I've been meaning to do another post on Mini Boglins for a while. It's one of the biggest lines of "little rubber guys" ever released, but it doesn't seem to get nearly as much attention as the likes of Monster in My Pocket and MUSCLE (possibly because they were only released in a few countries). These dudes are pretty collectible, though, with a wide range of sculpts and colors to track down.
Since my original, very brief posts (here and here) on Mini Boglins back in 2012, I've added quite a few more to my collection and finally got around to taking some photos of them. I'm not going after a full set, but I do like these figures a lot and think they look especially awesome when you put a bunch of them together into a brightly-colored horde o' Boglins!
Here's some key facts about the series:
- Mini Boglins were released from 1991-1994 by a company called Ideal. The Boglins characters already existed prior to their release, as Mattel introduced the larger, more well-known Boglins hand puppets in the late-1980s.
- They were only released in a few locations, including the U.K., Italy, and possibly Canada and/or France. Good thing I didn't know about these as a kid when they came out--it would have driven me nuts not being able to get them here in the U.S.!
- The figures are made of soft plastic with a rubbery feel kind of like Monster in My Pocket.
- They were released in many different colors, all monochromatic except for some "Scout" figures that are glow-in-the-dark with green or purple paint washes.
- They were sold in multiple ways, including single-packs, three-packs, five-packs and 20-packs.
- The figures were separated into tribes, with each tribe featuring characters designed around a specific theme. The original tribes from 1991 included The Clumsies, The Freaks, The Greedies, The Jokers, The Rude Dudes, and The Tough Guys. In 1992, The Army Guys and The Disgustings were added. Finally, 1994 saw the addition of The Medievals, The Samurai, and The Prehistorics. Also in 1994, a tribe of 8 slightly smaller Mini Boglins called The Cool Dudes was released as a set of premiums in Kellogg's Frosties cereal, in addition to four new "Slime" Mini Boglins that came packaged in slime-filled toilets. Check out scans above of a mini pamphlet showing details of some of the tribes.
|Freaks: Chief Bug, Boik, Blarf, Blurp|
|Greedies: Grol, Chief Glonk, Glob, Gulp|
|Medievals: Messenger Murg, Mace, Chief Mogg|
|Jokers: Purg, Prang, Poig|
|Tough Guys: Killa, Chief Karf|
|Clumsies: Trung, Scout Trek, Tat, Trub, Trap|
|Army Guys: Flarp, Flerk, Scout Flouk|
|Prehistorics: Spy Dork, Chief Dred|
|Rude Dudes: Stroll, Stog, Chief Smog, Spew|
|Samurai: Yen, Scout Yell|
|Slime Boglins: Splash, Splurge|
|The Cool Dudes: Kellogg's Frosties premiums set of 8 sculpts|
|Some of The Cool Dudes premiums were based on previous standard-release Mini Boglins|
For even more details on Mini Boglins, check out The Mini Boglins Collectors Archive and the Mini Boglins post at MinifiguresXD.
What do you think of Mini Boglins? Do you have any in your collection?