I've casually collected Moose's Trash Pack toy line since it first came out, occasionally picking up a pack but never attempting to put together any full series. It's always cool to see a popular line of mini figures on the shelves--especially if it's monster-related--but overall I've found the Trashies a bit too cute or cartoonish for my tastes, even though I think certain ones are pretty great. So, I decided recently I wasn't going to buy any more and just stick with what I already have.
I failed at that plan. Hard.
I probably wouldn't have, if it weren't for the Trash Pack Gross Ghosts. Gross Ghosts is a special "Mystery Series" of Trashies exclusive to Target stores, taking select popular Trashies from past series and resurrecting them in new, clear colors along with translucent aqua-colored garbage cans. Which for some reason makes them about 10 times cooler to me. So I bought a pack. Or four.
They were just too cool to ignore. Somehow the new transparent colors really make the Trashies scream "Buy us, you fool!" extra loud from the toy aisle.
There are 62 standard figures in the Gross Ghosts set, with each figure falling under a classification of common, rare, ultra rare or special edition, as usual with the Trash Pack series. There are also four Gross Ghosts that are packed exclusively with Trash Pack accessories: two with a Gross Ghosts edition Wheelie Bin storage container and two with the Garbage Ghost Truck. Here's a look at the Wheelie Bin with some Trashies as well as the two exclusives that come with it:
Seriously, how cool is that "Skummy Skull" figure!?
There are a handful of base transparent colors for the Gross Ghosts, including pink, blue, orange, red, purple and yellow. There's also crystal clear, as shown with the Wheelie Bin exclusives above. In addition to being clear, some of them glow in the dark. These are the "Bin-Fections," the 10 ultra rare figures from the set.
Although there are 62 standard Trashies making up the Gross Ghosts, it is thought that 12 of the characters on the checklist haven't made it to stores yet (see this thread at LittleRubberGuys.com for more on that). That makes sense, as they are some I haven't spotted yet in all the packs I've come across at different Targets. It seems this series is geared toward Halloween even though they first appeared this Summer, so I'd imagine we'll see the remaining 12 released in the coming weeks, closer to Fall. They're depicted on the checklist in green and turquoise colors, which are different from the colors of the 50 sculpts already released.
I think re-releasing certain Trashies in eye-catching clear colors as "ghosts" as if bringing them back from the dead was a pretty genius idea, and it's safe to say I haven't bought my last pack yet. So far, my favorite has got to be the red Rankenstein figure (in the middle of the first photo in this post). It doesn't get much better than that dude.
What about you? Have you seen the Gross Ghosts yet? Will you be picking any up?