Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mono Minis of the Day: 5/6/17 to 5/21/17


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. #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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Little Weirdos' best fast food toys!


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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mono Minis of the Day: 4/20/17 to 5/5/17


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. #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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mono Minis of the Day: 4/4/17 to 4/19/17


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. 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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tehnolog Zveronics: Animal soldier minis from Russia!


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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mono Minis of the Day: 3/19/17 to 4/3/17


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. 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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mono Minis of the Day: 3/3/17 to 3/18/17


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. 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