Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mono Minis of the Day: 4/7/18 to 5/8/18


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. Chief Prog from Mini Boglins
2. Gaburiel from Neclos Fortress
3. Triton from Seres Miticos
4. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi  
5. Arthur from Gorelords 
6. Dinosaur from Matutano Dinossauros 
7. Alien from SCS Direct Humans vs. Aliens set  
8. Snake Tut from The Worst MUSCLE
9. Knight fantasy/medieval toy soldier
10. Astronus from Cosmix
11. Animal warrior pencil topper
12. Triceratops from Topps Dino Toys
13. Teapack Man from Popy mini Kinnikuman keshi
14. Gruesome Gabe from SLUG Zombies
15. Merry Monsters capsule figure
16. Ultraman Super Fighters gashapon figure
17. Robot from SCS Direct Robots bucket
18. Kappa from Neclos Fortress
19. Ninja from Ninja erasers set
20. Alien Egg from Alien MUSCLE
21. Harpy from Juguete Halloween (Peru Monster in My Pocket)
22. Stegosaurus from Target Dinosaurs bucket
23. Kaiju from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set
24. Ecto-Plazm Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
25. Micro Oni by Jommy Rommel / Ironhaus Productions
26. Frost from Fistful of Power
27. Zombie dog from Zombie erasers set
28. Robotor from Cosmix
29. Kurg from Mini Boglins
30. Cosmogini figure
31. Wooper from Neclos Fortress
32. #210 from MUSCLE

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mono Minis of the Day: 3/6/18 to 4/6/18


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. Alien robot playset figure
2. Dinosaur from Target Dinosaurs bucket
3. Fred Flintstone pencil topper
4. Popy Kinnikuman keshi
5. Kaiju from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set
6. Manticore from Age of Mythology game
7. #118 from MUSCLE
8. Darqueen from Neclos Fortress
9. Monster from Monstruos Mutantes
10. Ippatsuman keshi bootleg pencil topper
11. He-Man from Masters of the Universe MUSCLE
12. Ultraman kaiju keshi
13. Giant brand micro alien
14. Triceratops dinosaur keshi
15. Neo Neons capsule figure
16. Alien suction cup party favor
17. Carzillas figure
18. Messenger Drat from Mini Boglins
19. Robot from SCS Direct Robots bucket
20. Popy mini Kinnikuman keshi
21. Vapor Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
22. Asterix premium figure
23. Yu Gi Oh figure
24. Bootleg warrior/ninja figure
25. Gundam SD keshi
26. Merry Monsters capsule figure
27. Spaceship from Diener Space Raiders bootleg set
28. #173 from MUSCLE
29. Forgotten prisoner mini capsule charm
30. Kaiju from Godzilla keshi
31. Skeleton warrior playset figure
32. Phoenix from Seres Miticos

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Mono Minis of the Day: 2/2/18 to 3/5/18


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

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Seres Míticos: Mythology monster minis from Mexico!


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?

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Mono Minis of the Day: 1/1/18 to 2/1/18


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

Mono Minis of the Day: 11/30/17 to 12/31/17


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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Fantasy Creatures & Robots mini figure tubes (SCS Direct)


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.

FANTASY CREATURES


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.

ROBOTS


I'm really impressed with the Robots. A lot of creativity went into these designs, which were created by artist Frankie B Washington. 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.

FINAL THOUGHTS

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?