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Pichu-kun on Oct 31st 2018 at 6:20:05 PM
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Pichu-kun on Dec 6th 2018 at 7:44:54 AM
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In the 2010s, a new type of toy became popular: the Blind Bag. The idea existed even prior to the 2010s, but the idea really hit it big in the early half of the decade.

Blind Bag toys are toy sets where you don't know what you get until you open them. This brings an element of surprise to them. It also makes them highly addictive because it's difficult to complete collections.

Many companies make original Blind Bag toys, but there are also numerous licensed tie-ins. Blind Bags are usually very small and cheap to buy. They're inexpensive to make, but they make back their money by people buying over and over in an attempt to get the ones they want.

Compare Loot Boxes, the video game equivalent, and Collectible Card Game, the trading card game equivalent.


Examples:

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     Franchises 
  • Disney Animators Collection: The Disney Animators' Collection Littles come in pencil-shaped packages that connect together as holders for the toys. They come with toys based off Disney Animated Canon and feature very basic tutorials on how to draw the characters.
  • Disney D-Lectables: A line of Disney-themed ice cream cone-shaped toys in an ice cream tub-shaped container.
  • Disney Doorables: A line consisting of 78 Disney toys that come in door-shaped boxes.
  • Hatchimals: Hatchimals has a series of blind bag eggs.
  • Flush Force
  • Funko Pops: Funko has a spinoff line of Mystery Minis vinyl blind bag toys of various properties.
  • Gormiti began as a blindbag collectible series.
  • The Grossery Gang: A blind bag series themed after gross, rotten food.
  • Lost Kitties: A series featuring cute cat characters. The toys come in milk cartons and, to complete the theme, they come inside creamer-shaped packages full of putty.
  • Poopsie Slime Surprise: Slime-themed blind bags in the shape of brightly coloured unicorn poop.
  • Sesame Street: The Sesame Street Surprise Plush Boxes have tiny plush version of Sesame Street characters.
  • Shopkins: A series of grocery-themed blind bag series.
  • The Trash Pack is a blind bag series where the characters are discarded junk and creepy creatures.
  • Transformers dabbed multiple times into the craze:
    • In Japan:
      • From 2003 to 2007 exclusive redecoes of Mini-Cons were released in blindboxes under the "Micron Booster" name.
      • In the same time period, the Micromaster combiners (which were sold on cards in western countries under the Universe and Energon lines) were also released in blindboxes, alongside a reprint of the Multiforce from Transformers Victory as their final wave.
      • From 2005 to 2014, the Legends class molds from the Cybertron, Universe and movie trilogy lines were sold in blindboxes under the "EZ Collection" name.
      • From 2005 to 2014, the Legends class molds from the Cybertron, Universe and movie trilogy lines were sold in blindboxes under the "EZ Collection" name.
      • During the Transformers Prime toyline (whose Japanese release featured transforming weapon robots known as the Arms Microns as an addition), four waves of Arms Microns featuring both new animal-shaped characters and small-sized renditions of the main cast of the show were released as Gachapon surprises. The first two of them also got a limited release in Europe as blindbags.
    • In Western countries:
      • The Loyal Subjects (a toy company specialized in vinyl blindbags of licensed characters) did three waves of Transformers figures. The character cards included with them are infamous for copypasting the opening paragraphs from the Transformers Wiki for the character bios, to the point that one of them (Swoop's) used a joke caption found on one of them as the character's motto.
      • KRE-O (A short-lived competitor to LEGO made by Hasbro) had a few waves of blindbag minifigures.
      • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise toyline featured the Tiny Titans, a series of blindbag minifigures featuring characters from both the Robots in Disguise cartoon and G1, with the addition of a pair of Beast Wars characters.
      • The Alt-Modes line is a series of Super Deformed figures sold in blindboxes whose bodies can be replaced with small renditions of their altmodes by flicking the Autobot/Decepticon insignia-shaped tabs behind their heads.
      • The Tiny Turbo Chargers are another line of chibi Transformers, this time transforming and based on Transformers: The Last Knight (but also featuring characters from the other live action movies).
      • Botbots are a line of chibi Shopkins-esque characters that transform into common objects, sold in blind packages or in multipacks where only one of them is hidden.

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Film — Animation

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet features a scene where Ralph tries to make as many memetic videos as possible in order to make enough cash to buy a new steering wheel for the Sugar Rush arcade machine. Amongst the gags is Ralph doing a blind box unboxing video for a fictional brand based off of a Show Within a Show. He opens the box and is instead swarmed with a bunch of bees (hitting two memes in one as "bee puns" are a trend in-universe).

Feedback: 6 replies

Oct 31st 2018 at 8:47:51 PM

Compare Loot Boxes, the video game equivalent, and Collectible Card Game, the trading card game equivalent.

Nov 2nd 2018 at 12:12:54 PM

Stuart Ashen often features these on his channel.

"I can see perfectly!"

Nov 2nd 2018 at 6:48:28 PM

Nov 2nd 2018 at 9:08:52 PM

  • Flush Force is a blind bagged toyline with an opening gimmick. Water is poured into the toilet-shaped container to open it, revealing two sewer-dwelling mutants.

Also compare to Random Drop and Rare Random Drop.

Nov 11th 2018 at 8:43:20 AM

BIONICLE: the toyline had mask packs containing random Kanohi masks compatible with the figures sold in the same year. Later on, Krana and Kanoka disks were sold in similar packs.

Dec 3rd 2018 at 10:05:31 AM

  • Toys/{{Gormiti} began as a blindbag collectible series.
  • Transformers dabbed multiple times into the craze:
    • In Japan:
      • From 2003 to 2007 exclusive redecoes of Mini-Cons were released in blindboxes under the "Micron Booster" name.
      • In the same time period, the Micromaster combiners (which were sold on cards in western countries under the Universe and Energon lines) were also released in blindboxes, alongside a reprint of the Multiforce from Transformers Victory as their final wave.
      • From 2005 to 2014, the Legends class molds from the Cybertron, Universe and movie trilogy lines were sold in blindboxes under the "EZ Collection" name.
      • During the Transformers Prime toyline (whose Japanese release featured transforming weapon robots known as the Arms Microns as an addition), four waves of Arms Microns featuring both new animal-shaped characters and small-sized renditions of the main cast of the show were released as Gachapon surprises. The first two of them also got a limited release in Europe as blindbags.
    • In Western countries:
      • The Loyal Subjects (a toy company specialized in vinyl blindbags of licensed characters) did three waves of Transformers figures. The character cards included with them are infamous for copypasting the opening paragraphs from the Transformers Wiki for the character bios, to the point that one of them (Swoop's) used a joke caption found on one of them as the character's motto.
      • KRE-O (A short-lived competitor to LEGO made by Hasbro) had a few waves of blindbag minifigures.
      • The Transformers Robots In Disguise toyline featured the Tiny Titans, a series of blindbag minifigures featuring characters from both the Robots in Disguise cartoon and G1, with the addition of a pair of Beast Wars characters.
      • The Alt-Modes line is a series of Super Deformed figures sold in blindboxes whose bodies can be replaced with small renditions of their altmodes by flicking the Autobot/Decepticon insignia-shaped tabs behind their heads.
      • The Tiny Turbo Chargers are another line of chibi Transformers, this time transforming and based on Transformers The Last Knight (but also featuring characters from the other live action movies).
      • Botbots are a line of chibi Shopkins-esque characters that transform into common objects, sold in blind packages or in multipacks where only one of them is hidden.

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