Saturday, August 4, 2018

Kinder Joy Surprise Jurassic World toys


Ferrero recently brought its popular Kinder Surprise candy/toy eggs back to the U.S. via Kinder Joy, and they debuted with some pretty unexciting toys overall. That is, until a tie in with the latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, brought us these awesome little dinosaurs!

The Jurassic World Kinder Joy eggs feature 8 different dino mini figures to collect, and they're not just plain old dinosaur figures -- each one has an outer shell that comes apart to reveal the dinosaur's skeleton inside! The figures all come with stat cards for the specific dinosaurs, are roughly an inch tall and made of hard plastic. The set consists of:
  • Ankylosaurus 
  • Apatosaurus
  • Dimorphodon 
  • Mosasaurus 
  • Stegosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Triceratops
  • Velociraptor
They are well made for being cheap toy giveaways -- the outer shells don't come apart until you pull them apart, and what the sculpts may lack in detail they make up for in charm. As toy premiums go, these are probably some of my favorites of recent years.

Here are some additional photos of the set:





Saturday, July 28, 2018

Mono Minis of the Day: 6/10/18 to 7/11/18



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. Moai from Neclos Fortress
2. Minotaur from Age of Mythology game
3. Kaiju from Ultraman "Great Monster the 30" set
4. Dinosaur from Target Dinosaurs eraser set
5. Mer-Man from Masters of the Universe premiums set
6. Wolf from Tehnolog Zveronics
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retromutagen ooze figure
8. Geddes mini monster eraser  
9. Phoenix from Age of Mythology game
10. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
11. Triceratops from Target dinosaurs set
12. Gorgon from Neclos Fortress
13. Oriental Trading Co. skeleton warrior figure
14. Matutano Dinossauros figure
15. Griffin from Seres Miticos
16. Robot from SCS Direct Robots bucket
17. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
18.  #231 from MUSCLE
19. Grofilus from Cosmix
20. Troll from Age of Mythology game
21. Smog from Neclos Fortress
22. Monster from Halloween Coffin Surprise
23. Water Spirit from Oritet Russian folklore creatures set
24. Popy mini Kinnikuman keshi
25. Ultraman keshi
26. Neo Neons capsule figure
27. Tehnolog barbarian figure
28. Scooby Doo capsule machine pencil topper
29. Giant Co. micro alien
30. Monster from Monstruos Mutantes
31. #52 from MUSCLE
32. Super Mario Bros keshi          

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mono Minis of the Day: 5/9/18 to 6/9/18


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. Dino from Target dinosaur eraser set
2. Witch from MPC Monsters
3. Musclemania bootleg figure
4. Louie Fingers from SLUG Zombies
5. Medusa from Seres Miticos
6. Kinnikuman / MUSCLE capsule machine bootleg
7. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
8. Centaur from SCS Direct Fantasy bucket
9. Squeletus from Cosmix
10. Jackalman from Thundercats bootleg mini figures
11. Amscan skeleton warrior figure
12. Cerberus from Juguete Halloween (Peru Monster in My Pocket)
13. Kug from Mini Boglins
14. Ahrdar from Meteorite Aliens
15. Motor Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters
16. Whiplash from Masters of the Universe MUSCLE
17. Pithekan from Neclos Fortress
18. Duxxen from Cosmiti
19. Kaiju from Ultraman keshi
20. Alien from SCS Direct Humans vs. Aliens bucket
21. Geddes mini monster eraser  
22. #208 from MUSCLE
23. Zombie from Big Bucket of Zombies   
24. Invincible Army Men figure  
25. Brontosaurus from Topps Dino Toys
26. Man-at-Arms from Panrico Masters of the Universe premiums
27. Windom from Fujiya Ultraman keshi
28. Hurlor from Cosmix
29. Star from Super Mario keshi
30. Halloween finger puppet
31. Pacarus from Cosmiti
32. Dino from Mini Boglins          

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?