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.
Neither version of the toyline was very successful (except perhaps the European version, which managed only one set of characters beyond the original 96 in Series 1 at least), and no new releases have been seen since 2014.
The Flick-to-Stick Bungees series contains the following tropes:
- Alliterative Title: One set is called Bionic Bungees.
- An Ice Person: The Frostizee clan from Europe's Series 1 is ice-based.
- Big Eater: The bio for the Bionic Bungees character Kitor says that he tends to gobble up metal without thinking twice about whether other Bungees will need it.
- Blow You Away: The Flantics clan from Europe's Series 1 is air-based. The Ukeles clan from Bionic Bungees shows several characteristics implying it to be this element.
- 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.
- 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.
- Green Thumb: The Seljan clan from Europe's Series 1 is plant-based.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Over 100, in fact, at least in Europe. The American version has about half of the usual 96 characters that the European ones included, so while it still has quite a few characters, it's significantly less than in Europe.
- Making a Splash: The Sunitz clan from Europe's Series 1 and the Nahun clan from Bionic Bungees are water-based.
- 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.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: The Sunitz clan Bungees are available in blue and orange, as are the Flantics clan Bungees.
- 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 only thing the color swaps share is the character's number in the set.
- 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.
- Playing with Fire: The Vulkos clan from Europe's Series 1 and the Volcanis crew from America's Series 1 are fire-based.
- Red/Green Contrast: The Vulkos clan Bungees are available in red and light green.
- 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.