Friday, February 28, 2014

Horrors 'n' Heroes

Two of the "Horrors": Minotaur and Orthrus

WHAT: An obscure line that was released in the U.K. only, Horrors 'n' Heroes consists of 16 monochromatic figures based on characters from Greek mythology. As the name implies, half of the figures depict monsters (the "Horrors") while the other half depict gods and other humanoid beings (the "Heroes").

The figures were released in "Lucky Bags," blind bags marketed toward kids that contained small toys and candy. Specifically, Horrors 'n' Heroes came in monster-themed "Horror Surprise" Lucky Bags. The 16 figures included the following:
  • The Horrors: Orthrus, Gorgon/Medusa, Echidne, Lernean Hydra, Minotaur, Scylla, Boreas, Chimaera 
  • The Heroes: Cronos, Zeus, Atlas, Pluto, Poseidon, Jason, Cyclopes (not sure why he was wasn't included among the Horrors), Heracles
Have a look at them all below via scans of the Horrors 'n' Heroes pamphlet generously provided by TwoHeadedBoy.

The figures are made of hard plastic and are about 2"-2.5" tall. Their color scheme consists of mainly (if not completely) cool, somewhat metallic colors, including silver, dark blue, light blue, purple, and brown.

These are very nicely sculpted and attractive toys, and I love the fact that the creators included more obscure mythological creatures such as Echidne and Orthrus. They'd no doubt appeal to almost anyone interested in Monster in My Pocket or other, more well-known monster or mythology-themed toy lines. Unfortunately, they don't show up too often.

For more on Horrors 'n' Heroes, check out these links:
MinifiguresXD HNH post
The Cobwebbed Room HNH post

WHEN: I haven't been able to find exact year dates, but it seems Horrors 'n' Heroes figures were available in the mid-1990s.

WHERE: Available in the U.K. via "Horror Surprise" Lucky Bags.

WHO: Released by Mr. Lucky Bags Ltd.


  1. Wow, I would have loved them as a kid. Monsters in My Pocket were one of my favorites, and I loved Greek Mythology.

    1. Same here. I wish they would have had them in the U.S.

  2. How I miss Saturdays in the Nineties, which would usually involve comics, pogs, cream soda, liquorice torpedoes and sometimes a Horror Bag.

    For a short while, Horror Bags also contained Samurai Boglins. Finding an unsold crate of Horror Bags nowadays would be like a wet dream for LRG collectors!

    1. That would be an amazing discovery! I'd get so excited just stumbling onto one Horrors N Heroes figure for cheap at a flea market or something, but I'm sure it'll never happen living here in the U.S.

  3. Wow, these are so sweet! Even the Heroes have a nice freaky look!

    I'll certainly keep my eyes peeled for these! Maybe I'll get lucky and spot some on eBay.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. All your Horror's and Heroes belong to me! If anyone has any spare I have a couple of doubles for trade. These are some of my favourite minifigures and I think the sole reason is down to obscurity.

    1. Agreed. I wish I had doubles to trade with you. I'm assuming you're only trading yours for other Horrors N Heroes?

  5. Theres some on eBay UK