|Thunderdell, Jenny Greenteeth, Creature from the Closet|
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I remember when I first discovered Monster in My Pocket series 4 ("Super Scary") in the store as a kid. I had been obsessed with collecting series 1, really disappointed that I could never find series 2 and completely surprised when I stumbled upon a sudden 4th series (at that time I had no way of knowing that there was even a 3rd series of monsters, which was partially released as premiums and partially unreleased). After the initial excitement of finding a new series passed, I remember feeling a bit underwhelmed by these new monsters. Even at that young age, I didn't like the fact that they added paint to the figures and made them a bit larger than previous series. I wanted them to fit in with my series 1 monsters. It seems Matchbox was trying to better appeal to kids by making the new figures flashier, but it had the opposite effect on me. Being the lover of mono-color mini figures that I am, I still feel that the paint apps are completely unnecessary. Interestingly, certain Super Scary sculpts were released in the U.K. unpainted; I recently acquired some of these for the first time and I think they are so much more attractive than the painted versions! What do you think?