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The European Series 1 blind bag artwork, depicting several of the set's characters.

Flick-to-Stick Bungees is a collectible toy series created by Magic Box Int. of Gogo's Crazy Bones fame. The series consists of figurines made out of a rubbery plastic which have a magnet attached to the bottom, allowing them to stick to the metallic disks and cards that are packed with them and to the game boards which come with the starter packs.

There are two versions of this toy series, one made for Europe and one made for America. The European version had two sets released for it, called Series 1 and Bionic Bungees, both of which contain 96 characters. The latter set has a plot involving a safari crew who discover and study the Bungees. The Bungees in this version are separated into clans based on certain elements. The former set has clan leader Bungees while the latter has "wanted" Bungees instead.

The American version, distributed by Jazwares, had only one set released for it, also simply called Series 1. This set took most of the characters from Bionic Bungees and renamed and recolored them. The Bungees in this set are divided into crews of four. A short-lived webtoon was made based on this version.

The Flick-to-Stick Bungees series contains the following tropes:

  • Adapted Out: The American Series 1 borrows designs from Bionic Bungees and uses most of them... with the sole exception of the Ukeles clan, for some reason.
  • Alliterative Title: One set is called Bionic Bungees.
  • An Ice Person: The Frostizee clan from Europe's Series 1 is ice-based, with different Bungees that resemble arctic animals such as a penguin and a yeti.
  • Big Eater: The bio for the Bionic Bungees character Kitor/Kot says that they tend to gobble up metal without thinking twice about whether it will need it.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: Frozu/Froz from the European Series 1, hailing from the Frostizee clan, resembles a yeti.
  • Blob Monster: Kolnes/Kilnes from the European Series 1 is dripping at the hands and mouth, indicating it's made of muck.
  • Blow You Away:
    • The Flantics clan from Europe's Series 1 consists of Bungees resembling air animals, such as birds and a mountain goat.
    • The Ukeles clan from Bionic Bungees shows several characteristics implying it to be this element, such as bird-esque Bungees and one that's built a rocket.
  • Cartoon Creature: The Bungees' appearances range from "clearly resembles a recognizable animal" to "completely indistinguishable". At least one, Elkas/Skael from Bionic Bungees, has more than one creature in its design, which is lampshaded by its bio:
    Only on the island of the Bungees could such strange creatures exist, with trunks like an elephant and wings at the same time!
  • Cliffhanger: The American webtoon ends with the Bungees discovering a hole in the ceiling of the ice world they've found and wondering what's on the other side. What happens next is probably not going to be shown due to the short-lived nature of the franchise as a whole.
  • Cyclops:
    • Lojo of Europe's Series 1 is a caterpillar-like Bungee with one eye.
    • Pak/Tok from Bionic Bungees and their American version Fulcram all have a one-eyed face.
  • Elemental Powers: The Bungees are segregated into clans representing a certain element. This applies to both the European and American versions.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: A small handful of the European Series 1 figures got special variants available in separate packs from the normal versions that made them clear and placed visible sparkly glitter in them.
  • Exposed Animal Bellybutton: Furt/Firt (a mouse) from the European Series 1 has an X-shaped bellybutton, Clanfer/Clonf (a monkey-like creature) from the same series has a swirly-shaped bellybutton, and Unda/Kadun from Bionic Bungees and their American version, Sabot (a bear) have an X-shaped bellybutton.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The already unsettling Ozens/Ozin from the European Series 1, with his red eyes, has what appears to be another eye on his belly.
  • Faceless Eye: Tulka/Takin from Bionic Bungees, and their American equivalent Plinian, have a faceless eye.
  • Green Thumb: The Seljan clan from Europe's Series 1 features Bungees that are either plants themselves or are animals associated with plants, such as a caterpillar.
  • Graceful in Their Element: Muan/Huma from Bionic Bungees is stated to be faster in water than on land, with a motor helping it to move around.
  • Making a Splash: The Sunitz clan from Europe's Series 1 and the Nahun clan from Bionic Bungees are water-based.
  • Metal Muncher: Bionic Bungees has a character named Kitor/Kot who is stated in their bio to gluttonously consume metal without considering if it will need it.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: The first European set completely lacks a plot. The succeeding set, Bionic Bungees, adds a plot involving some people on a safari who discover the Bungees in the wild and observe their behavior.
  • Officially Shortened Title: The European version is simply titled Bungees. The American version made the name longer by appending "Flick-to-Stick" at the beginning.
  • Opaque Lenses: Elkas/Skael from Bionic Bungees wears a pair of glasses whose lenses aren't transparent.
  • Palette Swap:
    • Each Bungee in the European releases is available in two colors, which are all considered separate characters complete with different names and stats (e.g. the green Lojo's yellow palette swap is named Luji).
    • The American version makes the characters available in only one color, thus averting the trope... mostly. Two characters made specifically for the American version, named Samos and Peltast, are just the same character in different colors.
  • Penguins Are Ducks: The European Series 1's Fritz/Fraz is implied to be a penguin, given its placement in the icy Frostizee clan. It has a yellow beak.
  • Playing with Fire: The Vulkos clan from Europe's Series 1 and the Volcanis crew from America's Series 1 are fire-based.
  • Polar Penguins: The European Series 1's Fritz/Fraz resembles a penguin and is in the Frotizee clan, which is themed around snow and ice.
  • Short-Runner: The American version especially so, as only one set was released in that region before the toyline as a whole got canned.
  • The Smurfette Principle: In the American webtoon, Lima has a distinctly female voice, making her the only female of the Volcanis crew of which she is a part, and the only female in the entire American iteration of the series.
  • Stellar Name: The Polaris crew in Jazwares' Series 1 have this as Theme Naming; Nova, Blitzar, Comet, and Lunar.
  • Tagline: The phrase "Flick to Stick" features prominently in European Bungees advertising. The American Bungees immortalized it as part of the name and lengthened the tagline to "Flick to stick, stick to score!"