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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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    A couple years ago I posted about an awesome set of mini figures based on creatures from Russian folklore. They were released in Russia in the early 2000s by a now defunct company called Oritet. That set is my favorite Oritet release, but the company did put out a some other gems around the same time, so I thought I'd do a post showcasing a few additional Oritet goodies I own.

    First up is a group of Russian trolls. Nope, not Russian internet trolls, but trolls of the old-fashioned cave variety -- as pictured above. As trolls go, these are pretty top-shelf. From their huge heads to their bumpy skin and pot-bellies, these figures have a lot of personality. They are made of the same type of material as the folklore figures -- a hard, sturdy plastic. They measure about 2.5 to 3 inches tall. My set is in a cream color, and I've seen photos of some in glow-in-the-dark white, too. I'm not sure if they came in any additional colors. You can see the GITD set as well as the box artwork for these guys (plus tons of other Oritet figures) over at the Fantasy Toy Soldiers blog.

    Here's a comparison shot showing a couple of the trolls alongside one of the Oritet folklore creatures as well as a caveman from their Cavemen set.


    The other Oritet piece in my collection is a dragon with a removable sorceress rider. By itself, the dragon is about 3.5 inches tall. With the sorceress attached, the piece is a little over 5 inches tall. In addition to the rider being removable, the dragon features articulation at the neck and tail. I really like the bold, stylized design of this beast, and of Oritet figures in general. I think it would look even cooler in a more interesting color, but maybe some of these figures were intended to be painted.



    Having been exclusive to Russia, these Oritet toys aren't the easiest to find, but they do turn up for sale from time to time. They are fantastic figures that deserve more attention. As mentioned above, be sure to go check out more of them at the Fantasy Toy Soldiers site!

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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. Skeleton from Pirates vs. Skeletons playset
    2. Cursor from Fistful of Power 
    3. Quantum Wolf from Gorelords
    4. Target Halloween pencil topper
    5. Mummy from HeroQuest
    6. Madballs knockoff pencil topper
    7. Toysmith Ninja figure
    8. Kaiju from Canfull of Monsters
    9. Thor from Neclos Fortress
    10. Spy Spig from Mini Boglins
    11. Dimetrodon from Lakeshore dinosaur counters set
    12. Buck Wilde from SLUG Zombies
    13. Urai from Bit Figs Ninjas
    14. Fantasy beast warrior pencil topper
    15. Kinnikuman / MUSCLE capsule bootleg
    16. Mysterus from Cosmix

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    This is a toy line I found out about thanks to @armyofthesix1six on Instagram. He posted some photos of them to his account and they immediately caught my eye. What exactly are these hunks of weirdo plastic goodness, you ask?

    Meteorite Aliens! Blind-bagged monochromatic alien mini figures.

    The good news is that they are a currently-available release that can be purchased relatively cheaply. The bad news is they appear to be limited to the UK, so if you want to get a hold of some in other countries, you have to pay overseas shipping prices.

    I ordered some from gt-originalwarehouse.com, but they now appear to be out of stock there. However, another online store (where they still look to be in stock) is allaboutpartybags.co.uk. There's probably other vendors, too. I'm not sure.

    Anyway, let's dive a bit deeper into these weirdos:

    OVERVIEW

    "They came by meteorite to target and eliminate the human race," says the packaging. The Meteorite Aliens are six different races of alien baddies that are out for human flesh, apparently! The figures come in blind bags so you can't tell what's inside each package -- one figure per package along with a character card featuring artwork and a bio for the corresponding alien.

    The figures seem to be the same ones previously available in activity sets that also used the name Meteorite Aliens. The idea with those is for kids to chip away at a "rock" substance to unearth the alien figures. There's no activity or game tied to these blind bag versions.

    Strangely, there's not a company logo or website on the packaging -- just the word "KandyToys" above the product code, which from a quick search appears to be a toy importer. So there's not a whole lot of background info about these to be found.



    PACKAGING / ASSORTMENT

    As mentioned above, the Meteorite Aliens come one figure and one bio card per bag. There are six different sculpts to collect in six different glow-in-the-dark colors -- white, pink, red, purple, blue, and green. So, a master set consists of 36 figures.

    Package front and back
    Based on the packages I got, it's hard to say if any colors are more or less common than others. I got the largest amount of figures in glow white, but overall I got a nice variety of all six colors. I think I got the fewest of the pink color.

    I like that each alien's card provides a detailed bio for its specific race, including its skills, vitals, and how specifically it goes about hunting down humans! Each race's bio ends with "They are coming...for you!," which is kind of funny. I like the fact that these little weirdos were designed to be scary, ugly and fierce, not cutesy or cartoonish like a lot of monster or alien-themed minis are these days.

    Here are the six different cards, front and back:



    SCULPTING / DESIGN

    The Meteorite Aliens are sculpted very well, with each all six being gnarly, big-headed creatures with skeleton-like bodies. In addition to the sculpts having various poses and weapons, the races are differentiated with subtle physical features like different textures on their heads and the fact that some have tails and others don't. I love the personality infused into their faces -- they look like properly horrible little buggers out to wreak havoc. In this sense they give me a bit of a "Mars Attacks" vibe.

    The biggest issue is that because of the aliens' skinny bodies and the soft plastic used, most of them come out of the packages misshapen and don't stand very well. Sticking them in hot water and then immediately into ice water helps straighten them out so they look better, but even after that some of them aren't able to stand properly. It could be problematic if you're someone who likes to display all your figures on a shelf.

    The figures are about 2.75 inches tall, so they are larger than some other little weirdos like Monster in My Pocket and MUSCLE, but I'd still consider them mini figures.

    Size comparison with Monster in My Pocket & MUSCLE

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    I love these guys. They really remind me of old school mini figures in pretty much every way -- design, material, packaging, etc. Between the nicely done sculpts and eye-catching glow-in-the-dark colors, they are really fun and appealing toys. And at roughly £0.50 each (about 60 cents in U.S. dollars), the price is certainly right, even if you have to pay more for overseas shipping.

    The packages say "Series 1," so maybe we'll see more of them turn up eventually (though I know better than to get my hopes up for another series of any toy line before I'm actually holding it in my hands).

    What about you? What's your take on the Meteorite Aliens?


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    Cryptozoic Entertainment finally released their first series of Ghostbusters Micro Figures after a delay (the figures were originally supposed to come out in 2016). The wait was worth it, because the final product turned out really nice -- they're certainly better-produced than the Mattel Ecto-Minis that were released last year to coincide with the new Ghostbusters movie.

    The Cryptozoic set consists of 16 different figures, including a nice mix of human and ghost characters. They are sold in single-figure blind bags with 24 packs to a box. The easiest way to get an entire set is to order a box online. I ordered two boxes to split up with another collector, and the assortments ended up being exactly the same in both boxes, including:

    3 Slimers
    2 of each of the four Ghostbusters
    2 Ecto-1 vehicles
    2 Stay Puft Marshmallow Men
    1 each of all other characters

    The figures are about 1.75 to 2 inches tall, painted, and made of a solid, sturdy plastic. The paint jobs are thankfully quite well done -- for the most part very clean. They run about $4 each, so not cheap, but at least the quality is there.

    The set features characters from both 1980s Ghostbusters films. My favorites are (of course) the ghost creatures, including the Librarian, Tony and Nunzio Scoleri, the Terror Dog, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and of course, Slimer. I think my absolute top favorite is Nunzio Scoleri -- he's got a killer sculpt and a great color!

    All of the figures are produced in solid colors, but I'd love to see translucent variants of the ghosts -- maybe an idea for a future release?

    The human (and human-looking) characters are done in an exaggerated, cartoonish style with big heads. That's not usually my thing, but it does work with these figures, and they all look good.

    In addition to the ghost and human characters there's also the Ecto-1 car, which is also nicely sculpted and a cool addition.

    Here's a closer look at all of the figures:



    EGON SPENGLER, PETER VENKMAN, WINSTON ZEDDMORE, RAY STANTZ



    STAY PUFT MARSHMALLOW MAN, SLIMER, TONY SCOLERI, TERROR DOG, NUNZIO SCOLERI, LIBRARIAN



    JANINE, ECTO-1, KEYMASTER, VIGO THE CARPATHIAN, GOZER, ZUUL



    And that's the lot! The packaging says "Series 1," so maybe we'll eventually get another set. I'd definitely love to add more ghosts to the collection.

    What do you think of these Cryptozoic figures? Do you plan on picking any up?

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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 wrestler from Musclemania 
    2. Soldier from Invincible Army Men
    3. Beast Man from Panrico Masters of the Universe premiums
    4. Bug Bear from Neclos Fortress
    5. Caveman figure
    6. Ecto-Plazm Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
    7. Kaiju from Ultraman 'Great Monster the 30' set
    8. #188 from MUSCLE
    9. Palace Guard from Blackstar mini figures
    10. Diener duck eraser 
    11. Dino from Mini Boglins
    12. Plesiosaurus from Topps Dino Toys
    13. Villser Core Crayboth from Glyos
    14. Oriental Trading Co. skeleton warrior
    15. Ichor from Gorelords
    16. Monster from Matutano Monstruos

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  • 03/12/17--18:39: Beastie Buddies capsule toys

  • A short while back I came across a photo of some cool-looking capsule toys called Beastie Buddies that I had never seen before, and it of course made me want some. After researching a bit further, I discovered that Beastie Buddies came out last year and were designed by James Koenig, someone I had seen around before in toy groups.

    There are five different Beasties in the set, including a "Little Shop of Horrors"-esque venus flytrap monster! As someone who always wished for a mini figure of Audrey II, seeing that convinced me that I needed to track some of these bad boys down!

    It took a bit of searching, but I was able to order some in bulk online. I've never actually seen any in capsule machines, so once again the wonders of the internet come through.

    Beastie Buddies display card - front and back

    Here are the Beastie Buddies basics:
    • The 5 sculpts/characters include: Flora (the flytrap), Yuna (the unicorn), Oggy (the ogre), Sammy (the samurai), and Shelldon (the snail)
    • All of the sculpts are available in 5 different colors: brown, pink, yellow, aqua, and tan
    • All of the figures include painted details, but interestingly, there are 2 different versions of each character in each color: one with several features painted and one with only the eyes painted (or in the case of Flora, the teeth). In my big box of figures, there was an even mix of both types. I'm not sure why the decision was made to release the figures in both versions, but the ones with less paint tend to look better, since most of the other versions are sloppily painted. In fact, some of the paint jobs are almost laughably bad (pupils painted onto foreheads, etc)
    • Each figure is about .75-inch tall
    • They are made out of a soft, squishy rubber similar to Trash Pack and Squinkies
    Here's a closer look at each Beastie Buddie in all of its color and paint variations:

    OGGY THE OGRE



    Fantastic sculpt on grumpy little dude! My second favorite of the set.

    SHELLDON THE SNAIL



    So much fun. He looks like a cantankerous old snail who would yell at snail young'uns to get off his sand patch.

    YUNA THE UNICORN



    Gotta love a derpy unicorn.

    FLORA THE FLYTRAP



    My favorite. Pretty much a little rubber Audrey II toy, which automatically makes it amazing.

    SAMMY THE SAMURAI



    This guy's great as well, although the paint jobs tend to be especially bad on him. I picked out the best ones in my pile of them for this photo, but the majority were pretty crazy.


    And there you go! A very cool modern-day set of vending mini figures, which we don't see often enough. James Koenig's designs pack a ton of personality into these tiny weirdos. The factory paint jobs are dicey and I would have preferred them to be made of a firmer rubber or plastic, but for what they are, I can't complain too much.

    What do you think of the Beastie Buddies? Have you ever seen any out in the wild?


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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. Kraken from Neclos Fortress
    2. Gunslingin' Grimm from SLUG Zombies
    3. T-Rex eraser
    4. Knight from DFC fantasy playset
    5. Rock Roach from Crashlings
    6. Golem from Monster in My Pocket 
    7. Spy Glup from Mini Boglins
    8. Mordicus from Cosmix 
    9. Castle Grayskull from Masters of the Universe MUSCLE
    10. Kaiju from Canfull of Monsters
    11. World of Warcraft board game figure
    12. Panrico Thundercats premium figure
    13.  #4 from MUSCLE
    14. Orguss capsule bootleg figure
    15. Mini Lobe Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
    16. Warrior from Warriors of the Galaxy

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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. Musclemania bootleg
    2. Stegosaurus from Dinosaur in My Pocket
    3. Priest from Neclos Fortress
    4. Jolly Roger from Garbage Pail Kids Minikins
    5. Poopatrooer figure
    6. Winged Panther/Cockatrice from Juguete Halloween / Peru Monster in My Pocket
    7. Bonehead from Weird Ball Collectums
    8. Ultraman kaiju capsule bootleg
    9. Dent from Mini Boglins
    10. Snozzinge from Funny Fringes
    11. Cthulhu from Call of Cthulhu game
    12. Lion from Tehnolog Zveronics
    13.  Werewolf from Top Toupie Pull Spin Battle
    14. Stereo Cassette King from Kinnikuman keshi
    15. Zverobot Tehnolog figure
    16. Snake Monster from Halloween Coffin Surprise a.k.a Cromy Club Monster in My Pocket

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    These cool little animal soliders recently appeared from Tehnolog, a Russian toy company that produces a range of toy soldier-type plastic mini figures. They are known as "Zveronics." I don't know what that translates to, and it's kinda weird to even type, but there you have it.

    As far as I know, there are 8 different sculpts making up a set of Zveronics, each depicting a different animal. Each sculpt is available in a variety of colors, including yellow, blue, red, purple, green, and magenta.

    The figures are quite small, with most of them measuring a little under an inch and a half. They are made of a hard plastic that seems like it would be pretty durable.

    I believe Tehnolog figures are only sold in Russia, but there have been several sets up for sale on eBay from overseas for a reasonable cost (that's how I got mine). Being that information in English is pretty much nonexistent, that's about all I have to say about these guys, other than they're really fun little weirdos. There's a Zveronics website, but I can't really make heads or tails out of it, other than there appears to be some sort of board game that's meant to be played with the figures.

    Below you can get a closer look at each of these little dudes.

    Does anyone know more about them? Who else has picked some up?


    BEAR

    LION

    WOLF

    GORILLA

    CROCODILE

    ELK

    BISON

    ELEPHANT


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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. Toxie from Toxic Crusaders (Yolanda minis set)
    2. Winspector bootleg figure
    3. Zoids bootleg figure 
    4. Fantasmor from Cosmix
    5. Ultraman kaiju capsule bootleg
    6. Grave Lincoln from SLUG Zombies
    7. Tickler Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
    8. Dog-dino monster chinasaur
    9. Chief Drox from Mini Boglins
    10. WC Fritos pencil topper
    11. Alien from Neo Neons
    12. T-Rex from Monster in My Pocket
    13. Rabbit dollar store stacking figure
    14. Man-at-Arms from Masters of the Universe MUSCLE
    15. Elf from HeroQuest
    16. Alien from Neclos Fortress

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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:


    GLOW MONSTERS (WHITE CASTLE, 1992)



    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.


    STONE PROTECTORS (LONG JOHN SILVER'S, EARLY 1990s)


    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 (MCDONALD'S, 1987-1990)


    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.


    WEIRD WRITERS (WENDY'S, 1993)


    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.


    DINOSAUR IN MY POCKET (HARDEE'S, 1993)


    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.


    UNIVERSAL MONSTERS (BURGER KING, 1997)


    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.


    GODZILLA (WHITE CASTLE, 1990)


    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!



    MONSTER IN MY POCKET SERIES 3 (BIG BOY, 1992)


    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 SPACE RAIDERS (MCDONALD'S, 1979)


    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.


    BENDABLE ALIENS (PIZZA HUT, LATE 1970s-1980s)

    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 (BURGER KING, 1990)


    "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.


    MONSTER WRESTLERS IN MY POCKET (WHITE CASTLE, 1996)


    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 LittleRubberGuys.com 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 Madballs.com.


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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.