If you grew up in the late-1980s or 1990s, chances are you had some toys produced by Russ, or at least saw them regularly at the store. Russ was a brand of Russ Berrie and Company, which made a variety of small toys--among other items--that were sold at gift stores, pharmacies, candy stores and other outlets. Their products were often based around specific holidays (for example, Christmas stocking and Easter basket stuffers). In my opinion, the coolest toys Russ released were their monster finger puppets, which could be found most frequently in the first half of the '90s.
Russ sold a lot of these things during that time. There were glow in the dark ones, versions meant to sit on top of pencils, and "two-faced" ones, which had a different expression on their front and back sides. All of them are made of soft rubber and feature some painted details.
Some of these finger puppets were also offered as pack-in giveaways with Babybel cheese. I can still remember going through the little nets filled with cheese wheels at the grocery store, looking for the coolest monsters.
Below is a look at various types of Russ finger monsters. Do you remember any of these? Do/did you have any yourself?
GLOW-IN-THE-DARK TWO-FACED MONSTERS
OTHER RUSS FINGER PUPPET MONSTERS