Ghidorah from Godzilla keshi
    10. Cookie Crisp cereal premium
    11. Ultraman keshi
    12. Tehnolog gladiator figure
    13. Robotech / Orguss capsule bootleg keshi
    14. Monster finger puppet
    15. Kung Fu Man bootleg keshi
    16. Brontosaurus from unknown dinosaur set

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    In 2015, Super7 brought back official MUSCLE mini figures, only with Masters of the Universe characters instead of Kinnikuman. Since then, the company has been steadily giving other franchises the MUSCLE treatment, including the one you see here -- Alien! Being such a beloved franchise for over 35 years, it's safe to say several people were waiting a long time for proper Alien mini figures and must wait no more.

    Super7 debuted Alien MUSCLEs in late 2016, in the classic MUSCLE "flesh" color, which you can see (and purchase) here. Since I'm not as big of an Alien fan as some, I decided to wait until the figures were released in a color I found more interesting. That brings us to the figures you see here, in a translucent "blood red" color, released earlier this summer at San Diego Comic Con. While they may not show detail as well as plain ol' flesh, clear red Alien minis were just too magnificent of a thing to pass up.

    To add to the appeal, the set of 12 SDCC figures comes in a classic MUSCLE trash can, in white plastic with an awesome embossed lid featuring an Alien Chestburster. I believe the blood red set is the only variety to have been released so far in this way instead of in standard blister packaging.

    The 12 characters in the Series 1 set include: Alien, Attack Alien, Ripley, Ash, Alien Egg, Parker, Kane in Spacesuit, Kane with Facehugger, Kane with Chestburster, Brett, Lambert and Dallas. Of course, the coolest figures are the Aliens themselves. All of the figures are very well done, but human minis are just never gonna be as cool as monster minis.

    Here's the set in all its glory:

    At the time of writing this, the Super7 store still has some Blood Red sets available, in addition to other Alien MUSCLE goodies including Series 2 figures featuring characters from the second film.

    Being only a casual Alien fan, I'm not sure how far I'm going to dive into this line. That said, I certainly wouldn't mind having an army of mini Aliens in various colors!

    What about you? Have you picked up any Alien MUSCLE?

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    Super7 has been releasing a lot of new, officially licensed MUSCLE figures lately. Last time we covered their Alien MUSCLE. This post will spotlight another new set based on an original concept called The Worst. Despite their name, they just might be the "best" Super7 MUSCLE figures yet (har har...).

    According to Super 7:

    There are good guys. There are bad guys. And then there are…“The Worst”! Created in 2016 as a standalone toy line, “The Worst” began with Super7 looking back historically at their favorite franchises and finding that the best (or worst) characters in any given series were usually the villains. With that in mind, “The Worst” grew into an all new line of characters that were the best of the worst...

    Before being given the MUSCLE treatment, these baddies were produced as the retro-styled action figures Super7 is probably best known for. I don't collect that style of figure, but when I saw these unleased in MUSCLE form I could not resist.
    So far, The Worst MUSCLE have only been released at San Diego Comic Con 2017 in special blue and green color 3-packs, including the purrty light green color seen here. The remaining SDCC stock was sold on the Super7 website (and pretty quickly sold out) after the convention. I assume there will be standard releases in other colors, such as the usual MUSCLE flesh color, but to my knowledge no details have been provided yet.

    There are six different characters in this debut set:

    -- Black Falcon
    -- Snake Tut
    -- X-2
    -- Batula
    -- Gas Phantom
    -- Robot Reaper

    I think my favorite is maybe Robot Reaper. Or Snake Tut. Or Black Falcon. Gah...I can't pick! I like them all.

    I am very impressed by the sculpts on these. They are really, really well done. And to add to their coolness, each figure comes with a removable weapon! You don't see mini figures with removable weapons too often. This feature is well-executed, too -- each character's weapon fits well in its hand. 

    I hope that The Worst MUSCLE are a hit so that additional series and characters can be produced. I love the idea of a toy line consisting of only original bad guys. The bad guys are always the coolest anyway, right?

    What about you? Do you plan on picking up any The Worst MUSCLE?

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. # 145 from MUSCLE
    2. Medetain from Muteking keshi
    3. Monster from Arco Mad Scientist playset
    4. Triton from Peru Monster in My Pocket (Juguete Halloween version)
    5. Boba Fett from Star Wars Fighter Pods
    6. Golden Horn Head from Mini Madballs
    7. Robot from Ninjas vs. Robots set
    8. Gregor from Fistful of Power   
    9. Ultraman kaiju keshi
    10. Barbarian from DFC fantasy set
    11. Riris from Neclos Fortress
    12. Crocodile from Tehnolog Zveronics
    13. Iwao from Popy mini Kinnikuman keshi
    14. Flak from Mini Boglins
    15. Triceratops/monster from Matutano Dinosaurs
    16. Kaiju from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Mini Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  
    2. Monster from Merry Monsters
    3. SD Gundam keshi
    4. #25 from MUSCLE
    5. Transformed King from Super Mario keshi
    6. Oriental Trading Co. skeleton warrior
    7. Vandalus from Cosmix
    8. Dimetrodon eraser  
    9. Wrestler from Musclemania
    10. Kamen Rider keshi
    11. He-Man from Panrico Masters of the Universe premiums
    12. Diddy Kong from Donkey Kong Country keshi
    13. Mummy from Monster in My Pocket
    14. Tuska Warrior from Thundercats bootleg minis
    15. Dinosaur figure from unknown set
    16. Dragon from World of Warcraft board game

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    I have a weakness for bootleg toys, especially when they're from the '80s and fantasy-related. So when the opportunity came up to grab these Thundercats bootleg mini figures, I had to pounce on it like a musclebound cat-humanoid taking on evildoers.

    These apparently originated in Mexico. They are monochromatic copies of the official LJN Thundercats Miniatures released by LJN in 1986. I don't own any of the originals, but below are some pics I yoinked from eBay as a reference.

    I'm admittedly not a Thundercats expert, but I think the characters I have as bootlegs are Lion-O, Cheetara, Tygra, Tuska, Jackalman and Ratar-O.

    These figures are a little over 2 inches tall. The bootlegs are made of a flexible rubber, and as you'd expect for cheapo bootlegs, have imperfections. But they're awesome, and they even come with weapons they can hold! Well, that some of them can hold. If you spend 10 minutes positioning them just right so they don't fall out...

    It looks like there were around 15 different minis in the official LJN line. I'm not sure if every single one of them was bootlegged for this Mexico set, but you can see several others as part of the fantastic collection of fantasy minis over at the Fantasy Toy Soldiers blog.

    And here's a shot of the backs of these figures, just for posterity.

    And that's pretty much all I know about these things! If anyone else owns any, I'd love to see photos or find out any additional information you can share about them.

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Kuulvo from Meteorite Aliens
    2. Goblin from Neclos Fortress
    3. Kinnikuman from Popy mini kinkeshi
    4. Kaiju from Canfull of Monsters
    5. Psycops from Gorelords
    6. Trap Jaw from Masters of the Universe MUSCLE
    7. Scout Dink from Mini Boglins 
    8. Mercuror from Cosmix
    9. Gavadon from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set
    10. Merry Monsters capsule figure
    11. Kane in Spacesuit from Alien MUSCLE
    12. Pelikan ghost figure
    13. Werewolf from Juguete Halloween (Peru Monster in My Pocket)
    14. King Guts from SLUG Zombies
    15. Wrestler from Musclemania bootlegs
    16. Army ant from Kombattini / Termitors (foreign Army Ants)

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Horanken from Neclos Fortress
    2. Yarn from Mini Boglins 
    3. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
    4. Bison from Tehnolog Zveronics
    5. Dinosaur from Target Dino Figures jar
    6. #106 from MUSCLE
    7. Outer Space Men knockoff mini
    8. Lakitu from Super Mario Bros. keshi    
    9. Space Ace figure
    10. Monster finger puppet
    11. Fantasy animal warrior pencil topper
    12. Runnin' Ralph from Weird Ball Collectums
    13. Red King from Ultraman kaiju bootleg set  
    14. Dromei from Neclos Fortress     
    15. Warriors of the Galaxy playset figure
    16. Invincible Army Men figure
    17. Dunk from Mini Boglins
    18. X-2 from The Worst MUSCLE
    19. Ultraman kaiju keshi
    20. Vampiress from Juguete Halloween (Peru Monster in My Pocket)
    21. Ecto-Plazm nose ghost from The Real Ghostbusters 
    22. Probe robot from Omega Virus board game
    23. Luttor from Cosmix
    24. Allosaurus from Topps Dino Toys
    25. Zora from Legend of Zelda keshi
    26. Moldy Moxie from SLUG Zombies
    27. Rick from Kirby Dreamland keshi
    28. Ghost from Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures micro figures
    29. Yu-Gi-Oh figure
    30. Semi Colin from Garbage Pail Kids Minikins
    31. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
    32. #165 from MUSCLE

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Monster from Halloween Coffin Surprise
    2. Cat from Target Halloween pencil toppers
    3. Bat from Target Halloween erasers
    4. Apollo from Neclos Fortress
    5. Monster from Merry Monsters
    6. Dinosaur keshi
    7. Destoroyah from Godzilla keshi
    8. Gundam SD keshi
    9. Medusa from Age of Mythology
    10. Man-e-Faces from Panrico Masters of the Universe premiums
    11. Ninja from Toysmith Ninjas
    12. Pebbles Flintstone pencil topper
    13. Adventure Island keshi
    14. Alien from Alien MUSCLE
    15. Brontosaurus from Matutano dinosaurs
    16. Monster from Monstruos Mutantes
    17. Ninja/warrior bootleg figure
    18. MUSCLE/Kinnikuman bootleg figure
    19. Ultraman SD figure
    20. Robot from Ninjas vs. Robots
    21. Zoids bootleg capsule figure 
    22. #187 from MUSCLE
    23. Parachute robot capsule figure
    24. Mega Man from Mega Man MUSCLE
    25. Centaur from Neclos Fortress
    26. Kung fu man capsule figure
    27. Four-Eyed Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
    28. Monster from Merry Monsters
    29. Spoilet from Mini Boglins
    30. Ultraman kaiju magnetic keshi
    31. Rubber dragon pencil topper
    32. Omega Virus board game figure

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    The following is a guest post by Mike MacDee of

    In the early '90s Polly Pocket started an amazing toy trend: playsets the size of drink coasters, with figures tiny enough to inhabit them. It was invented by a clever and loving man who built a dollhouse for his daughter out of a discarded makeup compact so she could take it anywhere. This begat what I believe to be the most brilliantly designed toy of all time: Mighty Max, the short-lived “Polly Pocket for boys,” which really kicked off the “mini playset” trend of the '90s. Suddenly every licensed toy line was doing it: Power Rangers, Tarzan, Star Wars, Pokemon, Micro Machines, even Goosebumps.

    These days, Max is reliving his adventures via night terrors in an asylum somewhere in Massachusetts, blissfully unaware that he has a brother who went on similar adventures: a boy named Sammy Steel.

    Okay, all pretensions aside, Sammy Steel vs The Micro Mob was a dollar store knock-off of a popular toy: Warlord to Max’s He-Man. But the fact that this toy existed was amazing to my little child mind, being such a young fan of odd knock-off toys already.

    But Sammy Steel wasn’t just a handful of inferior dollar store knock-offs: like Max, it ran for three different series, and each one featured a comic strip on the back of its card. It tried so hard to emulate the source that it’s hard not to admire it a little bit. Every year when I went to the dollar store toy aisle and found another new lineup of Sammy Steels it blew my mind. Stranger still, I discovered official UK variants many years later.

    Nowadays the toys are unicorn rare, and really not worth anything, nor are they in demand. But that just makes collecting them all the more fun. I get a rush of excitement whenever I find a new Sammy Steel listing, and I’ve hoarded an impressive collection of the things. I’m pretty sure my site, MikesToyBox, is the only source of info on these forgotten toys anymore.

    One major stylistic difference between Max and Sammy is that Sammy never abandoned the cute design motif of Max Series 1, opting for Hanna-Barbara while Max took the Lovecraft and Hammer Horror route. They also lacked the ingenious designs of Mighty Max: the playsets weren’t configured for everything to fit in exactly the right place so the compact could close without trouble. You basically pack Sammy away by jangling the figures around inside until the lid finally closed.

    Sammy Steel Series 1 was four sets: Vicious Volcano, Face Mountain, Dome of Doom, and Sinister Saucer. These are the most easily found on eBay and elsewhere, particularly Face Mountain. Sinister Saucer is the best because of its inorganic environment where everything seems to serve a purpose, while the other three were mostly set in the wilderness. The compacts were shaped like mountains or cute flying saucers.

    Things get more interesting with Series 2. Club Dread is a water park overrun by terrorists, robots, and giant octopodes. Hurtin’ Safari is set around a Minecraft-like jungle tree fort. Prehistoric Peril takes Sammy to Forbidden Valley to fight Gwangi and other Harryhausen delights. The series climaxes with Star Trap, an adorable moon base that would better suit Polly Pocket than Mighty Max, if she ever went to space. The compacts for these are wonderful, because two are “disguised” as Walkman cassette players, and the other two as Game Boys. I wish they were all the latter, because the screens of the Game Boy compacts are made to resemble LCD games depicting the action inside - an unbearably cool touch. They went nuts with the accessories, too: look at all the stuff you got! Look at that dinosaur with the saddle-crane!

    Things end weak as a baby fart with Series 3, which only featured three toys instead of the usual four: Submarine Sandwich, the laughable Tomb of Terror, and Chasing the Mob’s Missile. These playsets came with built-in sound effects, at the expense of figures, detail, and anything else more interesting. A depressing end for a fun little knockoff toy that shelled out more effort than most dollar store ripoffs…in the beginning, anyway.

    I occasionally find other Max/Polly knockoffs I never heard of, and it’s always a treat for some nerdy reason. I continue browsing the Mighty Max listings in the hope of finding Sammy Steel stuff. Maybe someday I’ll find someone selling a carded lot, or a piece I’m missing. Or maybe I’ll start collecting Polly Pocket knockoffs next. I still need to buy a house for Max to retire in.

    For additional Sammy Steel information and photos of additional playsets, packaging and more, visit!

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    These wacky dinosaur minis were a mystery to me for years. I would regularly see them turn up in lots of Monster in My Pocket or other minis, usually from Europe, but I wasn't able to tie them to a specific toy line. Eventually I learned that they were given away with products from Matutano, a snack food company in Spain and Portugal that has offered many toy premiums over the years (including some of my favorites, Matutano Monstruos). Further research revealed the specific name of the set to be "Dinossauros," released in the early 1990s -- probably 1993, from what I was able to find from some Spanish-language Googling).

    Here's some Dinossauros basics:
    • There are 15 different sculpts in the set. Each different dinosaur is assigned a specific number (1-15), which is included on its back in a circle -- similar to how Monster in My Pocket point values look
    • Based on the image I found to the right, it appears each Dinossauro came with a card featuring artwork of the dino, its name and number, and a description. They are based on actual prehistoric creatures -- like the ichthyosaurus (ictiossauro)
    • The figures are made from a soft plastic/rubber, just a bit softer than a MIMP
    A few Dinossauros showing their numbers
    • Each sculpt comes in multiple colors. I've seen yellow, red, green, blue, orange, pink, purple, gray, and brown -- I'm not sure if there are any others
    • The figures are about 1.5 inches tall -- some a bit taller, some a bit shorter
    Probably my favorite thing about these figures is that they make no attempt to be historically accurate depictions of the dinosaurs they're supposed to be. Instead, they look more like an amalgam of dinosaurs and kaiju, which is awesome. Not really good for teaching kids about dinosaurs, but good for setting the figures apart from the many other sets of dinosaur minis that have been released over the years.

    Here are some individual shots of all 15 Dinossauros. They are shown in the order of their assigned numbers (top row: 1-5, middle row: 6-10, bottom row: 11-15).

    I'm not quite sure what my favorite is, but numbers 1 and 2 are definitely up there. Gotta love that bipedal triceratops!

    Finally, here's a comparison shot of a Dinossauro with the MIMP T-Rex and a Topps Dino Toy.

    Matutano Dinossauros are not necessarily of the highest quality--many figures have some noticeable flashing and some of them won't stand up no matter how hard you try to make them--but what they lack in that area they definitely make up for in charm. I like 'em so much I hunted down the full set!

    What do you think about these little weirdos? Have you come across any in your collecting?

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    Remember the Big Bucket of Monsters and Big Bucket of Zombies figure tubes released by SCS Direct a couple years ago? It took a while, but the company has finally put out a couple of new figure tubes -- this time Fantasy Creatures and Robots!

    First, a few basic details:
    • At the timing of writing, both sets are available on Amazon (here and here) for $14.99 each
    • The fantasy tube includes 90 figures, with 10 different sculpts that come in light gray and dark gray
    • The robot rube includes 52 figures, with 14 different sculpts that come in brown and light gray
    • The figures are around 2 inches tall on average
    • The plastic used is a bit softer than what was used for the previous monster and zombies sets. They're still pretty firm, but there's a bit more give to these new figures
    • The figures are packaged in clear tubes that measure about 16 inches tall, featuring the moniker "Wicked Duals" and different artwork for each set. The fantasy set says "dual colors for fantastic adventures" and the robot set says "dual colors for deadly catastrophic battles." Gotta love some deadly catastrophic robot battles!
    Now let's take a closer look at each of the sets.


    This set consists of a dragon, a unicorn, a skeleton warrior, a wizard, a dwarf, a centaur, a female elf warrior, a fairy/pixie, and what appear to be two different versions of either an ogre, troll, or orc -- one-headed and two-headed.

    Overall, it's a nice selection of characters, and the sculpts are good. My favorite is the two-headed brute, because of the quality of the sculpt itself and the fact that I don't believe we've gotten a two-headed ogre in similar fantasy sets before (someone correct me if I'm wrong). Also, I appreciate that the skeleton warrior's sculpt was differentiated from the several other skeleton warrior minis that have been released in recent years.

    Here's a comparison shot showing the SCS wizard alongside wizards from classic '80s fantasy sets:

    On the negative side, I was disappointed that SCS went with bland light and dark gray colors again. They might be good for people who paint their minis, but I'd imagine most monochromatic mini figure collectors would find these colors pretty boring (like I do).

    Because of the softer plastic used, several of the figures in my tube came bent and misshapen (particularly the skeletons, because of their thin limbs). Also, some of the figures are made up of more than one piece, which resulted in some quality control issues. For example, one of my fairies is completely missing her arms from a factory error, since they are separate pieces attached to her body.


    I'm really impressed with the Robots. A lot of creativity went into these sculpts. Instead of just going with the usual humanoid robots, there's a bunch of pretty bizarre ones here. There's a few that look to be inspired by Japanese/anime bots, but the rest seem to take inspiration from old sci-fi B movies and artwork, which is awesome. I also like the size variation used with this set -- it makes for more interesting robot battles! I should also mention that only 12 sculpts are actually robots -- 2 are more like scene building pieces.

    Instead of light gray and dark gray, this set comes in light gray and brown. On paper, brown may not seem like the most interesting color either, but it's a nice chocolate brown shade that works really well with these sculpts. The light gray works a little better here than it does with the fantasy creatures, but it's still on the dull side. Plus, several of my gray robots came with spots of discoloration -- I'm not sure if this happened from them being in contact with the brown figures, or some other factor.

    Unfortunately, the Robots also have the same other quality control issues as the Fantasy Creatures -- occasional unattached pieces and misshapen figures. Most of the figures are fine, but it was a bit of a bummer to see any of them at all have these faults.


    Despite their imperfections, I'm really glad to have both of these sets. The Robots in particular have some really unique designs to add to any mini figure collection. And each set gives you a whole bucket full of figures for $15, which makes any issues easier to overlook.

    Now we just need an aliens set!

    What about you? Do you plan to pick up the Fantasy Creatures and Robots sets?

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. MUSCLE/Kinnikuman bootleg figure
    2. Skeleton from MPC Monsters
    3. Brontosaurus from Target dinosaurs set
    4. Mephistus from Cosmix  
    5. Kaiju from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set
    6. Squeamy Sashimi from SLUG Zombies
    7. Kunoichi from Neclos Fortress
    8. Pteranodon from Topps Dino Toys
    9. Musclemania bootleg
    10. Gorilla from Tehnolog Zveronics  
    11. Mini monster finger puppet
    12. Kaiju from Turboranger keshi
    13. Twinge from Funny Fringes
    14. Barbarian from Toyco Dragonriders & Demons set
    15. Frost Giant from Age of Mythology Norse game
    16. #80 from MUSCLE
    17. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
    18. Spy Tong from Mini Boglins
    19. Luunnynk from Meteorite Aliens
    20. Fantasy warrior eraser
    21. Thundercats bootleg figure
    22. Robot Reaper from The Worst MUSCLE
    23. Popy Kinnikuman keshi
    24. Orc from DFC fantasy playset
    25. Belorma from Neclos Fortress
    26. Surprise Demise from SLUG Zombies
    27. Pterosaur toy gumball machine topper
    28. Prospectus from Cosmix 
    29. Panthor fom Panrico Masters of the Universe premiums
    30. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
    31. Kinnikuman keshi bootleg
    32. ToySmith Super Hero figure

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Splang from Mini Boglins
    2. The Beast from Monster in My Pocket
    3. Dragon from Age of Mythology Norse game
    4. Blooper from Super Mario 3 keshi      
    5. Andrew Agony from SLUG Zombies
    6. Odoradek from Neclos Fortress
    7. Transformers bootleg figure 
    8. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi  
    9. Tentaculor from Cosmix
    10. Donkey Kong from Donkey Kong Country keshi
    11. Ankylosaurus from Topps Dino Toys
    12. Flyer Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
    13. Dragon Ball keshi
    14. Invincible Army Men figure
    15. Berserker (second sculpt) from Neclos Fortress
    16. Dwiz from Mini Boglins
    17. #156 from MUSCLE
    18. Sphinx from Age of Mythology Egyptian game
    19. Monster head eraser/pencil topper  
    20. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
    21. Pterosaur from Target dinosaurs set
    22. Merry Monsters capsule figure
    23. Outer Space Men knockoff figure
    24. Mummy from Juguete Halloween (Monster in My Pocket Peru figure)
    25. Horgen from Meteorite Aliens
    26. Legend of Zelda keshi
    27. Brain ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
    28. Mage from Neclos Fortress
    29. Bear from Tehnolog Zveronics
    30. Robot from SDS Direct Robots bucket
    31. Zombie from SDS Direct Zombies bucket
    32. Musclemania bootleg

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    I recently became aware of a new set of monster mini figures called Seres Míticos, and immediately knew I needed to have them. The only problem is that they were only released in Mexico. For that reason it took a bit of extra effort, but I finally got my mitts on a set to add to the Little Weirdos horde/hoard.

    What exactly is the deal with these things, you ask? Let's run through the basics:
    • Seres Míticos figures were released at the end of 2017 as giveaway premiums included in packages of Mexican snack cakes called Gansitos / Gansi Premio. These cakes are produced by a company called Marinela.
    • There are 10 different sculpts to collect, featuring creatures from well known myths and legends (especially Greek mythology). They include Gryfo (Griffin), Triton, Cerberus, Manticora (Manticore), Minotauro (Minotaur), Fauno (Faun), Fenix (Phoenix), Unicornio (Unicorn), Medusa, and Dragon. 
    • Each figure comes in three different colors: bronze, silver and gold.
    • They are made of hard plastic and measure about 1.5" tall. 
    • One figure is included per pack of Gansi Premio cakes. They come individually wrapped along with a small character card with artwork that depicts one of the 10 monsters (for some reason the cards don't necessarily match up to the figures they're packed with).

    Seres Míticos are some of the best toy premiums I've seen in a long time. They remind me of the glory days of toy giveaways and monochromatic mini figures, particularly Monster in My Pocket (if fact, I'd be surprised if they weren't inspired by MIMP). They also remind me an awful lot of the obscure but amazing Horrors N Heroes set, in both the style of the sculpts and metallic colors used. I also love that they include creatures that haven't been included in many (if any) other sets, such as Phoenix and Faun.

    Here's some additional photos to show off the figures' details:

    It would be better if Minotaur and Faun didn't have bases. It seems like they still could have made them to stand without them. The only other thing I'd change would be to make them a bit larger.

    Here's a comparison shot with a MIMP and Horrors N Heroes figure to show off the size differences:

    Seres Míticos were a great surprise. I didn't know anything about them before I stumbled onto a photo of them that was posted on Facebook, and it was the kind of discovery that continues to fuel my collecting obsession. U.S. companies should take a hint from Mexico in this case, because toy premiums this great are pretty much nonexistent here these days. I hope they've been a big hit in Mexico so that Marinela releases a second series!

    What do you think? Do you plan on hunting down a set of Seres Míticos?

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    Here are the latest batches of Mono Minis of the Day--as posted daily on the Little Weirdos Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. The lineup in the photo is as follows, from left to right, top to bottom:

    1. Monster from Halloween Coffin Surprise 
    2. Plesiosaur from Matutano Dinossauros
    3. Teela from Panrico Masters of the Universe premiums
    4. Orc from SCS Direct Fantasy figures bucket
    5. Super Mario keshi
    6. Cursed Ivy from Neclos Fortress
    8. Pelikan ghost eraser
    9. World of Warcraft board game figure   
    10. Ultraman from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set
    11. #56 from MUSCLE
    12. Zombie eraser    
    13. Chief Trog from Mini Boglins
    14. Merry Monsters capsule figure
    15. Baltan from Ultraman keshi
    16. Spikor from Masters of the Universe MUSCLE
    17. Draculus from Cosmix
    18. Indian from Diener Wild West figures
    19. Trap Dora from Garbage Pail Kids Minikins 
    20. Monster from Halloween Coffin Surprise
    21. Spider Man from Kamen Rider keshi
    22. Smurfs candy premium figure
    23. Ninja from Top Toupie Pull Spin Battle
    24. Hoppinge from Funny Fringes
    25. Serpent from Neclos Fortress
    27. Neo Neons capsule figure
    30. Skeleton warrior from SCS Direct Fantasy figures bucket
    31. Batmor from Cosmix
    32. Kung Fu man capsule figure