Trashies! You have Trashies? I knew right then I had the ideal person to talk to about Trashies.
FYI: The Trash Pack toys were very popular in the 2011 holiday season. The little (1") creatures have revolting adventures and stinky fun, sure to appeal to school age boys. (Not sure if girls are equally enthralled with them). There are two series available right now, but another series appears to be released any time now with packs starting to show up on eBay. I'm still not sure how I feel about these weird little figures, but I can tell you the kids love them and they will most likely be showing up on lots of holiday wish lists.
Excited about seeing the Trashies (now in my possession), Elijah brought over all 92 of his Trashies to share with me. And we started talking about them.
How long have you been collecting Trashies?
I remember getting my first set on Valentine's Day, after I first saw some kids with them at school. I thought they were cool and wanted to get a few. I asked my Mom to take me to the store and see if we could find them. I kept searching the toy aisle, but no Trashies. Then on another aisle, away from the toys, I saw them. We bought three 2-packs. Not too long after that I asked mom again to take me to the store again and was able to convince her to buy me a few more packs. I don't have too many of the Series 1, most of mine are Series 2.
What do you like about them?
I like how they feel. I like the squishiness and how colorful they are. Best of all, they are really cheap and I can buy more for not much money.
Who pays for them?
Most of the time my mom buys them for me. But I did spend my own money when we went to the big Toys“R”Us* on vacation in New York City. I was able to find the Collectors Case and also bought three 1-pack of Trashies.
Do you trade them?
When I want to trade I ask friends at school and we make specific trades. The next day we'll bring our Trashies guys and do the trading. We are allowed to bring things like that to school, but we can only trade before or after school. I don't get too many duplicates, so I don't trade that often. Sometimes I will trade for other stuff. One time I had a duplicate game and traded it for two ultra-rare Trashies.
Tell me about the different characters.
There are common, rare, ultra-rare, special editions, limited editions and exclusives. Limited editions are the hardest ones for me to find.
There are a few characters that were made in limited editions of 1000 -- King Rat and Grott Rocket**; Soggy Tomato and Trash Craft are limited editions of 5000 each; and Trash Cat is a limited edition of 10,000.
The exclusives are found only in the play sets.
What advice do you have for other kids who might want to collect Trashies?
- Start with a 12 pack or a play set, and then add few five-packs so you can have a good assortment. Then look for friends to trade with.
- I just store mine in a big bucket, but be careful when dumping out the bucket as they are small and can be easily lost.
- Keep Trashies away from your pets, they like to try and eat them.
I am waiting for Series 3 to come out, when I was on the Internet I saw a preview of the Series 3, but that page was taken down a few hours later! The page mentioned color-changing Trashies and Movie Trashies. There are also some Series 3 sets showing up on eBay now.
*The Trash Pack Products were named to the 2011 Toys"R"Us Fabulous 15 List and one of the hottest toys during the holiday season.
**Recent eBay prices:
$305. for Grott Rocket; $298. for Soggy Tomato and $249. for Trash Cat.