|Series One checklist|
Crashlings are billed as "Meteor Mutants From Outer Space!", and are probably most similar to another current mini figure line, The Trash Pack. In fact, I'm sure their existence owes more than a little to that line's popularity. As with the The Trash Pack, Crashlings features "fun," somewhat "cute" designs and sculpts of creepy and strange characters.
Another way Crashlings are similar to The Trash Pack is the fact that the figures are broken out into separate groups. The five Crashlings groups include Dinos, Insects, Aliens, Monsters, and Sea Life. However, unlike The Trash Pack, figures from each Crashlings group are packaged separately, so you know what you're getting (although there's still an element of surprise, since some of the sculpts are hidden in the packages).
Each figure is one inch or under, and while you might expect them to be squishy like Trash Pack toys, they're actually made out of hard plastic. The basic figures have multi-color painted details, but the line also offers chase and variant figures in solid, monochromatic colors such as gold, silver, metallic red and metallic green.
|Crashlings single-pack store display|
|Catapult City playset|
In addition to the figure packs, a "Catapult City" playset has been released. The set includes a catapult, slide and zipline for the Crashlings, as well as three figures.
Overall, Crashlings is a pretty fun and well thought-out line. I kind of wish they avoided taking the "cutesy" route with the character designs, but for what it sets out to be, the line is quite successful. I like the fact that it is broken out into different character groups and allows you buy them individually, so if you decide you just want to collect the Monsters and Aliens, for example, you could do so. I also like that monochromatic variants are available.
Here's a closer look at a few of the figures from four out of the five character groups (I don't yet own any figures from the Insects group):
|Monsters: Moon Howler, Meteor Monster, Zombie Zoomer, Dracu Launch|
|Aliens: Vomiting Visitor, Crash Triod, Angry Alien, Solar Scum|
|Dinos: Rocket Raptor, Steo Starus, Brachio Starus, Orbit Vore|
|Sea Life: Satelite Scubafish, Crab Stronaut, Gravity Guppy, Space Shark|
What do you think of Crashlings? Have you picked any up yet, or do you plan to?