Monster in My PocketWho doesn't know the Monster in my Pocket toyline? It was a huge hit by MEG on the '90s, and includes up to eleven (!) series released.
The first four were the most recognizable, focusing on mythical and legendary creatures from books, arts, religion and popular culture, followed by giant insects, dinosaurs, aliens, sport players and wrestlers in the later series. It spawned a video-game, a board game, trading cards and animated episodes for TV.
But this entry is focused on the relaunch happened in 2006, with a brand new series of 48 monsters wisely chosen from the original first four.
Their intentions were to release around 60 monsters, based on official announcements, in fact see the promotional image on the official website to spot 2 strange characters: a more original-sculpt-accurate Griffin and a mysterious character, but in the end they never went beyond 48.
The monsters look has been completely revamped in a detailed and colored sculpt, retaining the likeness of the original counterparts in most of the characters, some of them were renamed again, to avoid religious outcries that haunted the original toyline, so Kali turned in a more generic 6-Armed Sorceress and Hanuman in Monkeyman.
They were released in blister of six 4-packs, four 3-packs and four 1-packs of different figures and three playsets: Monsters Showdown (with 2 exclusive figures, Grim Reaper and Mummy), Haunted Mountain (with 2 exclusive figures, The Vampiress and Poltergeist) and Skull Display & Carry Case (with 1 exclusive figure, Zombie).
To appeal young kids of the new millennium they added a new way to play with the "Monster Points" of each monster, the point value was printed in a special ink invisible to normal daylight, but it appears magically if you light it with a blue light (a normal Wood's lamp). So in each blister and playset was included a "Decoder Light" shaped in different ways (a bat, an eye, an axe, a club and a snake, the last one exclusive of the Skull Display & Carry Case playset).
But there's a little mathematical problem pointed out by LRG member matthewf1tz: if you add the number of monsters available in blisters and plasets you came up with a total of 45 monsters, what's with the 3 left?
Well, first of all the 3 monsters left out are Ghost, Grim Watcher and Phantom, and they were intentionally left out because MEG was going to release'em through another product yet to be unveiled.
Sadly the line didn't do very well on the market (it had big problems on distribution especially in US) and this mysterious new product with the unreleased monsters never saw the light.
But some time later (around a year if I recall correctly but feel free to correct me) a new type of blister with new artwork and "Series 2" printed on it was found on eBay by an australian seller.
The good thing is that included these figures: Grim Reaper, Mad Gasser, Poltergeist and Ghost! Luckily they started to sell the previously unreleased and the exclusive characters alongside the normal ones, finally giving us the possibility to complete this great collection.
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